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Guild Wars 2 - PvP - eSports

ArenaNet has eSports on the brain when it comes to Guild Wars 2. Since day one they’ve been looking at what makes eSports good and they believe they have the answer.

Not everything they want to do will appear in the game right away, but we are seeing bits of what they have planned. According to systems designer Jonathan Sharp they have a “great big iceberg” of what they want to do. He lists off a couple of the things that we’re already seeing such as free tournaments where players can get tickets to get into paid tournaments and receive better rewards.

There are plans for daily pick-up tournaments as well as monthly & year-long events and the ability for players to customize tournaments of their own.

When taking a look at how to best facilitate eSports in the game the team utilized functions from a lot of different places. Matching will work in pretty much the same way that players are matched in shooters. Spectator mode — which is on its way — was created by paying attention to games like League of Legends, StarCraft and Counter-Strike.

A long running goal of paying such great attention to the eSports aspect — according to Sharp — is that they want to facilitate tournaments that will allow players to become celebrities. To help them along, they’re even trying to give players ways to create personalities that people will recognize.

Remember those ‘stomp’ finishing moves that you can buy from the gem store or earn through ranking up? That’s what those are for.

The team also plans to do more serious stuff specific to certain character types.

So the question I have to ask is: Who’s ready to become a celebrity? Do you have plans to get in on the eSports fun, or are you more interested in just watching once in awhile?

GBTV General Manager
  • TacoBaal

    We eSports now

  • SevenFold

    Alot of good info can’t wait!

  • http://www.facebook.com/elecore1 Ed LeCore

    Hard for me to be enthusiastic for anything with
    the word sport in it, why not call it ebattles?

    • http://twitter.com/cipero Matt Cipriano

      Sport - 
      An activity involving physical exertion and/or skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others

      • Old Ben

        There’s really no “or” about it. Unless chess, poker and creative writing competitions are “sports” now.

        Until they give them 200-pound mice and force them to power their GPUs by pedaling, they’re playing games, not doing sports.

        The term “e-sports” manages to be even sillier than adding “cyber” (which comes from “helmsman” and refers to the science of feedback) to describe anything related to computers or the internet.

        • http://twitter.com/cipero Matt Cipriano

          Chess is recognized by the international Olympic committee as a sport, that’s indeed why the World Chess Federation is in the RISF (Recognized International Sports Federation).

          But I see your point. e-Sports at the very least sounds more appealing than e-battles..That’s just my own opinion.

          • Old Ben

            > Chess is recognized by the international
            > Olympic committee as a sport

            So is poetry. Not kidding, there were events for poetry, music and painting in the 1948 Olympics.

            They were eventually abandoned because the committee didn’t want to have art professionals competing in the Olympics, as that was tainting the amateur spirit of the games. That turned out well, eh? No professional athletes or corporate sponsoring, these days… :-P

            Anyway, just because competitions are run by a sports-related organization that doesn’t mean people who play chess see it as a “doing sports”.

            As to the name, why not just call a StarCraft Tournament… a “StarCraft Tournament”…? Team Fortress Championship. GW2 Competitive PvP League. And so on.

            There are already plenty of words to describe video game competitions without making people /facepalm at the sight of a bunch of pale fat teenagers sitting in front of a computer and claiming they’re doing “sports”.

          • http://twitter.com/cipero Matt Cipriano

            Haha yea I guess I can see your point. It would be kind of odd trying to defend poetry as a sport. 

            I see nothing wrong with using the actually names of the tournaments as the label. Maybe even MMO Competition. Would make much more sense in this regard. 

          • http://twitter.com/Agimat08 Solo Miranda

            “So is poetry. Not kidding, there were events for poetry, music and painting in the 1948 Olympics.”
            I learned something new haha 

            “There are already plenty of words to describe video game competitions without making people /facepalm at the sight of a bunch of pale fat teenagers sitting in front of a computer and claiming they’re doing “sports”.” 

            LOL funny but scarily true

  • Jado Cast

    They should wait a year to work out balance before they even think about tournaments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.hornsby.7 Jonathan Hornsby

    “Video format or MIME type is not supported.”

    What the hell does that mean? 

  • http://twitter.com/SometimesATree Sometimes A Tree

    it double-posted when I logged in :S

  • http://twitter.com/SometimesATree Sometimes A Tree

    You don’t “make” a sport – you create a game and it will evolve into a sport naturally. It’s very much the same as esports – blizzard didn’t set out to make an esport with Starcraft. Nor did the custom devs set out to create one with WC3 DotA. Anet building the foundation for esports to grow is good, but if they are seeking to create an esport, I think they will have limited success. Anet makes the game, and the community creates the esport.