Starcraft is super popular and that’s a major understatement. In some places it could be regarded as a national sport.
In a recent interview Blizzard’s Itzik Ben-Bassat was asked whether eSports can rival real sports in terms of popularity, to which he replied:
We were just told the other day that by numbers, StarCraft is bigger than the NHL.
If true that is insane for Blizzard. I know its easy to dismiss the NHL nowadays since it has lost a significant amount of its popularity. Nonetheless if Starcraft 2 is more popular than the NHL it doesn’t surprise me. On an everyday basis I can probably find more people who play Starcraft than those who watch the NHL during the regular season.
I do live in south Texas so that may explain the lack of hockey fans here. Maybe the NHL fans up north have something to say about this statement from Blizzard!Blizzard: Starcraft 2 is bigger than the NHL,