Professional gamers and professional gaming teams are everywhere, I myself have the pleasure of knowing alot of professional players from alot of teams, Optic, EnvyUS, Team Kalibur the list is endless but there is something I have to say and it’s been on my mind for a couple of months now and I think that there is a problem with gaming sponsors and here is why I think this.
For those of you who haven’t been around long enough to fully know me, I am trying to become a sponsored gamer and this is something I wanted to be for a long time since I started gaming a long time ago and way before I found my gaming alias.
So you guys and girls are probably wondering I am writing this, well I recently joined a gaming site where I could find gaming companies that could potentially sponsor me because it would give me a solid foundation to work from in the gaming scene so I signed up and honestly it looked rather bleak because every company used the same excuse “we are looking for the best teams and players to work with us” which is kinda disappointing and equally depressing on alot of levels for me because I am not a gamer like godlike gaming skills.
Now I am NOT throwing a tantrum because I am getting ignored by the big companies, I am simply annoyed because they refuse to see a good opportunity even when they right in front of them, there are some really talented gamers out there who are really good but can’t get sponsored because they simply don’t have the thousands of Twitter followers, Youtube subscribers and the half a million of things brands are interested in and that hurts a lot of gamers but it also means a tonne of lost potential for the sponsorship companies who would benefit greatly from the extra promotion.
Having someone new to promote your products is good and if they find success then that adds to the product promotion because people will be like “oh shit this guy is good because he uses the sponsoring company’s products lets buy everything”.
It’s a huge missed opportunity both for gamers who want to be sponsored and for the sponsors themselves because they only want to sponsor member of some gaming clan with impossible to obtain K/D ratios and half a dozen championship titles under their belts.
It hard for not only for me to get sponsored but every other gamer I know and believe these guys would sell their very souls for a chance in the spotlight and honestly they deserve it because they are hard working and have alot to offer but tragically are ignored in favor of already known teams
Before I go on, I might sound like I hate pro teams but I don’t, I support a lot of them and I am proud to do so because they have the guts to go the distance but I would like to see the little guys get the recognition and sponsors they deserve because it would be better for everybody, companies get a shiny new gamer to promote their products and the gamers get the recognition they obviously need and want.
From a business standpoint it makes alot of sense to bring in someone new to represent your products every so often and there are a ton of ways you could find new people for example start events and competitions and offer contracts to those who win so the gamers can slug it out, it’s not a difficult thing to do and I guarantee if a few big companies teamed up and made proper events where players fight it out for sponsorships and streamed the events, it would be popular as hell because who doesn’t like tournaments and what is the ultimate prize for non professional gamers….sponsors.
While I doubt the major gaming sponsors would ever do something like this, it is still a pretty good idea if I do say so myself anyway I really hope things change for the little guys who are trying to get sponsored and are trying to make a name for themselves because everybody deserves a shot to be honest.
So that’s about it from me about this, it something that really matters to me on a personal level and I just felt that someone had to say something because the whole sponsorship side of gaming is one sided right now and it isn’t really fair for everybody, these words are just my honest thoughts, I don’t even have notes in front of me right now believe it or not and it’s some what weird not having an early draft in front of me.
Anyway I would like to know your opinion on gaming sponsors, should they loosen up the sponsorship restrictions so that every gamer pro and non pro alike at least has a one shot to gain a sponsorship deal or is things the way they are fine and they don’t need to be changed, I would love to hear what you guys and girls think about this.