How to become a pro-player #2. Ability to win and value of soccer clubs

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Another step into the "How to become a pro-player" world

Good day, friends. In the first part of the “How to become a pro-player” series we covered important aspects of team play. If this article would help at last one team, it’s not written for nothing I guess.

Now, I’d like to talk about something that both pro-player and amateur player face in their lives. Today we’re talking about ability to deal with losses.

Without a shadow of a doubt, almost any team dreams about conquering the esports Olympus but people rarely think it might not actually happen. It’s impossible to count an exact number of teams that were created in Dota 2 (let’s take this discipline as example) during its lifetime but I’m sure the number is higher than 10,000. And only six teams won The International.

When talking of all tournament and qualifiers, average win percent for all created teams is 50%. Yes, every game has its winners and losers.

And it’s not just about skills, tactics, ability to press keys, morale, rosters, etc., in every match. There are lots of other factors affecting the game – starting with one player’s sleep deficit to, I don’t know, overstrain.

So, it’s 50%. Have you ever tossed a coin? Have you ever had “heads” or “tails” dropping several times in a row? I am sure you’ve had. Chances to get both sides are the same, so they’re even “rivals” in this case.

But sometimes it happens that you get “heads” 5, 6 or 7 times in a row. The probability of getting the same coin toss six times is 1.5625%. Which is around 1 in ~64 series of tosses.

This means that in parallel universe or maybe in our universe there’s a esports team that can lose 6 times in a match versus an equal opponent. Are you getting the idea of what I am talking about?

Don’t focus on wins only and give up after the first loss. Almost the entirety of our life consists of all kinds of probabilities. All bad and good news is caused by various probabilities, not by some karma stuff, astrology or other nonsense.

You can lose to an equally skilled opponent several times but you just have to be able to accept that you just got unlucky today. Don’t get angry, butthurt, refuse to shake hands (if you play on LAN) and don’t send “regards” to your opponent’s relatives.

But also don’t forget that with the cointoss you might experience a completely different result. Nothing stops you from winning 5, 6 or 7 times against the opponent of your strength. When that happens, don’t let your ego inflate and boast with how you “kicked the s**t of those noobs”. Always strive for victory but only the strongest player can keep calm and accept the loss, making the necessary conclusion. If your team manages to learn how to lose without drama and conflicts, you’ll have more chances to become successful, remember that :)

Dream vs “Let’s do this again” and soccer clubs

Well, I personally think that in any tournaments people who have a dream before the match have an advantage over people who already won in the tournament once.

Perhaps, that’s too subjective but I think that at The International 2017 (still using Dota 2 as example) a team that pushes for the win for a long time has more chances to get aegis and eventually stand in front of the crowd with the desired trophy.

By the way, let’s not forget that for many people the main dream and point behind esports has nothing to do with cups and medals. It’s all about the material stuff they can buy by obtaining the prize cash.

Just about any documental video about esports was based on dreams of regular guys who wanted to become “superstars”, make their lives and lives of their families better.

For instance, in sports good players in prestigious clubs get salary for their work and prize cash is of minor value for them. They fight for the trophy. Let’s forget about fixed matches, bribes, etc. High-level wins is the most important thing for a respectful sport club. What I’m saying is that people get paid and pretty certain of themselves and their future. It would be great to see something like that in esports one day. Interestingly enough, soccer clubs might even help with that in future (but we’ll talk about that below).

While we’re at it, let’s count other people’s money to not sound empty.

Average salary of a player in top European club is around 6 million euro per year. For a win in the Champions League, team gets 57,2 million euro (we’re not taking group stage into account, the info is taken from uefa.com for 2016/2017). After cutting the taxes from the amount, splitting it between the club management, staff and players – the number is much lower than average pay.

In my opinion, in an ideal structure of esports the prize cash must be more like a nice bonus than the main motivating goal. All tournaments will become more fascinating to watch if teams are going to compete for the trophy, not money.

Value of soccer clubs in esports

We all heard that time after time some soccer clubs sign esports rosters in various disciplines. Russia just recently acknowledged soccer esports as official sports.

I think there are two things that the sport clubs might provide in the future:

  •         Salary. Yes, it’s obvious for anyone reading the article. Of course, any pro-player would be happy to get the amount which is even 10-20 times less than a pro-soccer player. Plus, club will have easier time with players like that. They don’t need training facilities, extra soccer fields, tons of inventory items and so on.

    The number of online stream views in esports keeps getting bigger and bigger every year which makes some players even more known than many soccer players. Which also brings good benefit to sport club. Soon enough esports matches will gather entire stadiums (we’re talking about regular matches, not major tournaments; clearly, big events gather huge venues already). Plus, many fans would agree to buy an exotic t-shirt of a hypothetical Panathinaikos F.C. (Greece) with Ssaspartan’s name on it (mousesports player). In short, there’s some promise to it. But why limit yourself to just soccer? Many other organizations can find finances for it and be alternative to FIFA.
  •         Stadium. Yes, it’s important. Every soccer club has its stadium. It’s a place where you can see your favorite players in real life. It’s much more fun to visit matches live than watching them on TV (or Twitch), don’t you agree? There is also a possibility for tournaments with the home/visiting match system that might appear soon. It would make it more attractive and popular among fans. I doubt that even the most powerful esports organization can make a stadium and small studios are off the list for now, if we’re talking about the viewers. That’s a completely different scale – much less hype, you know.

It’s just a short discussion of a possible future but no one really knows how close it is because esports gets tons of new fans every day! Watch the tournaments, supports favorite teams and play, of course.

See you around soon!

 

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