Intel Extreme Masters San Jose was Surrounded by bigger stories. Some of the possible story lines will LGD bounce back from worlds, How will new TSM, CLG, UOL Look, OG without their coach, and will Jin Air bounce back from the Kespa cup. Stories everyone would rather talk about, write about, and tweet about.
TSM faced off vs LGD then out of the chaotic storm of the first series of the opening day a bright light shined through the sky. The light wasn’t predicted beforehand it blindsided the masses came in like a wrecking ball. The scene started with the CE0 of IEM Brian Krzanich, and Owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of Shark Tank Mark Cuban took the stage with former and current players to play an all random all mid game. This wasn’t about the game mode or the majority of the participants all eyes were on these 2 very powerful men. While Esports faithful eyes were glued to their screen the aftermath of the game has the potential of being greater than anyone could imagine.
The moment the trash talk between these two gigantic giants in the corporate world started gold was struck. The story line was set battle lines were drawn. Mr. Krzanich was on Ashe and Mr. Cuban was on Ziggs the match was set. Mr. K overextended early drawing tower aggression and died first. The scoreline isn’t the important part of the game and the end result isn’t really the end. Spoiler alert the shark ended up not being a fish out of water and he out endured the CEO of IEM.
I see ESPN and other outlets covering some or all of this story. IEM had the perfect storm add a personality like Mcuban and the stories will just follow him. Thankyou to Kristine Leahy for a wonderful postgame interview with Mr. Cuban where he uses the f word to donate more money for charity. The news and coverage should follow. What does this mean for Esports?
Esports can only benefit from the exposure as its still looked down upon in the western part of the world. Professional gamers getting air time and articles written about them on mainstream sites can only help people understand Esports which is here to stay. The Longevity of the scene is real and no need for Katniss Everdeen to tell me if it is real or not real it is real.