Fans delay football game with esports protestYoung Boys-FC Basel supporters united in opposition of competitive gaming, interrupt match by throwing tennis balls, controllers onto the fieldBrendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 24th September 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareRelated JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Traditional sports have largely embraced esports in recent years, with leagues launching competitive gaming counterparts and owners frequently investing in the space. However, traditional sports fans may not be as enthusiastic about branching out into esports.As reported by the Associated Press, yesterday’s Swiss Super League football match between Young Boys and FC Basel was delayed for two minutes as fans carried out a pre-planned protest against esports. The AP reports that fans threw tennis balls and game consoles on the field, while a video of the match embedded in a Eurogamer report shows no consoles, but several controllers.Fans of the host Young Boys also unfurled a banner of a black pause sign over a section of seating, while supporters of the visiting FC Basal brought their own banner expressing support for the protest. While Young Boys does not have an associated esports squad, FC Basel has one that competes in EA Sports’ FIFA.Image credit: RTS SportCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesMTG loses money in Q1 despite greater revenuesESL Gaming parent company doesn’t expect a significant return to live esports events until 2022By Brendan Sinclair 12 days agoGrid secures $10m in Series A fundingGerman-based esports data company will use the “investment to take on the US”By Jeffrey Rousseau A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.