E3 and MLG Diary
Posted 2012-06-14 Lexx
Hey there. I'm currently flying from Los Angeles to New Ark where I'll have 40 minutes in my disposal to catch my next flight leaving for London, 9 hours later I will once again be provided with ~ 1 hour to get to gate 73 for my final flight of the day that will take me to Gothenburg. I can't complain about any of these. It will be a very exhausting trip but hey, who said that this should come easy? I have a wonderful job, and I'm proud of what I'm doing. There's this wonderful feeling inside of me right now, the one that comes to you when you're in a plane flying back from a wonderful tournament and fortunately MLG Anaheim Spring Championship was one of them. In fact, it's been one of the best tournaments I've been to. Trust me, I've been to many of those, over 80 in total.
Our team may not have performed exceptionally well, in fact, League of Legends team placed in Top 8 and it's the furthest we've got, but the guys deserve the credit for getting there after just 6 days of practice with new team member, sOAZ. Our StarCraft II players deserve a medal for playing so many matches to get into Top 32 out of 256 players and it's an amazing achievement when one of the toughest competitions is taken into consideration. It's been a great pleasure to get to see Corin and Justin, our US editors, in person and meet the lovely Kani, our newest addition. I haven't seen any part of LA except for LA Convention Center (E3), neither I had the chance to enjoy Chevy Camaro SS that I've rented at Hertz. But it does not really matter. I've had tons of great moments and fond memories. Listening to theme song from Friends while sitting in a car with LaMia, Kani, Justin and Pheilox after having this wonderful dinner at Own3d Party comes first on the list. Seeing Justin falling asleep the moment we entered our room was fun as well, just like spending our last day wandering around the mall, seeing so many great matches, victories and bitter defeats. Turns out spending time with League of Legends pros can be fun as well, especially when you have LaMia buying frozen yoghurt, xPeke going in full-Gaudi/Dali mode with chocolate desserts at a fancy restaurant, and this whole xPeke/LaMia relationship that we've got going on for a few years now. I can't really remember a day when I've had so many laughs, but I sure hope there will be more of these in the future. I don't think I ever ate that many burgers and other fast-food meals in my life. But damn, those In-n-Out burgers were simply amazing or was it just me being hungry? I will have to return and investigate that.
E3 has always been special for me. Ever since I was a kid reading Russian game magazine with those reports from E3 dating back to 97, I always dreamed about coming there one day. I was fortunate enough to make this wish come true. Turns out, it's not as huge as I had imagined. I've been at GamesCon and CeBIT, you can easily compare E3 to those so it's not as magical as I hoped it would be. There were no big announcements made this year, so nothing big to check out either. Still I finally got there and it felt great, plus - another badge goes to my collection with my name spelt wrong.
MLG pulled off one of the best events out there. I've been rather skeptical of US e-sports events after seeing the failures like CGS, lackluster WCG Finals in 2004, 2007 and 2010 and CPL's death. You've missed a lot if you haven't seen the streams or been there in person. And what a crowd that was. It's been one of those days when I was proud to be affiliated with e-sports. I have fully restored my faith in this. Don't get me wrong, I've been part of this industry for over 10 years now, I've seen it grow but there was nothing dramatic about that. We've seen events come and go, but there was no exceptional growth that would finally provide the necessary boost. Thanks to League of Legends, StarCraft 2 and a bunch of other games we now have reached a critical mass and things should indeed start moving forward much quicker than they used to. There's no bubble to burst this time. Both tournaments and teams are now considered to be serious organizations, not just a bunch of people who love e-sports but have no clue how to run a company. We've grown a lot, you see.
Covering this event was not easy, our EU readers can say the same about following it. But we tried, we did our best and we will continue working to improve our future coverages. I would like to thank everyone out there who trusted us in becoming one of your main sources for SC2 and League of Legends coverage. I hope you have enjoyed those photos, updates and interviews. We've got ByuL's and xPeke's interviews on the way, both featuring quite surprising revelations. There was no fun in sleeping for just a few hours a day, but when you're passionate about something you will not notice how tired you are until you actually finish covering the event. I sure hope Kani, Corin and Justin will have a well-deserved rest and I wish to thank them for making this coverage come true, as well as taking care of the players. I want to thank Anne for being there for us, taking care of things despite not feeling too well, taking us to dinner and making sure everyone's stay and trips are taken care of. Finally, I want to thank our EU editorial team who stayed late and helped with updating those scores and promoting that coverage.
As for me, I've got Dreamhack ahead of me. It's going to be one big tournament for us: Counter-Strike, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and StarCraft II. ToD and NightEnD coming back from Korea, Patrik coming back from Taiwan. But before that, there's going to be more coverage coming from Bootcamp.