The Unearned Hype Podcast: Episode 14 - The One About Esports & Marvel's Saturation Problem

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Hey guys, we’re back with another episode of The Unearned Hype Podcast!

This week’s show went up a bit later than usual, thanks to a combination of scheduling conflicts and technical snafus, but our fourteenth episode is finally ready for your consumption. On our latest episode, Phil and I explore our feelings on the current crop of esports products and the presentation changes necessary for each to become more consistent viewers. We both agree that modern tournaments are building a proper foundation for whatever comes next. And we’re excited to see events like ELeague’s Street Fighter V Invitational mentioned during something as big as an NBA playoff game. But we’re also ready to see the commentary and production values take another step up. We make a few comparisons to more traditional sports. But I think we did a pretty good job of discussing the subject in manner that shows we’re potential viewers and not just out of touch old guys yelling at the TV because ESPN aired video games again.

We also take a few minutes to talk about the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe and my own concerns that the company might be trying to push too many TV and movie projects out the door at the same time. As a longtime comic fan, Phil is pretty used to seeing Marvel promote a combination of niche and wide-appeal properties, from Captain America to Squirrel Girl. But as the number of current Marvel projects continues to grow, and more of them prove to be less than stellar, it’s hard not to think the company is going to have a saturation problem in the very near future. The MCU may not have peaked yet. But that day can’t be that far off, can it?

We’ve included YouTube and SoundCloud archives of the this week's show and we’ll continue to do so with each new episode going forward. You can also watch us record the show every week on Twitch. We usually record at 1 p.m. (EST) every Wednesday, barring scheduling conflicts. You can even listen to The Unearned Hype Podcast on iTunes. Just remember to click the Subscribe button if you like what you hear!


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