ESL AMERICA -- Complexity's newest Quake Live member, Sander ‘Vo0’ Kassjage is interviewed by ESL just prior to ESL's American Championship.
ESL, the organization which has made major inroads into North America in the last year, has interviewed the only non-North American player, Sander ‘Vo0’ Kaasjage, in the IEM North American Championship.
ESL's Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz, one of the most influential characters in eSports journalism, spoke with him and discuss the current state of American eSports and the different games in Kaasjage's history.
When asked why he was playing again he states that he always plays for the competition and that he “started [Pain Killer] the day it came out pretty much, because I wanted to get ahead, hoping the game would become big. The competition is what drives any player to become better. Yes, as soon as there is no competition, there is not much reason to play for, especially after you have played these types of games for over 10 years.”
“I preferred playing over in Europe. There's a larger player base over there. Many more tournaments are being played every week. Over here we just have the ESL American Championship qualifiers, while over there are tournaments popping up left and right. America is bigger too, so usually I'm playing on a higher ping than I would like to; in The Netherlands I could find many players who were closer to me so I could find lower pinged games. I'm not really complaining, I just wish more people organized online tourneys over here, they are fun.”
Finally he states his chances in the North American championship saying that he has “about a 12.5%” chance of placing first. He justifies that with some basic statistics.
“I am one of 8 competitors. 7 are North Americans, 1 is not. :-) Seriously though, obviously rapha is the big favorite to add another title to his name. But on a good day it might be anyone's game right now, I feel the general skill level of most of the players is very balanced.”Read the full interview here.