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The eSports Dream

INSIDER ESPORTS - Columnist David Kim talks about the "eSports Dream".

By: David “tehkorean” Kim
All opinion expressed is David Kim's opinion alone and not necessarily Insider eSports'.

We all dream and sometimes our dreams can come true, through sheer determination or will power. When I was a young boy I dreamed about becoming a power ranger and fighting evil. Yes, I am serious…

Unfortunately, reality smacked me in the face at age ten and I discovered that power ranger morphers were mere toys made out of plastic that only lit up and made sounds when you pressed the button.

I also wanted to be a rock star; that was until I remembered that I had to know how to play an instrument, which I didn’t know at the time so that dream fell through as well.


There seems to be a specific pattern in the dreams that we have and I believe that pattern is: that we never really can obtain our dreams. Unfortunately, while sad it is a very true reality in our lives. Many of you might be asking me why I’m starting my column with such a negative tone, well I’m going to talk about the ‘eSports dream’ and how many attempt but very few succeed.

Everyone who’s reading this have at least dreamed once of becoming such an amazing player that you have ability and sheer skill to play at an international level or even being paid to play video games. In Korea, the eSports dream has totally taken off we see professional Starcraft players making six figure salaries yearly, dating actresses, having hundreds and thousands of fans, and practically being treated as rock stars.

However it seems that Korea is the only country to have fully embraced eSports.

In America the eSports scene has not taken off to the level of Korea; there have been many bold attempts that have succeeded such as MLG [Major League Gaming], however there are also many that have attempted but ultimately failed in the end namely the CGS [Championship Gaming Series]. Even with the successful and the failed it is still very true that eSports has not gained the level of Korea and the dream of becoming a professional gamer in America is extremely difficult to obtain.

The European eSports scene has taken off much more than the United States, however.

In Europe, there are many LANs such as Dreamhack, I34, KODE5, and much more. There are also many professional teams in Europe that are receiving a salary for playing such as Fnatic, SK, Mousesports, Alternate Attax, and more. I believe that in Europe the eSports dream has taken off to a certain extent but like America does not have the same magnitude as Korea when it comes to eSports.

Many share the dream of becoming a professional gamer, but in our respective countries it seems to be a hard dream to obtain. I initially wrote this column as both an encouragement and a smack of reality.

I’ve heard many stories of gamers who have given up school or their lives in general to try and become a professional gamer. Now in reality I would encourage their determination and hope, however, we all know that life is not like that and it is in reality not the smartest thing to do.

Despite reality, many still follow the eSports dream and ultimately fail in their efforts.

As I close I’d like to say that maybe one day the eSports dream will be easier to obtain, however currently in the economic times and our countries in general reaching that specific dream will be very hard.

I give the best of luck to all those dreamers out there, but I’m also sending out a warning that any eSports dreamer should think carefully of what they’re going to do as it can be a life changing decision.

Comments: Add a Comment

quote#1 US peawok 18/06/2009 - 12:53:12
Good article. =]

quote#2 US TheUltimateGamer31 19/06/2009 - 02:15:28
Good article David. I too once dreamed of chasing the professional gaming dream. Then reality smacked me in the face with the shit hole that is the economy, and well...... that dream has since been put into deep hyperbolic time chambered sleep.

I also feel that one of the many reasons as to WHY pro gaming hasnt takin off here in the states like it has other countries is due to 1 huge thing, SPORTS OUT THE ASS!!!! Tennis, Futbol, Football, Basketball, Hockey, and Baseball are a lot of the major sports that this coutry has sponsers for. Plus, we have this........ thing......... i dont know what it is, but some folks just dont see esports as a true sport here in the states like they do in Korea and the UK. Maybe other countries are more accepting then ours, or some people are just pretty narrow fucking minded.

Plus, even if they were to retry and show gaming on tv again, people would be lost in trying to figure out wtf is going on..... that havent played X game. That debate is for a different day.

All in all, there could be a day in the distant future where esports could take off and send shockwaves through the world. AND ON THAT DAY, this guy will be one of the men on the front lines of the new dawn. ;D.

quote#3 US AGar 20/06/2009 - 05:01:39
Originally posted by US TheUltimateGamer31 Plus, we have this........ thing......... i dont know what it is, but some folks just dont see esports as a true sport here in the states like they do in Korea and the UK.

I believe you're searching for the word "stigma" TUG. And you're right. The reason eSports hasn't hit any real popularity in the US (not necessarily North America, just the US I feel) is because there is the negative stigma associated with gaming. Gamers are "nerds", the dreaded N-word. Slowly, it is being eroded, with titles like Halo, Madden, DDR and Guitar Hero/Rock Band, but it's still there for the people who play the "hardcore" games.

quote#4 US TheUltimateGamer31 23/06/2009 - 05:36:56


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Gamers are "nerds", the dreaded N-word. Slowly, it is being eroded, with titles like Halo, Madden, DDR and Guitar Hero/Rock Band, but it's still there for the people who play the "hardcore" games.[/quote]

But remember agar, Nintendo is trying to make it "everyones game". So really, gaming is really growing around the globe...... its just not competitivly growing..... DAMN YOU CASUALS!!!!! :P


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