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Training For A Future In Video Games

Posted on July 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, that’s one way to kick off #NationalVideoGameDay! The Boston Globe reported that Jordan Herzog is trading in his high school classes for more time to play Fortnite, with support of his father. For months now, he’s been spending 8-14 hours a day in front of his computer to complete online lessons and train to “become one of the best competitive video game players in the world.” This training doesn’t come cheap, either. His father, Dave Herzog, has spent over $30,000 on gaming equipment and suspended family vacations to support Jordan’s dream.

Esports have been on the rise – we’re even seeing “eSports Camps” offered at local community colleges in addition to the usual outdoor sports and sciences. In an interview with Forbes, top streamer Ninja confirmed that he makes over $500k per month doing what he does – and that’s just on Twitch. We’re curious as to whether or not the fans would support their kids as they follow their dreams – inclusive of becoming the greatest [insert game name here] player of all time. If your kid shows that he has what it takes to become the best football player of all time, chances are you’re going to support them, so why would it be any different for eSports? We think that while some fans are hesitant to devote as many resources as Dave did for Jordan, we do think they would – especially when they look at the future earning potential.

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Ninja Named One of TIME’s Most Influential

Posted on April 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

You read that headline right. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Falling under the category of ‘Pioneer,’ he finds himself in good company alongside Sandra Oh, Indya Moore, Marlon James, Chrissy Teigen, Massimo Bottura, Hasan Minhaj, and Samin Nosrat among others. The only thing better than one of the biggest names in esports being featured on this list? The author of his feature: JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The Pittsburgh Steelers WR famously co-streamed matches of Fortnite with Drake and Travis Scott last March on Twitch. We think he summed up our feelings best by saying this: “I’ve been a huge video-game fanatic my whole life. But people have seen it as childish and a waste of time. Ninja was huge in building up the credibility of e-sports.” It’s about time esports got the credit it deserves! We’re looking forward to seeing more teams like FaZe Clan and super fans like Green Bay’s Blake Martinez make this list in the future. With the FCFL being described as the “real-life Madden,” we hope to see of you fans on the list too!