Pheil: An introduction to the world of Esports
January 12, 2015
When I say the word "Esports," what do you think?
Out of curiosity, last week when I was on the hill I asked nearly every person I sat next to this very question each time I went up the lift at Copper.
The two most common responses to my question were "Umm …" and "Extreme sports?"
Neither answer was correct. Esports stands for Electronic Sports.
Electronic Sports are not exercise video games nor are they traditional sports with electronic gear or equipment.
The world of Esports is actually a world of serious, big-time video game competitions — especially between professional gamers. And to answer your question, yes, there is such a thing as a professional gamer.
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The world of Esports is absolutely exploding.
A recent annual Esport tournament (for a game called DOTA 2) had a $10.9 million dollar prize pool.
Riot Games' "League of Legends" world championship ended up selling out an entire World Cup stadium in South Korea just last month. Please read that last sentence again. Did you catch the part about how a video game competition sold out a World Cup stadium?
The video games that best lend themselves to Esports are those that fall into the categories of first-person shooter, fighting, battle arenas and real-time strategy games. Tournaments are getting bigger, flashier, more competitive and more popular.
If you'd like to learn more about the fascinating world of Esports, I recommend reading this recent ESPN article: http://tinyurl.com/knbhbso.
CITIES OF THE FUTURE
I recently came across a neat, interactive infographic listing 10 cities that are designing for the future via strategic urban planning that utilizes cutting-edge technologies.
A few examples included:
Chicago now has streetlights that include sensors designed to track air quality, sound volume and foot traffic.
Louisville, Kentucky, has introduced emission-free electric buses.
Orlando has developed an app that accesses data from solar-powered parking meters and underground sensors to provide drivers with directions to the nearest open parking spot. (I wonder if that type of app might be popular with some folks in Breckenridge on its busier days?)
To learn about the technological advances being implemented by the seven other cities, visit: http://tinyurl.com/qahcx7u
HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE CAMERA
Last week I learned that some parents have a difficult time getting their younger children to look at the camera (er … phone) when it comes time to take an important or potentially-precious photo.
I absolutely love that how my not having children makes this a first-world problem I don't have to deal with.
Since this problem is apparently a reality for some parents though, I'm delighted to share that, lucky for them, there's a fantastic, easy, effective and dead-simple app to eliminate this problem.
It's called Look Birdy. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/knbscpf
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