More and more often, game developers are releasing games that cater to group and team-based play. In fact, multiplayer has become so ingrained and expected in modern game development that players are often shocked when a developer elects to publish a game without some sort of multiplayer component.
For a lot of people, this begs the question, “Is multiplayer becoming the norm in gaming?”
If you’re visiting this site, chances are pretty good you’re a gamer. Chances are also good that you know a lot of other gamers and are a member of some sort of gaming community, like a guild or forums. So, it’s fairly likely that you’re not going to be surprised by someone telling you that gamers tend to spend a lot of money on things like computers and other technology.
What may be surprising to you — and to a lot of business people — is just how much of an impact the gaming community has on industry and the economy. Over the last few years, Google — who makes quite a bit of money in the advertising business — has published articles encouraging businesses to take a hard look at gamers and include them in their business strategies. Most recently, Kimberly Thompson, SVP Group Client Director at Mediavest Group, wrote a piece for Google about how influential gamers can be for companies.
With the SMITE World Championships just around the corner (Jan 7 – 10, 2016) several member of the Gamer Launch family are gearing up to attend the event. For some of us this is an annual event, while others will be making the trip to watch their favorite teams play for the first time. This got us thinking about all of you who might be attending your first live esports event in the coming year and what we can tell you to make the trip as stress-free and fun as possible. So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled this guide to surviving your first ever esports event.
Now that the SMITE Super Regionals are over, there’s just one event left before the World Championships in January. This weekend, December 5-6, MLG is hosting its NA Pro League Finals for SMITE on Xbox One.
The top six North American teams from the regular MLG Pro season will be facing off for their share of a $50,000 prize purse and a spot in the Xbox One Invitational at the SMITE World Championships next month. This event marks the end of the first competitive season we’ve ever seen for a MOBA on console.