WoW could have been big in esport if this got handled 4 years ago, its hilarous to see that such a big company had such bad devs for so long
You're cute, here's a pat on the back. The only reason why WoW even had an appearance on MLG a few years back was because of Blizzard's influence in the gaming world., and Blizzcon arena tourney existed because, well, it'd be stupid for a company not to make a tournament out of its own game. I actually didn't understand few years back when first WoW MLG was happening ( was new into whole online gaming thing, I was a casual gamer who didn't even bother checking all the multiplayer games until I was introduced to WoW ) - how come WoW booth had so little crowd while others had more than plenty, how come it had so little online viewers while other games were rocking viewers, and why did I have to hear screams of CS/SC booths all the time while WoW commentators were acting like bullied children and telling us "Heh, hear that SC crowd ? It's okay they'll settle down now so we can continue with commentating without interruptions" ?
Reason was that games like CS, SC, League are infinitely easier to get in to while having higher skill cap than WoW does, and are way more forgiving on new viewers than WoW is. Also, players of those games play for the PvP component alone, while 95% of WoWs players are in it for dragonslaying, flower picking, selling shit on AH, etc etc.
Apparently this new guy got hired. Apparently he's doing great changes ( I can agree, f.ex. I've been wanting to see BEM accessible from all sides since druids were abusing the hell out of it and so on ), and even if he did them 4 years ago, the same problems would plague WoW.
So little of its playerbase even cares about PvP, how could it possibly attract new players and viewers when even its own players don't want to watch PvP ?
No MMO will ever make it into esports properly, I hear even GW2 has failed.