Slingshot’s esports wishes for 2016
Slingshot Esports would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It’s already shaping up to be a monumental year for esports, and with that, here’s a New Years wish list from our contributors.
Joe Cannavino (staff writer): What I would like is for a North American team to do well at the League Of Legends World Championships next year. In Season 3, Team SoloMid made it out of pool play but didn’t perform well in the bracket stage. Last year, no NA team made it out of the group stage. Riot Games is based in California and the first servers were in North America. Why can’t this region compete? This year, the tables are about to turn (I hope). With Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim’s superb shot-calling on a loaded roster, maybe TSM can finally show us all the light for the continent. Another chance might be Immortals. Top lane should be a breeze with Seong “Huni” Hoon Heo alongside his jungler Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin. Hopefully they can pass the torch that was lit so bright from Fnatic last year.
Vince Nairn (editor-in-chief): I would love to see Mark Cuban buy a North American League of Legends Championship Series team. He’s the most entertaining NBA owner and seems to have a personality that would fit the esports industry perfectly. I’m not sure if his investment in Unikrn would create problems, but hey, these are supposed to be wishes, right?
Cammie Bellamy: When this year’s Christmas dinner-table discussions turned to what I’m doing with my free time, “freelancing for an online esports magazine” left my family with some questions. Chief among them: “What is esports?” My hope for 2016 is that fewer Americans have to ask this question. A recent Bloomberg Business story on Rick Fox’s purchase of Gravity Gaming spent half its length explaining what League of Legends and esports actually are. Mainstream coverage of esports in the U.S. has, for the most part, been relegated to an odd Vice documentary, and that deficit limits a lot more than just our gaming literacy. It limits the size of live tournaments we can stage, revenues for hosts, sponsors and players, and the legitimacy of esports in general. My wish for esports is that this time next year, I can spend more time talking with people about where it’s going and less time explaining what it is.
Scott Belmont: I wish that a North American team in CounterStrike: Global Offensive gets a roster that can compete on the same level the European teams on a consistent basis. I would most love to see a super team come together that can go toe-to-toe with the European rosters.
Josh Copitch: My holiday esports wish would be for Valve Corporation to fully recognize CounterStrike: Global Offensive as the growing scene that it is and give it increased attention and respect it deserves.
Guy Pasquill: I would like a big Dota 2 or League of Legends LAN tournament to take place somewhere in the UK — my home, one I could go to and have the pleasure of sitting down in my seat, getting hyped with all my fellow fans and watching some of the best players do what they do for some of the biggest prize pools. That would be brilliant.