Most gamers who enjoy eSports don’t necessarily enjoy spectating it; the people who do, however, have a greater understanding of the game than your everyday casual gamer. StarCraft 2 design production chief, Chris Sigaty thinks that getting eSports on television would propel it to mainstream viewing, but what are the odds of that happening outside of Europe, South Korea and the United States?
Somebody at Sony has obviously been hitting the electric Kool-aid, because they thought this was a good idea. Starting on February 18th, youâ€™ll be able to download weekly episodes of â€œThe Tester,â€ a new reality TV series from the PSN.
The show will feature real life gamers competing for one of the most dull, draining and wholly unfulfilling jobs in the videogame industry â€“ that of the Q&A tester. A staple of childhood gamer fantasies, the job of the tester is far, very far removed from the fun and glamour perceived by the prepubescent mind. It is, I suppose, an interesting way to occupy a vacancy that could easily have been filled by throwing a cheeseburger at a vagrant.
click the header picture to embiggen â€“ Itâ€™s Penny Arcadeâ€™s take on the show.
If youâ€™re somehow interested, you can find a trailer after the jump. Reality TVâ€¦not quite my thing.