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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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FCFL Team Owner Preps For Fortnite Pro-Am

Posted on June 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s that time of the year again and the Fornite Pro-Am is back! This year we are excited to see FCFL Team Owner | Fan Captain Marshawn Lynch throw his hat into the ring for the tournament this weekend! Marshawn will be teaming up with Ninja, arguably the most popular streamer out there, especially for Fortnite. Marshawn recently shared a clip of him and Ninja getting prepared for the tournament, and frankly, we would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that. Other notable athletes and celebrities you’ll see in this year’s tournament include JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kenneth Faried, Jay Mewes, Hannibal Buress, Blake Martinez, and Brendon Urie. For the full list of partners and how to watch the tournament on Twitch, click here.

We think the fans would love to see some of their players and Team Owners | Fan Captains participate in next year’s tournament, but what about having an FCFL-wide version? It wouldn’t have to be Fortnite, but any game the fans and players are passionate about. We think the fans would jump at the opportunity to stream with the people they spend all season making decisions for. As for the Fortnite Pro-Am, we hope the fans will join us in wishing Marshawn the best of luck!

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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!

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FAN Take – Staying Busy In The Off Season

By Annalece Montgomery

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

In June, Brooklyn Nets Forward Kenneth Faried took home second place at the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament. Who would have thought he had such mad skills, let alone to be runner up to the duo of Ninja and DJ Marshmellow? He took home a cool $250,000 in prize money, with the stipulation that it had to be used for a charitable purpose. Following the competition at E3, he was excited to finish second and happy that he worked as well as he did with his replacement partner, CourageJD – his original partner, Summit1G came down with a sickness shortly before the event.

And with that, he’s used his winnings to establish the Kenneth Faried HAT foundation – the ‘HAT’ stands for “humble, appreciative and thankful.” While it’s in its infancy, Faried only said that the foundation would focus on using sports, including basketball, to help young people.

Speaking to SportTechie’s Joe Lemire, he said “I’m trying to teach kids to be this way through basketball and the fundamentals of basketball: teamwork, being a partner to somebody, being respectful, listening to a leader and not just a coach as a leader. Some players step up and become leaders. We’re trying to teach that through basketball and other sports.” We’re looking forward to seeing Faried’s foundation grow and impact the community.

Fans, how do you want to see our athletes keep busy in the off season? Should they take a page from Kenneth Faried’s book? Should they focus on giving back to their community? Should they do whatever relaxes them, including playing video games like Fortnite? How about combining their favorite recreational activities with giving back? We’d love to hear from you!

Power To The Fans!

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PROS ON THE FIELD, CONNOISEURS OF GAMING OFF THE FIELD

By Annalece Montgomery

High-profile athletes are breaking stereotypes about both themselves and gamers with the help of esports. Every week, there’s something trending in the news and on social media about your favorite athletes joining in on the Fortnite hype. Earlier this week, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was spotted pulling out his best Fortnite dance moves at training camp. This isn’t the first time Juju is making headlines for his love of the game – earlier this year he did a live stream with Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Drake and Travis Scott, breaking the viewing record on streaming platform Twitch. We don’t know about you, but we’d love to challenge him in a Battle Royale! JuJu, what’s your handle?

Other NFL stars have jumped on the Fortnite train. While Detroit Lions defensive back Darius Slay took to Twitter to see who wanted to jump in on a PUBG match. Richard Sherman and Eric Ebron were quick to let him know that they were not here for the game.

It isn’t just NFL powerhouses spending their free time gaming – Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, and the MVP of this year’s Stanley Cup Finals, has been spotted parked in front of his XBOX during the offseason. Headset and all. After last season’s performance, we can understand why he wanted to get lost in the game.

And then there’s Green Bay Packers linebacker Blake Martinez, who takes his love for gaming (he’s a big DOTA 2 fan) to the next level. He has appeared on multiple panels with some of the biggest names in the streaming community. Its encouraging and refreshing to see individuals like Blake Martinez be so vocal about the gaming industry. They’re lowering the barriers of access to them off the field.

Do you think the team that games together off the field will be the one to win on the field? We think fans would agree that the teams that work on creating a bond off the field shine better on game day. Imagine you’re the one calling plays, you’re not going to fire off a pass to someone you can’t connect with, are you? Whether its staying in to play video games, going out for team meals (where rookies get to pick up check) or giving back to the community, the relationships within the team strengthen their trust in one another when it comes to game time.

Power To The FANS!