The esports community has been left horrified and shaken by the actions of football fans in attendance at a match between Young Boys Bern and FC Basel in a Swiss Super League match. Fans of the home team, Young Boys, launched tennis balls and games console controllers onto the pitch in what is sure to be a huge blow to the esports industry, which had been looking to be growing to unprecedented heights in recent months. Match officials had to temporarily stop the match 15 minutes in, in order to clean up the pitch and make sure players and fans alike were not in any immediate danger. Experts are still trying to figure out the relevance of the tennis balls. Individual fans of both Young Boys and Basel brought their own signs and banners to the match, including one which simply said "Scheiss E-Sports" which, according to Google Translate, simply means "esports are shit". How will we recover from this? Though Basel have recently re-signed three of their FIFA players to a new contract, it is not yet known what prompted Young Boys fans to lash out at esports in such a way, since they currently have no affiliation with esports in any way. Maybe they simply wanted to stick up for the Basel fans too shy to protest the abomination that is gaming? Regardless of the reason, many top-level teams from traditional sports have been moving into esports over recent years, so expect to see even more PS4 controllers and tennis balls strewn across football pitches this season. It has been suggested that the esports world leaders will be meeting for a discussion over how we move forward after this and that Sony has asked for their controllers back, but are thus far too upset to make a public statement. If anyone's interested, Young Boys won 7-1. Proof that football beats esports every time.
Esports under attack by angry Swiss football fans
Published on September 25th, 2018