Wifi on the plane. One word ‘awesome’. I’m sitting here at 35,o00 feet and I’m surrounded by the professional gamers from Europe. Intel and SAS have teamed up to provide WiFi on this flight to NY where the top European and American gamers face off in the first international gaming event of its kind – The Transatlantic Showdown. Head to head challenge and the winning team will walk away with 100k in cash!
Gaming has exploded on to the main stream stage where gamers are getting millions of dollars a year in gaming. One of them is Fata1ity (Fatality) who was featured on PodTech at the Sundance film feastival.
With prize money at competitions increasing, gaming is on its way to becoming a high level professional sport. The TransAtlantic Showdown championships in New York pit video gamers in competition for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes in four online games: Counter-Strike 1.6, Quake 4 Team Deathmatch, Quake 4 Duel, and Warcraft III: Frozen Throne…
Now that we are seeing formal events organized by bon a fide sponsors (Intel) expect gaming matches to explode and the ranks of quality and number of Pros increase dramatically.
In 20 Jahren wird man sich mit Schmunzeln an diese frühe Zeit des ESports erinnern, wenn der Superstar der ESportler gerade seinen 100 Mio Dollar Vertrag unterschreibt und dessen Manager Schumacher an die vergangenen Formel 1-Zeiten des 20 und frühen 21. Jahrhunderts berichtet, „wie es damals bei uns war„.