Lately I've been trying to gain investors for Esports. As I'm not in charge of a million dollar company, I asked my dad. He's CEO of a company called LC Consulting. Handling Invoice and IT.
As I've been trying to tell him is that there's thousands of opportunities in various communities dedicated to Esports. Where as money can be made and we could have some fun doing it.
Since my dad was pretty into Starcraft Vanilla and Brood war he said if I got a Idea which sounds good and could produce some profit, he'd consider it.
And I did, I was thinking about starting something close the lines of NASL which would be held in EU.
He thought it was a good idea after watching some viewer numbers as well as the content which produced a "cool" factor for our products.
When we got down to a business idea I told my dad (the investor) that he should check out Reddit.com/r/starcraft and Teamliquid.net for info about the community as well as a general idea on how events go down.
This was probably my worst idea thus far because of my poor timing telling it to my dad, and all the drama lately.
The first thing my dad said was, he was unsure how this would pan out because the communities seemed so childish and it was easy to get disdained by the community just by a small error with communication.
This is the first thing he saw entering Reddit.com
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After glancing that page I figured he'd be totally against this whole idea, but he wasn't. yet..
Then he started to read some of the posts made and comments on different posts.
(I pointed out who were Progamers and who had a valid opinion in the different discussions(who were related to the issue etc)
At one point he just said, this seems like a whole lot of work for something that might be a total loss with a few small mistakes for a new investor in a whole new environment.
So he gave up the idea and said we should do something else. (Totally different. Totally boring.)
This would be an amazing experience for both me, our company as well as the excitement factor.
And I'm sure this would have benefited a lot of people in the EU scene aswell as maybe in other regions, I'm sorry to say that now this seems like a lost cause (atleast from our end).
My point of this blog is merely to say what we all are thinking.
Drama can be entertaining and funny, but it's slowly drying out investors and sponsors.
You might think well that's a load of crap since Razer just started sponsoring Eclypsia and more teams gets sponsored everyday?
Well I agree somewhat, but because of all this drama. New investors / sponsors / Teams will become more and more hesitant to try out Esports.
Forget about the current big names like Steelseries, Razer etc. Because these companies are already pretty invested in the concept of ESPORTS. They do not require the same amount of reassurance compared to new investors / sponsors. Because these guys have been doing it for years. And they aren't jumping out to try something new. (please take note that I love these companies and I hope they do whatever they do for as long as they possibly can.)
TONE DOWN THE DRAMA!
One big step in the right direction would be to tone down the drama.
If your a tales person for a certain company / team. You should not take likely on the fact that many Esport fans are younger people easily offended.(and older people) And should always be wary about what you say. If you don't, sponsors / teams / investors, all get hurt in some way.
If your not that kind of person, maybe you should try to tone down yourself in involving yourself in a online discussion or not talk out at all. (This sounds very drastic, but I'm sure these guidelines are already a big part of being on a team etc.)
If you want Esports to remain / become bigger, We all should invest some time in reassuring sponsors and investors that the scene isn't about all the drama and that companies make / could make alot of money. Along with it all they might even have some fun.
Try to imagine yourself as a rich guy who loves video games, and would like to support the community by investing a larger sum or starting up a webpage etc.
Which community would you go to?
- The one where all the drama happens?
- Or the one with the less drama?
- The one with the viewership advantage?
- The game you like the most?
- The game with the most potential as a esport?
From a investors point a view it mostly comes back to numbers and potential numbers, but here's the shocker!
It comes down to the community's potential market value. (duh..)
If something is not done with this, I'm not sure how anyone could make it grow.
If everything continues as they have thus far and everything is fine and dandy, That's great!
but there's that slight chance that everyday we're loosing potential sponsors and investors because of it. And I want to change that, because if my father decided to invest in Esports I'd be the happiest man ever. And just because of a "little" drama, that dream kinda faded away. Not that I'm not going to try and salvage this by waiting until the dust settles, then ask again.
But the dust settles way to slow! people are still talking / making threads / Upvoting issues which is old news just for the discussion value. And remember. Investors / sponsors doesn't care for discussion except if it's related to their products (or company etc).
All they see is that people are arguing about issues and force official statements from everyone who's made a mistake.
Don't get me wrong. If the situation demands it. Ofcourse a official statement is required.
But most of the time there's just a few people constantly digging up dirt because they like the drama that follows.
for example the "Sjow Suspended thread" here
Yes there's arguably a faulty PR release, but don't make a bigger deal about it than it currently is.
(I'm not personally invested in this Thread. Just a thread which popped up on the side and kinda voices my concerns indirectly.
Mistakes happen, move on.
Sorry for making this so long and bad formatted. But my main language isn't English (duh..)
But I hope some of you take it to heart and if I got one of you to ignore some of the drama going around, Mission accomplished.
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I do not officially represent LC ltd, but rather a frustrated gamer trying to help out the other investors currently checking into our community.