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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

iMpulse eSports: Indie StarCraft Team League: Day 5 Preview

iMpulse eSports could play spoiler for Future Talent Art Control Team, Clan OverDosed seeks upset over Area 51 Gaming.

The final week of the Indie StarCraft Team League is upon us and action gets started at 8 p.m. Both games will be streamed simultaneously at 8 p.m. EST. iMp versus Future Talent Art Control Team can be seenhttp://www.own3d.tv/iMpStream1. Clan OverDosed versus Area 51 will be on http://www.own3d.tv/iMpStream2.

Win-and-In Situation
Pool A favorite and leader Area 51 Gaming can rest easy – their spot in the playoffs is already set with their wins over iMpulse eSports (4-2) and Future Talent (4-3).

For Clan OverDosed and Future Talent, the final week of play will determine which of the two reaches the last open playoff spot.

If iMpulse eSports defeats Future Talent tonight, and OverDosed defeats Area 51, then Area 51 and OverDosed will move on. An iMpulse loss couple with an OverDosed loss or win means that Future Talent moves on by virtue of head to head record with OverDosed.

OverDosed Underdogs
A Week 1 All Kill loss to Future Talent didn’t provide much to brag about for Clan OverDosed, but after surprising tournament hosts iMpulse eSports with a 4-1 victory in the following week, OverDosed looks to take on the Pool A giant Area 51.

OverDosed will likely look to players who carried them past iMpulse last week to try and create an upset. Protoss player StrAtiGY and Zerg player NoRegreT tore through the iMpulse line-up last week.

For Area 51, their Terran Drunkenbou defeated Shinya and Week 1’s star, FTaCt Fantasy, and closed out the series with two back-to-back wins by Strength’s Zerg play.

Keep your eyes on: iMpBails and FTaCtFiery
The Future Talent roster is one of the more active teams in the Playhem Daily North American tournaments and last week numerous players made deep runs, including Protoss player Fiery.

For iMpulse, Bails is one of the team’s ace players and just recently was featured with his very own replay pack and QnA article. The Bails replay pack can be seen here:http://impulseesports….=news_comments&newsID=67.

Watch and Win
iMpulse eSports will be giving away coaching lessons from a Masters/Grandmasters player during the ISTL. To register to win, simply follow iMp on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ImpulseESports).

Winners will be selected randomly from the two sites followers/friends list, so following both doubles your chances of winning. The winners will be announced during the event finals.

Other Tags: ISTL, StarCraft II, SC2

iMpulse eSports: Indie StarCraft Team League: Day 4 Preview

Multitude Gaming seeks a win versus Team aiR, Relentless Heroes need a rebound versus Team Nightmares.

The preciousness of a win in a short season was seen on Tuesday night as tournament hosts iMpulse eSports watched their Indie StarCraft Team League playoff aspirations come close to dead at the hands of Clan OverDosed.

Now two teams in a similar situation as iMpulse will look to make sure they don’t fall to the same misfortune iMp did in Day 4 of the ISTL.
Matches will feature Multitude Gaming (MxG) – the tournament darlings who nearly upset heavy favorite Team Nightmares (NMx) last week — versus Team aiR and Team Nightmares versus Relentless Heroes (RH).

Both games will be streamed simultaneously at 8 p.m. EST. Nightmares versus Relentless Heroes can be seen http://www.own3d.tv/iMpStream1. Multitude Gaming versus Team aiR will be onhttp://www.own3d.tv/iMpStream2.

Playoff Position is at Stake
For Relentless Heroes (0-1, 0 points) and Multitude Gaming (0-1, 0 points), a loss could mean the end of their tournament hopes. Team Nightmares (1-0, 3 points) needs to win one more Clan War win to lock-up their playoff spot and Team aiR (1-0, 3 points) is in the same position.

If Relentless Heroes and Multitude Gaming both earn wins, then it would set up a chaotic Week 3 as the final games of pool play schedule would determine playoff seeding with all three teams tied at three points.

Multitude’s Upset Specialist?
The first major upset of the ISTL wasn’t Clan OverDosed knocking iMpulse eSports out of the playoffs. In fact, it happened in Week 1 when Top 25 Grandmaster NMxMasa lost MxG’s RemarK. The Protoss went 2-1 in their Clan War and used custom-tailored builds to surprise his opponents. Look for him to come into play for MxG again versus Team aiR.

The Race That Matters Most
Some early stats from the ISTL show that the key to victory thus far has been Terran players. Terrans have accounted for nine total wins in non-mirror matches and have played six mirror matches this season. This stat is inflated by Future Talent Art Control Team’s Terran Fantasy, who scored an All Kill in Week 1.

