Esports Nutshell News | August 18, 2016

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  • Ubisoft partners with Esports World Convention to launch Just Dance World Cup. Yes that’s a thing with 3,500 participants and 100k viewers watching Courteney Cox and Eddie Murphy give birth to the Carlton.
  • Egames Rio Showcase holds their first Esports Olympics competition in the official British House at the Rio Olympics. Smash Melee players Hungrybox and Leffen were invited to play in the Smash 4 tournament but declined and Hungrybox tweeted quote “I was invited to rep Argentina in the Rio 2016 Egames but it’s the day after SmashCon and I suck at Smash 4 lol.”
  • New World Hackers contact Optic Gaming to let them know their DDoS protection is inadequate and will take down their website or hack them if they don’t update it… They take it down briefly. It sounds like an older brother who took up a marketing job for an IT security company saying, I’m sorry but you’re doing this to yourself, stop DDoS attacking yourself, this couldn’t have been avoided if you weren’t such a baby and just upgraded your security. It was a joke, please don’t hack me.


Noah Whinston’s TED talk hits the hot topic of exploiting players in Esports. He explains like most people… players tie their worth to their work which is exacerbated by the use of gamertags… stripping them from their real life identity. Because many players only focus on their performance, many tie their market value to that one variable… how well they play the game. But as Noah points out the reason Immortals exists is because Noah finds ways to make money outside of just their in game performance like selling sponsorships and partnering with other companies by using player’s name, image, voice, and work outside the game. As salaries become more public, players have more data points to come up with their market value, what they can make for themselves, and for the team they play for.

What’s the key takeaway from Noah’s talk?

Diversify your worth. Tying your worth to one variable will make for an exhausting life of extremes, but if you diversity your focus to interests outside the game you’ll find life gets a lot easier. It’s like a diversified stock portfolio… if one thing goes down, you’ll have something else keeping you steady or bringing you up. Within your career, your face, voice, thoughts, and actions outside the game are worth a lot of money. Outside your career your family, friends, interests, and pastimes are worth a lot as well. And if you can invest in all of those things a little more evenly, everything gets easier. Except when you have to decide between fighting 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck.

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