Dec 17 2013 - 10:12 pm

Here's proof being a pro gamer isn't all fun and games

Calling eSports players “athletes” may be a much-contested point around the Web
Ferguson Mitchell
Dot Esports

Calling eSports players “athletes” may be a much-contested point around the Web. But in terms of emotional investment, there is a clear link between working hard for success and coming up short, whether behind your keyboard or at the one-yard line.

Just ask professional League of Legends player Yoon Sub “Locodoco” Choi, who posted a frank and heartfelt YouTube video over on Monday that has since gone viral.

Choi is no stranger to adversity. Since 2011, he's bounced back and forth between North America and Korea, searching for a home within a League of Legends team. He has been a part of six different professional level teams in just two short years. Despite this, Choi has established a reputation as a funny and hard-working member within the pro scene, often using vlogs and streams to interact with  fans.

In September, things were looking up. Maximum Impact Gaming, Choi's former team, tagged him to put together a dream team. That squad would end up being rostered by the North American organization, Quantic Gaming, and were moved out to sunny California to compete for a spot in the League of Legends Championship Series, the massively popular professional league for the biggest eSport in the world.

After two months settling in and regaining their footing, Choi and Quantic looked poised to sweep through the qualifiers for a spot among the region’s best. All they needed was a top three finish in a six-team group in the league's Spring Promotional Tournament.

Choi's squad jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. But then, disaster struck. As Choi describes in his vlog: “All three games go to shit…we, as players, played like shit.” Quantic went on to lose the last three games, ending their attempt to play North American Championship Series.

In his video, he describes his internal debate about whether to continue playing, a decision athletes the world over are faced with at some point in their careers, especially after a season-ending defeat.

“I don’t know what to do anymore. My life revolves around League, my only value to the world is about fucking League. But whenever I play League, I feel so fucking sad, because of what happened… and when I don’t play League, I feel empty.”

Credit to Choi: He ends the video on a note of promise and humor. “If I do play [League again]," he says, "then I’ll work hard to be the best again. But for now, don’t have anything set. [I'll] go to college if I get accepted into colleges I like… Oh, and I wear glasses now."

He adds with a laugh: "And my grandma said I could have a nose job for Christmas if I wanted. I’m considering it, opinions on that if you may.”

Screengrab via Yoon Sub Choi/YouTube

Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.

Jan 14 2017 - 8:43 pm

ESPN survey reveals League of Legends pro pay, opinions on female players

The anonymous answers are quite revealing.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

An anonymous LCS player survey has revealed just how much the average League of Legends pro gets paid—and what some of them think about the prospect of playing with a woman.

The ESPN Confidential article surveyed 33 anonymous European and North American League of Legends professionals, asking their opinions on everything from team houses, drugs and injuries.

According to the survey, North American players are significantly better paid than their counterparts. Of the players surveyed those in North America had an average base salary of $105,385, compared to just €76,137 ($80,816) in Europe.

Due to the anonymous nature of the survey, however, it's hard to extrapolate much from the averages themselves.

What does give us more insight however is the selected comments from the pros directly however—particularly their comments on playing with women.

While most pros, 73 percent, would have no issue with a female player joining their team, comments from two of the 27 percent have angered the community.

"If a female was to join my team," says the first, "she would have to prove she was worth it more than a guy [in the same role]."

Though this comment is shocking to hear as someone's definitive opinion, it does reflect what many believe is the reality for aspiring female pros in the current esports culture, where female players are held to higher standards than their male counterparts.

The second highlighted comment claims that they would have concerns over the likelihood of their male team mates being attracted to a female player.

Elsewhere in the survey, 27 percent of players claim to know of players taking drugs to perform better in competition, while 24 percent say they have suffered an injury as a result of gaming.