Zerg players have seen the least action, with six Zerg wins in the tournament, five losses and two mirror match appearances.

Protosses on the other hand are neck-and-neck with Terrans in the category of most used race. Protoss players have won seven times, lost a league-leading 10 times and only two PvPs have been played in the pool play stages.

Big T Joins the Casting Crew!
Although he technically made his debut on Tuesday, a new caster has been added to the ISTL rotation. Big T will be adding his voice to casts for the remainder of the ISTL and joining Pyronia to broadcast Relentless Heroes versus Team Nightmares. Joker and Jinx will take care of the casting duties for Team aiR versus Multitude Gaming.

Watch and Win
iMpulse eSports will be giving away coaching lessons from a Masters/Grandmasters player during the ISTL. To register to win, simply follow iMp on Twitter (@iMp_eSports) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ImpulseESports).

Winners will be selected randomly from the two sites followers/friends list, so following both doubles your chances of winning. The winners will be announced during the event finals.

Other Tags: ISTL, StarCraft II, SC2

iMpulse eSports: Indie StarCraft Team League: Day 2 Preview

Our friends over at iMpulse eSports are starting day 2 of their Indie StarCraft Team League tonight at 8PM EST! Here’s the day 2 press release we’ve received from them:

Indie StarCraft Team League: Day 2 Preview

Team Nightmares make their league debut against Multitude Gaming, Relentless Heroes face Team aiR.

Day 2 of the Indie StarCraft Team League is set to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and tonight’s matches feature Team Nightmares (NMx), Relentless Heroes (RH), Multitide Gaming (MxG) and Team aiR (aiR). Once again casting will be Joker and Pyronia on iMpulse eSports stream No. 1 for Relentless Heroes versus Team aiR. The duo of Quaffle and Jinx will broadcast Team Nightmares (NMx) and Multitude Gaming’s match stream No. 2.

Day 2 Notes No Fan Should Be Without…

Follow, Like, Watch, Win

iMpulse eSports is still holding their contest to win free Grandmasters coaching. In order to enter the competition, fans must follow the iMpulse eSports Twitter account (@iMp_eSports) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/impulseesports). A winner from each page will be chosen during the ISTL finals.

Facing the Unknown

For Relentless Heroes Manager Sinwinn, his team’s contest is a unique match-up. Despite being an active team and participating in many Clan Wars, tournaments and team leagues, they have never faced Team aiR and know little about their make-up, players and styles. In a short interview on Wednesday night, Sinwinn said the lack of information didn’t worry him as they enter their first ISTL match, despite not knowing what to expect from their opponent.

Relentless Hero

Among the top players expected to compete on Thursday night is Relentless Heroes’ Moutas. Moutas has an impressive match history having competed in the IeSF World Sports Championships in Korea and the Electronic Sports World Cup in France. He took a game off of MarineKingPrime in France and made it to the quarterfinals at IeSF.

Watch for: NMxMaSa

One of the biggest names in the ISTL tournament comes from Team Nightmares. NMxMaSu is currently a Top 25 North American Grandmaster and may see action for Team Nightmares in their match with Multitude Gaming. Earlier this year, NMx and MaSa participated in the North American Star Team League qualifiers and were eliminated by Quantic Gaming.

Other Tags: ISTL, StarCraft II, SC2

Shout Out: Day[9]’s Funday Monday with Liquid’Tyler (NonY) and Spanishiwa

This week Spanishiwa, a grand-master zerg player, made his debut into the Starcraft 2 spotlight by streaming some day9 Funday Monday action. It was working so well that day9 decided to hop on Skype and talk about the games. Additional guest appearances by FXOmoonan, LiquidTyler, infamous BMer combatEX, and more. Overall it’s just a good set to watch, a lot of fun, sprinkled in with some interesting conversation.

Part 1 (day9 joins around 1:34:00)

Part 2 (Spanishiwa vs Tyler around 18:30, Tyler joins Skype around 23:45)

Other Tags: StarCraft II, SC2, Day9, Liquid’Tyler, BM, bad manner

BlizzCon 2010 and StarCraft 2 Invitational

Today marks the first day of Blizzcon 2010! The event is taking place in the Anaheim Convention Center in California and will be running till tomorrow evening. Unfortunately Blizzard is providing a Direct-TV stream that costs 40-fricken bucks, BUT there is this Ustream feed up RIGHT NOW! Also, if you hit up the main page, there is links to the free RTS and WoW streams. Hopefully there’s be some good shit going down :P I’ll try and follow it as much as possible and provide some recap later. Enjoy!

Another link for streams: http://tv.esl.eu/de/esltv_stream/

Other Tags: D3, WoW, StarCraft II, SC2

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