League of Legends - Team Curse Interview

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firefox91

They "work" at playing a video game. Right. It may be earning you money now, but it will end. And those video gaming skills don't do much to spruce up a resume.

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Guyde

I'll skip over the jealous trolling part and focus on the resume: "Professional gamer" actually translates exceptionally well into a career as a commentator (e.g. "djWheat"), and to some extent as a video game developer (e.g. "Jatt", who commentates also).

That's not to say that those are the only options available after a stint as a pro gamer. Voyboy, for example, has simply tabled his university scholarship offers for the time being.

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D00dlavy

My colleagues and I have researched the LoL community for ten months for our exhaustive project in labeling and cataloging sub-cultures.

In our research, polling and projections based on well-known statistical paradigms have led each on my team to individually confirm what everyone suspected anyway: People who play LoL are involuntary virgins.

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Danthrax66

Curse isn't even one of the top teams in NA.

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jimmthang

They're currently ranked 8th in the world: http://www.gosugamers.net/lol/rankings (2nd in the US).

Up until fairly recently they were undefeated and ranked 6th in the world.

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Biceps

Great game!

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And3rs0nTX

I sold my soul to Riot

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And3rs0nTX

I sold my soul to Riot

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buttersoft

Enjoyed that. I play BF and wonder what the comp scene could be like if DICE bothered supporting it. LoL shows interesting possibilities. Gaming is only going to get bigger.

EDIT: I should have said if *EA* bothered, DICE probably want to.

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vistageek

Ugh. Why did EA have to take over Dice and Crytek?

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Danthrax66

Crytek would have went under and Dice needed a publisher... EA was looking to buy so they got bought. Valve should really start buying companies.

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TheMissingPiece

So, uh, I guess Jimmy is into this League of Legends thing.

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Xenite

Interesting that you decided to skip over the recent banning issues of players from "pro" *rolls eyes* teams. Or the consistent bad reputation LoL has for having a horrible community.

Or the bad sportsmanship, collusion and game rigging accusations their own team has faced in the past.

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dgrmouse

At least it was a readable article. It seems like 90% of the stories about this genre of game are so loaded with acronyms and jargon that they offer nothing of interest to an uninitiated reader.

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theEzzme

Maybe because all you said is irrelevant...

1st off only one actual pro player has been banned, most other players banned were from amateur teams who were entering the tournament to get into Riots season 3 championship series. Either way how is this a bad thing? They are eliminating players who they found to be toxic to others and the community no matter if their Pro or your average player.

As far as the community goes, the same goes for all MOBAs and like many others have said before the genre is a perfect combination to cause this rage. Long games that all rely on your teammates performances as well as yours makes it very frustrating, DoTA 2, and HoN both have just as bad communities, only LoL with its large user base is more prone to it.

As far as bad sportsmanship, when has this ever been something anyone has brought up about them? The only thing I can think of is the reddit/forum threads early on about how Saintvicious is a dick, which he sort of is because he's very blunt. Almost every team is friendly to each other scrimming and frequently visiting each other in their respective gaming houses. And about that collusion, all it had to do with was they plus another team decided to play an ARAM (All random all mid) instead of a real game at an MLG event due to the event being a week before the tournament to gain enter the $1 million tournament.

It seems to me you have no idea about any of the subjects you brought up. You either have something against e-sports as a whole judging by your rolls eyes comment about them being pro (they are pro, they get paid a salary to play the game and are very highly skilled at it, same as any other job that would have an employee called a pro). Or you don't like the game.

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jimmthang

Any MOBA-type game is going to have a similar community to seem degree. It's just the nature of the gameplay mechanics. With that said, I've played with my fair share of friendly people as well. I think Riot has really improved the community with the ability to rate people post match. 

While I can't speak on behalf of Team Curse in regards to the "collusion" aspect, they did offer a public apology about it. Furthermore, I personally don't think it's as damning as some portray it to be. Here's PC Gamer's similar take on the situation: http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/08/27/top-two-league-of-legends-teams-from-mlg-summer-disqualified-for-collusion/ 

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gogochicken

Ya I would agree with you on most of that.

The games still fun though.

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