This topic has certainly gone around the net like a forest fire the last couple of weeks, and even though I think Bit-tech's interpretation of the debate was more open minded than most (such as that New York Times-article...), I think that the whole issue has been made more complicated than what it actually is. As was briefly mentioned in the article, eSports have already broken through the barriers and reached a huge mainstream audience via TV and live events - in South Korea. I know that some people scoff at the mere thought of professional competition in computer games, and that some might say that the cultural differences between East Asia and Europe makes a comparison between the two unfounded. Personally, I say 'no' to the latter and scoff back at the former - the Korean eSports scene have not only made progaming socially acceptable (actually, 'desirable' is the proper word), it also draws an immense international audience. Starcraft: Brood War, a game that is 11 years old and with crude, simplistic graphics is the one title that has proven to have the depth, the potential for skill, unpredictability and longevity to support a multi-million dollar industry in Korea - something that Western, credit crunched businesses are longing for. This post is not the place to tell you all why we should not be worried for eSports in these times of financial crisis, but rather hopeful instead - because that is how the best, the financially strongest and longest thriving eSports was born in the wake of the Asian dotcom-fiasco in the late 1990s. Feel free to read this article on my blog though, which deals with that and more: http://polygonrevue.com/2009/03/the...of-4-the-korean-professional-starcraft-scene/ Indeed, eSports as a phenomenon will always be a niche-thing. As such, it will never the less be huge, is my prediction. If you are still doubtful, make sure to surf over at http://www.gomtv.net tomorrow (Easter Sunday, or any other Sunday for that matter) at 10am and watch the best Starcraft-progamers in the world play the game against each other live in front of an audience, all commentated in English and absolutely free. Good Gaming!