Tag: eSports money

Having Realistic Expectations in eSports

Last night I published a short opinion piece about having realistic expectations in eSports. Specifically it was in regards to getting paid from eSports positions and the Major League Gaming Fall Championship.

The first point I went on to make was my theory about why such a small percentage of people get paid from eSports. It’s because these organizations, while appearing large and successful from the outside, are actually operating on razor thin margins. This instability in a volatile market means we need to treat them like start-up companies. They are only able to hire the absolute best candidates because a single bad employee could literally put the company out of business. And we see this every 6-9 months, with another organization going under. So as an individual interested in pursuing eSports professionally, understand that you have a long road ahead. You must prove your worth by creating value over a consistent period of time. Only then will they consider paying you.

The second point I wanted to make was that as fans we need to have proper expectations when dealing with tournaments. I saw a number of angry Tweets on Friday and Saturday from HD purchasers who said they would never buy MLG again. This saddens me because 1. they are giving you a free pass for the next event and 2. this industry is really young. eSports has only been around in its current context for ~12 years and the technology we’re using make everything possible only 3-4 years. No matter how much money someone throws you, hosting an event at this stage of the game is going to result in problems. MLG took a risk by switching streaming partners (I’m assuming because of a better deal or simply to “test the waters” and take power away from Twitch), which results poorly. It’s going to happen as things evolve. Please give them a chance to grow and support whatever they do so we can have a bright future. Of course I should also clarify by saying that complaining and holding people to standards is a good thing, just don’t count them out completely.

Here is the full video:

Other Tags: MLG, TwitchTV

eSports Gaming History 2005-2007 (notes and links)

“E-Sport Gaming, The Past and Present”. This article contains notes and links to various research I did regarding the history of eSports. It’s unformatted, but may contain some helpful information for exploring the past world of competitive gaming.

CEVO-P (CS:S), Season 1

October 31, 2005 – CEVO releases the list of invited teams for its Source Professional division.

Atlantic Conference

  • Check-Six
  • Devastation
  • Eazy5
  • Hyper!
  • Recon Syndicates
  • Skull Gaming
  • Verge
  • Borderline
  • CB7

Pacific Conference

  • D!E
  • Forbidden
  • Mug N Mouse
  • PowersGaming
  • The Edge of Sanity
  • Arcane
  • Upper
  • CB7

November 29, 2005 – CEVO Source Pro S1 Preseason: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/30487/

December 05, 2005 – CEVO Source Pro S1 Week 1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/30552/

December 13, 2005 – CEVO Source Pro S1 Week 2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/30637/

December 19, 2005 – CEVO Source Pro S1 Week 3: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/30721/

January 03, 2006 – CEVO Source Pro S1 Week 4: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/30824/

January 10, 2006 – CEVO Source Pro S1 Week 5: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/30877/

January 16, 2006 – CEVO Source Pro S1 Week 6: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/30954/

January 26, 2006 – CEVO Source Pro S1 Week 7: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31077/

January 31, 2006 – CEVO Pro Enters Makeup Period: instead of releasing the playoff information and beginning the first round, CEVO has allotted the next two weeks to the teams as a time to make up any unplayed matches over the seven weeks of the regular season: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31151/

February 02, 2006 – CEVO Source Playoffs Announced: After a very successful first season of Source, CEVO has announced playoff brackets and seeds for CEVO Pro Source Season One.

Atlantic

  • Hyper!
  • VerGe
  • EF Gaming
  • Project Circuit

Pacific

  • PowersGaming
  • Eminence
  • Upper
  • Unreal Skillz

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31177/)

February 21, 2006 – CEVO Source S1 Conference Playoffs Round 2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31476/

February 28, 2006 – CEVO Source S1 Conference Playoffs Round 3: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31592/

March 04, 2006 – CEVO divisional playoff info released

The final four teams are:

  • Enervate Gaming (Upper)
  • verGe Gaming
  • Hyper!
  • Forbidden

Prize payout:

  1. 1st – $2,000
  2. 2nd – $1,500
  3. 3rd – $1,000
  4. 4th – $500

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31626/)

March 06, 2006 – CEVO Source S1 Divisional Upper Round 1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31651/

March 08, 2006 – CEVO Pro S1 Divisional Round 2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31685/

March 15, 2006 – CEVO Source S1 Divisional Lower Final: Elimination for one team and a chance for another to advance to the final of the first season of CEVO Pro Source: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31746/

March 26, 2006 – CEVO Pro SI Grand Final: The first season of CEVO CSS comes to a close with the championship map between verGe and ENE in a best of three match.

