I’m bored so I guess I’ll write stuff…

Greetings to anyone reading. My name is Jason Wang, and today I’ve fallen to the modern dilemma of boredom. I’m waiting to watch the NA LCS finals and even though the EU LCS finals between Fnatic and Origen is currently taking place, I’m not remotely interested to watch what is almost going to be a guaranteed Fnatic victory. So I guess I’ll write… something. Why? I’m not sure but I figure I’ll find out as I go.

A little about myself: I like video games. I’ve been playing them since I can remember. I’d always played both console and PC games since the beginning, starting with the PlayStation and Warcraft II. I was ridiculously young at the time though, and I had no clue what was going on, just the sights and sounds were enough to entrance me. As time went on I moved to StarCraft: Brood War. I mean, I wasn’t anything special, I must have been 7 years old when I started to play. StarCraft was by far my most played game (mostly custom games like tower defenses or mass attack games) until I was about 13 years old when I picked up World of Warcraft, during the latter half of the expansion The Burning Crusade. I played the following expansion Wrath of the Lich King, for years until Cataclysm dropped and I found myself discontent with the game. This is when I found League of Legends. It was spring 2011 and with many failed attempts at being any good at DotA, I made the slow switch to League.

While playing the game itself was very exciting; a feeling I’m sure a lot of new League players can relate to (bar the smurfs at level 1), what really caught my eye was the streamers. At the time I watched on own3D, and mainly watched TheOddOne and Dan Dinh. I soon found myself engrossed in the online tournaments and high level play. This was probably the first time in my life that I actually wanted to play something competitively.

I’ve always loved watching the pros. For reasons that every gamer can probably relate to. Gamers could generate a fan base. Gamers could generate ad revenue from that fan base. Gamers could make money from tournament winnings. Gamers could have a crowd of people chant their names for them. A love for video games quickly blossomed into a love for E-Sports.

E-Sports: A term that romanticized the thought of being good enough to live off of playing games. A dream that I, thankfully, quickly gave up on. I didn’t have the raw talent for it. I recognized that. I suffered in the ‘slightly below average’ tier of players for far too long, and my own pace of improvement is far too slow. But i still want to be a part of it, somehow. I want to help show the rest of the world what E-Sports could do.

E-Sports: A new industry with a huge, ever expanding pool of consumers. As we move to a more technologically complex world, where more young people grow up in an environment like I did (surrounded by technology and playing video games), it’s important to realize that our taste in entertainment and our basic life values may change, and it’s not such a bad thing. The move to being dependant on technology has long since been in the works. Since the first tools of man, to the automobile, to computers and smartphones, we have always been dependent on technology to survive. With a new generation of technologically inclined individuals on the way, it seems as though E-Sports and streaming are the future of entertainment. After all, if kids have been playing video games, and watching PewDiePie play video games on YouTube since they were very young, well I’m sorry football/soccer fans, I think they’re going to like E-Sports better.

I’d like to apologize at this point, for my incessant rambling, and what is most likely a spastic jumble of literary fallacies; Of course, my refusal to edit this spew of thoughts onto this website that I had only just found doesn’t make it any better.

I’ll end on the note that I began with. I still don’t know why I’m writing this blog(?) for now, but I think I’ve started to inch towards it. I definitely love E-Sports, and I definitely want to be a part of it. Organizing my thoughts like this might be an effective way to channel, and focus my passion for the world of gaming. If there is anyone out there reading this and found it at all entertaining, interesting, or whatever, leave me a comment. I’m always ready to take on any criticism in anything and everything I do, including writing (which I figure I’m pretty terrible at). Finally as I am preparing to haphazardly publish(?) this, I’m eating my words from when I began… Origen just took Fnatic to game 5. What a time to be alive.

Until Next Time,

-Jason Wang

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