When World eSport got published on dexerto.de*, we didn’t know that just a few days after we would meet the “eSports Club Wiesbaden”** and its team, one of the first local eSport clubs around the Frankfurt-am-Main region (Germany). But after several talks with Allstar and iTAGX, we ended up going over to the club in order to place World eSport posters and flyers. Allstar, founder of the club, and iTAGX, in charge of the Club’s CoD team are both on the same wave length as we are. Taking eSport to the next level and helping build the reputation it deserves is a priority (for them especially in Germany)!
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What is a local eSport club?
When we entered the building, our attention got directly caught up by the screens and the consoles in the middle of this huge room. And by the massive beamer screen hanging up on the wall of course! This is indeed what I had in mind for a gaming center. But everything got clearer when we discussed in more depth with Allstar about his project. As he was himself a very big fan of Football (and player), a severe injury kept him away from his passion and forced him to watch rather than playing himself. And as the years passed by, and his enthusiasm for eSport grew, he remembered his great days at the Football club. And that is when he thought to himself: “Why is there nowhere I can hang out with friends, talk about eSport, watch games and even train and play there myself? Why should I stay alone in my flat to do all of these?”. This is how the eSports Club Wiesbaden project started.
You might think that the local eSport club is just about the same as a normal gaming center. However, the difference is important though subtle. While showing us around, iTAGX explained that the eSport Club Wiesbaden owns several lineups on different games. Just like an online eSport organisation, where their teams come there to train whenever they feel like it. And even when they don’t want to come and train on site, the big screen in the main room is there to stream their online matches for the spectators to enjoy. The atmosphere is fantastic and you can be sure that the fans are cheering at every single trickshot. I’m not even mentioning their reaction in case of clutch.
More than a place to gather with friends to play for fun, it is also a place to train and play official matches. If you have the level for it of course. Indeed, when discussing with iTAGX, I was positively surprised to see that they are doing things I had put in place myself while being a pro gamer and that a few mates were actually doing at that time. Just like normal sport teams, they have regular training, work on their tactics, review pro teams matches etc. They even spend some entire days watching their own games to spot any mistakes they could have done. All of this in order to improve for the next match.
Local eSport clubs, the future of eSport?
While it is really hard to predict the future of a local eSport club, we can only be enthusiastic about the development of such places. Not only does it give a place for eSport enthusiasts to meet, gather and share a drink watching or playing their favorite games, but it also increases the awareness of eSport at a regional level. Even though the eSports Club Wiesbaden opened just a few months ago, it already gathers many fans and gamers until very late at night. And they will always be there to cheer for the local team whenever they enter a new competition! Just like football fans would cheer for Barcelona, Dortmund or PSG.
Who knows, maybe eSport clubs will attract people who will come there to train after school or work, just like you would today go to practice judo or karate. And eSports Club Wiesbaden may train the HotshotGG or Faker of tomorrow. And all of this will definitely create new kind of jobs in the eSport industry, which seems to be the sector in which millennials wish to work in. (Cf. our article Give me a job in eSport!)
That is another possible development for eSport clubs. To become a real training center for eSport, offering people real eSport academies to practice and learn how to to become a professional eSport player. Imagine that you would have these just next to your home and would be able to attend classes on how to gank correctly on League of Legends, or how to manage your stress in a clutch situation on CS:GO?
We would definitely be interested here at World eSport. What about you?
* If you are interested, here is the link of the article published on Dexerto.de (in German)
** If you want to know more about the eSports Club Wiesbaden, you can visit their website here