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eSports’ Biggest Personalities

Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag

Matt Haag, otherwise known as Nadeshot, is a former professional Call of Duty player. He played for eSports giants Optic Gaming between 2010 and 2015. In fact, he was the captain of the team from 2013 onwards. His name derives from ‘grenade shot’, which is a term from the popular Halo series.

He made his professional Call of Duty debut when he was just 16 years old. He played for Genesis between 2009 and 2010 before making the switch to Optic. His first major win came in 2012, when the team won COD XP, where the prize pool was $1 million. Optic won the tournament, meaning that Haag took home $100,000, even though he was only 19 at the time. This led on to the next game in the COD series, Black Ops 2. In the first event of the season, UMG Dallas, the Greenwall triumphed again. Nadeshot’s next biggest win was in 2014, when the team won the gold medal at MLG X Games in Austin.

However, during the next season of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the Optic team disappointed and Haag retired towards the end of the year. This was a huge shock to the whole COD community, as it is rare for a player of his calibre to retire so suddenly. During his time in the competitive scene, Haag had been building a large following on YouTube by posting videos of himself playing, among other things. Because of his charisma and charm, as well as his achievements in the competitive scene, he was voted eSports Player of the Year in 2014 by the community. His YouTube channel currently has 2.9 million subscribers and this is growing rapidly every day.

Chris Puckett

Chris Puckett is possibly the best known caster and commentator in eSports. A former Halo player in his youth, Puckett is a caster of games including Call of Duty, Halo and Counter Strike. He is employed by Activision to broaden the appeal of eSports to a wider audience. He does this with his great energy and charisma when commentating over games. He has also been a host on American television such as TBS. Puckett was already involved in eSports when he was at university, helping out at tournaments run by MLG. Now, he is on the biggest eSports stage in the world, and is one of the most recognisable faces in the community today.

Dexerto

Dexerto are the main source of eSports news and opinion right across the globe. They formed in early 2015 and even in this short space of time have enjoyed huge success. They already have hundreds of thousands of fans on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch. They also get 400,000 views per month on their website dexerto.com. All of their news can be viewed in either English, German, Spanish, Italian or French.

Dexerto do not only give the community eSports news. They also work on advertising campaigns and produce online media for companies such as Red Bull, Coca Cola and Papa John’s. They also work on broadcasting eSports events live to millions of people online. While they have already been very successful, Dexerto has marked these areas down for improvement and expansion:

• Content producers
• Smartphone application
• Commercial staff
• Increased social media activity
• On-going website development
• Evaluation of gambling and fantasy team platforms

Seth ‘Scump’ Abner

Seth Abner, more commonly known as ‘Scump’, is widely considered to be one of the best Call of Duty players in the world. He has been playing professionally since 2010 and has created a very successful career out of eSports. He is currently captain of COD powerhouse Optic Gaming, following in the footsteps of Matt Haag, another of our top 5.

He won his first major championship in 2012, when the Optic team won UMG Chicago during the Black Ops 2 season. Alongside Nadeshot, Scump won his first X Games gold medal in 2013, in what was one of his most impressive tournaments to date. Already, so early in his career, the community was expecting big things from the ‘ginger ninja’. It was in Advanced Warfare where Scump really stepped up to the plate. After Nadeshot retired from eSports, Abner became captain of the team. He then went on to lead Optic to 6 championships that season, bringing the total Optic wins that season to 12. Scump’s fast and furious playstyle, and his habit of making big plays, were a huge reason for these wins. This cemented him as one of the greatest Call of Duty players of all time.

He continued this great form into last year, during Black Ops 3, when he led Optic to win 13 tournaments out of a possible 20. This year, in Infinite Warfare, Optic started off slowly, placing badly at the first couple of events. Now however, they have picked up their form and are the top team going in to MLG Dallas, after winning ESWC Paris and placing second at MLG Atlanta.

Aside from his competitive COD, Abner also has a large following on YouTube. At current count, he has 2.1 million subscribers. He is also sponsored by several large companies, such as Turtle Beach, Gymshark and Brisk Mate. For someone of such a young age, he is a hugely successful individual and is loved by millions.

Faze Clan

Although not an individual person, Faze Clan are still one of eSports’ biggest personalities. Faze Clan are a team founded in 2010 that focused on sniping in Call of Duty games. From there, it has grown into one of the world’s biggest eSports organisations, with fans right across the globe. The organisation currently has teams in Call of Duty, Counter Strike and Overwatch.

Their most successful team is the COD division, which has consistently been performing at the top level for a number of years. They win numerous tournaments each year and their current roster is Clayster, Enable, ZooMaa and Attach. The Counter Strike and Overwatch teams were only formed recently. However, they are still playing at a reasonably high level.

