IS THE CPL DYING?
Todays eSp post is in respone to the new interview with Angle Munoz on gotfrag.com. To read the interview click here .
The way I see it:
a) Angel and the CPL have elevated eSports to a level most of us only dreamed about back in the day - anyone here even remember the PGL? Professional Gaming League? (Hint: CS wasn't even available yet)
b) We don't know anything for sure but it sure looks like the CPL is taking a backseat based on all the hype
c) eSports will continue no matter what - dedicated players will continue honing their skills and the sport will live on. It's just that it's changing. People got pissed when CS became the headline game of the CPL (I was one of them) now we have the CPL potentially taking on a different role and the WSVG possibly taking up the torch but the sport will continue to live and grow and change that much is certain.
My 2 cents here is almost spent...my gut tells me this really sucks as I thought Angel was doing a great job in spite of a lot of backlash from the community at times. The backlash just tells me people are really excited and into this and want to see it work etc. I hope the WSVG, if it is to replace the CPL (still speculation IMHO) will do as good a job and find some way to connect with the eSports community as well as Angel and his team were able to do. Who knows for certain? Basketball and other pro sports all went through upheavals like this in the past - nothing is static - especially in games.
Looking forward to what's in store for eSports and gaming...will miss what the CPL grew to represent if it fades - here's hoping the next phase of eSports...if we can call it that just yet.. will be as much of a blast as the first.
In regards to eSp I was getting geared up for regular weekly articles and may still forge ahead but I have to say if some main stream company who focuses on video games (as opposed to computer games) comes along and bastardizes eSports ... this blog and my writing on the topic of eSports training (which was just getting started)...might just fade out in a hurry.
Fact of the matter is, consols suck compared to PC's when it comes to the skill level and community that has been developed. 'Nough said for tonight. Read the interview and cast your 2 cents.
We will see what happens with eSports - at this point your guess is as good as mine.