The Failure of North America at the Season 9 League of Legends World Championship – Part 2

My last blog post outlined what I believed to be some of the major issues influencing North American League of Legends team’s lack of international competitive success. The problem has to do with bad player development which I broke down into two parts, solo queue, and amateur leagues. Solo queue in NA is worse thanContinue reading “The Failure of North America at the Season 9 League of Legends World Championship – Part 2”

How the New California Bill That Allows Athletes to Get Paid Affects Collegiate Esports

California bill SB 206 unanimously passed with bipartisan support, and the NCAA is not happy. This bill would allow students to be compensated for use of their likeness and image. So, a college athlete can be in a car commercial and get paid for it. Crazy, right? Well the NCAA says it will “upend” theContinue reading “How the New California Bill That Allows Athletes to Get Paid Affects Collegiate Esports”

Who is Going to Organize Collegiate Esports?

Collegiate esports has grown quite a bit since even last summer when I was heavily researching it. Recently, the NJCAA announced partnerships with CSMG and Legacy Esports (sports agency and event management firms). This represents another step towards a real, nationwide, organized collegiate esports league. It is my strong belief that for a sport toContinue reading “Who is Going to Organize Collegiate Esports?”

The First Esports Degree

It was only last year that I predicted colleges would want to eventually integrate academics with their esports programs. I thought UCI was ahead of the game as they have a for credit class that deals with esports as well as a Twitch streaming workshop. Last week Becker College announced an esports management degree, rocketingContinue reading “The First Esports Degree”

UCI eSports Arena and Alienware’s Training Facility, Comparisons and Lessons

On September 23, 2016, UC Irvine in California opened up their esports arena. As of July 2018, it remains the largest and most impressive collegiate esports facility. What separates it from other collegiate esports facilities is its purpose. It’s more than an arena, it’s a full-on student body recreation center for esports. There are highContinue reading “UCI eSports Arena and Alienware’s Training Facility, Comparisons and Lessons”

My experience with collegiate esports

My career in college started at a small public school called Western Oregon University. I didn’t know anyone there, so I went to their League of Legends club. This club was much cooler than I thought it was going to be. It took up two separate computer labs and already had official Riot goodies thatContinue reading “My experience with collegiate esports”