Local eSport club future of eSport

Local eSport club, the future of eSport?

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

 

vazy

Founder & CEO of gleetz.gg. Esports brought me so much, that it is more than natural to help grow it. By bringing gleetz.gg to life, we want to ensure that every esports enthusiast in the world can live his passion fully.

3 thoughts on “Local eSport club, the future of eSport?

  1. I certainly hope it’ll be something. But we’ll need the structure to do it well. Not just a championship.
    But what I’m hoping is that it’ll help more games to become greater disciplins in this. Because the more I see that eSport phenomenon growing, the greater the gap is between game’s communities. It’s like we use the word “eSport” just so we can talk more about LoL or CS:GO, rather than the entire video game competition.

    1. and that is exactly the point we are working for. In eSports Club Wiesbaden, our Teams play 6 different Games.
      We have:
      – 4 Call of Duty Teams
      – 2 Counter-Strike Teams
      – 2 League of Legends Teams
      – Fifa Players
      – Heartstone players
      – Smash Bros. players

      And each team is part of the community. So every Team ist supporting every Team. Dont care about the Game. It’s all about community and the Club.

  2. Great blog! Lots of points all tying into the organic growth of eSports and how its community developed the industry on its own. In addition, traditional sports org. investors provide the financial and intellectual infrastructure needed to take all aspects of eSports to the next level.

    With the new backers of our sector however come new challenges. One issue is earnings potential. Sponsors seem hesitant to invest capital in such a young and emerging market—especially one that still lacks active drivers of sales. On the surface, many teams develop excellent recognition through hits on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other outlets. Unfortunately, the majority of interaction from B2C (business to consumer) is through “giveaways” and not direct product sales (clothing, accessories, computer hardware, tickets, etc.) With specific games such as League of Legends, even the professional players are having difficulty surviving with lower end salaries or unsanctioned income outlets aside from Twitch streaming.

    Local eSport Clubs, gaming lounges, and other entertainment spaces incur high expenses in terms of overhead: rent, utilities, insurance to name a few. Revenue streams must be able to cover operating expenses in order for the physical locations to survive. To join with bigger partners, value must be shown in a Club’s potential to bring in future consumers of services and products.

    As a gamer, I love what Club Wiesbaden has done. It has provided a platform for full interaction between casual and professional eSports gamers. I do believe eSport clubs are the future of eSport. We’ve seen the posts of gaming restaurants, lounges, and bars. Clubs prove yet another area in which eSports community members can congregate and connect.

    On that note, “location, location, location” is more important now than ever. Gaming clubs are unique and come with new types of space needs. Which location is most accessible? How can the space provided best serve the needs of both the employees and attendees? What if the club outgrows the space? These types of questions are key if we want to start sustainable eClubs that will grow with the industry of eSports. Excited for how far we’ve come and looking forward to the tough road ahead for the global future of competitive gaming.

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