Looks Like New: How real are esports?

Competitive entertainment has always been an essential part of human culture. Traditionally, sports have been the preferred form of competition, however, in a modern age of mass globalization through connection, a new form of entertainment has taken the stage: esports.

With online communities of millions spread across the world, esports has been rapidly expanding and encourages a volatile competitive environment. With a great familiarity with traditional sports, it’s easy to wonder, “just how real are esports?” We speak with Jake Kelton from XLNC whose work in media production centers around esports.


CU Boulder’s MEDLab’s radio show and podcast, Looks Like New, asks old questions about new tech.

Each month, host Nathan Schneider and the Looks Like New team speaks with people who work with technology in ways that challenge conventional narratives and dominant power structures. The name comes from the phrase “a philosophy so old that it looks like new,” repeated throughout the works of Peter Maurin, the French agrarian poet and co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement.

Looks Like New airs the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., or by podcast on iTunes