Nov 09 Alwyn Kotze  

The dust has settled on a “twitter debacle” which I honestly didn’t see escalate in the way it did. I gave my opinion as an analyst, player and spectator regarding two prominent talent figures in the community and was met with the standard backlash of other talent (even some from Dota 2 strangely enough) with the default narrative of “we need to be positive and support each other” and “It’s not constructive criticism so you’re an asshole, screw you”.

Let me then set my final question for everyone:

At which stage are we going to become a professional scene?

Everyone is yearning for an esports industry in South Africa that facilitates paid talent & players, where you can endeavour to make a living off esports without risking everything you have.

Yet, everyone has the casual forum mentality. Everyone gets commended for all their efforts however poor, casters remind everyone that they’re doing this in their own time for the good of the community so all criticism and all complaints are moot. The whole group of talent is supporting each other with positivity and high fives instead of doing one another the favour of critically evaluating each other.

The real world is results driven – if you put in 20 hours a day for weeks at a time but you don’t yield any results – it means nothing. My boss doesn’t give me positive vibes and unconditional moral support, he doesn’t pat me on the back for “trying my best”.

My boss and my company expect results, if I cannot produce those results, I am met with a reprimand which is far worse than the tweet I was lambasted for yesterday because I’m being paid to do it. This is what the real world is and that’s how it works in the international esports scene as well – when international talent screws up or falls short of the mark, they are canned.

If myself and my colleagues all produce good results, we improve the bottom line which grows the company, grows our client base and invites investment opportunities. The esports scene is no different, why do we treat it differently.

Your top international CS:GO casters and analysts have all gone through rigorous flaming and suicide-inducing criticism including self-initiated Reddit AMA’s where they are torn to shreds. Instead of having a good cry about it, they take that information and work on improving those aspects.

They take their ego or feelings out of the equation, in the same way that any professional person in both sport and business needs to do. What did that do for them? It took them all the way to the top.

I just couldn’t help but laugh at a number of people telling me that I’m an asshole after my twitter post as if it has any bearing on the subject matter at hand. Rather than telling me something I already know, show me that the point I made is wrong and why that’s the case.

If the greater community feels that the actual argument is fictitious and that we need to keep up supporting mediocrity with happy hugs and positive vibes – by all means, continue.

Just don’t expect the local esports scene to become a professional one with feasible jobs for production, talent and players.

Nobody gets rewarded for “effort” in the real world. It’s time we start living in it.

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