Like ‘Call of Duty’? Then you can now win an X Games medal.


Philadelphia Eagles running back LaSean McCoy looks like he’s having a lot of fun. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Activision)

X Games officials, along with Major League Gaming, announced Monday that they’ve added video-gaming to its list of medal events. And no, the judges won’t be scoring players on whose thumbs can execute the best YOLO Flip. Gamers will be judged on their ability to play “Call of Duty: Ghosts.”  ESPN reports:

“The ‘MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts’ tournament will feature the top five ‘Call of Duty’ teams based on MLG Pro Points plus the top three teams from the ‘Call of Duty’ championship held in Winter Park, Fla., last month. The eight teams will compete in a double-elimination group format, with four teams advancing to a single-elimination bracket. X Games medals will be awarded to the winning teams.”

Sound extreme or extremely boring? Your answer might depend on your age. Tim Reed, the senior director of content strategy for the X Games, tells ESPN:

“It made sense from X Games’ perspective. The audiences are similar: youth, fun to play with, and they like music, sports and gaming. So it all kind of lines up with [the X Games] audience.”

The first X Games gaming tournament will take place in Austin, Texas, this June.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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