MY EXCUSE FOR SUCH CASUAL DISREGARD FOR
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the hard work of others is the fact that, unlike Opera or a fine Cabernet Sauvignon, you don’t need to know crap to assess the worth of a modern entertainment program. You don’t need a theater degree, a musicologists license, or a three-star Michelin rating to experience the visceral transcendence that is sports entertainment. You see it, you feel it, and you either love it or hate it. The mercy of a generous spirit is a comfort Riot can no longer indulge in. As the ambitious eSports darlings climb ever closer to the summit of our loftiest expectations, the margins become thinner, the voices grow angrier, and the forum posts grow less forgiving. Jaded does not begin to describe the League of Legends audience; we are so pampered by rapid-fire responses to even the smallest of complaints. Holding the finals of the biggest competition in the biggest stadium competitive gaming had witnessed would be like entering a Tae Kwan Do contest without groin protection: even if you won, you’d need a nurse to hoist the trophy. And from the countdown screen, ten dark
haired young men glaring into the faces of hundreds of thousands of hyped onlookers, everybody participating seemed aware of the challenges that would be faced at the Staples Center that night. China would face the Korean monster, eSports would face the perception that it would “never fill stadiums”, and Riot would confront both its loyal customers and its nascent production efforts, all in an attempt to live up to the highlight reels and hype threads. In a way, the Summoner’s Cup was to be a cursory consideration next to the larger evolution of competitive gaming on an international
But with the rapid evolution of competitive gaming and the production capabilities of the parties involved, the standards are reaching a level expected of experienced broadcast and entertainment companies...