A quick Response to CNN's Video about eSports
MSM's, also known as the Main Stream Media, has been trying to get their feet into high water. They, and especially CNN, have made several videos about eSports and how their intensive research proofs they know everything about it. Interviewing the elite in the eSports world is not enough to know what is right and what is wrong. You have to live it.
The video I am criticizing is this video. First, they mention that eSports is one of the highest new markets. They want to explain how a lot of businesses are trying to invest into eSports and how great everything is. However, we have to look at our history of eSports to see where it all started. eSports was firstly simply two teams in any internet cafe competing for money they had bet to win. Rather soon, these teams that would win often would challenge other teams in different towns in the same internet cafe setting. As this became more challenging and people to play games to win money, it started growing fast. Internet cafes would sponsor the team and let the players play for free in they cafes. Later, as things progressed, local hardware stores would sponsor teams for free PC Components. Slowly, more and more companies started to catch interest but the big companies had no interest because gaming was never taken seriously due to simple stereotyping. As also mentioned in the video by CNN; "They are far more likely to be successful high-earners, than the stereotypes people hold up as basement dwelling gamers", agreeing to stereotypical terms.
Setting stereotyping apart, what about the fantasy of eSports? Isn't it all a big show? You look at one of the most successful eSports organizations not being able to pay their players (FNATIC). You see big corporations having big investments stakes in different eSports organizations (VIRTUS PRO and NAVI) as ESForce did. What about those organizations that screw their players with streaming hours, unreasonable prize money percentages or even communication. One thing Richard Lewis, a reputable eSports journalist, talks about is the eSports bubble. Where we are live under this one perspective that everything is good but behind the curtains, shady things happen. Do MSM's know about the CSGO Gambling issues and corporations having conflicts of interests. I sadly think not, but they can proof me wrong in the future.
One thing is certain, more and more players get into the eSports scene and each time it grows significantly. Some games die off, as we can see a game like TF2 to be barely played nowadays. But new games come to the market, like Heroes of the Storm, and one week after the game's release there are already people competing. I find this scenario quite frustrating, maybe a topic for next time, but briefly... It just looks like organizations are too hungry to earn revenue from these new games that they sign whomever to compete, even though they only had one week to enjoy the game. I think we should all be happy where eSports is heading, namely that more people are able to attend entertainment, as eSports and gaming are at the end just a form of entertainment. All around the world people like to see their favorite teams compete, and people do not care where you are from or look like since it is through the internet.