My Thoughts On The Future Of Esports

Hello dear reader or maybe listener, I decided I wanted to get some of my thoughts out of my head and into the internet. I thought of maybe scripting a video, however, I ended up turning on my microphone and just started talking. These ended up being a very raw recording which I explain in the podcast. I highly recommend listening to my podcast before doing some very light reading or watching the videos below. The videos are there for you to watch at your own leisure and for background information, I have also linked news sources within the article.

To be clear, this is more of just a place for you to get information regarding what I talk about on my podcast rather than my typical detailed article which I link my podcast too. I have a few articles coming up so look forward to them!

Philip DeFranco - How ESPORTS Became a $1.1 Billion Industry: Sold Out Stadiums, HUGE Prize $$$, Twitch & More…

theScore esports – How the CGS Disaster Almost Destroyed Esports in NA

GBay100 - Are Esports A BUBBLE That's About To BURST?

I don’t talk about his video in my podcast, however, I feel he has some amazing points and I recommend watching or listening to him for another opinion!

The Smash Brothers Documentary

The Story of SquishyMuffinz

The Telecom Wars

Unknown Tekken God

Around the ten-minute mark, I start to get into the idea that I feel that the industry can go in three directions which upon listening back and reflection I don’t necessarily feel gets across my point of view nor does it explain my ideas.

The bubble ideas I clime could happen are:

1.       We are in a bubble or about to see the bubble pop

2.       Slow growth and industry learning how to create correct business models and sustainable growth with sponsorships

3.       Huge growth and we are in the early days and there is a lot more growth to happen.

I don’t disagree that these are some outcomes that could happen, but it doesn’t allow for much versatility. Business and a section of gaming which in the west is so young is going to most lightly see a lot of change. This change is very difficult to predict, while I’m not someone that has worked within the industry I have competed and spectated loads of events and games. I’ve seen the lifeblood and drives these games and the players and people that run the events and had conversations with them.

Esports is not something that is going to go away, but it’s not something that’s easy to predict.

I talk about the twitch streamer Sonii which Twitter and Twitch are linked. Apologies I knew he was part of SK T1 but in my podcast, I referred to them as SK which is incorrect, and I am sorry for this confusion it may cause.

https://twitter.com/sonii

https://www.twitch.tv/Sonii

TSM

https://twitter.com/TSM

Zero – Smash Player is now sponsored by Team Liquid (I did know this I just forgot until I was getting links)

https://twitter.com/zerowondering

Cloud9

https://twitter.com/Cloud9

Information regarding the marketing directly towards young adult males from the marketing company NewZoo

https://newzoo.com/

https://resources.newzoo.com/hubfs/Reports/2019_Free_Global_Esports_Market_Report.pdf

https://resources.newzoo.com/hubfs/Reports/NEWZOO_Why_Sports_and_Brands_Want_to_Be_in_Esports.1.0.pdf

Kim Phan leaving blizzard after thirteen years of service and was the Global Product Director for Blizzard Esports

https://www.pcgamesn.com/kim-phan-leaving-blizzard-esports-low-morale

https://dotesports.com/business/news/report-low-morale-might-cause-staff-to-leave-blizzard

Blizzard layoffs

https://www.polygon.com/2019/2/16/18226581/activision-blizzard-layoffs-executive-pay-unions

Prize Pay-outs from 2018

https://esportsobserver.com/10-biggest-prize-pools-2018/

This is a joke but – the correct way to spell esports

The marketing that was used for Apex Legends – The Completely Harmless "Fortnite Killer" - Apex Legends

Old MLG Halo 3 top ten – Top Ten ESPN/MLG Halo 3 #1

Overall, I don’t know what's going to happen, I’m excited about what the future of esports can offer but I think there is a lot that you can take from it. There is a lot of interest from people inside and outside of the industry some expecting to make a very good return on investment some doing it as they love the industry, who knows what might happen.

I’m going to remain optimistic and hopeful for the future of esports, as someone that would love to work in the industry but also as someone that has been a long-time spectator!

I would also like to add, as I said in my podcast, I feel it is always important to get all of your information on any topic you are interested in from more than once source. I spoke a lot about theScore esports content and I do like their content a lot, that I don’t take everything they say as final. You should always verify news and information!

What are your thoughts on esports? Where can you see things going and do you have any hopes for the future?

