Swedish politicians fought last weekend in a StarCraft 2 tournament which pitted ideology against ideology. Pirate Party affiliate Jonathan Rieder Lundkvist organised the event to “show the politicians eSports is a thing, and to remind the youth that their votes matter.”
Most of the event’s competitors were sourced from Swedish party youth organisations, or are candidates for local government posts – but also included Björn Söder, party secretary for the Sweden Democrats.
Lundkvist, now in his second year as event coordinator, brought in Swedish commentator duo Living on the Ladder to broadcast the event.
“I have a certain fondness [for them] due to the jokes they made at my expense when they casted me back in the day,” he told the Daily Dot.
The Social Democrats, Sweden Democrats, Pirate Party and Left Party all fielded strong candidates – but the Left eventually triumphed.
“Voting is important, and we seem to forget that,” said Lundkvist. “It’s part of why I created this: to show the politicians eSports is a thing, and to remind the youth that their votes matter. They should not waste it.”