There's some seriously irrelevant shit in here. Your opinion of WoW as a game or a spectator sport doesn't matter. It's simply a fact that arena can and should be treated as an esport. The WoW tournaments for MLG and ESL drew massive viewership (maybe even the highest) back in WotLK, which was the last time Blizzard gave even an ounce of a damn about the competitive scene, and it was competing with shit like SC2 and various fighting games, all of which remain mid to low-level esports today, and all of which are in roughly the same state today that they were then (including arena - spectator-wise, very little has changed). Yeah, there's not a chance in hell arena could ever even come close to matching viewership for league, hearthstone, dota, or CSGO. But those are the far-and-away most successful esports of our time. Arena could EASILY hold its own or even crush most of the lower level esports of today, even in the awful state the game is currently in. What's wrong with being the 6th or 7th or 8th biggest esport? Fucking nothing, especially when considered in the light of how little it would actually take to get it there. Hilariously enough, Hearthstone is yet another Blizzard game where early on they actively worked against the competitive scene, deliberately resisting its rise to an esport because it wasn't what they intended. Maybe it's time for them to realize that they should let games be competitive if people want them to be, because it leads to a lot more success for not a lot more effort.
There is absolutely no sensible argument that arena should be ignored and marginalized to the degree it is today. It's been limping along for fucking years now and people still refuse to let go because the game is just foundationally good, still better than most other stuff out there today even with all of these cancerous tumors from the better part of a decade worth of garbage design and general neglect. If they put ANY fucking effort into it at all, the decline could be reversed and the game would experience at least some moderate level of success again. Literally ANY effort.
FWIW, I don't give a shit if arena is ever an esport or what size it reaches or any of that bs. I just wish it was taken seriously so that the game was in a playable state more than once every 2-4 years, and the easiest way to achieve that would be for it to be an esport.
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