I may be about to start an argument.
It’s been ages, but I remember posting something about eSports and the fact that people are beginning to view pro gamers as athletes. Of course this sparked a chaotic debate, and frankly, I don’t even remember what my opinion was on the matter.
But now with eSports escalating and becoming extremely popular, this is a subject that’s really starting to circulate. Should competitive gamers be considered athletes? Continue reading eSports and Athleticism – A Quick Rant
There is something really spectacular about covering your first major event, especially an international event like Gfinity. Waking up at 4 am is a horrible event for a night owl, and covering a 12+ hr event for two days is sure to wear you out. Typing CompLexity’s Road to Victory article for eSportsNation left my hands shaking and my fingers numb, something that has never happened before, but it is a satisfying feeling knowing that people are using you as their number one resource during an event. eSportsNation has such a dedicated team, and it’s an honor to be a part of it. One thing I often find myself repeating to people is the fact that writing is work. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. But it’s one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever been able to do, and putting those skills to the test for an event was exhausting and amazing.
CompLexity ultimately won the $30,000 first prize in a grueling battle against Epsilon, the team most people were surprisingly rooting for. With CompLexity being the winners of Gfinity 1, I kind of suspected this reaction from the fans, and Epsilon was definitely a deserving team. However, CompLexity made an amazing comeback and showcased why they are one of the best Call of Duty teams in the world. But other teams such as EnVyUs really provided some exciting entertainment, with Karma pulling off a wicked ninja defuse against UNiTE to help spring them into the semi-finals.
For those who may have missed it, here’s the ultimate showdown between CompLexity and Epsilon. Thanks to everyone who showed support! Call of Duty eSports is slowly growing and it’s so amazing to be a part of it.
Gfinity just now ended, successfully riding off the waves of hype from MLG Anaheim where favorite Call of Duty teams battled it out for some ridiculous amounts of cash. Yes, I’m jealous. Despite the time difference, Gfinity was definitely an entertaining event, and I was able to catch some nail-biting moments in the tournament. Congrats to Complexity for taking first place!
Watching this event after the recent League of Legends news made me think a lot about the future of eSports, and particularly Call of Duty. For those of you in the dark, recent news revealed that the United States has officially recognized League of Legends as an actual sport. Because of this, pro players could become eligible for visas just like athletes in organizations such as the NFL, NBA, and NHL.
On my blog, I focused on the debate on whether or not these pro gamers should be considered athletes, but despite the opinions I received, I can’t help but be tremendously excited about the growth video games and eSports have achieved. And as a Call of Duty fan, I can’t deny that I would appreciate seeing the competitive scene recognized in a wider sense. The MLG viewing is growing insanely, an obvious fact demonstrated by the energy displayed at MLG Anaheim. Could this road lead to an even larger exposure for professional Call of Duty? I’m not so sure.
The hopeful part of me thinks that it could, however I’m worried about the life of the Call of Duty franchise itself. Before the release of Black Ops 2, I was highly skeptical about the continued success of the lengthening series. To other MLG fans, could competitive gaming actually breathe a bit of life into the series or will Call of Duty eventually become stale and die out completely?
I haven’t played Call of Duty in months. So when MLG Anaheim rolled around, I wasn’t too particularly interested in it… until the event consumed my weekend, and then I remembered just how much fun watching competitive Call of Duty was. I missed playing, especially in a competitive scene, and while Call of Duty may be a game susceptible to more and more criticism as more titles are released, it will always be a series that I love. At least when it comes to nostalgia.
I didn’t really wade into a more competitive atmosphere until Modern Warfare 2 dropped. It was around the same time that I began making YouTube commentaries to improve my speech. Search and Destroy was the game to play, and I loved overpowering other parties with my own established team. But I didn’t discover MLG until Black Ops, and my interest blossomed.
I did a dual commentary with OpTic during this time which really introduced me to the people behind the green, and they quickly became a favorite in tournaments. I turned into the stereotypical wannabe that wished to be in OpTic, and while that wish has dimmed a bit (I grew up), it’s still something that fuels my interest in the game. Maybe that is why competitive Call of Duty is just so appealing to me. Everyone can do it, but it still takes skill and communication to be the best.
MLG Anaheim was amazing to watch, and the teams that played definitely did not disappoint! Congrats to Complexity who took the ultimate win over Impact. The excitement and energy of this event was amazing!