Again, I’m talking about the difference between physical games and computer games, and the differences between access in those in terms of participation, and the differences between those in terms of spectating.
If I want to play a fighting game, no matter if I am a casual player or a pro, I can play the same game in the same hardware with the same rules, etc etc etc.
If I want to play at Augusta, like Tiger Woods, I just can’t. If I want to drive the Dakar Rally, I just can’t. Etc etc etc.
So my only chance is to watch other people play Augusta and the Dakar rally. There is no overlap between viewers and participation.
The only taste I can get of those inaccessible sports is viewing others participating.
With computer games, that isn’t the case. And because I can play the same games with the same rules and the same goals and the same equipment as the pro players, I know first hand what style of play I enjoy. Therefore I can and do chose who I watch on Twitch based on my own experience with the same game played in the same way, be that casual or hardcore competitive.