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  • July 1, 2019
    Its the 2015 North American League Championship finals, and players on Team Solo Mid and Counter Logic Gaming sit anxiously in their seats, knees bouncing erratically from excess adrenaline. Sitting among an ocean of fans is Hawaiian native (and high ping survivor) Matt Matt Elento, support player for Team Liquid. At the time, Matt was playing for Team Liquid Academy, TLs challenger team, and arrived in New York with no money and nowhere to stay (he crashed at a friends place). Afterwards, Matt returned to the West Coast reinvigorated.I was amazed at how many people were there, he said. I was just amazed that all these guys that I played with almost every day in solo queue. It was pretty natural to think I wasnt that far off from them. That if I took the time and effort, I could be on the same stage that they were on. That was a real inspiration for me. So everyday, I would grind in solo queue.Part of the beauty of esports is that aspiring gamers arent handcuffed by the same restrictions as beginner athletes. Theres no need for a pitch, a referee, a net, or even daylight to practice. Theres something magical in its accessibility -- all an aspiring pro needs is their gaming device of choice -- and with a passable internet connection and indelible passion, it gives the impression that anyone can achieve that goal.Its not uncommon for talented gamers to be gifted at multiple different titles. Some common factors for success include wide champion pools and possessing lightning-fast reaction times. Still, in terms of entering the pro scene, experiences vary widely across game titles. Unlike traditional sports, a games boon or bust is partially in the hands of the game developer and how they decide its played, viewed, and monetized.While having an involved publisher can be problematic, it comes with benefits as well: a strong amateur scene, clear paths to success, more consistent compensation and an avid viewership. The opportunities for pros in different esports vary wildly. In a game that has an online ranking system like League and Dota 2, its easier to measure who is performing at a competitive level. For a console games like the Super Smash Bros installments, the route is far more treacherous; players jump from tournament to tournament in order to climb the standings. It costs money to travel to national events. Without proper sponsorship or sister teams to play on, it can be difficult for amateur players to get noticed. While tournaments certainly arent lacking in entrants, the monetary obstruction might still be diverting some of the fighting game communitys potential talent pool.Matt says League was one of the few games he had regular access to as a kid. I played Runescape, a browser-based MMO game, he said. I had an N64 growing up, but for the most part I wasnt into console games because we didnt have a console. The main reason I had to play Runescape was because I couldnt afford online memberships. It was just the game I was able to play.The fighting game communitys competitive scene (though blessed with a passionate fan base) has struggled to get the support its pros need. This is partially because of their publishers hands-off parenting style. At the Evolution Championship Series 2016, the largest game fighting tournament in the world, Nintendo only offered setups for gamers to use and not all of the custom options were unlocked on the systems provided.In League, teams have a strong structure in place: coaches, support staff, managers, some even have a team chef. Immortals, a professional League of Legends team, has a sports psychologist on staff, who is tasked with the immense job of making sure that players are not only successful, but healthy and happy. Famed Immortals top laner, Heo Huni Seung-hoon, credits his teams strong backbone for the success theyve found this split.First of all, we have a personal coach, and I think that helps a lot. Having a personal coach, being healthy and being happy. It helps you to be successful outside of your country, Huni said. Having a healthy mentality -- it makes you successful outside of the game.Coaching was banned at Evo 2016 from the quarterfinals onward. Organizers felt that it gave players an unfair edge. They arent wrong -- it is an advantage -- though not an untoward one. A few days before Evo started, Team Liquid hired their first-ever Super Smash Bros coach, Luis Crunch Rosias. Days later, his longtime friend Juan Hungrybox DeBeidma finally secured gold after years of just falling short.For the fighting scene to truly evolve, tournament organizers need to accept that players need structure to perform at their highest level, so they can continue to improve as games change.Michael Sherman, Competitive Programs Specialist at Riot Games, says that Leagues collegiate system is growing. As of this coming fall, there will be seven different schools offering League scholarships in North America, which could set esports players up for careers within the community post-pro play. And while uLoL has no current plans to attach itself to competitive, the collegiate space is expanding--all four teams in the campus series finals had coaches. According to Sherman, should the college community ask for it, Riot would be ready to explore the implementation of a more direct process from college to pro gaming.The way I like to think of it, is that you dont sign someone up for little league to go professional one day. Sherman said. So, we like to think of college as an opportunity to scratch that competitive itch while staying in school. I cant speak for the challenger scene, but we do think of them as parallel paths. Were doing everything we can to help accelerate its growth.By contrast, opportunities to play fighting games at a competitive collegiate level are essentially nonexistent. Undoubtedly, pros in the fighting game community have been dealt a short hand, but as the scene continues to grow, so does the opportunity for players.I kind of think about how my progression as a player. It looks like anyone could have done it. 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The plane crashed on Monday night, a few miles (kilometers) from an airport in Medellin, Colombia.On one hand, we are very happy because our family member, Neto, is alive, said Helam Marinho Zampier, Jr., Netos 34-year-old brother. But at the same time, we are grieving because other lives were lost.I cant say that God saved my son, said Netos father, Helam Marinho Zampier Sr., clearly searching for answers. If that was the case, God would have saved everybody. I can say that God helped my son.Sitting in the patio of their home on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro Thursday evening, several family members awaited more information from Netos wife, Simone, who had flown to Colombia. She and Neto live in Chapeco, the city in southern Brazil that is home to the team, with their 9-year-old twins.The last word was that he was in stable condition, having come through surgeries on a lung, a knee, a wrist and his head. He woke up briefly and grabbed the doctors hand, they said, before being sedated to continue recovering.My son was recovered in the debris of the plane, said the elder Zampier, who added that he hoped he could return home within a few weeks.The family recounted how they had been awoken at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday by Netos wife, who called with news of the crash. For hours, they weere glued to the television.dddddddddddd Grainy footage of the rescue showed repeatedly showed what looked like Neto on a stretcher, but they couldnt be sure.While they waited, they stewed on something Simone said: Neto had told her on the day of the flight that he had had a dream his airline crashed.By 10 a.m., they received news that he had in fact made it.When I found out he survived, I said: `Thank you, God. Now I can cry, said Valeria Zampier, Netos mother.Still, there is another side.My heart is broken for the other mothers (of the dead), she said.The family said they believed that the team would rebuild.Chapecoense reached Brazils first division in 2014 and was in ninth place ahead of this weekends last round of games. On its way to the continental final, the team known as Chape beat major clubs such as Argentinas San Lorenzo and Independiente.Several teams have offered to loan players, as the tragedy has brought an outpouring of support. A memorial service for the victims is being planned for Saturday in Chapeco.We saw the team go from very low to very high over the last years, said the elder Zampier. They wont go back down.The family also has no doubt that Neto, who was a team leader, would play soccer again. Since turning pro more than a decade ago, he had played for several teams across Brazil. 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