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Why ESPN televises Cornhole championships and not PAPA


By pinwiztom

2 years ago



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    #58 2 years ago

    My other gaming passion is Street Fighter. The biggest tournament of the year, Evo, has had the top 8 broadcast on ESPN the past couple years. It's been pretty successful numbers wise I believe. ESPN is obviously open to interesting alternative gaming content.

    Here's the thing though: they're not gonna just bring an audience to you, you've got to bring one to them.

    When I tune into the top 8 of a Street Fighter tournament on Twitch I'll probably see 100,000 people watching. When I tune into a PAPA broadcast I see more like 400.

    Until pinball can successfully bring in the eyeballs and format there's no case to go to a network and say "hey let's partner up here, it will be good for both of us".

    #92 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    I have personally seen John Madden Football being played competitively on ESPN.
    I don't know man. Seems like they'll show anything.

    An enormously popular game that sells millions and millions of copies every year. Easy to understand and follow, fast moving. It's a good choice really.

    #104 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Have you ever watched people play video games?

    Yes, I do it regularly, it's one of my passions. Competitive video game playing is a bigger part of my life than pinball (Street Fighter specifically).

    I've written up my thoughts on what pinball could learn from video game streaming over on Tilt Forums before, since that's where people discuss tournament play more seriously. I would highly recommend watching eSports coverage if you're involved in pinball streaming and interested in looking for tips.

    Edit: Troz is consistently doing great work and really at the forefront of good streaming ideas IMHO

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