How many of you play or played basketball? (they raise hands) Football?
(hands) Soccer? (hands) Are there any I haven’t listed? (perhaps
replies, if so ask “what” and ask for that)
These are definitely games that people like to spectate that we call
sports. One of my favorite sports was just broadcast on ESPN2, had a
world-wide $10 million dollar tournament where the winners took home
$5 million dollars. The players of this sport all did this without leaving
their seat. I’m referring to electronic sports, or esports.
I’m not just talking about playing a golf, basketball, or tennis game on
the Wii. What I do mean is that there are video games out there that
take all the main components of traditional sports: communication,
training, and teamwork, and make them into their video game. People
are playing sports without ever leaving their seat.
Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome once again to Digital Sports! (Stanley
Parable announcer saying this http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Let’s talk about the three things you will need to be able to play digital
sports effectively: communication, training, and teamwork.
Communication in esports is one of the most crucial skill areas. Think
about all the things you rely on when playing a traditional sport--body
language, hand signals, eye contact, speaking to each other. All of
these thing are pretty much removed from esports. Now, it is a little
different if you play professionally and you are communicating in one
room--but if you are playing with friends online and they don’t have
microphones, you’re out of luck.
Because of this, communication is the most valued and highly underused
skills a esport player can have. My favorite esport is called Defense of
the Ancients 2 or DOTA 2 . In this game, you can make markings on the
minimap with your mouse to signal to go here, defend this, fight this
fight. It can be crucial to the win or loss of a game. And as I
mentioned before, communication...