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Professionalism in League of Legends

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Many non-gamers look sceptically at the word eSports. How can clicking a mouse here and tapping a keyboard there even be considered a sport? But more and more companies see the worth of eSports in general and League of Legends in particular.

Media Coverage

Only a short while ago, the attendees of a game event were ridiculed by a journalist of a local newspaper who asked how often those young males showered and pondered how Clearasil should have been the event's sponsor. But the bigger media outlets start to see the worth of eSports and articles about it pop up every now and then. Founded in 1917, Forbes is a successful bi-weekly business magazine that opened its digital doors in 1996 and they published a series of articles covering League of Legends and some of its best-known players, for example.

A week ago, BBC – the world's biggest broadcaster – published an article about the newly introduced Honor Initiative. These publications are but two examples of how the scene is growing and how it is getting noticed by the mainstream media, followed by the more serious news gatherer. It will take a while for eSports to become as big in the western world as it is in Asia. In Korea there is already a TV network dedicated to eSports (OnGameNet) and the question is not 'if' but 'when' Europe and North America will take the plunge.


Betting

The first betting company that seems to have caught up on the idea of eSports is digibet.com. This website lets you put money on StarCraft II and League of Legends matches. You can bet on which team wins a map or which player gets First Blood, for instance. With real money at stake, the matches will become more interesting for the viewers which subsequently will draw in an even bigger audience. We'll have to wait and see whether the betting on League is going to make digibet.com any money so that other betting agencies will follow suit.


Players' Professionalism

It is interesting to see that with media coverage and a betting portal, the scene is taken more and more seriously. But why do so many people remain sceptical about the idea of eSports? Personally, I believe some of the pro-players are partly to be blamed for this. With their young age they don't yet have the maturity which they should have. In the past two weeks alone several incidents have taken place to showcase this: SK Gaming gets disqualified from The Siege tournament because players didn't show up; Alternate is thrown out of this season's EPS due to accumulating too many penalty points; H2k Gaming reschedules a tournament match at the last possible moment. The players should be backed by organizations that keep them in line. Gaming houses might partly take care of this problem because a manager could guarantee that the players will show up in time for a tournament.

Another problem is the ongoing raging of players. Even with the Honor Initiative and the Tribunal in place, many toxic players slip through. It doesn't help when screenshots of raging pro-players turn up on Reddit.

With more and more money being poured into the competitive League of Legend scene, it is of the essence to keep the momentum going. Every casual player can contribute to the success just by being an active and responsible player. Follow the Summoner's Code and enjoy the game to the fullest in a positive manner. You are part of the biggest game in eSports history and it will grow into a bigger monster every day. Be prepared, Summoners!



Sources: Forbes Articles, BBC Article, Summoner's Code


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#1
sb2 wrote at 15.11.2012, 15:45 CET:
- Teams just not showing up thus getting DQ'd for online tournaments.

- Tournaments announcing all the teams that attend but fail to deliver a tourney schedule ahead of time (1 day before it starts is not good enough)

- Oh and I would like to watch one tournament without a 30 min delay or worse

- MLG charging 15 Dollar for an HD pass to then decide to not stream certain matches...

There is still some work left to do..
#2
RaizeN1337 wrote at 15.11.2012, 15:47 CET:
Great news!!
#3
robben991 wrote at 15.11.2012, 16:06 CET:
dat lamia :S
#4
Mixxi wrote at 15.11.2012, 16:09 CET:
Pretty nice article.
#5
Dieser_Wombat wrote at 15.11.2012, 16:37 CET:
sb2 wrote:
- Teams just not showing up thus getting DQ'd for online tournaments.
- Tournaments announcing all the teams that attend but fail to deliver a tourney schedule ahead of time (1 day before it starts is not good enough)
- Oh and I would like to watch one tournament without a 30 min delay or worse
- MLG charging 15 Dollar for an HD pass to then decide to not stream certain matches...
There is still some work left to do..


even though i do not have problems with delays <1hr it obviously is a factor that holds back esport.

In addition to your point "brackets and schedule", i would even say that esport in general is not transparent/consistent enough, often its not clear which tournament system is played, bo3/bo1, single elimination/double elimination. Is the final in double elimination 2 bo3 or 1 bo5 with 1map ahead, and so on. Furthermore teams change more often then ppl. their pants + the fact that teams can attend tournaments with 40% of their lineup not present. We need more consistent rules, information has to be easier accessible and earlier available.
#6
D4ftpunker wrote at 15.11.2012, 21:49 CET:
We want an Latin American server like Starcraft 2 :(

Anyways, great news, thanks for share!
#7
lpman wrote at 16.11.2012, 02:15 CET:
- ocelote history of having sex.
- locodoco get cought faping.
- an ESL caster got cought having sex in stream.
Porn of legends 3, League of legends 1.
#8
Caridorz wrote at 16.11.2012, 16:00 CET:
lpman wrote:

Porn of legends 3, League of legends 1.

WHO???? Oo
#9
Creativezx wrote at 16.11.2012, 19:58 CET:
lpman wrote:
- ocelote history of having sex.
- locodoco get cought faping.
- an ESL caster got cought having sex in stream.
Porn of legends 3, League of legends 1.


lolwat. details plox :D
#10
Colthy wrote at 21.11.2012, 13:39 CET:
Professionality is something that is very character-dependent. There are professional players that are very, very sportsmanlike - Like Alex Ich for example. Even after stomping SK, he hustled Ocelote to the stage, and cheered for him while the croud was giving a standing ovation. Sadly, there are some players that do not have that trait, and are very egocentrical. I wouldn't like to name any names, but there are quite a few out there. The professional e-Sports and League of Legends scene consists mostly of professional, positive and sporstmanlike people. The enviorment, and the community makes it so.
#11
TheGuBBi wrote at 21.11.2012, 15:16 CET:
I really like the fact that eSports is getting more and more attention! But i dont see the betting thing as some big thing for eSport, now days you can be betting on anything! In Denmark you can even be betting on some talent/singing TV show :)
#12
Givalexe wrote at 21.11.2012, 18:35 CET:
give skin :D
#13
rockwood wrote at 29.11.2012, 18:56 CET:
I was there when Ocelote was playing with Wickd on his stream. He was arrogant and often insulting people. Then Ocelote started to stream, and he was still the same person, disdainful, high esteem of himself, raging against people, insulting 24/7 and that s why people joined his stream. Not because he was conveying good sport values, because he was a douchebag and people wanted to see him rage. Simple as that. That s who ocelote is. One day, he understood he could make more money by slowing down with the insults etc and he became the Ocelote you think he is now. I ve learn a lot about Humans, and one constant thing is that we can't expect a man to change. He is still the douchebag he was earlier and will still be.

Pretty sure this kind of commetns fits well to website like digibet.com : http://www.imagup.com/data/1168876817.html

" BBC NEWS : League of Legends rewards well-behaved players " ( HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ) Irony ?

edited by rockwood at 29.11.2012, 19:01 CET
 

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