Read an interesting article today on the state of pro-gaming.
In it, Chris “keekerdc” Schetter, in an article for ESFI World, argues that if pro-gaming needs to go mainstream, it needs a major governing body that can handle issues related to pro-gaming as a whole. His article references organizations such as the NFL and the PGA as future “inspiration” for the now rising pro-gaming movement, and I surprisingly feel that he is correct in all assumptions. No longer should pro-gaming organizations haphazardly create and organize events, making their own specified rules tailored to that specific organization. Instead, pro-gaming needs a stable governing body to deal with multiple issues, such as rules and how competitions should be handled.
Schetter writes that “Ninety-five years ago, golfers made this realization and formed the PGA. Its establishment was not for the purpose of figuring out how to inject more prize money into a burgeoning golf scene, or to give golfers a platform to ‘expand their personal brand,’ but to provide support for golfers looking to make a realistic career out of the game. While it was understood that prize tournaments and spectator events were an important part of the ecosystem, it was also understood that those events could not be the entire ecosystem if sustainability was the object.”
While some might argue that having one major organization will be detrimental to pro-gaming as a whole, what we do not need are many different organizations working with their own rules and regulations. A very interesting read: if not for the ideas presented, but the thought of pro-gamers actually thinking about topics such as these.
Read the whole article [HERE]