The Shanghai Major and eSports Professionalism

For those who don’t know, caster James “2GD” Harding was fired from the Shanghai Major for unprofessionalism, with Gabe Newell himself calling Harding “an ass”. Now, there’s a whole load of controversy around who was right and who was wrong in the whole affair, but I’m firmly in the camp that both parties should have been more professional. eSports is still young, and really, I hope we can all learn from this. eSports is always seen as a bit more casual than other sports, and that seems to be what 2GD was best at. Of course, he brought his more relaxed style to the Shanghai Major… Which is a pretty dumb move.

I get it, eSports casting is very casual as opposed to other sports casting. But really, should it be? Don’t we want eSports to be recognised as a legitimate sport by everyone? You can still have your guy casting in his dorm room in boxer shorts, but when it’s a big tournament, shouldn’t it be more formal? Like every other sport? Maybe it’s just me, but I want more formal eSports casting in the big leagues. I want eSports to have a professionalism to it at higher levels. I want my casters to not tell racist jokes about their masturbation habits.