Why ESports could be bigger than the NBA and other sports

I’m usually not one to make big predictions but over the past year I’ve been following some ESports…well just League of Legends (LoL).  There is of course a lot of other games that are in the ESports arena, but LoL is the one I’ve been following.

And the reason why it could be bigger than the NBA and other sports?  Because anyone can compete.  Granted most of the people playing ESports are younger than myself at 37, but those of us who will never compete can feel the thrill of competition. I’m sure those people playing the game professionally need something more than hours in front of a computer (ie: fast twitch), but for the most part we don’t need to be tall, or strong or whatever other thing that you need to be born with.

Those of us who will never compete will watch to see if there’s something going on that we could use in our games.  Is there something new that I don’t know about?  Should I be buying something else instead of what I currently buy?

The one thing that I hope doesn’t happen is that we have professional players that start making the huge amounts of money that the NBA/NFL etc make.  Why?  Because I think the wealth needs to be spread a bit more among other people. I’m all for people making a buck but the amount of money that some of these players make is just a shame.  I’ve wondered what would happen, if for one year, no professional player made over 1 million dollars (what they took home!) and no owner made of 5 million dollars.  The rest of it went to charity or back into their community.  What then?

In the mean time, if you haven’t checked out some ESports I highly recommend taking some time to sit down and watch a game or two.  You can find a bunch over on Twitch.TV!

Have a great weekend.

Interview Part 1 – Fiction

This is a continuation of The Offer – Fiction.  You probably should read that first and then come back here.

“Welcome to 12,” Haldon said the next day.

“Thanks,” I said as I looked at the building.

We were on the east side of town, in what had to be one of the newest buildings in town. The sun was going down and the building had a golden glow to it.

“So after I got home yesterday I realized I hadn’t asked you what you did here.”

“It’s kind of hard to explain.  Let me show you around first and I’ll let that do the talking.  If I’ve done a good enough job it will show you what we do. Fair?”

“Odd, but I suppose,” I replied.

“Alright,” Haldon said and led me inside of the building.

“Faith has been with us since the start and is control of our front desk and a few other things.”

I nodded hello to her.

“Behind here and on each side is our gym.  All employees have access to the gym and personal training by our trainers.  Lets go in and see what’s going on.”

Haldon opened the door into the gym area.  I was expecting a rather small area that had a few pieces of equipment strewn about but this was the exact opposite.  What wasn’t taken up by the entryway and elevators was indeed gym. There was weight racks, a basketball hoop, a rope climb and anything else you’d want in a gym.

“Our head trainer is Rich.  He’s with one of our operatives right now, but I can bring you back down if you like.”

I mumbled a thanks.  My jaw was on the floor at this point.

“The second floor is kind of empty at the moment but it’s where we have the start of our computer operations area. Where you’d be working.  Currently we only have one other person in that department, Shawn.  He’s an amazing kid.  Bit different but he has a gift with programming and he’s been an asset to the company.”

When the elevator opened on the second floor it was mostly dark, but to our right were some lights from machines.  I saw a movement as we got closer and realized it must be Shawn.

“Shawn,” Haldon called out.

“Hey Haldon,” Shawn said and came into the light.

His clothes were a few sizes to big and he had bright blue hair.

“I’d like you to meet Chad.  He’s here for the systems administration job,” Haldon said.

“Good to meet you.  When are you starting?” Shawn asked.

“Ahhh, I’m just here to see the facilities and interview.”

“Oh.  Well welcome aboard,” Shawn said with a smile.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“No one that I’m aware of has been interviewed and not accepted the job.  You checked out the gym right?  I mean come on.  Only gets better from there.”

“That’s enough Shawn,” Haldon said with a smile. “Would you mind showing Chad around for a couple of minutes.”

“Sure.”

Shawn walked into an area that he been partially built up but was far from being finished.  The area contained a couple of desks.

“Well I’m over there,” Shawn pointed to a desk that was quite the mess.  “You’d be over there.”

“Back here we have the start of our server setup, but we need you to come in and get us rolling.  The people that built this building did us no favors.  Additionally James, the guy here previously, didn’t do anything. So there’s lot of work.”

Haldon had walked back towards the elevators and was talking on the phone.

“So what goes on here?” I asked.

“Knew you’d be asking that, everyone does.  But Haldon will tell you.  It’s awesome man.”

“Thanks for your time Shawn,” I said and walked back to Haldon.

“Lets head up to my office, so we can talk a bit more about the details.  I fear what you’ve seen may be a bit vague.  Right?”

“Yeah I’m still a bit confused.”

 

The Offer – Fiction

“I hear you want a new job,” A voice said.

I put the can of tuna I was looking at back on the shelf and turned around.

And older gentleman of average height, gray hair and glasses was looking at me.  He had a sport coat on, a nice pair of shoes that shined from the overhead lights.  Not who you would expect in Walmart.

“Hi,” I said.

“Hi,” He replied.

“What can I help you with?”

“Oh I just wanted to offer you a job.”

“A job?” I asked.

Were there hidden cameras somewhere? Was I being punked?

I looked behind me and above.  Behind the old man I saw nothing but people bustling about with their carts and chasing kids.

“Who are you?  I don’t even know you and you want to offer me a job?”

“Yes.  We just lost our systems administrator and I heard you were looking for something.”

“Who told you that?”

“Someone we both know.”

This was getting weirder by the second.  Who in their right mind would just offer someone they didn’t know a job.

“So who are you?” I asked again.

“Oh sorry,” He said.  “Name is Haldon.  I run a company called 12.  Out on the east end of town.”

“Good to meet you Haldon,” I replied and shook his hand.

I looked again for cameras.  Nothing.

“Tell me more about your job.”

“Why don’t you come down tomorrow and I can show you. Here’s my business card and the address is right there.”

“After work okay?” I asked.

“Yeah that’s fine.  See you then.”

He turned around and disappeared into the crowd of people.

“Weird,” I muttered to myself and continued shopping.

“Hey honey,” I called out as I walked in the back door.

“Hey how’s it going?” She called out from the kitchen.

“Had the weirdest experience ever at Walmart.”

“Were the weirdo’s out in the day instead of night time?” She asked.

“No.  Someone offered me a job.”

“Really?  That is kind of weird.”

“Yeah and older guy.  Looked like a banker or something. Said they needed a systems administrator for their company.  Place called 12.  Have you heard of it?”

“No. Can’t say that I have.  What did you tell him?”

“Well I told him I’d come out tomorrow, after work, for an interview.  Nothing to lose right?”

“Yeah.  Maybe this is the one?”

This is a story that’s been bouncing around my head for the past few weeks and at time earlier than that.  I think there’s something here and I need to get it out. So here we go!  Probably what I’ll be posting a lot of in the coming days or weeks.