Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals/Electronic Sports

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Description[edit]

This WikiProject would be dedicated to creating and improving articles related to electronic sports, including articles on professional gamers and teams as well as tournaments, leagues, and events. This would most likely be a child project of Wikipedia:WikiProject Video Games, though it should not simply be a task force of that project as the concept of an electronic sport is quite different from the concept of a video game. I would like to be involved in this project. —Entropy (talk) 21:54, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

List of important pages and categories for this proposed group
List of WikiProjects currently on the talk pages of those articles
Please invite these and any other similar groups to join the discussion about this proposal. See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Council/Directory to find similar WikiProjects.
Why do you want to start a new group, instead of joining one of these existing groups?
Electronic sports have grown significantly in recent years, to the point where there are individual articles on gamers, casters, teams, leagues, and so on. Many of these are certainly a subset of WikiProject Video Games, but are at the same time distinct. I suggest that this project be started with the same rationale that projects like Wikipedia:WikiProject Halo or Wikipedia:WikiProject Xbox were created. There should be a WikiProject dedicated specifically to the creation and improvement of electronic sports articles.
Additionally, I have noticed that many of the articles in the categories linked above are stub-class or start-class. This further demonstrates that a WikiProject targeting these articles would be beneficial. —Entropy (talk) 22:18, 21 January 2013 (UTC)


Support[edit]

Also, specify whether or not you would join the project.

  1. I would very much like to be involved in this project. Edit: it seems a taskforce of WP:VG already exists which covers the scope of this proposal. However, I still support the creation of this wikiproject in favor of reviving that taskforce. —Entropy (talk) 23:57, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
  2. Moved to Oppose. I strongly support the creation of a Taskforce eSports within WikiProject Video Games. I wouldn't be more involved specifically than I am already with WP:VG articles. I do not believe a separate WikiProject to be necessary; although electronic sport is concept different from video games, not a single article an a topic related to eSports is unrelated to video games, thus the larger WikiProject overlaps with 100% of the proposed Taskforce. This is for the same reasons for which I support the Taskforce-conversion of WP:XBOX & WP:HALO (the former of which has recently been completed). I can assist with the setup within WP:VG if necessary. Salvidrim!  22:24, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Oppose[edit]

  1. WP:eSPORTS already exists and I support its revival and growth; a rename to Taskforce eSports is also a proposition I might agree with, but should be discussed in-project. Salvidrim!  23:40, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
  2. As others have already pointed out, a task force within WP:VG already exists. I would suggest the proposers simply focus on reviving that rather than going through the effort of creating a project, retagging and all the other related work. Cabe6403 (TalkSign) 14:46, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
  3. Since WP:eSPORTS exists, I think that page would rather be revived than have another be created. ZappaOMati 01:16, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
  4. As others have said. Revive the currently existing one. -DJSasso (talk) 14:33, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Discussion[edit]

  • A comment regarding the argument that this project would overlap 100% with WP:VG-- I disagree to an extent, in that WP:VG focuses primarily on articles about video games and video game companies. Articles on professional gamers and competitions are less clearly related to WP:VG but would be well within the scope of WikiProject Electronic Sports. —Entropy (talk) 22:30, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
    eSports is generally defined as the competitive play of video games. While I understand that articles about eSports players and teams may be considered as having a more tenuous link to general video game articles, I see it that way: Sidney Crosby is closely related to his sport, Ice Hockey specifically, which is part of the overall scope of Sport. In the same vein, Fatal1ty is closely related to eSports, which is part of the overall scope of video games. You cannot be relevant to eSports without being relevant to video games, as eSports itself is a sub-topic of the larger element of video games. Salvidrim!  22:44, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Also in response to Salvidrim's comment in the Support section: I didn't know WP:HALO had been converted to a taskforce. Although, the existence of Wikipedia:WikiProject Square Enix serves the same purpose in my argument. —Entropy (talk) 22:34, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
    Not WP:HALO, WP:XBOX. For the record, I would support the Taskforce-conversion of both WP:HALO & WP:FF, but that would need consensus from within the project. Salvidrim!  22:44, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
  • WP:WikiProject Video games/Pro gaming already exists, and the scope is precisely the same as 'electronic sports'. --Izno (talk) 22:48, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
    That's in the category WikiProject Video games task forces; is it actually its own project? —Entropy (talk) 23:03, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
    Thanks Izno, guess I should've checked first. I support the revival and growth of that taskforce. Salvidrim!  23:40, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
    I didn't know about that taskforce; if the consensus is to revive that taskforce instead, I volunteer to help. —Entropy (talk) 23:45, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
    Although content-wise I would probably do little content work, I'd be more than happy to help with maintenance of the Taskforce pages within WP:VG as needed. :) Salvidrim!  23:50, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
    I would help out with content as well as maintenance. I should, however, note that I still prefer the creation of a new WikiProject for this scope over simply reviving the taskforce. I'd like to wait and hear from a few more people. —Entropy (talk) 23:58, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
    The unfortunate fact is that Pro gaming used to be its own project. I can only assume that there was not enough interest to support it as a full project and so it was eventually moved underneath the WP:VG banner. --Izno (talk) 00:17, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
    How long ago was that? Perhaps eSports have grown enough since then to warrant having their own project. —Entropy (talk) 20:43, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
    2 years, which is rather monolithic in Internet time, but it is long past the ascendancy of the likes of Brood War, CS, DotA, and Melee. However, the point of a group isn't for the size of the topic, it's for the size of the number of people working on a particular topic. How large the topic itself is, or how popular the topic is, is irrelevant to getting good work done. This is particularly true for video games-related topics, as most people would rather be playing the video games in question than in documentation of said video games... --Izno (talk) 23:21, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
    Perhaps, but the number of people interested in improving eSports-related articles is no doubt proportional to the size of the eSports community, which has grown substantially with the release of games like Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, as well as with Halo and Call of Duty tournaments, etc. —Entropy (talk) 03:30, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
  • If this project is approved, I am willing to do the maintenance work required (retagging, etc). —Entropy (talk) 02:53, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I'd like to join the task force, and I think many other editors would as well if it were revived and revitalised through recruiting. The task force can be split out into a WikiProject if and when it becomes too large to manage as a Task Force. Dcoetzee 03:11, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
Look, if we can manage thousands of articles with WP:NIN, I doubt WP:eSPORTS will grow unmanageably large. :) Salvidrim!  03:24, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
  • If there's any doubt as to whether there are enough people interested in contributing to an eSports WikiProject, I'm confident that there would be given the size of WP:VG. The reason the pro gaming taskforce became inactive appears to be lack of organization. If this new WikiProject is maintained and organized well it has the potential to be successful. —Entropy (talk) 03:37, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
    I strongly agree. In any case, I think we need people interested and willing to work out consensus and guidelines about eSports players/teams, specifically, as they're been a recurrent point of conflict in the past. As I don't plan on being directly involved, it would be my pleasure to help closing any discussions on the topic that would require an uninvolved party. Salvidrim!  03:55, 23 January 2013 (UTC)