One would think with all the positive strides esports has been making, it wouldn’t attract negative attention. Unfortunately for some sporting fans, they don’t support esports at all. In Switzerland, soccer fans interrupted a Super League match. The protest, which lasted for several minutes, was fueled because many clubs are actually investing in esports to try and entice a younger fanbase.

The Fans Behind the Protest

The Young Boys Bern’s hardcore fans, aka the “Ultras,” began throwing objects onto the Stade de Suisse field 15 minutes into a home game against Basel. Thrown objects included console controllers and tennis balls. The referee had to stop the match for two minutes while the pitch was cleared. Despite the small disruption, Young Boys managed to defeat Basel 7-1.

These fans also held up banners that read “Scheiss E-Sports,” which when roughly translated, means “E-Sports are shit.” It’s safe to say they clearly don’t actively play Fortnite or Overwatch.

Young Boys isn’t even associated with any esports at all. The club’s opponent that day, Basel, does have a connection with the FIFA video game series. Clearly, these hardcore soccer fans would rather their favorite team focus on the real game. Yes, they have a right to protest, but maybe don’t do it during such an important match and hurl objects onto the field?

They come off as just sour fans and probably not fans that Young Boys wants to be affiliated with. Remember, there is always a better way to get your message across. Personally, I agree with real sports combining with esports. This sounds like a smart move on their part. Hopefully no more protests like this occur, but who knows. What are your thoughts? Do you believe esports and sports should be separate? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tarah Bleier
Tarah Bleier is a freelance writer, editor and content creator from Toronto. Former Staff Writer Here on Daily Esports she is the News Gatherer, finding breaking stories, and doing research to get the site the most up to date content.She currently actively writes for, Flixist and Outright Geekery. As a graduate from Centennial College’s Journalism program, she has also written for Nintendo Enthusiast, PC Invasion, Tribute.ca, Factinate.com and for Geek Enthusiast Magazine. In her free time, she loves gaming, travel cosplaying, prop making and attending as many conventions and geeky events as she can.

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