Are Video Games Becoming The Ultimate Spectator Sport?

The Wall Street Journal – Joshua Fruhlinger

IT’S EASY TO UNDERSTAND why people watch professional sports. But the appeal of watching others play a videogame—whether live in a stadium (yes, seriously) or streamed over the Internet at home—can be bewildering, to say the least.

The pastime is hugely popular, though. Throngs of fans are showing up for live-gaming tournaments that are often held in major sporting venues around the country; some 10,000 spectators came out for a “League of Legends” match held at the Los Angeles Staples Center last year. And Twitch, a service that streams live videos of gamers, draws more than 100 million viewers each month, according to the company. (Amazon purchased Twitch last year for nearly $1 billion.) Read More