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This week, Xbox takes the lead and the Metaverse gets a new feed, but first...
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The Coaching Game
Do coaches matter?
The ugly truth of esports coaching. It's deep, but clear.
Pro player salaries are higher than you think, which leaves a little bit of room for a few managers to make a difference. But then several questions start to pop out:
This scene is growing, but in general, universities have no fucking idea of what esports is or how it works. One brave person, who never got the chance to actually compete, takes responsibility and invests his last year of college to build an esports program that later on gets a decent facility, a tight budgetfor scholarships and a even tighter one for coaches' salaries.
The program manager calls a friend who once was high rank on League of Legends and offers him the dream job of coaching esports. This guy, who only knew how to play League, now is the coach for the Rocket League and Overwatch teams. Imagine how little of a shit the universities' board members will give about an esports coach coaching the wrong game.
These guys grabbed the job to later on "be able" to coach with C9, TL or TSM.
"So, Carr, tell us about your experience".
"Yea of course, I was Masters in League of Legends, and I coached Rocket League for two years".
Analysts & Friends
There's a lot of talented kids out there who understand the rules of the game, the stats and trends like no other. However, having a fanbase on Twitter or being friends with the esports' team members is your ticket to work as an analyst. Just like a private speakeasy, you need a recommendation. Diversity is non-existent.
The most common scenario is to see accomplished pro-players who now act as coaches. It makes sense. But don't forget that esports is a very young industry and these guys are coaching players with whom they were teammates a year ago.
I'm a videographer, I watched every single esports' team Youtube series. I've also worked with different teams. After looking at them for so long, I can tell you that a huge percentage of these type of coaches receive no respect from their team. They do talent wise, they don't coaching wise. They are still friends, they have the same age, they like the same things, they share the same drama. It's really difficult to coach under these circumstances.
Once the owners realize that they have a coaching problem, they talk to the team manager and ask him to coach the team while also managing their budget and daily requirements. These guys at least have some experience managing people so sometimes it works. It's like that band aid that won't stick properly to your skin.
These mother fuckers are expensive, and only 10% of teams have them. They know a lot about the game, they already built their trusted network of analysts to help them out and they have a success track with a couple teams. But if they don't continue to win, they are out.
Since esports teams don't have a secured monetization process, and winning titles or selling merch are the only way at the moment. Team owners can't afford the patience to have a good coach who consistently places the team in the top 5, but can't lift trophies. They need the titles to be able to pay people and prove investors that esports isn't a bubble.
They are like "Fuck... we can't hire our friends, analysts or pro players as coaches since usually they lack the personality, and proper coaches can't win. What else is there?". The next in line with knowledge are casters, so why not?
It's such a great accomplishment for casters to be able to coach as well. Some of them are great, but again, if they don't win, they are just another coach cleaned by the team.
The 3%, and mostly not in the West. Given the coaching structure and the little experience that people are able to access from the industry, is hard to reach to this point and consistently win titles. Besides prize money, I believe that the strongest asset these managers have is that they know how to handle an impatient investor, a nervous owner and a young team.
🎯 Final Thoughts
There is something that team owners know though, that coaches are a bit egocentric to see themselves:
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✅ Approved Games
China is closing hard on crypto, but opening in up like a flower with video games. A couple days ago they approved 43 import games including LoL Esports Manager. How things are going, maybe this is your way to get a coaching job in esports.
🍿 Esports Highlights
🐦 What's good on Twitter?
Thread of the Week #1—Game Preservation, data hoarding and Minecraft.
Thread of the Week #2—Everyone trying to be the next instant games.
📓 Lil Note
Guys, Dexerto has been nominated as a finalist for the Esports Awards as the esports coverage platform of the year. Weekly and I have been part of the beautiful Dexerto family for some months now, so y'all know what to do. Show a little love by voting for us here.
People are starting to send me stuff to review and others interested in sponsoring Weekly. I'll say two things:
📖 Read of the Week
Microsoft and the Next Chapter of Windows, by Sam Castle (Dope name btw).
The Evolution of Mortal Kombat, by J. Thornburg.
🌐 The Actual Metaverse
Matthew Ball, the true conductor of Metaverse concept, just released 6 out of his 9 essays on the Metaverse. I haven't read it yet, but I know this will probably change the way you look at things forever.
🟩 Xbox Ain't Sleeping
100 THIEVES FOUNDATIONS (DROP 7.3.21)
SCARLET NEXUS LAUNCH GIVEAWAY X VANIME SOLE ( SHOE ARTIST )
Me in 1999: These graphics are better than real life
Boss during Covid: "What are you doing when there is no customers?"
July 1 / First Playable
July 6 - 18 / IEM Cologne
July 8 - 9 / Overwatch - The Battle for Texas
July 8 - 9 / CDL Stage 5 - New York Subliners Home Series
July 12 - 14 / Games for Change
July 15 / GameFace Awards
July 15 - 18 / PAX East Online
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