I just saw over on Cached.net that there is a new professional gaming league starting up this summer called the Global Gaming League. It is run by Eric Rollman, former executive of the Fox Family Channel and Saban Entertainment. Also in the ranks of people behind this new league are more well know people like Amir 'Hakeem' Haleem and Jason 'Unholy' Carlton from Deathrow. Neither of the two are new to organizing events like this, having organized the WCG USA 2001 preliminaries.
"We are on the threshold of the most significant evolution of sports in the past 100 years. Every day, millions of "gamers" engage in intense video game competition across the Internet and in their homes. The GGL(TM) will create fans and stars by producing world-class entertainment and events where professionally dedicated players will gain recognition for their lifestyle, skill, and commitment to "V-Sports(TM)." Top professional gamers and gaming teams will have the chance to qualify for live GGL(TM) Championship Events with the opportunity to earn cash, prizes, endorsements, and respect. Understanding that stars are vital to the success of any professional sports organization, the GGL(TM) will house an Athlete Management division for the sole purpose of identifying, signing, and managing top players as the ambassadors of "V-Sports(TM).""
Full press release: Yahoo
Full press release: Yahoo
From the sounds of it, it will be a ladder where the competitors will play online and the top players from the ladders will end up competing at championship events on LAN. There will be fees to pay for being in the league, but it sounds like the league will try to promote you, the player, rather then the events itself which could potentially get you sponsorship deals etc. Of note though, in the promotional video, it says that the league will own your avatar (aka Nickname), which is kind of weird and something to consider when thinking about their objectives as a company.
Still, it sounds pretty sweet in theory with a lot of financial backing for it. They plan to sign the players to contracts in which the players will actually be paid money, rather than the style of the current leagues where you aren't guaranteed any money. It will certainly be very interesting to see how this develops. There have been a number of other leagues that have popped up over the last year or so but none of them have developed into anything significant. Will this be the first real professional gaming league outside of Korea or will this be another disappointment? Only time will tell.
Edited by DiamondX at 21:29 GMT, 10th Jun 2003 - 17837 Hits