Following today’s announcement of Activision Blizzard acquiring Major League Gaming, Activision Blizzard CEO spoke with The New York Times about the purchase stating that the company wants to expand their Media Networks division.

Kotick stated that he wants to expand the reach of eSports globally and that their new Media Networks Division partnered with MLG has the capabilities of doing so. He stated that the company wants to build the “ESPN of video games.”

“I have a simple vision for this,” Mr. Kotick said in a phone interview. “I want to build the ESPN of video games.”

SOURCEThe New York Times
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  • Kyle Soule

    Furst

    • Riskninja

      thurd

  • Koolz

    Well this should be interesting.

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      Yeah, I’m interested in all of the clever jokes everyone will be making.

  • banerising

    As long as you don’t call them athletes.

    • Drasadex

      agreed.

    • Nobody9638

      e-athletes

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        e-tard.

  • jordanxbrookes

    Bye bye casual games then.

    • jooker-jr

      Bo2 and 3 are very eSport focused but most of the fanbase love them.

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        They still don’t beat the old CoDs. 🙁

        • jooker-jr

          Tbh,its impossible, we reached a point where its impossible to make a “simple” game like cod2 and 4.

          • CoDforever

            or we reached a point where people want op killstreaks and no skill required

          • TheNuGawd

            Soooo true…. Finally someone said it.

          • jooker-jr

            Probably, I think I’m the only one in this community who wants basic kill streaks ( I hate kill streaks) and no aim assist ( because of the skill), but it’s a casual franchise and they will server their main fans 1st.

    • CoDforever

      COD4 requires more skill than bo3

      • jordanxbrookes

        Really? You don’t say.

        • CoDforever

          This franchise has been becoming more and more casual

          • jooker-jr

            Exactly.

          • TheNuGawd

            No it’s moving away from casual that’s why everyone remembers the old ones so fondly. They were ok at like let’s say mw2 but really all they did was camp for streaks and now that cod actually takes some skill they cant do anything.

          • CoDforever

            Bo3 is as easy as every other cod save for cod 4

          • TheNuGawd

            Also there was not a big competitive scene until bo2.

      • TheNuGawd

        No.. No it’s not.

        • CoDforever

          COD4 actually had recoil on the guns.

          • TheNuGawd

            That doesn’t then mean it’s harder. And no they really didnt

          • test

            Guess you never used the m16 then.

          • jordanxbrookes

            M16 is a burst rifle. The recoil resets after each burst because of the burst delay.

        • jordanxbrookes

          You are a fool if you think Black Ops 3 is more skillful than Call of Duty 4 lmao.

  • lunator100hd .

    What ”ESPN” does mean?

    • Helpful Homie

      Española, it means Spanish 😀

      • lunator100hd .

        Your name is shouting ”troll”

      • Bored1234

        Liar

      • ◀Akame▶

        It’s Español, not Española.

    • RobMelchor

      Entertainment and Sports Programming Network

    • k5berry

      It’s a massive sports broadcasting network in the United States. To give you an example: when college football announced they’d be introducing a tournament-style postseason in 2014, ESPN bought the exclusive rights to broadcast those games for 12 years for 7.3 BILLION dollars.

      • lunator100hd .

        Ok thanks dude.

  • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

    Does he want to be made fun of? Is he not aware of how brutal us gamers on the internet can be? “ESPN of gaming” lol.

    • jooker-jr

      Whether we liked it or not, eSport is the thing now and every dev/publisher will try to get into it.

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        Because they’re dumb?

        • Chocobooo!

          because they are using their head to earn more money.

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            They’re not “using their head” by nickel and diming people. Nobody has to like their bullshit business practices. I’ll speak my mind about whatever I want.

        • jooker-jr

          They are not, they want money, and eSport seems like a good way to do it.

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            In what way would e-Sports earn them any more money than releasing a AAA game to the public? If anything, it’s just a little something extra that doesn’t make near the amount that Activision usually makes. They can invest into e-Sports all they want; it doesn’t make me think of it as less silly, nor does it make me think of their community differently. All e-Sports did for CoD was grant it more negativity.

          • jooker-jr

            I don’t know, but publishers know how to get money, and it seems like eSport is a good way to do it.

  • Jasco

    maybe slowly the trolls of this website will start getting brought into the light of esports and how its legitimatcy is growing.

  • Mario Rivera

    well at least we should expect to see better integration of competitive in cod games for the ppl that care about that stuff. It would be nice to be able to earn ”pro points” in game and not deal with disputes and that kind of stuff.

  • Ryan Bell

    eThletes