CEVO Professional Season 1 Standings:

  1. Enervate – $2,000 USD
  2. verGe – $1,500 USD
  3. Hyper! – $1,000 USD
  4. Forbidden – $500 USD

verGe Roster:

  • Zach “cannoN” Cannon
  • Jonathan “HeliX” Wilson
  • Mike “paradox” Stanowski
  • Jon “juan” Mumm
  • Nick “n0it” Nowakowski

Enervate Roster:

  • Phil “Ph1l” Mah
  • Michael “deciple” Baker
  • Jimmy “nikon” Pike
  • Kyle “greenzilla” Green
  • Joshua “haqshot” Lanigan

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/31852/)

CEVO-P (CS:S), Season 2

May 30, 2006 – Season II CEVO-P Placement Tournament: CEVO announces a Professional placement tournament for Season II of CEVO CS:Source.

CEVO-P Teams

  • Enervate
  • EF Gaming
  • TEoS
  • verGe
  • Competing Teams
  • Forbidden
  • Ez5
  • Hyper!
  • Skull Gaming
  • Make it Bacon
  • Devastation
  • Project Circuit
  • Eminence
  • Visual Gaming
  • Electrify!
  • Wat? Gaming
  • Legion of Terror
  • Definition
  • Awakening
  • Cardboard Robots*
  • Exploit 3*
  • Team x5*
  • Team 1shot*

* Must qualify by winning pre-tournament match: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/32790/

June 14, 2006 – Counter-Strike Source: Visual removed; CEVO placement concludes: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33083/

July 10, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 1.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33443/

July 12, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 1.2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33474/

July 16, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 2.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33525/

July 19, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 2.2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33560/

July 23, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 3.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33616/

July 27, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 3.2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33676/

July 31, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 4.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33723/

August 03, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 4.2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33782/

August 06, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 5.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33829/

August 10, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 5.2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33915/

August 14, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 6.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33952/

August 17, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 6.2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/33992/

August 21, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 7.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/34045/

August 24, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 7.2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/34109/

August 28, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 8.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/34159/

August 31, 2006 – CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 8.2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/34219/

September 12, 2006 – CEVO Pro has announced the Season 2 playoff teams.

CEVO Pro Source SII Playoff Teams

  • verGe
  • Devastation
  • Hyper
  • Frantic
  • x3o
  • Forbidden

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/34439/)

September 18, 2006 – CEVO Pro Playoffs 1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/34532/

September 25, 2006 – CEVO Pro Playoffs 2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/34679/

October 14, 2006 – CEVO Pro Source SII Grand Final

CEVO Pro Season II Results:

  1. 1st Hyper! – $1,750.00
  2. 2nd verGe – $875.00
  3. 3rd Devastation – $525.00
  4. 4th Forbidden – $350.00
  5. 5th Frantic
  6. 6th x3o

Rosters:

verGe

  • Jon “juan” Mumm
  • Benedict “STRuK” Kaminski
  • Jon “HeliX” Wilson
  • Nick “nick” Nowakowski
  • Mike “paradox” Stanowski

Hyper!

  • Paul “Sphere” Hendley
  • Joe “Jd” Dawson
  • Jimmy “nikon” Pike
  • Sean “tuned” Portis
  • Karlos “solraK” Agobian
  • Joseph “Foerster” Foerster

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/34931/)

CEVO-P (CS:S), Season 3

December 04, 2006 – CEVO announces SIII CSS Placement Tournament

This season’s Placement Tournament will consist of 16 teams vying for the final 8 spots. Four teams are already guaranteed spots, Hyper!, Verge, Devastation, and Forbidden — the top 4 finishers from last season.

The following teams are competing for the final 8 spots (In order of seeds):

  1. EFgaming
  2. Visual Gaming
  3. DefinitioN
  4. Eminence
  5. Distinct 5
  6. Sacrifice For Honor
  7. Trigga Happy Battalion
  8. Upper
  9. Legion of Terror
  10. Team CarboN
  11. Flow Gaming
  12. E-Wave
  13. Team 1Shot
  14. THendry Gaming
  15. Team cRucial
  16. Juked

Teams and seeds were based off last season’s performance, current roster, LAN performance, professionalism, longevity, and stability.