Detective Pikachu Is The Best Film Adaptation Of A Video Game

Disclaimer: Please be aware, this article has spoilers about the film and game, read at your own risk, but I do recommend watching the film and or playing the game!

Let me be frank with you dear reader, outside of a few film series that came to mind mainly Resident Evil, Lara Croft with Angelina Jolie and whatever trash that Uwe Boll makes. The title, while clickbait, is also very true. I assumed, I was going to be wrong and that a google search was going to correct me and show me a good film that I liked, but had forgotten about. However, I was correct, while some lists did make a case for a few of the Final Fantasy films for me, they ended up being just a compilation of cut scenes.

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Detective Pikachu, the game was a game that I was very excited about. Since I saw the trailer it made me eager to play a Pokémon game and the first one for quite a while. I didn’t play it on release but left it for several months. When I eventually got around to playing it the game itself was not amazing but it was a solid experience. It took me about ten to twelve hours to complete with me mostly enjoying myself. The voice acting of Pikachu, while not being Danny DeVito was still very funny, I would have liked the game to have been paced better and watching a walkthrough for this to compare the game to the film does bring fond memories and moments.

What I liked more than anything about the film to the game is that the film takes inspiration and uses the game as source material but doesn’t use every moment and each plot point. You get the feeling that the creative team knew what made the game special and wanting to take that core plot and make itself into a film.

It’s this idea which I think has been a problem for a lot of other games to films. Detective Pikachu uses only a few of the core points from the game but alters other points:

What’s the same

·         Tim Goodman is still the son of a detective that has gone missing or is dead.

·         That the drug “R” makes Pokémon go on rampages.

·         Pikachu and Mewtwo have a deal.

·         The Clifford name is still one of the largest companies.

What’s similar

·         Once arriving at the city, he goes to the detective agency, while in the film he goes to the police for details about his father.

·         He meets Pikachu on the street rather than his father’s apartment. However, Pikachu is still his father’s partner.

·         Female reporter, while in the game it’s two characters the film rolls it into one but still gives important information.  

These are just main points; I could go into more depth but what amazes me is how little the film takes from the game and makes it it's own. It feels very authentic, friends of mine and people on the internet seem to be surprised by how good Detective Pikachu was, which got me thinking, did people not play the game?

Source: VGChartz

Source: VGChartz

Now part of the problem is the numbers I must go off of are from VGChartz, which while useful to get an idea, that’s all it is, an idea of what the sales numbers are. These numbers also don’t track sales of people that digitally downloaded the game, so I’m taking it with a pinch of salt. VGChartz claims that just 0.47 Million copies were sold. Looking at Pokémon games that have been sold on the 3DS, these sales numbers are disappointing even for a spin-off game on the 3DS. Pokémon X/Y and Sun/Moon both sold over 16 Million copies. The Mystery Dungeon series which has been around for over ten years is still selling well over 1 million copies. This shows that the creative team that adapted the game, saw potential. So no, relatively speaking I was one of the few that played the game and then went to watch the film. Do I think I got anything more out of it as I had played the game? No, I watched the film with one of my best friends who also loved Pokémon as a kid and he also thought it was an entertaining film. What it did, is give me is hope that perhaps other Pokémon films might be able to come out in the future.

Having developed the technology to have realistic Pokémon that’s not in the uncanny valley it would be rather disappointing if we were not to get another Pokémon live-action film in the next five years. However, I feel it's important that we also don’t get the reverse and are overwhelmed with live action Pokémon films or a Netflix series or two.

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Now that I think about it, I don’t hate the idea of a Netflix series, Detective Pikachu proved that the Pokémon universe can hold stories that are not the conventional Pokémon story that we have seen most of the games follow. The Pokémon universe could very much hold several stories and Detective Pikachu showed this, we have an idea of what Ryme City is like, that Pokémon and humans work together, but what about outside of the city, what about other stories within the city? These could all be explored in one-episode ideas or full series.

I would like to assume that part of the reason for Detective Pikachu’s success was that adults and children alike wanted to watch it. Sharing this experience with your own child or reminiscing about the first Pokémon film that came out almost 20 years ago.

Was the game amazing? No, it was an average game around a 7/10 and the film was about the same, however, what it proved was that video games can be used as source material but trying to cram all the content and story of a game is impossible. Use it as inspiration, adapt it and take one or two key elements and evolve it into its own thing. Detective Pikachu is a glimpse at what the future of film and games coming together has to offer and as someone that loves both mediums, I can't wait to see what's next!