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TOPIC: eSports

eSports 15 Mar 2015 01:33 #6269

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I currently work in the eSports industry and have been since 2011. I moved to Germany to take on an opportunity to work with all types of video games, going to international events all over the globe to see professionals compete in video game tournaments. It is crazy how much video games has changed over the decades and to see how diverse the community is compared to what it once was. I remember that video games were a taboo. Anyone claiming that they played back in the day were assumed that they live in their grandmother's basement and are closed off from society. They were stereotyped as looking like the guys from Revenge of the Nerds. Now you see people of all shapes and sizes enjoying what was once a thing that only boys did. The tournaments went from only a few hundred people attending to watch to thousands upon thousands. People are much more accepting of things now compared to how they used to be. You have Dreamhack with about 18,000 fans showing up just to watch their favourite team or player compete. The International 4 was in the New York times and was broadcasted on two different ESPN channels! How amazing is that? Amazon bought Twitch.tv (a video game broadcasting site) for $1 billion! Times sure have changed and video games are making a comeback.
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eSports 23 Mar 2015 00:15 #6421

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Very cool, do you work for ESL or Turtle Rock?

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Cologne for Gamescom once and have done some work in the field as well.

Big salaries, and tournaments and showings are making it more legitimate in the mainstream as people come to terms with it's popularity and depth. Kaci who was a local news anchor helped cover The International in Seattle and I think she did a great job getting into the swing of things.

www.redbull.com/us/en/esports/stories/13...in-love-with-esports

Recently Worlds filled a Korean stadium with over 40,000 people and International 4 had a prize pool over over $10,000,000 USD.

As it grows I hope the scene matures a bit though and the players are given a more fair representation, but that is something VALVE is currently looking into. Exciting stuff for our generation!
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eSports 23 Mar 2015 00:54 #6428

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Here’s the link to an image that pertains to the growth of one of many popular titles, League of Legends:
i.imgur.com/KxjQWWi.jpg
Maybe it’s because I’m from a neighborhood that his a higher propensity towards online gaming, but it’s true that I am seeing more people playing games like League of Legends. Not only has there been growth in the number of people who plays the game, but there has also been an expansion in the niche of these players as well. It has come to the point where a game like League of Legends is considered normal in a social setting. Both of you are right: the eSports industry has a whole has grown to epic proportions, and many big name companies have taken an interest in the industry.
I think games like League of Legends have really democratized gaming in society. Many are even surprised by the number of female players who are participating in the game, which illustrates just how much of an effect the eSports industry is having on many. I’m interested in seeing what more may come of it in the future.
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eSports 27 Mar 2015 03:52 #6480

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I am actually currently working for Red Bull Battle Grounds (eSports) department. I used to live in Cologne, Germany and worked for Turtle Entertainment/ESL but not anymore. However, I still work with them when it comes to shows and events. They are our partners along with Twitch and Blizzard. I am currently working to prepare for the next Red Bull Battle Grounds DotA 2 event in San Francisco. It will be held the beginning of May so I hope you tune in! =) I am really glad that you know exactly what I'm talking about and can understand. I first worked at GamesCom back in 2011 and my boyfriend was a famous StarCraft II caster at the time.
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eSports 30 Mar 2015 01:21 #6531

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Haha, I meant Turtle Ent! Turtle Rock was just on my mind because of Evolve. I did some casting work through them contracted via ESL and my contact admin was extremely nice. All the GO4__ stuff is really a bunch of ragtag people with some passion although you get some people power tripping and some not so great personalities on players. Oh well!

I just got my TI stuff booked up so I don't think I'll travel to Battle Grounds, but I'm looking forward to the matches (Hopefully NA Dota brings some entertaining games). Maybe the next MLG Anaheim that gets it's stuff sorted out.

I know all the SC2 casters (SC:BW fan) and you aren't Kelly, so I wonder who you are :p

Either way it's good stuff, just hope for better player representation. Interesting to see all the different games doing things their own way in lots of events around the globe.
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eSports 13 Apr 2015 00:42 #6745

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I think it's awesome that you work for in the eSports industry. I completely agree with you about video games and how they have completely changed over the years. I have tried to grow my own Youtube channel but I stop because I want to prioritize school. I enjoy the competitive scene for gaming because you see all these teams compete and it looks pretty intense. Competitive tournaments are very entertaining to me. One day I would like to become pro and get paid for something I love doing and have fun doing it.
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