Interview with Crs SaintVicious about eSports in generalThu 7th Jun 2012 - 8:20pm Category: League of Legends
I was able to speak with Saintvicious, the new Jungler for Team Curse. We speak about where eSports is going in the future and why he thinks it has grown to what it is today. Enjoy the read!
Please give us some insight into your everyday life things you do outside of game and to prepare before coming online to stream?
SV: Usually go to beach in mornings. I then go to the gym before I start to stream. Sometimes I go to a bar in the evening with my friends and just chill out.
Is there any imparticular story that you can tell us from a LAN experience that you really enjoyed such as fans or socializing with other plays?
SV: Probably stuff I shouldn’t disclose, but I can say the fans are normally pretty crazy.
Do you make enough from eSports to live a comfortable life and do you think this may increase or stay stable in the coming years?
SV: I’m currently making as much as a doctor. We can only see if that will last.
How does the atmosphere change at a LAN from when you are playing online?
SV: Looking back to my first LAN there was a lot of pressure. About a year on for me it’s no different playing online as it is at LAN.
Is there anything you have been able to do as a pro gamer that the average person wouldn’t get to do?
SV: Well for most people it would be the travelling and seeing new places. I travelled a lot before becoming a pro gamer so not so much for me all land feels the same.
Lots of teams have now taken the endeavour of having a part time house or purchasing/renting a house. Do you think as more teams get involved in this the stakes will really rise for eSports?
SV: Well it’s a really big investment. I think the big teams will be the ones who actually go ahead and get a gaming house. It lets them train harder and puts them in a better place to win more money in tournaments. It’s also a lot more reliable that people won’t skip practice so schedules get better and that team then will start to perform better.
Do you think that small tournaments worth low prices are good to grow eSports or are they just greedy organisations offering prizes such as $500 knowing they can gain more?
SV: Well there is such a small base of players who can compete for big tournaments. So small tournaments such as Ivylol are really good for the masses. Plus it’s more action for the fans.
What do you think about the current state of PC gaming in general as a hobby and as a profession?
SV: It’s a lot more mainstream nowadays, probably because good pcs are becoming cheaper and internet is increased in areas like downloads of games and stuff.
CBS Interactive just bought up a lot of eSports organisations and say that eSports viewers could double every 2 years for the next 10 years, do you think eSports has this much potential?
SV: The gaming industry itself has grown 25% every year for the past 20 years so yes I think that the community and things are already big and going by previous trends will continue to grow. Especially with better internet to connect with people and PC to stream live games.
Have you noticed the price money has increase a lot over the years with the increase in viewers or has it remained stagnant?
SV: It is increasing but that is just because bigger companies are investing as the sport grows and riot have increased their investment as well into the prize money season 2 is miles higher than season 1 and I hope this continues in future.
Do you think in the future more people will set out and train to be a professional gamer?
SV: I don’t think so, being a professional gamer is more of an experience than something that I personally would see someone aiming for. Sure once you are in eSports, people want to stay, but it’s something that people just experience, but everyone is different so it beats me.
Has competition stayed equally as difficult or has the competition increased as prize money has gone up?
SV: All teams have improved so the skill margin is a lot smaller than it was. It makes it more down to mistakes that dictate the plays and people really have to stay at their best if they want to win the prize money that they are all working towards.
Is there any event in eSports that you saw that really made you want to get into professional gaming, or just a moment that you saw that amazed you?
SV: There isn’t really any moment that amazed me specifically. I have always loved games and I think it was the games that made me want to move into professional gaming not the professionals themselves.