A wise man (The Joker, The Dark Knight) once said "If you're good at something, never do it for free". So we have a lot of people playing video games, that's obvious - but what happens if you're good and want to make some money doing it? Where do you go?
The proposed solution is to have more community driven events for gamers. A place for gamers to practice, build recognition, and possibly earn some cash. I personally have hosted tons of different gaming competitions right through this website for months. We hosted events in NBA2k, Call of Duty, FIFA, Super Smash Brothers, Mortal Kombat and many more, all over Miami. The reality of it is that in order to host these events you need a venue, you need equipment, you need marketing, you need staff. Venues are insanely expensive in Miami even when just renting for a just few hours. Don't forget the costs and risks of providing consoles, games, controllers, and TVs for all participants can get very expensive. All of these things are expenses that need to be covered by revenues.
Here is where it gets discouraging. Generating revenues from local video game competitions is very difficult for several different reasons. The money paid by participants is usually expected as a prize payout for the winning team, or teams. The other option is to provide food and drinks for sale at the venue. Like mentioned earlier, most gamers who have enough time to practice a video game professionally don't have much disposable income because they are still in school and probably not far along into a career. Even if you manage to sell food, drinks, and some other gaming merchandise it will unlikely be enough to cover the overhead expenses, much less make the endeavor profitable. The reality of it for the gamer is this: Why drive somewhere and spend money to play a game I own, when I can sit at home and comfortably do the same thing without spending any money? In a place like Miami, where even taking too deep of a breath could put you outside of your cost of living - this isn't viable.
I think this is simply an extension of the internet-social times that we live in. It is far more comfortable to game from home and chat with friends on a headset than to spend extra time and money just to play face to face with others. Face to face interactions are less and less common, and this applies to everything, including remote jobs, internet-based classes, social media sharing, and of course gaming.
The reality of it is that if we want the competitive gaming scene in South Florida to blossom, it will require the same sort of investment and structure that is in place for other sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, and football. We need places for gamers to meet for practice. We need organized community leagues. We need corporate sponsors who can see the opportunities for growth, and marketing. If Adidas can sponsor a community Basketball league, why can't Gamestop sponsor an Overwatch competition?
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