Obviously, having given the last 8 years of my life to Western E-Sports, that pissed me off to no end. For someone to come forth and write something like that, and publish it for the E-Sports community to read, was rather sickening.
I wrote a more positive article about following your dreams and doing what you love, because at the end of the day, its your personal happiness, not your bank account, that matters. And if those two things are directly linked, I feel sorry for you.
Myself at IEM Shanghai this summer
Before anyone gets carried away reading this blog saying “WOAH CAMERON! HOLD ON, you do need financial stability in order to live” that fact is not lost on me, and I do touch base with that in my original article.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about what it is I do for a living (sort of, I mean, this job as an E-Sports journalist puts me through school, but by no means do I make enough to sustain a stable living off of in North America).
I work for Fnatic PTY LTD (FnaticMSI) for those of you who don’t know. And what my job is essentially is a writer. My title for all intensive purposes is labelled as a Journalist or Content Development if you prefer. I get paid a monthly salary to write feature articles, whether they are opinionated or based on solid facts.
I write general team and sponsor news, so long as it surrounds Fnatic and its partners. I conduct feature length interviews with professional players of various E-Sport titles, whether they are from Fnatic or not. I also write scene-news when it pertains to a game Fnatic supports, I run our facebook and twitter pages along with the Editor in Chief, I am sometimes sent to offline events (most recently, IEM Shanghai) to take photos, videos, write a live blog and other content previously mentioned.
My personal setup
I stay at home when am not sent to events and update scores and publish the content that floods in from on-site journalists. As well, I take the initiative (to some peoples distaste) to promote my work within the E-Sports and sometimes mainstream media outlets.
I help run promotional events such as give-aways and contests that are run by Fnatic or its partners, and help promote them. As well I do reviews of products and/or services in the E-Sports industry.
The more behind the scenes portion of my job entails meetings, contacting players/teams/leagues for interviews or comments on situations. It also involves a lot of discussion within the organization on the current state of E-Sports and what we can do to help, etc.
I do all of this because I love E-Sports, and for the most part I love the people in E-Sports. E-Sports has been a major part of my life since the age of 12 when I first ran into the WCG through an ad on battle.net while I was playing Warcraft III RoC. E-Sports is the one industry where you can compete without bias, whether you are young old, fat or skinny, etc, etc, you can still compete. E-Sports will always remain to be a part of my life, a rather large part, I mean, it’s how I met my lovely girlfriend for crying out loud : P
I hope people can understand what exactly E-Sports is and can be, and that people shouldn’t be afraid to be proud of their involvement or love for E-Sports. I know I’m not, I always tell people about E-Sports and what I do and how they can get involved, even if they aren’t the most accepting, who cares?
Myself and a fellow E-Sports Journalist, Bruce
A lot of people think as an E-Sports journalist, you don’t do a lot of work, and for many that is true. Many journalists who do this for volunteer work because they love E-Sports will write a few news here and there, and pitch in when they can. However I felt today it was necessary that I speak about what I do as a Journalist/Content Development guy at Fnatic.
E-Sports takes all kinds of people to operate. From your hardcore enthusiasts who always try to help and pitch in, to the fan who just tunes in to watch his favourite player, and of course to the budding professional and wannabe professional gamers and so much more.
Myself at IEM Shanghai again
For instance, other than E-Sports I am a fulltime student at Cambrian College where I am taking a 3 year course in Business Administration, where I will then move to China for University in order to get my BA and then my masters. I rock climb (specifically bouldering), I hunt (moose, partridge, duck) I listen to post-hardcore and punk music and used to frequent punk shows. Many people have an ‘E-Sports or gamer’ life and a ‘real life’, which they desperately try and keep separate. For me, I try and keep them combined as much as I can, I don’t think it’s fair to you as a human being, to be kept quiet about one half of your life, to the other half.
Myself and my CS hero, Savage
Below is my youtube channel, I just uploaded more IEM Shanghai videos (ALL Counter-Strike stuff) as well, if you haven’t seen my photos from my 39 day trip to China, you might be interested in those, as well as the daily blog I run, (which I post the full entries here now as well ; )) but if you missed the back issues while I was in China, you may wish to check them out.
Personal Blog of an E-Sports Journalist