Swedish Politicians Settling Their Differences with StarCraft

Swedish Politicians Settling Their Differences with StarCraft

That sounds a lot more interesting than a boring old debate, doesn't it?

Debates between political candidates around election season can be interesting to watch, particularly if you're invested in a specific issue, but they're typically not the best way to get "the youth" interested in politics. So how can that be changed?

By using video games, of course. BT Games reports that an event called PolitikerStarCraft was set up by former Pirate Party member Jonathan Rieder Lundkvist in an attempt to do two things: bring young gamers closer to the world of politics, and teaching politicians about the growing world of e-sports. The event has been running since 2010, but this year's event, which unfolded on the Sunday just gone, saw Lundkvist casting aside his political affiliations to act as an independent administrator and help make the event the best yet.

Lundkvist seemingly set up the schedule for the matches to deliberately put competing ideologies against one another, presumably intended to make for both entertaining viewing and a means for young viewers to more easily relate to the parties in question -- if they're treated like (e-)sports teams rather than political parties, that may help gamers to engage more readily with the competition and the participants.

Speaking with Daily Dot, Lundkvist explained that most of the participants are candidates for local government posts or members of the parties' youth organization -- though this year the event attracted the party secretary of the Sweden Democrats party.

"A major part of the tournament is also people not only wanting to see their favorite party win, but also parties they happen to dislike lose," he said. "Voting is important, and we seem to forget that. It's part of why I created this: to show the politicians e-sports is a thing, and to remind the youth that their votes matter. They should not waste it."

The event was broadcast in Swedish on the Living on the Ladder Twitch channel, and in English via TeamprOpertyTV; check out the video archives or the embedded video above to see the event in full.

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