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/35686/)

December 11, 2006 – CEVO Pro S3 Placement Round 1

CEVO Pro S3 Teams

  1. Hyper!
  2. verGe
  3. Forbidden
  4. Devastation
  5. Check-Six (Gaming Revolution)
  6. Juked
  7. Clan eX
  8. EFGaming
  9. Sacrifice 4 Honor
  10. Frantic
  11. 1shot
  12. exSports

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/35803/)

January 05, 2007 – Pandemic and rSports join CEVO’s Pro Source league

Pandemic’s Source roster:

  • Mark “mastern00k” Torrez
  • Chad “Daffsta” White
  • Jonny “Ph33R” Schwan
  • Hoang “s0nNy” Tran
  • Garett “grt” Bambrough

rSports’s Source roster:

  • James “Jame^s” O’Connor
  • Ted “LuckeyTed” Weinrich
  • Josh “PineKone” Springer
  • Dan “mehLer” Mehler
  • TBD

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36044/)

January 14, 2007 – CEVO has granted Team 3D a spot in its Counter-Strike:Source Professional division and confirmed the team’s participation.

3D’s roster:

  • Kyle “Ksharp” Miller
  • Jimmy Lin
  • Mikey “method” So
  • Sal “Volcano” Garrozo
  • Andy “rectar” Rector (roster candidate)

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36176/)

January 14, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Preseason 1.1: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36177/

January 18, 2007 – coL, EG, u5, rS, JMC join CEVO CSS Pro

CEVO CSS Pro Season 3 Team List

  • 1 shot
  • Check-Six
  • Devastation
  • EF Gaming
  • Clan eX
  • Eximius Sports
  • Forbidden
  • Frantic
  • Hyper!
  • Juked
  • Sacrifice 4 Honor
  • Verge
  • Team 3D
  • compLexity
  • Team EG
  • United 5
  • rSports
  • Jax Money Crew

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36241/)

January 21, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 1 on Season: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36275/

January 24, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 2 on Season: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36320/

January 28, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 3 on LostTemple: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36374/

January 31, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 4 on LostTemple: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36431/

February 04, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 5 on Dust2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36468/

February 07, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 6 on Dust 2: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36499/

February 11, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 7 on Nuke: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36542/

February 14, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 8 on Nuke: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36571/

February 18, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 9 on Russka: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36644/

February 20, 2007 – x3o steps down from CEVO CSS Pro: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36661/

February 21, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 10 on Russka: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36678/

February 25, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 11 on Train: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36733/

February 28, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 12 on Train: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36781/

March 04, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 13 on Inferno: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36829/

March 07, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 14 on Inferno: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36880/

March 11, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 15 on Contra: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36925/

March 14, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 16 on Contra: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/36979/

March 18, 2007 – CEVO Professional S3 Round 16 on Contra

March 18, 2007 – The final round of CEVO Pro CS:Source Season 3: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/37024/

April 19, 2007 – Possible Season 3 Final Stats (original scores missing!)

CEVO Pro Season III Results:

  1. compLexity
  2. ???
  3. ???

(http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/37382/)

CEVO-P Season 4

May 26, 2007 – CEVO kicks off another season of Pro CS:Source with a season 4 placement tournament: http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/37798/

Season 4 Teams

  • compLexity
  • Hyper!
  • Check-Six
  • verGe
  • EF Gaming
  • United 5
  • Forbidden
  • RecKoning
  • Devastation
  • Pandemic

August 19, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39321/ CEVO Pro Source Preview]

GotFrag brings a detailed break down of the tournament rules and teams in the Pro Source Preview.

August 19, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39323/ CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 1.1]

August 22, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39392/ CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 1.2]

August 26, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39456/ CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 2.1, 2.2.]

August 29, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39506/ United 5 drops from CEVO-P]

September 04, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39583/ CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 3:1, 3:2]

September 09, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39667/ CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 4.1, 4.2]

September 16, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39841/ CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 5.1, 5.2]

September 23, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39977/ CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 6.1, 6.2]

September 23, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/39981/ Eximius Overturned in CEVO-P]

CEVO investigates a match between Turmoil and Eximius Sports, in which Turmoil claims unfair play against Eximus. They would later find messiaH guilty of missing demos for the second half of the match and, as per league rules, Turmoil would be awarded all nine rounds of that half, resulting in a new final score of 11-7 in favor of Turmoil.

October 01, 2007 – [http://www.gotfrag.com/css/story/40096/ CEVO Pro CS:Source Week 7]

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