Every esports writer needs passion
Esports as an industry has seen an insane amount of growth over the last several years. I remember watching the Season 1 World Championship for League of Legends and thinking that it was amazing I could actually watch some of the world’s best players duke it out in a game which I was obsessed with myself. Around that same time I stumbled my way into VODs from the Korean Brood War scene and was transfixed by players like Flash and Boxer playing the same game which I loved during my childhood, but at a level of efficiency that blew my mind. I recall thinking “if there was more money in esports, this would be huge” and it turns out that I knew what I was talking about.
This was my personal entry into the esports world, a world of which I have actively been a viewer and a participant in for many years. Although I have not had a “full-time schedule” commitment to the world of competitive gaming, I have always tried to keep close to the community and stay current on results and news. There are many journalists who recently decided that esports reporting should be left to an elite few who have dedicated their lives to the trade, but I say, how could the additional content of actual community members hurt the professional scene?
Although esports supporters are fractured into a couple of groups, those who think becoming mainstream is the goal, and those who want esports to stay the same as it was when they first fell in love with it, stagnation in the scene would ruin what esports has become. The reason tournaments and events can be so big and broadcast so widely with such great production value is because of the mainstream money and attention. Although there are some who would still perform all the same duties they currently do, paid or not, there are very few who would be able to push esports forward and carry on this passion which we all share. Who can blame them though, people have to make a living.
It’s pretty easy to see why I would be on the side of the not-so-controlled chaos, the side where everyone is welcome to voice their opinion and add to the conversation regardless of how much in-depth knowledge they may have on the subject. I do write about esports professionally, but save the less structured, more passion-filled thoughts for this blog, and I think that seeing the presence of millions of highly invested fans being willing to fly the colors of their favorite team or trash talk in match ups they know their odds of winning are slim to none, is very uplifting. These are the people that esports has been built upon and these are the people who continue to push esports forward into the record breaking viewership and earnings we see on a pretty regular basis. Yes, traditional “journalists” who have written about esports their entire careers do often possess insights which a casual or new fan cannot readily see, but that does not give these community experts the go-ahead to push down all those who strive to grow the world of competitive gaming.
To those who feel that their spot in the highest houses of sports reporting allows them the ability to trash young volunteer writers: Remember the golden rule. What is now considered the pantheon of esports journalism will one day be filled with these, your peers who you determined were not good enough for you.
To those who follow and write about esports because you love the games, communities, and dream of making a living in the field: Keep up the hard work. Write, report, interview, whatever you are doing, continue to do it until you no longer enjoy it. The contributions you make to the world of competitive gaming may be just as measurable as those of the journalists you look up to.