I commented a few weeks ago about D&D entering eSports, and they've already announced the form it will take, and the press release is below.
Now, I've read it through, and this relates as much to D&D, as kicking as the Super Bowl relates to kick a ball around in your back yard.
It really looks as if the eSports version of D&D is going to be a spectator sport, and therefore they've lost me. I don't watch other people play sports, although I've enjoyed playing in the past. I don't watch other people play video games, although I enjoy playing them. And the idea of watching other people play D&D seems boring as hell.
Anyway, as I said, the press release is below, and if watching people earn money from playing a game is something you enjoy, then maybe it's for you.
Imagine if two parties fighting for opposite sides found themselves in the same dungeon. Itâ€™s kill or be killed. What will they do to survive?
DnDSports is the first online D&D Tournament in a cooperative Party vs Party setting from EncounterRoleplay & DnDBeyond with a grand prize of $5,000. Over the course of 4 weeks, 16 players will compete in teams of 4 in single elimination games. Each game is a best of 3 arena battle and played via Roll20.
How is it Played?
The full rules for DnDSports will be released shortly after our next round of Playtesting. We donâ€™t claim to have created perfect balance, nor is that our aim, as every competitive game has an element of strategy. Weâ€™re also implementing MOBA-esque mechanics such as a Pick/Ban phase to help expand the strategy. Weâ€™ve been working closely with over a dozen talented DMs to create 15 pre-generated characters from which the players will choose, and adapt the pre-existing Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition rules.
We know that this will be an incredibly fun new way to play D&D, because as long as youâ€™re having fun, youâ€™re doing it right!
When is it?
Day 1: November 10th at 12pm PST
Heat 1: Team Beholder vs. Team Mindflayer
Day 2: November 17th at 12pm PST
Heat 2: Team Kobold vs. Team Tarrasque
Day 3: November 24th at 12pm PST
All Stars Charity game for 826LA foundation
Day 4: December 1st at 12pm PST
Where can I watch it?
Watch live on Twitch here.
The VODs will be uploaded to Youtube here.
Who is involved?
The EncounterRoleplay & DnDBeyond crews have teamed up to bring this production to life!
As for whoâ€™s competing? Keep an eye on the DnDSports Twitter & here on the blog to learn more about the teams as they are revealed!
But D&D Shouldnâ€™t be an eSport?!
Itâ€™s not an eSport. We created something that would make competitive gamers feel safe and comfortable trying out D&D5e for the first time. Itâ€™s a new way to display the versatility of combat in D&D5e in a unique setting. We encourage you to respect the way different people play D&D because we know that this will be a fun event and there is no wrong to play D&D, as long as you are having fun!