I know, Civilization VI being an Esport sounds weird, but bear with me for a moment.
Just this past weekend, competitive Esports team Team Liquid announced that they had just recruited their first pro Civ player, and were looking to build a full team of Civ players, with Stephen ‘MrGameTheory’ Takowsky leading them.
‘MrGameTheory is a former world champion Civilization player who achieved the rank of #1 on the Civilization Revolution leader board, Civilization IV international league, and Civilization V international league. He holds the records for most 1v2, 1v3, 1v4, and 1v5 ladder victories in Civilization IV. He is commonly referred to by members of the competitive community as a the “God” or “Legend” of Civilization.
Civilization provides the perfect platform for players to showcase their gaming intellect and we feel that Firaxis is on the cusp of bringing the franchise to a competitive esports level. It is inevitable that Civilization will take its place alongside the top esports in the world.’
While I can’t disagree with the comparisons drawn between Civ and chess, I can’t imagine that a competitive game of Civilizavion VI will be very interesting to watch. Still, it should be fun to see how this develops.