Collegiate gaming is growing exponentially and rightfully so.
The gaming industry a multi-billion dollar industry that is constantly on the rise. With that the industry is now starting to incorporate more and more professional gaming. Gaming culture around the world has only risen in the past handful of years. From different regions being defined in MOBA’s, to the heavily played Blizzard games, online players across the world are able to interact and face each other instantaneously. Collegiate gaming is a spotlight for athletes of another caliber. From being able to calculate outcomes, to the chances of pulling a certain card or winning a fight every action in collegiate gaming has some sort of strategy behind it.
Ball State Gaming
I had the fortune of interviewing a rising group at Ball State University. The group call themselves the ‘Maddest Bombers’ and mainly play on the game called ‘Hearthstone’. Hearthstone is an online card game developed by Blizzard. Hearthstone is a card game that is constantly based around chance and luck. Now, when talking to the ‘Maddest Bombers’ I saw the excitement and enthusiasm they have for the game. From talking about when they face each other to how much thought goes into banning a deck during one of their professional games. When interviewing the group they throughly explained how Hearthstone is usually a game that is played by one person. So when you are on a collegiate team, being on a team of 3 makes playing a little bit different. This factors into play when the group consults one another on every move and what may be the possibilities or outcomes of any given move.
Ball State collegiate gaming is a very new aspect to the campus. This last year has been the biggest growth period for the community. Ball State has also seen the rise of different gaming clubs and collegiate clubs across campus. The ‘Maddest Bombers’ are students taking the initiative to join the professional stage. While many other colleges have sponsored collegiate players as actual athletes, that doesn’t stop them from trying to reach for the top. The ‘Maddest Bombers’ are a group of gamers that are capable of reaching the professional stage. The group’s record right now is 2-1, which shows that the start of their career is positive.
Challenges The Group Has Faced
The ‘Maddest Bombers’ have had a trend of bad luck. The reason behind a few of their losses is the opponent simply got lucky. With the chances of drawing a certain card, the group has seen it all happen against them. With that, the group has still tried to see what decks they can swap out or change. The ‘Maddest Bombers’ look at games they lose with what they could have done to improve or win it a turn earlier. After all, this game does involve a lot of chance and luck. That’s just part of the game.
With that being said I believe The ‘Maddest Bombers’ have the ability to continue rising through the professional brackets. From constantly reevaluating their decks, to always improving how to counter decks or certain cards their opponents play. If the group stays at the rate of constantly playing and entering the itself in to different brackets to try and rise through the ranks. The ‘Maddest Bombers’ could reach the top, the only thing needed is to just consistently win games and improve their strategies as a team.