Futures First Gaming’s (FFG) 2021 Fall brawl reset the esports events bar in Wilmington.
Although it has been reduced due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the hybrid event with a Penn Cinema This component provided a glimpse into what esports can be like in Delaware: playing on giant screens, sharing resources, and making the industry accessible to a new generation of under-represented gamers.
And of course, It was very fun.
“These children from Wilmington came to the event as part of a guided trip organized by the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center», Said the co-founder of FFG Stephen sye. “They arrived around noon and stayed for a few hours. Here we are, around 5:30 p.m., five of them cycled all the way to the theater to come back with us. These kids could have been anywhere, but they wanted to be with us and learn more about FFG, games, video production and everything in between.
Players Kingface_88 of Lewes, who won the Fortnite Solos Tournament, is only 8 years old; MPg d’Hockessin, who won the Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament, at 17 years old. Besides the cash prizes for the winners, Fall Brawl was an official qualifying event for the upcoming Esport combo, the largest college recruiting event dedicated to esports, in October.
The Fall Brawl panel “From Da ‘Games to Degrees”, moderated by this journalist, presented David C. Hughes, clinical assistant professor in sports management at Georgia State University; Christophe Turner, general manager and head coach of esports at University of the South; and Derek pew, CEO of Harena data, the company behind the Esports Combine.
The panel was aimed at young esports players and their parents, who may view video games as a hobby that does not offer any of the benefits of “real” sports.
“Is esport a sport or not a sport? Who cares? “Hughes joked during the panel.” At the end of the day, what does have an impact are the jobs and things that we see as increased retention of graduates. “
The reality is that esports arguably offers even more advantages when it comes to college and potential career opportunities. Kids who enjoy eSports learn to interact with technology early on and often learn skills such as coding, marketing, and video production on their own. Potential careers go well beyond the 1% who will become superstar esports athletes, including coaching, designing, marketing, content creation and game development.
And there are scholarships for esports just like football for baseball, as more and more colleges and universities (like the University of Delaware) launch esports teams.
If you (or your child) are seriously considering a career in esports, here are five takeaways from the panel:
- It’s not just about the game – “If you have skills like content creation, these are the types of skills I’m looking for as a head coach,” Turner said. “You can’t be part of the varsity team, but you can still be part of [it] and make a difference.
- Adults learn from young people in the esports space – “Young people drive esports first,” said Pew. “It’s not based on an old teaching model. If there isn’t an esports club or team at a school, it’s often the students who push for it to happen and shape it. This is not an area where adults tell children what to do.
- Find out what games your future colleges are playing – There are thousands of games out there, but most colleges are focusing on a few that become the standard college esports games including League of Legends, Rocket league and Monitoring. If you are interested in playing on a varsity team, you must be good at the specific game (s) they participate in.
- Create content to grow in the industry – Content creation is not just an attractive skill set for recruiters. “A good player can make money before they even enter college,” Pew said.
- Learn to be a team player – College esports teams are just that – teams. You might be the best solo player out there, but scouts are going to be looking for esports athletes who play well with others. Consider joining a league to develop these skills. (The FFG offers a league game.)
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“From Da ‘Games to Degrees” was one of two panels at FFG Fall Brawl 2021. Keep an eye out for take out on the other panel, “Get Ya Mind Right, moderated by Official ChiKa Gaming founder Greden Camacho.