This is our dream
Look at the above picture. It's an iconic picture of Esports. Hundreds of thousands of people, gathering in the depth of night to celebrate the finals of the Proleague. It symbolizes the peak of Esports, the hope that every and each one of us share for this game, the dream that one day Starcraft will reach the stars.
Theres something special about this game. The exhilaration as marines split against banelings, the adrenaline that drives through you as a doom drop approaches, the utter happiness we share as our favorite foreinger reaches the round of four for the second time.
To people outside, it's hard to understand. Why is this video game so special? Why is it better than any other?
And that's precisely the problem where E-sports lies today. The chance for a boom, a leap of the gods, an explosion, this is what can happen if we grab the stars that lie above us.
I don't know why I decided to write this today. I've read threads, of people trying to get espn to show starcraft, of people who host tournaments out of their own money, of people who work tirelessly to satisfy the greatest community on earth.
I don't know why I decided to do this. But I realized, even if it didn't "fit in my schedule", I realized that I must. For E-sports to become big will not the results of a few select individuals. It will not be day9 who makes E-sports big, it will not be the sponsors, it will not be the casters, the players, the streamers. It will be the combined effort of all of those, the result that only a community can achieve.
I'm not sure what to call this thread. A plea? A request? Whatever it is, the point is that everyone has to join in the effort to make e-sports big. Tell a friend to buy the game, watch a tourney, visit their sponsers. Email G4 to stream starcraft, take the time out of your day to actually do something for the sake of e-sports.
I'm a man who doesn't know many things. But of one thing I am certain: For Starcraft to become big it will be because we decided so. It will be because on a certain day people got the drive in them to actively help e-sports. It will be the day that people go to LAN's instead of watch online, that people watch tourney's live instead of specific replays, that people support the community which is vital for this game.
So that's it really. This wasn't a huge petition, an annoucement, it was a request for the community. To go beyond in helping E-sports, to not only play the game, but to aid it as well. I have a dream that one day Starcraft will become huge, that players will earn millions, and many will say that is impossible. But the only way that things can get done is with a dream, and when you have dreams, anything can happen.
And you don't have to do all of these. You don't even have to do one. But the point is that unless someone does, this game will not reach its full potential. I myself am planning to go to a LAN this year, and even though I will probably go alone, into a place where I know no one, I know that it will be great, because this community is the best community in the world. And I will travel into the unknown, and email G4, and look like a fool and write weird semantic posts because I believe in the idea of E-sports.
So if you can't do these things, believe you can.
Because trust me, one day, you really will, and on that day you won't know why. But just like me, you'll realize you must.