Reflection of Esports Journalism

Well, the past three months been busy with a recent internship of mine. The internship was with a start up called 12up Esports. However, they ended up dropping me a few weeks ago. Ironically, when about a month before hand, I tried to leave to due schedule and time complications maden it difficult to write.

Besides lack of time, the overall time was some what enjoyable. The Skype group chat was filled with interesting individuals, but fitting in was not a thing.

As for the actual writing portion of this internship, it was rigorous and time consuming. The editors wanted perfect articles upon publishing. I understand they have hundreds of articles a day to edit for the site, but everyone writes at a different vocabulary level. Mine is meant for general public. It makes it so everyone can understand what is going on, not just esports fans (because how else is esports supposed to spread when no one can understand the article). That was something I learned in my News and Public Relations course. So, of course it would make sense that I would keep it simple, stupid.

Also, writing within a very small word limit, isn’t quite my style I learned. They wanted hard, fast hitting articles: 150-250 words. I wanted more elaborate and lengthy ones. By lengthy, I mean like 400-600 words. Those kinds of articles is where I feel like news can be properly written. The short ones started to feel like I couldn’t reach out to a larger audience or a general audience. Granted, esports is growing due to the Millennials, but still there are those out there that play the game, but don’t watch the actual esports. Those are the people that require the longer piece, which amazingly is most of the population when you look at the overall numbers of people who play to people who watch the game.

However, there was a lot of learning outcomes for me:

  • Don’t work a full time job, be in school, and have an internship that requires the hours of the prior two.
  • Maintain all of your social media accounts, otherwise you will be spending more time on Google or something trying to figure what’s going on.
  • You must do exactly what they ask, so going against the grain and trying to be innovative is a bad idea.
  • Time management and subject matter mastery is a must. If you don’t have either, you will fail.
  • Journalism will put a strain on all relationships. I hardly answered my phone during this time from parents, other relatives, my best friend, and my significant other. Needless to say, my significant other is happy that I am no longer having a panic attack the minute I get home to get articles done. So, minor relationship victory there.
  • Esports journalism, you might as well be a guy. As a female, your voice is much smaller and most people will be harder on you because of it, judging by the comments on my articles.

 

 

Entropy Kindly Wrecks at Fall Brawl

Fall Brawl brought around 160 players together at the Holiday Inn over the weekend.

Team Entropy gathered at the entry of the tournament, all 8 of them. The Montana based team looked everyone kindly in the eyes and said “Kneel!”

Ok. Not really, but the final placements would show the dominance that Team Entropy had at Fall Brawl. With players like Diego “Jinsei” Arias taking home four Top 3 placements out of the five total tournaments played in. Others like Eloy “Eloy” Arias (brother of Jinsei, the gaming genetics are strong with this family), Tanner “Mr. Toast” Johnson, and Adam “AWE” Erskine placed in Top 3 of their individual tournaments.

Full break down of placements

Another and new noteworthy player that placed in Top 5 was Andrew “Todoville” Peacock in Street Fighter V. Todoville was invited to join Team Entropy as he fended off bounty hunters in his fabulous suspenders during Fall Brawl.

Others that placed in Top 5 in their tournaments was Eloy and Jinsei.

Overall, most of the team participated in Super Smash Bros. MeleeProject M, and Street Fighter V tournaments.

The rest of the team fought bravely, but fell into the pile of bodies that lie in despair from failure.

However the survival rate was high as the team left Fall Brawl tired from the fighting, yet energized from their wins and a new team member.

You can see Todoville play in Seattle, WA from November 4 thru 6th for the Red Bull Battle Grounds event for Street Fighter V! Drop in, hi. Or watch and cheer loudly. Either would suit our lovely suspender wearing friend. Good Luck TodoVille!

1 v 1 Me Bro

This weekend at Montana State University, MSU Hivemind  hosted their first local area network (LAN) event and one versus one tournament. The one versus one tournament was on Saturday, September 17th.

The tournament had about 20 different MSU students participating. The victor of the tournament was Jake “dubbajakeX” Welch. He is a double majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.  As someone who is not good at math, Welch responded to my confusion of “why”, with “the two overlap very closely.” Well, he is still crazy for wanting to do so much math, but more power to him.

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Jake “dubbajakex” Welch

“dubbajakex” has been playing League of Legends for about 6 years now. He has had some times where he plays on and off. However, he has played the jungler role for about 4 years followed up with a couple of years of the ADC role. Although Welch is active in the MSU Hivemind LAN scene, he primarily plays with his friends he says.

His friends are also who got him to start playing.  Now from where he started his pc is “pretty buffed up” or as I described it as a server tower of which a small child could play in.

Overall, Welch seemed to be pleased with the tournament results. “Everyone else began to target ban me” after his first few wins, according to Welch. His main four target bans were Caitlyn, Jhin, Graves, and Illaoi. “If you couldn’t find a way to ban all four, I always got one,” dubbajakex described the banning situation. There were a total of three bans on each side of the tournament.

He and I shared a mutual agreement towards players who picked Caitlyn counters. If you can play Caitlyn well, you can play her against just about every thing in a 1 v 1 tournament style bracket.

However, even though in the light of his win, Welch says  that “if we had more people than just people a part of the school, it would have been a different result.”

His winnings were the typical Riot Games sponsored event winnings: skins, RP, and bragging rights.

GL at the MSU Hivemind’s LAN event on October 22 in SUB 233-s35 starting at noon!

 

 

Welcome!

Hi there! My gamer tag for most gaming platforms is QueenHecate. I currently reside in Bozeman, MT. However, I come from Washington. The primary games I play are OverWatch and Assassin’s Creed, but there are plenty more I play.

Many of you are probably asking why Bozeman. Well, I am currently in college at Montana State University. I will be graduating in May 2017 with an English Writing degree. A major focus of my studies have been on gaming — every where from rhetorical studies to script and story writing. There is plenty of interesting things to learn when you have a passion for it. Unlike many other players, I enjoy analyzing the game story in a rhetorical sense that allows me to develop a deeper understanding of what is going on in the game and possibly what is to come. However, I am not as knee deep as some of the programmers who play OverWatch looking for Sombra. I am not that technical savvy. I mean I am an English Major after all.

Overall, I hope to share the many stories of the eSports industry, along with stories of other exciting travels along the west coast. I want to make these people seem more than just gamers that live in their rooms. They are people with a story that is sometimes untold of how they got where they are today. Along with some new interesting information, or stories that I write for games (or novels), or game analyses from events I have attended!