Dota 2 made no sense until I saw it as a sport
When I looked at Dota 2 like a game, I wasn't interested. When I started looking at it like a sport, it hooked me deeply.
There are multiple reasons I started playing Dota 2, but the main inspiration came from an unexpected source: televised sports. Specifically HBO, whose otherwise-excellent Real Sports program ran a very well balanced segment on League of Legends last fall, only to follow it up with an awkward argument between hosts as to whether or not LoL is a sport at all.
This is the same program that ran an exposé on the American Kennel Club's breeding standards this year, all without any discussion of its sports-ness, but I digress.
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