So, I made a very opinionated rant about eSports about a fortnight ago now (here’s the link to it) and I mentioned to some people that there’s a part 2. Mistake on my part, as my thoughts stopped dead in the water whilst life does its best (as usual) to present plenty of shiny things to distract me. In order to ensure that my rants stay in mind for me personally as they’re usually a good way for me to sit down and reason things out — and I won’t deny the educational value in being corrected by people who know better about their specialised fields; I’m writing smaller, sectioned rants. This one only contains a single point.
Before most of you begin reading this – you’ll probably ask, who the hell am I, and what makes me qualified to say all this stuff? To be honest – I’m not even in the eSports scene, I only dabble in it. But I am in the LAN party scene, although not originally of Australian origin (way back in the day, I was involved primarily in Quakecon, and my late fiance was involved in Dreamhack and E3) – most of my present work however, is based here in Australia through various events and teams I worked for (I’ve done over 150 events over the last 13 years). What makes me qualified? Nothing – I’m a grumpy old man who’s good at whinging and pointing out the wrongs. I’m also long-winded, but a few people who know me personally find it interesting to read about my often bumbling opinions
Part 2 actually doesn’t start out much with eSports organisers in mind – it’s more the LAN organisers I’m talking to here, and the notion of what’s wrong with what we currently do. Don’t worry, there’s enough here to make everyone have a bone to pick with me
As with part 1, this is written from my own perspective, as someone who is well known for having next to nothing to do with serious eSports stuff you’ll probably need the salt shaker for this one. I’d be happy to be corrected too by those more in the know.
Anyway, on with the ranting!