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Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Good panel but please don't forget to turn off the tunes next time, some pretty good music and all but its a bit distracting. Hopefully the federation thing ends up happening.

BerzerkDC
BerzerkDC

Very good panel, raising interesting questions. How to get it together?  Form an association, like the IGDA or AFL where the organisers of each existing organisation that run events is a member.  

So it's a group board with agreed guidelines.  VanzR had a great comment that it shouldn't be "top down".  If it comes up from the grassroots it can work.

Saketume
Saketume

This is my first real insight behind the scenes of any eSport. I've been a gamer all my life and I've never had much of a clue about this relatively new phenomenon of competing with video games on this level.

I have watched some events on stream and some on TV but it's been moderately interesting most of the time.

One of the reasons is that I've never played LoL or Dota. I mean I know a lot about games but even for me it's somewhat hard to follow exactly what is going on simply because I've never played those particular games.


For someone who don't play a lot of games it's pointless to even try to watch it at all.

What I'm trying to say is that if you want eSports to become mainstream you need to have better coverage of it. You need to explain the rules of the games, write articles about _why_ it is so exciting and be clearer with what's going on when commenting on it. Would your sports interested dad understand it? No? then it's not very good coverage. Get better commentators  have them explain what's happening when players use skills. Explain why they're doing what they're doing when they're doing it etc. It's pretty complicated if you don't play it yourself. I'm sure more people would enjoy watching cricket too, if they understood the rules. If you don't then it's just dull.

If you only allow Dota players to enjoy Dota competitions then it will be very hard to get people in general to accept it. Make everyone understand why it's fun and you'll get more viewers, more future players and more sponsors etc.

Your point about better more sportsmanship-like attitudes is important as well. It's my impression that most pro gamers are not very respectful towards others. You need to change that impression.

(and fix your aussie internet ;)


Just my observations as an outsider.

Good luck with your local efforts. I'm sure it will grow no matter what but if it's slow or fast depends a lot on your actions.

(why do I have the feeling I'll get a lot of "no no no you're wrong" replies x)

Zorine
Zorine moderator staff

Hi all,

The audio was provided by the PAX Aus audio desk. Unfortunately, it appears that somebody left the music on! Hope you all like the tunes.


- Zorine

Zorine
Zorine moderator staff

@Pawfalcon Thanks! It's a shame about the music, but we make do with what we're given.

Zorine
Zorine moderator staff

@Saketume I agree with a lot of your points Saketume. I approached the panel from the perspective of an existing eSports enthusiast, which is why discussion focused mainly on issues currently plaguing (for lack of better word) the scene.

I've always tried to write eSports articles from the perspective of both fans and newcomers to explain how important the news is. I can only hope it comes across. We still have a lot to go, but it is getting there slowly!

Saketume
Saketume

@Zorine

 For what it's worth you've at least made _me_ way more interested in eSports than I was before simply by being friendly, talking and writing about it here on GS.

Previously I've only seen people like Fatal1ty sponsor plastic headsets, mousepads and gamer food.

 It has had the opposite effect on me. That was a world I wanted to stay away from.

eSports, or any other business for that matter, could use more representatives like you.

The rest of the panel might be cool people too. Just not enough info for me to judge them on.

Never change! (change everyone else instead :)