Wednesday, February 7th 2018

As Gaming Becomes New College Football, Players Can Now Hire COD Coaches

The parallelism between gaming's acceptance as a sport and the worthiness of its recognition in the college universe as a way for students to garner scholarships for their education is becoming more evident as time goes by. Many colleges are now developing their own collegiate, eSports teams with access to scholarships, and have buoyed their legitimacy by creation of the National Association of Collegiate esports, which consists of 45 schools and their varsity esports programs. However, these scholarship amounts still pale in comparison to other sports' scholarships, which is in no way unexpected; gaming is still a recent addition to the sports roster for college and universities, after all. The highest scholarship figures top out around the $20K mark, while most tend to hover much lower around $2-5K.

And with the eSports market becoming more and more on the crosshairs of interest groups, this type of scholarship integration and added importance of eSports is only bound to increase. Add to this the fact that the eSports market made almost $700M in revenue in 2017, and reached an audience of almost 400 million people, and opportunities abound for expansion - and where there's profits to be made, there's interest, investment, and development. As such, it should come as no surprise that some companies are already offering coaching programs to professional - or would be professional - gamers. If players' K/D ratios aren't as high as they could be (and are they ever?), companies are jumping at the opportunity to seek and provide value to those players that are willing to part with it.
As The Yorkshire Post reports it, online services marketplace Bidvine is partnering with some of the best online players in a bid to offer the UK's first Professional Coaching gaming service, aimed at those who want to improve their overall ability within games. Bidvine's Call of Duty Pro Players service says they've seen thousands of requests for pro players' help through the site - apparently, there's much, much improvement to be made at all levels of play. Although for now, the coaching service is only available for the latest Call of Duty entry - WW2 - there are plans to expand the service to other competitive online games such FIFA, Star Wars Battlefront and Forza Motorsport.
Russ Morgan, Bidvine co-founder, said: "We know what it's like when you're playing a game and have that one friend who's slightly better than everyone else, and we want to help the less gifted gamers out there." And Bidvine isn't just looking for players that want to improve their skills - they're looking for coaches too. Those that apply will be required to provide proof of their ability, have a working console or a gaming PC and a "strong wireless connection" before being eligible to earn around £15 per hour of gameplay. Isn't the market wonderful? Sources: Forbes, Yorkshire Post, Bidvine
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22 Comments on As Gaming Becomes New College Football, Players Can Now Hire COD Coaches

#1
jmcslob
This is the coolest article I have read in a long time!
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#2
erocker
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I want to be the Lombardi of CoD!
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#4
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
erocker said:
I want to be the Lombardi of CoD!
Dont quit your day job lol
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#5
neatfeatguy
"I'm ready to go in, Coach, just give me a chance. I know there's a lot riding on it, but it's all psychological. Just gotta stay in a positive frame of mind."

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#6
nickbaldwin86
I haven't played COD since the MW2 days but let me tell you I could have been the couch of couches for that game. I used to set off the nuke all the time. I had about 386 hours in that game :)
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#7
Xzibit
Leading cause of eSports "injuries" being treated by pwndantidepressants.
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#8
_JP_
An addiction/hobby needs coaching? :wtf:
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#9
Fx
nickbaldwin86 said:
I haven't played COD since the MW2 days but let me tell you I could have been the couch of couches for that game. I used to set off the nuke all the time. I had about 386 hours in that game :)
Those were the days. The era of MW2, MW3 and BO2 were the glory days. We need to get back to that, but players always insist on new features which causes devs to veer away from the proven model of fun.

WW2 is ok, but doesnt feel the same.

jmcslob said:
This is the coolest article I have read in a long time!
Aye. Articles like this are always enjoyable.
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#10
R-T-B
_JP_ said:
An addiction/hobby needs coaching? :wtf:
If it makes you money?

Yes.
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#11
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Fx said:
Those were the days. The era of MW2, MW3 and BO2 were the glory days.
I beg to differ everything between CoD1 to CoD4 were the 'glory days'. World at War was good too but it wasn't a return to form like the earlier CoD games as treyarch had promised. It was more like a stepchild that your father never wanted to hear about let alone even see. When MW2 came along was when the general IQ of the community took a leaping jump off the cliff of intelligence. But that's what happens when you open up the game to more mainstream platforms. It becomes a toxic cesspool of people being salty, childish, homophobic and racist.

I never really experienced much of this in my CoD days but i have been subbed to a few CoD commentators in the past on YouTube and boy did i see what a shitshow the game evolved into.

