So a few months back, I independently created a sort of ‘fan made’ episode of BBC World Service’s award winning podcast, The Inquiry. It was driven by my love of the podcast format, the inviting question and four witness analysis, as well as my enthusiasm for esports, and the sense that this phenomenal movement is somehow being overlooked by the mainstream media.
The question I chose at that time was ‘How do you become a professional video gamer?’ – and I sought to use that as a peg to introduce a new audience to the concept of esports, as well as exploring and explaining the many different facets that are involved in creating a huge sporting scene from what is essentially ‘just’ video game playing.
I finished it with brilliant and, in my view, fascinating contributions from ‘witnesses’ across the esports scene, including ESL’s Richard Simms, Team Liquid’s Mike Milanov, 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor, and Halo 4 Global Champion and Halo 5 pro-player Aaron ‘Ace’ Elam.
BBC World Service weren’t as interested in the esports angle as they were in the subject of video games more broadly, but they liked the brazen pitch I made, and invited me to join them in producing an episode discussing the value of video gaming to society – if indeed there is any.
And so, I present you with Take 2. This is my second (but importantly actually official) The Inquiry podcast. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.