Kimmel Responds To Angry Backlash From ESports Community
September 1 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
Listen, watching someone play video games isn't for everyone. I find myself checking out new titles on Twitch, which gives you a live look-in at other people playing just about any video game ever made. Sometimes it's a useful way to assess whether something is worth the $60 price tag, other times it's just fun to peek into someone else's hobby. For others, still, watching someone else play a video game is akin to watching other people play real, three-dimensional football. Whatever floats your boat, right?
Jimmy Kimmel doesn't see it this way. On Friday, Kimmel posted this sketch to his YouTube page, lampooning eSports culture for its admittedly voyeuristic underpinnings. "What if you could watch the people watching the people play video games?" it asks.
Here's what that'd look like...
Suffice it to say this did not go over well with those who plan to use YouTube's new eSports viewing platform. From personal experience dealing with these people in the past (perhaps I'm wrong to group Gamegate folk in with eSports fans, but oh well), I'm well acquainted with how nasty they can be -- especially when they act in unison. At one point, after someone emailed me a picture of one of my family members with a menacing caption, I started getting legitimately scared, all because I objected to gamers using homophobic/misogynistic language. Shit got real there for a second. Ironically, these people do not play.
Kimmel, too, experienced the full force of their militarized shaming wing, with the video in question receiving nearly 60,000 thumbs downs on YouTube, plus an endless stream of disparaging comments that "go there," as it were (e.g. lots of "kill yourself" talk.)
On Monday, Kimmel showed the world just how vitriolic gamers can be.
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