When asked to comment on Amazon’s $1 billion deal to buy videogame streaming site Twitch, ESPN President John Skipper didn’t mince words when it came to offering his appraisal of the form of entertainment dubbed “eSports.”

“It’s not a sport — it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition,” said Skipper in remarks Thursday at the Code/Media Series: New York conference. “Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.”

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I like eSports, it's far more entertaining and engaging for me than "real" sports (whatever that means). So thank you Mr Skipper, just go about your day, and keep your sports.


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