After spending the last year heavily involved in the competitive gaming scene and starting various eSports companies, I’ve pondered a lot about where eSports is as a sport and the areas where it could improve upon in order to grow. Don’t get me wrong, the sport can improve in many areas, but one area in particular is the media coverage of Pro Gamers and Teams.
Just to give you some insight, as a writer and reporter for OneSpawn.com, one of my daily tasks is to go through my long list of RSS Feeds that I’ve subscribed to, and decide what is news worthy and what isn’t. RSS Feeds are typically taken from the ‘Blogs’ and ‘News’ sections of various eSports industry websites. So websites that post a lot of quality news, press releases, and updates are more likely to appear on media websites, like onespawn.com, or esfiworld, or cadred, etc…
One of the big issues I’ve come to find is that a vast majority of amateur/professional gaming teams and players don’t even have websites, therefore I can’t subscribe to the RSS feed, and the end result is these teams and players miss out on being covered and written about on news and media websites.
The argument I often get when asking pro gamers and teams about websites, is that their Twitter accounts serve as their blog or news platform. Let me be the one to say that Twitter SHOULD NOT be the sole platform of news and updates. Twitter streams are often flooded with too many replies, retweets, spam, and other B.S. In addition to that, Twitter streams are not clean and easy to follow along, as important messages and news often go missed and unreported. In other words, they’re a nightmare for reporters!
Examples of great websites that have regularly updated blogs, are Teamliquid and FNATIC. This is a reason why Starcraft 2 players make the most money, and are constantly in the media spotlight, when compared to other competitively played games.
Halo Reach is definitely one of the most disappointing with regards to professionalism and ease of reporting. It’s sad for me because I’ve always been a Halo franchise fan, and prefer to cover Halo related news over Starcraft II, COD, etc. Professional Halo Reach teams, especially the ones on the MLG Pro circuit, have no excuse for not having a user friendly website. If Halo Reach (and soon Halo 4) is to grow, and gain more media coverage, these teams and players need RSS integrated blogs.
At the end of the day, we understand that websites can be pricey and difficult to maintain, but for a professional gamer or team, in the long run the benefits definitely outweigh the costs!