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#50 "Overwatch League - The Safe Space of Esports" in e-Sports
eddie_calderon The difference between grassroots games and overwatch is that overwatch has money on the line.

Several people have made this argument that the claustrophobic environment in OWL is somehow the inevitable byproduct of the money at stake. Sure, corporate money may mean corporate standards, but the cynical and maternal bureaucratic practices that Blizzard's aping are as ineffective in other industries as they are in our world of young white guys. It's analogous in its intent and ideological roots to the sensitivity training policies other companies in other industries put in place. The atmosphere this sort of inquisition creates causes far more harm than good. It's scary to see how normal human interactions, like accidentally bumping into someone backstage, become something real adult men have to be scared of. There's alot of research that's quite clear on how counterproductive things like this are:

http://www.richardswanson.com/textbookresources/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Ch-12-Diversity-Training-Ineffective.pdf

I won't deny how this community has failed people like Tagg, and we've suffered the loss of great people like him because that, but ideological and inhuman corporate policies aren't going to solve problems that require actual goodheartedness on the part of the community itself to fix. Valve has been able to make their own decisions with regards to how they run their esports because they're financially independent, and while I don't follow DOTA or CS, their approach seems to work quite well; both those games are certainly more time-proven than OW or HS. Blizzard may be chasing venture capital dollars, but they'd do well to take note of how other successful esports have run themselves.

While I'm just a layman, I have no reason to doubt that allowing people to regulate their own personal interactions would be healthier and more sustainable even for as manufactured a "community" as OW esports.

posted about a year ago
#11 "Overwatch League - The Safe Space of Esports" in e-Sports
DarkNecridIf e-sports continue to take off and grow this will become more and more common place.

If Valve ever hypothetically actually invested into competitive TF2, it'd go the same way.

No.

https://imgur.com/a/Gsq0m

posted about a year ago
#5 TF2 in 2018 in TF2 General Discussion

Dead squish...

posted about a year ago
#27 ESEA S27 UR1: SVIFT NA vs. Ascent in Matches
aim-map 1 was was a banger sad to see that you guys couldn't watch it :(

you cocktease

posted about a year ago
#24 ESEA S27 UR1: SVIFT NA vs. Ascent in Matches

Will any of the players be uploading their POV for map 1?

posted about a year ago
#9 ESEA S27 UR1: SVIFT NA vs. Ascent in Matches

Making human sacrifices to Tri, God of STVs.

posted about a year ago
#2 Nursey: “I'm pretty happy with how we performed” in News

We your fans, the Paddie Laddies, demand an answer: whose decision was it to put this man on roamer:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=BQH9sov7Rjw

posted about a year ago
#3 Personal Appeal to Running With Scizors in TF2 General Discussion

I am very sorry for my presumptuous post

posted about a year ago
#1 Personal Appeal to Running With Scizors in TF2 General Discussion

Why is your team tag

8K

and not

8<

PLease "cut" it out

posted about a year ago
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