Not only did the general maturity and mental age of the community go backwards but so did the design of the game. CoD ain't half the game it used to be
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#12
AnarchoPrimitiv
Am I the ONLY one that thinks watching someone else play video games is the most boring thing in the world? I don't get twitch at all....seriously
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#13
neatfeatguy
AnarchoPrimitiv said:
Am I the ONLY one that thinks watching someone else play video games is the most boring thing in the world? I don't get twitch at all....seriously
It's like watching golf for me - dull as hell. You're not the only one that doesn't get the idea of wanting to watch others play a video game. I never enjoyed the old arcade days of watching folks playing Street Fighter or other games. If I wasn't playing, I wasn't standing there watching someone else, it wasn't fun.
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#14
Upgrayedd
neatfeatguy said:
It's like watching golf for me - dull as hell. You're not the only one that doesn't get the idea of wanting to watch others play a video game. I never enjoyed the old arcade days of watching folks playing Street Fighter or other games. If I wasn't playing, I wasn't standing there watching someone else, it wasn't fun.
If they are the best Street Fighter player in the nation I bet you get right behind him and watch him do shit you didn't think was humanly possible.

This is why people watch any form of sport, golf, billiards, baseball. Most of the time they have tried their hand at these games and they enjoy watching true masters perform live at an incredible level what they used to call a hobby.
It's just like anything else, you probably don't understand why people love wood-crafting and welding, but without someone interested at being a master of these trades then we would just have a bunch of mediocre infrastructure.

Bet your mediocre Street Fighter ass you would be watching the nations best if they walked into your arcade.
AnarchoPrimitiv said:
Am I the ONLY one that thinks watching someone else play video games is the most boring thing in the world? I don't get twitch at all....seriously
Watching normal people play video games is boring most of the time, unless you get to take turns or something. What isn't boring is watching people pull off moves or shots that you think no one ever had a chance at.
But the social followings on twitch for the narcissists is rather dull, I agree. Some do okay stuff, I have watched a few cinematic streams before, no talking, no hud, no twitchy movements, all story and gameplay.
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#15
dj-electric
CoD. Now. Why?

If Actiblizz has anything on it, get some overwatch education and training in there. The west have a chance to answer Korea on this one.
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#16
Xzibit
dj-electric said:
CoD. Now. Why?

If Actiblizz has anything on it, get some overwatch education and training in there. The west have a chance to answer Korea on this one.
Anyone can coach a Blizzard coarse especially OverWatch.

Just use the OP ones. It takes Blizzard about a Q1 to nerf them but then they OP another one. So just keep rotating.

Works for any Blizzard game ever made
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#17
dj-electric
Meta changes just happen. It did in SC... the work is just more mechanical and communicational.
Its about target training, either projectile or hitscan based. Its about game sense, healing and tactical tanking. There's a huge depth and a very high skill ceiling in this game.
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#18
evernessince
AnarchoPrimitiv said:
Am I the ONLY one that thinks watching someone else play video games is the most boring thing in the world? I don't get twitch at all....seriously
People like watching games when they are chilling but maybe they can't / don't also want to play. It's a way to consume games without actually playing them. It's like watching sports.

Xzibit said:
Anyone can coach a Blizzard coarse especially OverWatch.

Just use the OP ones. It takes Blizzard about a Q1 to nerf them but then they OP another one. So just keep rotating.

Works for any Blizzard game ever made
Xzibit said:
Anyone can coach a Blizzard coarse especially OverWatch.

Just use the OP ones. It takes Blizzard about a Q1 to nerf them but then they OP another one. So just keep rotating.

Works for any Blizzard game ever made
That's a gross under-estimation of the skill required to play the game. If it were as easy as simply playing the OP character at the time, Top 500 should have been filled with Junkrat mains. That never happened.
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#19
neatfeatguy
Upgrayedd said:
If they are the best Street Fighter player in the nation I bet you get right behind him and watch him do shit you didn't think was humanly possible.

This is why people watch any form of sport, golf, billiards, baseball. Most of the time they have tried their hand at these games and they enjoy watching true masters perform live at an incredible level what they used to call a hobby.
It's just like anything else, you probably don't understand why people love wood-crafting and welding, but without someone interested at being a master of these trades then we would just have a bunch of mediocre infrastructure.

Bet your mediocre Street Fighter ass you would be watching the nations best if they walked into your arcade.
Nope. I never stood around to watch them back in the day and it doesn't interest me now to sit and watch. But thanks for assuming that I would....I guess, maybe you know me better than I know myself.
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#20
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
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#21
Fx
The only esports I watch are dota and a little bit of street fighter. The interest has everything to do with my skill vs their skill, but that definitely isn't the only metric.

Also, some game types do better than others. Mobas have gained a lot of traction over the last 2 years. FPS has made some gains too, but I hardly follow it. FPS are something I like to play, but not watch.
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#22
L'Eliminateur
neatfeatguy said:
Nope. I never stood around to watch them back in the day and it doesn't interest me now to sit and watch. But thanks for assuming that I would....I guess, maybe you know me better than I know myself.
i'm with you on this one, the sole idea of watching someone else play is crap, and the same applies to sport.

Why would i watch something instead of doing it?, instead of wasting time watching someone play, i will sit down and play(and will most likely play much better than the guys i would be watching).

you don't get to be competitive/top 10 player/sportman by watching others play, you get there by doing it and ignoring everyone else
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