The big business of video game tournaments

The big business of video game tournaments


DAGEN: THE BIG BUSINESS OF GAMES , FORTNITE HOLDING ITS FIRST-EVER CHAMPION SERIES THE TOURNAMENT FEATURES MORE THAN $10 MILLION IN PRIZE MONEY WITH THE FINAL TAKING PLACE NEXT MONTH. JOINING US NOW, VIDEO GAME AND E -SPORTS JOURNALIST ROD. GOOD TO SEE YOU, ROD. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS TOURNAMENT>> I MEAN, IT’S AWESOME, THE FORTNITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP JUST FINISHED HERE IN NEW YORK, $30 MILLION WAS GIVEN AWAY AND SOME OF YOU MIGHT KNOW THIS 16- YEAR-OLD KID WON $3 MILLION PLAYING FORTNITE, AND NOW, HIS PARENTS CANNOT SAY ANYTHING TO HIM. DAGEN: EXACTLY. CABOT LIKES FORTNITE.>> YEAH, I LIKE FORTNITE WE SAW MORE AND MORE UNIVERSITIES EMBRACING E-SPORTS AND THE UNIVERSITY SPENDING $6 MILLION ON E-SPORTS FACILITY, AND AKRON SPENDING THAT, IS THIS GOING TO BECOME THE NEW COLLEGE FOOTBALL WHERE SCHOOLS ARE RECRUITING E- SPORT GAMERS TO THEIR SCHOOL WITH THESE FACILITIES?>> I MEAN ABSOLUTELY, COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN BEGINNING IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THERE ARE MORE SCHOOLS AROUND THE COUNTRY EMBRACING THIS AND FORTNITE IS JUST ONE GAME OF MANY THAT’S GOING ON, RIGHT NOW THIS WEEKEND THERE’S A CALL OF DUTY WORLD CHAMPION CHAMPIONSHIP INDIANA IN LOS ANGELES AND THE EOO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP JUST FINISHED IN VEGAS AND THAT’S ALL DIFFERENT GAMES AND DIFFERENT DEVELOPERS AND DIFFERENT COMPANIES.>> WHAT KIND OF GROWTH IS THIS GOING TO HAVE? I KNOW A FEW BANKS THAT HAVE ACTUALLY HIRED A DEPARTMENT SO MORE THAN JUST ONE OR TWO RESEARCH PEOPLE TO BEGIN TO FOLLOW THIS AS AN ECONOMIC SECTOR.>> YEAH, I MEAN, VIDEO GAMES PROBABLY YOU TALK ABOUT ON THIS SHOW, ARE A $1 BILLION INDUSTRY.>> BUT I MEAN MORE OF THE E- SPORTS KIND OF.>> BUT BECAUSE VIDEO GAMES IN GENERAL ARE GROWING SO MUCH AND FORTNITE IS A GREAT PREMIER EXAMPLE OF COMPETITIVE VIDEO GAMING THAT’S GROWING THE OVERALL E-SPORTS PIE BECAUSE IN THE HEART OF THEM THERE ARE MULTI-PLAYER COMPETITIVE GAMES, SO THE BIGGEST GAMES IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW ARE THE COMPETITIVE GAMES THAT EVERYONE IS PLAYING AND IT’S THE CORE THAT IS E-SPORTS AT THE MOST PROFESSIONAL LEVEL. DAGEN: THAT’S ONE REASON, ROD I KNOW IT BOTHERS YOU THAT PEOPLE WILL DISMISS GAMING AND PARTICULARLY AS OH, IT’S ADDICTIVE, LIKE A DRUG, BUT THAT KIND OF IT JUST SHOWS A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE SKILLSET IS, HOW COMPETITIVE IT IS AND HOW IT ACTUALLY CAN TRAIN YOU FOR DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES, EVEN AS A TEENAGER. I MEAN THERE’S A LOT THAT GOES INTO GAMING AND THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD THAT COMES OUT OF IT, RIGHT>> THE CRITICISM IN THAT WAY IS REALLY ABSURD TO COMPARE VIDEO GAMES TO LIKE A TRULY ADDICTIVE DRUG SO LIKE AN OPIOID IS PATHETIC AND THAT SHOULD NEVER BE HAPPENING AND SHOWS A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT’S GOING ON AND AT THE SAME TIME VIDEO GAMES AN E-SPORTS ARE A SOCIAL ACTIVITY MORE SO THAN REALLY BOTH ACTIVITIES NOW. YOU’RE PLAYING AGAINST PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD, PLAYING COMPETITIVELY ALL THE TIME, TALKING TO PEOPLE FOR HOURS ON END TO TRY TO GET THAT END GOAL. IT IS A VERY SOCIAL THING NOT ONLY IS IT LIKE NOT PEOPLE THINK THAT IT’S ANTI-SOCIALISTIC ACTUALLY ONE OF THE MOST SOCIAL THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO ONLINE, AND E-SPORTS IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF BRINGING KIDDING TOGETHER FROM AROUND THE WORLD.>> IT’S MORE SOCIAL THAN TAKING SELFIES AND EDITING THEM SO YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE YOURSELF BECAUSE AGAIN, WE ARE A TECHNOLOGY-BASED CULTURE AT THIS POINT, WHERE WE RELATE TO PEOPLE, ONLINE SO IS IT BETTER TO RELATE VIA GAMING, OR ON INSTAGRAM, AND THAT’S ONE OF THOSE QUESTIONS, JACK I KNOW YOU WANTED TO ASK ROD SOMETHING.>> WELL YOU GUYS JUST DESCRIBED ME BECAUSE I’M ANTI-VIDEO GAMES I DON’T LET MY SEVEN-YEAR-OLD PLAY THEM BECAUSE I WANT HIM OUTSIDE PLAYING. I’M A FORMER NFL PLAYING AND MY SCHOLARSHIPS AND MY OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON AND FEED MY FAMILY, SO BUT MY QUESTION TO YOU IS IS YOU GOT ME RECONSIDERING THIS NOW. SO HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO GET REALLY GOOD AT THESE GAMES AND DO I ALLOW MY SEVEN-YEAR-OLD WHOSE A PHENOMENAL ATHLETE AT HIS AGE OFF THE CHARTS DO I ALLOW HIM TO SPEND FIVE HOURS IN FRONT OF THE TV PLAYING VIDEO GAMES VERSUS BEING OUT TRAINING WITH ME?>> HONESTLY FOR COMPETITIVE GAME AND THE GAMES IN E-SPORTS IT REALLY DOES TAKE AS MUCH TIME TO PRACTICE AND TO PLAY AND TO REALLY GRIND YOUR WAY AT THE GAMES AS IT DOES A PROFESSIONAL SPORT. YOU NEED TO PLAY SIX TO EIGHT HOURS A DAY AT THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL PRACTICE WITH YOUR TEAM AND PRACTICE AGAINST THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD TO REALLY DO SO AND TO YOUR POINT, REALLY PARENTS SHOULD BE MORE INVOLVED IN WHAT THEIR KIDS ARE DOING VIDEO GAMES ARE BIGGER THAN EVER BEFORE. EVERYONE THAT HAS KIDS HAS A KID PLAYING GAMES, AND IF YOU’RE MORE ACTIVE IN WHAT THEY’RE DOING THEY WILL RESPOND BETTER AND THEY WILL LIKE GOING OUT BECAUSE YOU HAVE AN INTEREST AND YOU SHOW THE INTEREST IN WHAT THEY DO AND WHAT THEY LOVE TO DO AND THEN ALSO BE ABLE TO EXCEED IN IT. DAGEN: I CAN CONNECT THE WORLD OF GAMING TO REAL-WORLD ACTIVITIES, BECAUSE THE YOUNG LIKE TOP TIER NASCAR DRIVER, A FEW OF THEM, LEARNED TO DRIVE BY PLAYING GAMES. THEY ARE GETTING PAID MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO DRIVE ACTUAL VEHICLES, BUT THEY LEARN THROUGH GAMING, ROD. SO THERE IS THIS INCREDIBLE REAL-WORLD APPLICATION.>> YEAH, BUT IF YOUR KID CAN RUN FAST, JUMP HIGH, AND HAS GOOD PROSPECTS OF GETTING A SCHOLARSHIP DO YOU LET THEM PLAY GAMES? I DON’T KNOW IF I AGREE WITH THAT.>> SOME OF THOSE KIDS LOVE PLAYING GAMES AS MUCH AS THEY LOVE PLAYING TRADITIONAL SPORTS AND SOMETIMES THEY EXCELL EVEN MORE AT THE GAMES. THERE ARE PRO-ATHLETES THAT PLAY GAMES JUST AS MUCH. DAGEN: SO WE CAN ALL GET ALONG AND WE CAN HAVE OUR WORLD ONLINE , WE CAN BE GREAT AT GAMING AND BY THE WAY MAYBE YOUR KID MIGHT BE MORE SUCCESSFUL AT PLAYING VIDEO GAMES THAN PLAYING SPORTS.>> YOU’RE RIGHT.>> THEY HAVE TO LEARN THE PLAY BOOK AND LEARN DIFFERENT DEFENSIVE SCHEMES.>> OH, YEAH I’M TALKING ABOUT GAMES WHERE YOU’RE SHOOTING EACH OTHER AND ALL OF THAT.>> HE COULD BRING $3 MILLION HOME.>> THAT MEANS HE HAS TO PLAY EVERY DAY TO BE THAT GOOD. ALL DAY I DON’T KNOW. DAGEN: I HOPE YOU COME BACK AND I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE DISCUSSION.>> I DID AND ANY TIME YOU NEED ME TO BRING UP E-SPORTS I’M HERE FOR YOU.>> I WON’T TELL YOU WHICH GAMES

