Colin Cowherd really doesn’t like esports

For some, this weekend was a pivotal moment for esports

For some, this weekend was a pivotal moment for esports. When the collegiate Heroes of the Storm competition, Heroes of the Dorm, was broadcast on ESPN2, it was the first time in recent history that a serious esport got serious time on television screens nationwide. Not everybody is so happy to see video games hit the airwaves, however. ESPN personality Colin Cowherd went off on the tournament earlier today, captured in the video below.

(Sorry, this embed was not found.)Cowherd launches into totally predictable insults, including a reference to gamers living in their parents’ basement. He also gets the name of the game wrong (it’s not League of Legends, Colin). For Cowherd, watching esports is like “putting a gun in my mouth.” And then there’s the completely irrelevant comment about Harry Potter. Because nerds, apparently.

The response from esports Twitter was predictably swift and outraged. 

Cowherd hasn’t responded, though we’re guessing it won’t amount to anything more than nuanced”shut up nerds.”

For actual esports fans, the tournament was a lot of fun to watch, and it also raised awareness of the industry. In addition to favorable coverage on sites like SBNation, the tournament yielded lots of social media interaction with sporting bigwigs, such as Bill Walton

The finalist team from UC Berkeley got a shout out from their school’s Twitter.

Last year, ESPN president John Skipper’s said that an esport is “not a sport.” And combined with Cowherd’s rant, you might get a sense that ESPN is somehow completely out-of-touch with the audience it’s trying to court. But Scott “SirScoots” Smith, a long-time esports supporter and broadcaster, was onsite working with Blizzard and ESPN. And he hinted on Twitter that most ESPN employees were far more in favor of esports than Cowherd and others were letting on. 

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