Difference in Pro e-Sports vs. Traditional Sports: “Who’s in Charge”

Dan Primack of Axios attended “a party where you just felt you didn’t belong,” namely, the Overwatch League final match at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, “while filming an ‘Axios on HBO‘ segment about professional e-sports.”

Important insight: “The big difference between pro e-sports and traditional sports is who’s in charge. In e-sports, the publisher is king. The commissioner works for the CEO, not for the franchise owners.”

“It’s a model that makes sense for now, kind of like how console-makers once controlled game development. Well, until a group of Atari developers created Activision, in an act of decentralized rebellion that today’s Activision Blizzard would be wise to remember.”


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