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13 Comments

  1. I'd rather my kid be outside with real talent than inside watching a box for 8 hours.
    Not changing my mind on that no matter how much money these kids might make.

  2. You are late to the game. Gaming has been massive for over 5+ years now. Colleges offering scholarships and Athletic participation among children has drastically dropped. The Dota tournament gets more viewers than the World Series, NBA finals combined.

  3. Take a good look at the guy saying that games are not addictive and his motel tan. He said 8 hours a day. And many people in there 30s and even 40s are living at home with their parents and playing games all day and are unhealthy. This has much more in common as the new opiate of the masses than he wants to let on. People caught up in fantasy are distracted from reality and we pay dearly for our excapes.

  4. It really is preparation for a career. There are many games I'm really good at because I've just played so much when i was in high school, but now that I'm in a different career (insurance), I can't put in the hours to keep up with the other players on those games.

    Now I play games I like in my free time, but not competitively like I used to

  5. Fox is disabling comments for narrative control a deepstate tool. ! G a b .com speak freely. Have conversations. Enjoy free-speech.. Do it now!

  6. It always amuses me how, my whole life, Republicans, especially Libertarians, hated videogames because they thought the virtual experience was defrauding them of military enlistments and people taking real-life risks for adventure, until they saw how much financial potential was in the industry. Now they love videogames. Sometimes the Right is as silly as the Left…

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