What was once called entertainment until now, it has spread into other ways, disturbing the lifestyle of each one of us, forever. During my lifetime, I always grew up among videogames and I have enjoyed each moment I spent in front of the television with a controller on my hands. Little Sonic there, jumping and rolling over several loops at full speed. Then came Cloud Strife who wanted to find the mighty Sephiroth and save the world from a terrible menace. Now comes the Call of Duty and Halo that showed me that what we play can have multi uses.
As a representative of a Lan Party and an eSports clan, some of the games that pass through our hands are often manipulated to the maximum to the point of being more of a target method of survival. The appearance of eSports changed each individuals perspective on video game. They form teams with friends, they start mini-competitions among other friends, and finally, we they feel capable of much more. We get a listed of clans which devote all the passion for digital games and participate in major tournaments and competitions where only the best, win uncountable amounts of money.
With the success of technology events and festivals in Portugal such as XL Party and FuturTech, urges an amazing amount of new players, fighting against each other through fictional characters on a gunfire war spending most of the time they spent at home, training until they reach the necessary to achieve perfection. More and more people go abroad to represent the country in Counter Strike, or Trackmania tournaments, organized and held by individuals or large companies like Microsoft and SteelSeries, Razer, Alienware, etc..
We don’t have all this information in Portugal, but there are lots of individuals who earn € 1000 every three months and do not receive any due value or respect from a person that walks in front of him on the street, or sits in front of you on the cinema, unless their known. The world these days is surrounded by champions, and the people of from previous decades such as our grandparents, often, they see this effort as a joke, or as useless in life. That there is no point spending 6 to 9 hours a day in front of a screen but to burn and destroy our ocular vision, perhaps because video games have always been interpreted as an innocent entertainment and hobby. One day eventually, I’ll have parental duties and I’ll need to show my children and grandchildren the true meaning of life, and until they understand what it is to suffer and conquer I’ll support them everyday. I wouldn’t like to see them clinging on to any computer the entire day, but surely, that with my experience, I’d support them everyday wether he/she decides to make a living out of gaming in a dark room or in the garden shooting simulations of goal.
In Portugal it isn’t clear that there is great influence of eSports, but starting from the east, South Korea to be more exact, we find the best StarCraft players in the world. The real time strategy game from Blizzard, which proved to be a big hit among Asian players. Since 2002, that professional players are organized into teams sponsored by major Korean companies like Samsung. Not only StarCraft ridiculed the way of life of Asian players but Warcraft III as well, from the same company, also set a great mark in professional gaming competitions.
In the United States, Halo 3 and World of Warcraft are some of the games that serve as examples of “how to have the rent paid”. With the great impact of Major League Gaming, thousands and thousands of players join forces on organized teams to fight for checks totaling $ 20,000, and fans from across the continent and yet outside it, gather in one place hoping for hours of excitement and action. An event that happens every year and still has the right to have their own tv show on the national television.
At last but not least, organized by a Korean group, comes an event that takes “gaming beyond the limit”. The World Cyber Games, founded in 2001, always takes place every year in different countries and regions of the world. Teams from around the world organize to represent their country and more than a million visitors fill out this multi-national event where players enjoy and respect and all the gaming environment. But not everything is easy in life, and the WCG is only reachable by the best national team. Every representative team are selected by competing in elimination stages in every countries. Many challenges await those players, and with them, always comes great rewards.
What does not require any education or professional qualification has major financial problems in life or even in social life. We are attached to the pleasure of playing and forget the world that surround us. Every day there is always one kid who dreams of professional gaming, and works hard to get to the level of a pro gamer. To show the world what they do best. Unfortunately, there can be only one winner, and what can be a easy method of survival, easily becomes a great disappointment when he decides to change the school for professional gaming. Although there are very good players who earn enough to live 5 or 6 years with no problems, no one ever discovered their own talent and gaming skill one day to another. I know veridical cases of European and world champions who spend no more than 45 minutes in front of the PC per day, or 4 hours a week , devoting the rest of the day to study or work and girlfriends.
Gaming requires no more than skill, mental stability and calmness. For those who started it, is not easy being a professional player, let alone maintain always the same ability with the keypad.
The success of a player does not come only from reflexes but from personality of the individual as well. The most notable are those who cause a greater impact on the community, showing up and giving their face to the public. The ability to remain calm under heavy pressure is also a major factor during any game battle. Insulting and trashing talking increases a lot of stress on your opponent and pro players deal with it everyday.
. It takes a lot of training, many hours and much experience clan wars. There’s no need to play more than 4 hours per week to reach the level of Gaspar “Hypno” Machado and Pedro “Moriah” Barbosa. Get started by heading over LANs and join online tournaments and ladders.
Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel Interview (Quake Pro Player)
Abdisamad “Spawn” Mohamed Interview (Counter Strike Pro Player)
Kyle “ElamiteWarrior” Elam Interview (Halo 3 Pro Player)
Gaspar “Hypno” Machado Interview (Unreal Tournament Pro Player)
“The only place where
success comes before work is in
the dictionary. ”
– Albert Einstein