By: Reed LeMans
I could easily tell anyone the impacts that the e-sports is having on major tech hubs like Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle, but it’s much harder to see the impact when you look into the average city in America. Not every town has a population above 100,000 with convention centers, high internet speeds and close access to the developers of the most popular e-sports titles in the world. How do I find the difference that e-sports titles are making in a community mine, Eugene, Ore?
Well, for starters, I research what I should be looking for and understand it. If I want to know about the impact of e-sports out here then I should be looking for the community of players that love and regular dedicate time and love to these games. I have easy access to the communities of DotA 2, LoL and Starcraft 2 through the multimedia aggregate Reddit. I can learn everything about the games through wiki sites like leaguepedia.
I plan to talk about e-sports with the President of the League of Legends club on campus to find out how this e-sports game has made a difference in his life and the lives of many of students at the University of Oregon. I also want to find out what it is like to play for a collegiate level e-sports team so I will look to interview a team from the club and see if there is story to tell about e-sports.
Going to the World Championships for League of Legends at the Staples Center in LA this past weekend showed me just how big the industry is right now, and how rapidly it is growing. If a video-game competition can sell out the staples center now then I have no idea where it could be in a year, but I know it will only get bigger and more influential. I have no doubt that in ten years famous e-sports players could be household names. This is why I want to hop on the e-sports train now and immerse myself in it. And my future projects are the best step toward that.