Monday, October 29, 2018

DnDSports is Now RPGSports - Why the Name Change?

I missed this change in title (and website) as well as the drama over the invite / revoked invite / never invited Youtube personality (pick and choose what happened, it matters little)

Anyhow, DnDSports is now RPGSports. Now, why would one change their name from "KleenexSports" to "TissuePaperSports?" Here's the official announcement of the name change (with some relevant highlighted comments from myself):
We’ve heard a lot of great feedback, but one thing we weren’t expecting was SO much interest for us to expand outside of just Dungeons & Dragons! (somehow I doubt this) Therefore, we’ve decided to broaden our approach and become RPGSports! 
We have a new Twitch channel here
This wider umbrella means that we can position ourselves to easily collaborate with other tabletop games. What other tabletop games would you like to see in a competitive style in the future? 
Of course, in other ways this doesn’t change too much. The first RPGSports tournament this November will still be played using the Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition rules. We noticed some confusion online, and so wanted to take this opportunity to clarify that this is an EncounterRoleplay production. While D&DBeyond are sponsoring this tournament, Wizards of the Coast are not affiliated with RPGSports. (emphasis mine - read these two sentences carefully)
We’re excited to start releasing more information on rules, to announce the star-studded teams, and to tell you how you can get involved in RPGSports! 
Thanks for sticking with us while this exciting project continues to expand and grow.
Then there is THIS later down the page:
Who is involved? 
The EncounterRoleplay & D&DBeyond crews have teamed up to bring this production to life! While we’re playing Dungeons & Dragons, we don’t have any affiliation with Wizards of the Coast. (again, emphasis mine)
It suggests to me that the DnDSports title was politely contested by a company distinctly not affiliated with the project

You can read the latest PR share at ENWorld.

Note: D&D Beyond is NOT a WotC or Hasbro company. They have a D&D license.


  1. Don't know who this is for, not me.

  2. I wonder if the teams will be playing tournament modules and comparing scores, or if it's straight-up PVP. I could see the former maaaybe appealing to people who enjoy watching other people pretend to play D&D (Critical Role et al.), but I can't see the latter appealing to anybody.

    Player 1: I roll 14 to hit.
    Player 2: Miss. 16 to hit.
    Player 1: Hit.
    Player 2: 5 damage.
    Player 1: I'm dead.

    What other tabletop games would you like to see in a competitive style in the future?

    Well gee, if there was "SO much interest for [you] to expand outside of just Dungeons & Dragons," shouldn't you already know that?

  3. The punchline seems to me that there could have been a cease and desist from Hasbro. All conjecture though.


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