Celebrities and eSports

Many people are quite skeptical about the eSports phenomenon. The choice of the players is often criticized by relatives, friends and colleagues. Meanwhile TV sports channels often claim that eSports is not a true sport at all. For example, after online shop Amazon acquired the live streams platform Twitch, the General Manager of sports channel John Skipper said about eSports: “It’s not a sport — it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition… Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports”. It looks like people, who are not fond of video games, are prejudiced towards gamers and games. Meanwhile there are people, whose attitude towards the eSports industry is very positive. Among them are the stars, well-known worldwide. These are prominent sportsmen, actors and musicians. The article speaks about some of them. 

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe is a professional football player of NFL ("football" means "gridiron" or "American football" - note from translator). He's sure that eSports is a true sport as basketball and football. Moreover, he thinks that competitive gaming is a sport on par with traditional baseball and football that could someday be a part of the Olympics. "As we start getting more and more into the physical - as society changes as a whole. You look at kids that are growing up, and having a PC isn’t strange. Everyone has a PC or a tablet or whatever and have access to the internet and so they get used to this world, whereas 30 or 40 years ago, computers weren’t really a part of growing up unless, you were a scientist or a government researcher. As society changes as people get more and more comfortable with computers, you get more kids who grow up with these games and they enjoy it, they play it, it’s something familiar. And so that’s how things change." Surely Chris has gaming experience. When he was a teenager, he played Counter-Strike (at an amateur level), StarCraft and various fightings. When League of Legends was released, he began playing it. Chris doesn't have much time to play games. "We’re seeing more and more that these kids have coaches now. They have training routines. They have houses that they stay in develop that chemistry. That’s how sports get started – people start getting more emmeshed together and there’s opportunity to be had".

Chris actively cooperates with Riot Games

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is Harvard graduate and prominent American basketball player. Time magazine included him in the list of the world's most influential people in 2012. Jeremy is fond of eSports and Dota 2 in particular. "I started playing Dota 1 when I was a Sophomore in high school. I started playing Dota 2 when it came out and I've been playing it until now. Nowadays I actually don't play a lot, I've only played a couple times in the last month, but normally I'll play 2-3 times a week". When Jeremy was asked, why he likes Dota 2, he answered: "So I would say Dota and basketball are actually kind of similar in the fact that they're 5 on 5 games. In basketball you have the point guard, the wings and forwards. In Dota you have three categories too; agility, strength, and magic/intel. You definitely have to understand the game and work on it, hone your skills". He also added that synchronized teamplay along with how the player perform their tasks is of high importance, when playing Dota 2 at professional level. These are often the keys to the victory in basketball. In general, the basketball player often compares Dota 2 with traditional types of sport, emphasizing their similarity and pointing out that the way to professionalism in any aspect of life is always bind to overcoming difficulties and selfless work. By the way, despite being American of Chinese and Taiwanese origin, Jeremy Lin has no preferences to American or Chinese teams. His favorite player Na`Vi's Ukraine Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin.
Jeremy Lin visits "Analysts studio" during The International 2015

Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward is a professional American basketball player and a great fan of eSports. He's been fond of the games since school, when he played Halo a lot. Later Gordon began playing StarCraft II. “In Halo, I put a bunch of time in, and we were actually pretty good, and that was kind of just how it was. But in StarCraft, I put in a bunch of time, and I was middle of the road. It’s the hardest game I’ve ever played.” Afterwards, the prominent sportsman became fond of League of Legends, since his friends began playing it. Gordon is sure that he plays League of Legends better than any other traditional professional sportsman. However, he said he didn't know, what choice to make - whether to become a professional eSportsman or not. “They play all day long, training for all the things they want to do. Then after that, in their free time, they play more League,” he says. “That’s what it takes if you want to be the best. It would be like going to basketball practice for 12 to 14 hours, and then after practice, spending your free time working on hook shots or left-hand floaters.” 

Other celebrities

Speaking of celebrities, who are interested or were interested with video games and esports, we can recall many names. For example, Spanish football player Gerard Pique wrote about his interest in Dota 2 on his Twitter. Another football player Bojan Krkic used to play Counter-Strike 1.6 professionally. American actor Vin Diesel is a great fan of multiplayer online game World of WarCraft. Don't forget that Vin Diesel even founded his own game developing company in 2002. The company called Tigon Studios mostly specializes in the games, which are somehow related to the actor. Musician Snoop Dogg claimed that he's fan of shooters, e.g. Call of Duty and Halo. Finally, professional Canadian race driver Jacques Villeneuve prefers racing simulators, which enable him to remain in good shape.
There are lots of prominent personalities, who are fond of video games. It's great to see that step by step video game industry along with those, who choose to build their career in this industry, cease to cause confusion. Chris Kluwe said that society changes and was right. What our parents deemed unusual, will be absolutely natural for our kids, and that's something our generation of gamers has achieved, something we can be proud of! 
AuthorEloveana Date17 August 2015, 16:14 Views9073 Comments0
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