Swiss Football Fans Protest Esports by Throwing Controllers Onto the Field During a Match

Swiss Football Fans Protest Esports by Throwing Controllers Onto the Field During a Match

Own goal.

A protest against esports was held at a recent Swiss soccer game over the weekend. Match officials were forced to stop a match temporarily in order to clean up the pitch after protestors threw controllers and tennis balls.

At one point you can see what looks to be a DualShock controller with the words "Fuck Esports" scribbled onto the handles. Pretty apt considering this was a protest against esports. The tennis balls make less sense.

Associated Press reported that during the Young Boys vs Basel game in the Swiss Super League (thanks Eurogamer) the Young Boys fans donned black hoodies and threw the tennis balls and controllers onto the field. They also brought with them a flag with the video "pause" icon. They were joined by the Basel fans in a show of unity from physical sports fans against esports.

The fans were protesting the fact that these sports teams were spending money on their esports arms, when they believe funds could be better used for non-esports expenditures. In North America several major esports teams are backed by traditional sports teams, though you don't see anti-esports protests at Golden State Warriors games which owns two esports teams.

Either way the match continued after the protest where the Young Boys won 7-1.

Header image source: RTS Sports

Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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