SNL Gets Into Gaming

Posted on October 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Esports are finally getting their due – in addition to the enormous prizes for live tournaments, the integration of AI pop stars, and widespread viewership on Twitch and ESPN, they’re being covered by the ultimate program in pop culture: Saturday Night Live. In Saturday’s episode, featuring Chance the Rapper as both host and musical artist, Chance reprised a previous role of an MSG Knicks reporter being thrown into primetime coverage of a sport that isn’t basketball. This time around, he was required to cover the 2019 League of Legends World Championship – of course without any knowledge of the gaming community.

Do we think fans want to see more of esports outside of Twitch? ABSOLUTELY. And yes, the caps were necessary; they were a must to show how confident we are in this answer. There’s been talk about esports making its way into the Olympics, so why not have them spill out into the larger world of entertainment? Do we think the fans will appreciate how spot on Chance the Rapper’s impression of a traditional sports fan learning about esports was? Of course. Watching that sketch reminded us of every time we’ve found ourselves trying to explain how our league is the gamification of traditional football. One thing is for certain, we’ll be rooting for the mainstream expansion of esports while we wait for the FCFL to get the SNL-treatment.