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I have an idea to make eSports more accessible, but I need your help!

vVv RobZ

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Throughout the last few years, competitive gaming has grown exponentially. Just as the community is the vocal majority about areas that can always be improved upon, I’m really never satisfied. We can do more.

I frequently travel by public transportation. During my commute, I have a lot of time to think about improving eSports. All around me are people who don’t even know competitive gaming exists, as I start trying to think from their perspective, there are so many questions that I would ask if I wasn’t involved. Think about how hard it is to describe this thing that we’re all passionate about. It’s not only difficult because of the social stigma and cultural barriers that the media puts on gaming, but also the barriers that we create, as a community. When I say community, I don’t mean the niche group that likes Counter Strike, Starcraft, Halo, Street Fighter, Call of Duty, League of Legends or DotA, I mean as a community from the outside perspective, as competitive gaming enthusiasts.

As long there are gamers and people on my train who don’t know what competitive gaming is, any bullshit argument about what makes a game ‘more competitive’ or what titles ‘deserve to be an eSport’ is absolutely irrelevant in my opinion. As we continue to grow as a culture and movement, we need to all start working together towards the bigger picture. Consider this tough-love.

Ok, so besides talking to random people on my commute to work or school, how can I do my part, how can I grow eSports while also staying true to the scene? Good question, I have a few ideas, but also want to hear yours as well.

I want to create a community produced project (website) that connects curious or new competitive gaming players and fans to the resources of the games they love or may have not even discovered yet, while also giving you, the eSports enthusiasts, the tools and inspiration you need to stimulate growth and create awareness around the entirety of the space. I don’t want to create the next teamliquid.net, ESFI, MLG, Twitch or reddit, however I do want to connect potential and interested pro-gaming fans to these already existing amazing communities, leagues and shows in an authentic and organic way, while also empowering the most passionate fans so that you can do the same.

To give everyone just one example of where I got this inspiration for this project, I’m going to talk about the Live Multiplayer Reveal for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, mad yet? Good. During this reveal, the word eSports was mentioned throughout the weekend many times when hastr0, David Vonderhaar and Major Nelson were debuting the new competitive features. Given the stream numbers and reach that Twitch and the Xbox platform provided, you can imagine that this was for many mainstream casual players, their first introduction to competitive gaming. Now, go to google and search eSports. Wikipedia, fnatic video, esfiworld, and gotfrag, think back about perspective and barrier to entry here. Not only do I want this project to create awareness, but I also think it can greatly help the terrible eSports SEO that we currently have and serve as cross-pollination for gamers who enjoy watching or playing a specific genre, to check out sites and communities like Twitch, Reddit, halocouncil, solomid, dataminedout, joindota, teamliquid, you name it.

No news, no streams, no ads, no bias – just eSports presented in an easy to understand, read and share project. - (as in the site doesn’t cover news and doesn’t embed streams, but of course it would link to sites that do)

If you would like to contribute to this project, please answer the following questions; go into as much or little detail that you think is necessary:

1. What is eSports?

2. Describe the eSports Ecosystem, what does it look like? What is the best way to convey this to a new fan or player? Should this be included?

3. What type of resources should this project have? How deep should it go? For Example, should it list teams, are games listed, and how are those games determined?

4. How were you first introduced to competitive gaming? How did you find the resources that you use today for news, streams, teams, community, etc?

5. Lastly, what else do you think this site should have, should it be a site? The questions above were what I envisioned, but I know you guys will think up some extraordinary way to impress me, as usual.

Feel free to drop me an email at robzthompson@gmail.com - Right now I’m messing around with wordpress and my amateur Photoshop skills, any help would be appreciated, but remember I want to keep this true to the scene with NO bias. Additionally, I think the most important aspect of this site will be the content, but having it look good and function well is also extremely important to me.

Making ESPORTS accessible,

Rob

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1. What is eSports?

For me eSports is the same, in many ways, as a global sport competition. It is the gathering of people to compete at the entertainment of everyone, making casual players push the limits of the "sport". It is the modern equivalent of gladiators , the best of us playing against each other.

