SWTOR as eSport – Can It Happen?

swtor as esport

 

So this is not the first time this question has been proposed but we want to open it up for a bit of discussion here. Could SWTOR make it as an eSport? With the growing popularity and demand on esports, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to think about other games getting into the scene. But is SWTOR a good choice? What aspects of SWTOR could be made into an eSport? We’d clearly be looking at PvP options, right?

There is a sect of players who love SWTOR solely for the PvP side, despite this not being what the game is specifically made for and branded to. There will always be players who love PvP and want to get specifically into that style of play. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at what might work for SWTOR in an eSports environment.

SWTOR PvP tournaments played out on Twitch? This is something I think fans would watch.

If SWTOR wants to pursue the eSport arena, they definitely would need to focus their PvP options in a more organized way. I believe there would be players willing to participate and fans willing to watch but there are far too many other issues of practicality to work out at this stage.

What about class balance and PvP balance issues? Would BioWare offer enough support to make this a viable option for those who might want it? We’d need to see 8v8 make a return, almost assuredly.

We’d want a spectator mode but the current game engine is not so friendly to this option. Is the current SWTOR community too small to make a realistic tournament even take place? There are so many questions and simply not enough answers at this stage. It doesn’t seem BioWare really wants to focus very much on PvP in SWTOR but should they be?

How about Huttball matches in an eSport arena?

We want to know your thoughts in the comments. Will it happen? Could it happen? Should it happen?

Lisa Clark

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.