Although they were only involved with three games, they have a huge following on YouTube and social media. Each individual current Faze player as well as retired players are all active on YouTube and are all known under the Faze heading, meaning that their exposure is huge.

This concludes the list of the top eSport’s personalities. All of these people and organisations are a huge part of modern competitive gaming, and are a key factor in it’s increasing popularity the world over.

 

 

 

 

 

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What Would Improve eSports?

Over the past seven weeks of this blog, I have not been shy about praising the eSports scene. It truly is a remarkable community of like-minded people who all have the same interests and all enjoy eSports in every sense of the word. However, like everything, there are some things that could be improved about eSports, and I have outlined some of my thoughts and opinions below on how to make this remarkable community even better.

For some strange reason, all competitive events and tournaments have an age limit. This is for both playing and even for just watching the action. This is just a mind-boggling rule, as most spectators on the eSports scene are in the 15-18 age bracket, which means a lot of people are missing out on the experience of live events and getting to see their heroes in real life, instead of on a computer screen. If the age limit was taken away, the events would be much more popular than they are now.

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Continuing the theme of events, most can be very expensive and very hard for fans to get to. Tickets for events can reach hundreds of pounds, and that is before adding in hotels and travel. In addition, events throughout the year are not spread evenly across the globe. For example, COD events are held mostly in the U.S, which is a very expensive trip for fans and teams in Europe. If events were held worldwide and were cheap or even subsidised for loyal fans, then turnout would be much higher than is currently.

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In a world where equality is the buzzword, eSports is lacking in this in a major way. Women are heavily underrepresented in the community, with almost all players and coaches on the professional scene being men. It would be of huge benefit to the community if there was an incentive to attract more women, as this would increase the potential audience of eSports.

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These ideas and thoughts are just my own, but if they were implemented, I have no doubt that they would do wonders for eSports and improve what is already a thriving and exciting community.

eSports and Real Sports… is There a Link?

From what you have read on this blog so far, you wouldn’t be wrong for thinking that eSports and physical sports are vastly different and are in no way related. However, in the past few years, these two differing sides of the spectrum have slowly been making links, and bringing the two closer together.

One of the first major sports to start links with its gaming namesake was football. Specifically, many teams in England’s top leagues have delved into this new opportunity.

Both Manchester City and West Ham have signed top FIFA players to their club. They see this as a great way of extending the club’s brand into a growing industry that is very popular among young people in particular.

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German side Wolfsburg are taking eSports very seriously indeed, having signed on a number of professional FIFA players in recent years. Wolfsburg Managing Director Thomas Röttgermann has come out and said: “For us, eSports was a win-win situation – we could be a first mover and create new and innovative content for our young fans at Wolfsburg, and also get more fans into eSports. We want to show we take eSports seriously.”


One other sport that is embracing the technological age of sports is Formula E. As this is a relatively new Motorsport, only conceived five years ago, it has had no trouble appealing to the younger generation. Coming up this week is Formula E’s VISA Vegas eRace, where Formula E drivers and eSports athletes will go head to head in a simulated race. If you think this is just going to be a small event in a back room somewhere, you are sorely mistaken. The prize pool for the race is a whopping $2 million, so this is being taken very seriously indeed by Formula E organisers.

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eSports may not be anywhere near as popular as regular sports yet, but with the links that are being made by sports all around the world, it might not be long before competitive gaming comes into the norm.

Sports Indoors?!?! The Rise of Competative eSports

When most people think of competitive sports, they think of mud and sweat, team games or individual trials being played out in the pouring rain. However, this is a common misconception in today’s society.

There is a new kind of sport gaining in popularity, one which can be competed in from the comfort of your own home, possibly with a mug of tea and a few chocolate digestives at your side.

eSports.

It’s a growing phenomenon which is easily confusing to people who are not used to gaming, technology, or anyone over the age of forty. “People can make money just from playing video games?” they exclaim! They certainly can, and not just make money, but become very successful individuals.

eSports is growing in popularity at an exponential rate, partly due to the increasing availability of the internet, as well as the demand from young people for immediate entertainment. Live streaming has become an integral part of eSports, with tournaments being watched by hundreds of thousands of people right across the world.

Not only do the players and teams compete for huge prizes in tournaments, they can also earn revenue through advertising on social media, sponsorship and many competitive gamers also maintain very successful YouTube channels. One prime example of this would be Seth ‘Scumpi’ Abner, who is the Captain of Call of Duty team Optic Gaming. Scumpi, as well as being considered the best Call of Duty player of all time, has a YouTube channel boasting over 2.1 million ‘Scumpscribers’.

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In essence, the competitive eSports scene is only just starting to gain momentum, but for those who are sceptical of the movement’s merits, the next few years could lead to them being proved very, very wrong.