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by M.G. Siegler


Overwatch Bets Gaming Fans Will Cheer for the Home Team to Save the World

Jason M. Bailey:

Game companies are trying to replicate the long-term audiences found in traditional sports, and regionalism and nationalism have been powerful anchors, said T. L. Taylor, a professor of comparative media studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has written books about e-sports and online gaming.

Obviously, a massive portion of any "traditional" sports teams fans are born (often literally) to geography -- where they are, and loyalty to that region. So it makes sense that the same type of thing would translate to e-sports. Otherwise, how do you pick a side? The best? That's no fun.


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