Writing and editing reference the Associated Press Stylebook is set to recognise competitive gaming as 'esports' with a lower case 's'.
That means no more 'eSports', 'e-Sports' or even 'eSportz'.
The reason for it being recognised as 'esports'? "Industry trends and general usage," apparently.
Glad that's settled then.
— Mededitor (@Mededitor) March 24, 2017
Since so many of you are asking: AP style is now esports, due to "industry trends and general usage."
— Lou Kesten (@lkesten) March 25, 2017
British esports host Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner is one of esports' (with a lower case 's') strongest advocates. He reacted with this tweet:
If the AP style guide says esports, lose the capital S you heathens.
— ReDeYe (@PaulChaloner) March 24, 2017
The Associated Press have also recognised 'internet' with a lower case 'i' and have removed the hyphen from 'e-mail' to become 'email'.
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