For the next month in Singapore, Taipei, Busan, and Seoul, there is a movement going on. Teams of five are competing in a competition for millions of dollars in prize money. The game they are playing is not a sport, however, and doesn’t require much movement at all. They are playing for huge prize money in a popular online video game known as “League Of Legends.”
League, for short, is a fantasy game where players use strategies to gain an advantage on their opponents. Witches, Wolves, Jesters, and Polar Bears fight for map domination in an attempt to gain control of the opposing team’s “Nexus” at each team’s base. The objective is to push the enemy team back and destroy the Nexus.
To many, playing a video game like this might seem silly. Some argue that video games take no skill because “all you do is press buttons on a keyboard.” But with 15 million dollars of prize money on the line, this is serious gaming. The professional players, however, must have incredible decision-making skills, reaction times, and strategic minds to overcome the competition.
While not as popular as the League Of Legends gaming scene, another rising “e-sport” is Call Of Duty. The popular first person shooter game has a very large casual audience, as in people not playing for prize money, but a small niche of players are good enough to compete in the yearly “Call Of Duty Championships” in LA for a top prize of $400,000. This is no comparison to what these players make simply playing the game for people’s entertainment. OpTic Nadeshot, for example, won $40,000 by placing 3rd at this year’s Championships. He makes well over $300,000 dollars a year off advertising revenue while streaming his gameplay to many adoring fans.
How excited can you get watching someone hold a controller and move around on a screen? Those who understand the game can appreciate great plays much like the average person would recognize that a 70-yard touchdown pass is incredible. The excitement of the event is captivating.
In this video clip, OpTic Proofy manages to take out all four members of “EG,” the best Call Of Duty team in the world, prevailing in an exciting matchup. Call Of Duty was featured at this year’s X-Games in Austin, Texas. Use this link to see OpTic Proofy’s video.
The social media output of the competitive Call Of Duty community is overwhelming. When OpTic Gaming, the most popular CoD team is playing, the twittersphere goes nuts, often getting #Greenwall, the team’s unofficial name for its fan base, trending on twitter. At the X-Games, #GreenWall, #MLGXGames, and #OpTic were trending right next to the #WorldCup.
Nadeshot posing for pics at Pax.
Nadeshot has the largest influence of all with over 1.4 million Youtube subscribers and 750k twitter followers. He commands the respect of many of his peers, due to the hardships he went through to get into the position he currently holds. He had been playing CoD for many years and streaming it to his fans for the majority of that time. In 2012, Nade lost his mother due to complications with Epilepsy. He refused to quit. He spent the summer of 2013 playing and streaming CoD for 14 hours a day on the popular gaming website, Twitch.
Twitch is an online video game streaming service that allows players to better connect with fans. Players are entertainers as much as competitive players. Many watch to learn, or relax.
EG gets ready for the next match at MLG in Anaheim
This weekend, UMG Nashville is being played as the final tournament of Call Of Duty Ghosts’ season. Among the attendees will be OpTic Gaming, OpTic Nation(OG’s brother team), EG, by far the best Call Of Duty team in the world, nV, the winners of the most recent European tourney, and Denial, the winners at UMG Dallas.
The best players in the world are competing for their share of $25,000. You can watch using this link to Major League Gaming on October 10-12.