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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.
Guild leadership takes a lot of work and can be rough at times, no matter who you are. If your guild is a smaller, casual friends and family type guild, you may be called on to solve personal issues and deal with general drama. If you’re running a larger guild — one that takes raiding, PvP or some other aspect of the game seriously, you may find it’s a bit more like running a business.
And like most businesses, it generally seems that more guilds (especially larger ones) are run by men.
We all have games that we really love. We keep coming back to them over and over, and they always excite us no matter how often we load them up. Once we find a game that we and our friends can enjoy time after time, it’s hard to let that go. We’ll play and play until our beloved game becomes obsolete, and sometimes we’ll keep playing after that. It’s difficult to find games that grab us this way, so we’ll hang on to the ones that do much longer than we probably should.
Over the weekend, some of the best SMITE Xbox teams gathered in New Orleans to battle for a $10,000 prize in the MLG Pro League Qualifiers. This is just one more step in the road to the SMITE World Championships. Team eLevate ultimately grabbed the big win after starting near the bottom of the group stages and fighting through a tough bracket. Here are a few of the highlights from this action-packed event.
ESL and ArenaNet are coming together to bring a brand new league to the Guild Wars 2 competitive scene. It’s the Guild Wars 2 Pro League – a $400,000 tournament series. This is the largest ever prize pool for any Guild Wars 2 competitive event, and it’s one of the largest prizes in the history of ESL Pro League. The purse will be paid out over the course of two seasons.
But it’s one thing to talk about effective community websites, and another thing to see them in action. So we’ve compiled a few of our favorite Gamer Launch sites to show you how some of the most active guilds use our features. All of these sites have home pages that engage their community members and invite guests to learn more about their organization. And they look fantastic while they do it.
Whether you just left a group or you’re completely new to a game, if you’re playing online, you will want some friends. The game itself gets you interested enough to play, but having people to play with is what keeps you coming back even when it has irritating moments. It’s important. But making those friends… aye, there’s the rub.