TEN:004 | Semi-Pro & Collegiate Esports with Ramsey Jamoul
Ramsey Jamoul is the CEO of Wichita eSports (@wichitaesports), which started as a student group at Wichita State University, now they are an esports startup focused on hosting semi-professional and collegiate video game tournaments. They are building a community that unites a variety of video games such as CSGO, Overwatch, Rocket League, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and VainGlory.
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Time Stamped Show Notes
- [00:50] What’s your Esports Narrative?
- [00:52] Started at Wichita State where they developed their own team for the university and converted it into hosting their own events
- [1:06] Started competing in the CSL (Collegiate Starleague) about 6 years ago
- [1:27] Kansas is by far one of the best places to be for esports
- [2:10] What does esports mean to you?
- [2:13] Esports is incredible. It’s the social aspect where the audience gets to engage with the players that’s the best part
- [2:44] At the collegiate and semi-pro level it seems so much more personal
- [3:45] How is esports helping college kids develop skills outside of esports?
- [3:55] It’s so imperative to have people with diverse skills to be apart of it. There’s so many individuals it takes to build these departments. They slowly add on the skills they need for these roles and it benefits them in the long run
- [4:45] VALUE BOMB It’s important to help these esports athletes develop skills outside of esports because the lifetime of competitive gamer is not forever, just like esports. Yes you want to win championships and grind and work hard at your game, BUT, you can also be interested in other things like event production, broadcasting, graphic design etc.
- [5:14] Worst moment in esports?
- [5:18] It’s hard to nail down your worst spot because it’s difficult to acknowledge that but it’s so important to do that
- [5:40] I think something that’s happening in esports is a lack of vision or a lack of imagination
- [6:15] If we can get over the lack of imagination in esports I think that’s the worst part of esports right now
- [6:35] VALUE BOMB Fix the ship while you’re sailing. Learn as you go, learn from failures but keep moving forward and don’t dwell on the mistakes.
- [6:50] Biggest accomplishment so far?
- [6:58] We’ve had a number of events and just watching them grow is by far one of the best motivational things that keep us going
- [7:15] Seeing an event go from a few people to a few hundred to thousands, that’s the best part
- [8:57] What makes esports so exciting?
- [9:00] Definitely watching the players is incredible and watching them grow as players and develop
- [9:30] The anticipation and the hype of two evenly matched players or teams going head to head and any mistake could be disaster for the other side and then a big move or kill happens and the crowd goes wild with excitement
- [10:50] Are there attendees to events that are not players or is it primarily those familiar with the game?
- [11:10] The 2017 Wichita Esports Convention had more spectators than players for the first time, we had just over 50% spectators
- [12:10] We try to rely on game development and competitions as well as running an esports business [to try and foster collaboration and innovation]
- [13:58] When is your next event? XBO Game Festival Tulsa OK October 13th – 15th then the Wichita Esports Convention in Wichita Kansas Feb 2-4th
- [14:40] 5 Question Combo Breaker
- [14:50] Best advice someone has ever given you? Don’t talk do
- [15:03] What does the esports industry need to do to grow and continue to be successful? Strong semi-pro sector is really needed
- [15:37] Best play or the most memorable moment in esports? 6 Million Dollar Echo Slam in the Dota2 Tournament
- [15:54] Resource that’s been beneficial to you in your career? Started out with 6 advisors and they have been crucial to our success, their advice has been invaluable
- [16:10] Daily habit that’s been the biggest factor to your success? Every morning our group looks at the esports news and get really excited about the new developments in the industry
- [17:00] What does it take to be successful in esports?
- [17:06] Consistency outways almost everything else, if you’re going to good work only a couple days a week, it’s not going to cut it
- [17:25] If you’re there everyday and continuing to grow you’re going to be able to overcome failure
3 Big Narratives
- Esports is incredible. It’s the social aspect where the audience gets to engage with the players that’s the best part
- It’s important to help these esports athletes develop skills outside of esports because the lifetime of competitive gamer is not forever, just like esports
- The anticipation and the hype of two evenly matched players or teams going head to head and any mistake could be disaster for the other side and then a big move or kill happens and the crowd goes wild with excitement