2. Describe the eSports Ecosystem, what does it look like? What is the best way to convey this to a new fan or player? Should this be included?

The eSport Ecosystem is people from all types that are there for the love of games, it looks like any major sport community but in this case, everybody is a lot tighter, from pros, casters to someone who just wants to have fun. A way to convey this to a new player/fan would be to just make them go in a livestream, chat with people. Another way would be just to go to a lan and experience it themselves. This should definitively be included.

3. What type of resources should this project have? How deep should it go? For Example, should it list teams, are games listed, and how are those games determined?

I think this should really have a lot of resources into, just because eSports is growing at an incredible rate and that people are starting to hear about it in the news or on everyday websites. They need a guide to get started or even just a good resource for all games that players can go to. It should definitely have a list of all teams known, with their corresponding game. Any title that had a big tournament or even just popular on twitch should be there.

4. How were you first introduced to competitive gaming? How did you find the resources that you use today for news, streams, teams, community, etc?

I always played console games since forever and I just figured out by my own that there were competitions. I think documentaries were my big source of knowledge but also sites like Gamespot with game guides and competition news. Then streams came along and the rest is history.

5. Lastly, what else do you think this site should have, should it be a site? The questions above were what I envisioned, but I know you guys will think up some extraordinary way to impress me, as usual

It should definitively be a site, but a well made user friendly site that would attract people or else it won't really be used.

6. What is eSports favorite food

IT IS NOT HOTPOCKETS !!!! :D

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As much as I hate saying this, I really don't feel I can add much more than what Nightnimbus said.

3. What type of resources should this project have? How deep should it go? For Example, should it list teams, are games listed, and how are those games determined?

I feel this project needs the history of eSports. Not just with HALO, SC2, LoL, etc. but dating back to tournaments that existed in the 80's. Doesn't have to go too in depth, but at least show that it has existed for a few decades, and is only beginning to make an impact. This could help give new comers the realization that it wasn't easy getting to where it is now, and it won't be easy pushing forward.

The project should have some accounts from either current or former players who competed. Those who made it big, and those who didn't. Giving nothing but success stories is unrealistic, as with any sport, a small margin actually make it. I don't want to discourage anyone by any means, but rather drive them to work hard and push their skills to be matched with the elite. These players could give info on how they started, how long they had to work before getting anywhere major, and how it felt once they got their first big win. eSports has also made openings for a lot of players in other aspects after they are done competing. Hastr0 for example. He no longer competes, yet he has a huge impact in everything that is Call of Duty. He and Fwiz are just a couple of the pioneers of the eSport community as it is now, not just for CoD as they both reach out to other communities via Twitter and other social media sites.

Also should have some of the top teams from their respective games and a brief history of their achievements.

4. How were you first introduced to competitive gaming? How did you find the resources that you use today for news, streams, teams, community, etc?

I was first introduced to eSports by my girlfriend's brother. He was a competitor playing GB matches quite a bit, going to local tournaments, which he and his team were a force. I started playing pubs with him in MW2 and he invited me into a scrim to watch and see what it was about. Right then I was hooked. Never had I seen such a level of talent in a video game. I sat in some matches as he scrimmed against a few good MW2 teams, and he did really well. He could have been pro had he put more effort into. I started watching pro players, first was actually EnvyUs, and a montage from Hastr0. Saying my jaw dropped in awe watching their level of skill is beyond an understatement.

When I used to play GBs a bit I came across a forum post for Twitter. I saw how many people were using it as a tool to find scrims, teams, tournaments etc. Now I get almost everything I need from the people I follow.

5. Lastly, what else do you think this site should have, should it be a site? The questions above were what I envisioned, but I know you guys will think up some extraordinary way to impress me, as usual

Their is so much the site could have to help anyone that is a new comer, or someone who has been around but wants to learn more. The possibilities are endless as there is so much to eSports that people just don't know about.

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