This past weekend I traveled to California for Blizzard Entertainment's yearly gaming convention, Blizzcon. This is where they unveil new games and updates, discuss lore and storylines, and host the World Championships for games like StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft.
Ever since I was a teenager and had first started playing World of Warcraft, I have wanted to go to Blizzcon. In fact, when WoW was first becoming an e-sport, Blizzcon was the only place where the top teams could compete in a real life setting. As a player, this is what I was aiming for—a spot on stage competing against the best players in the world.
Going to Blizzcon this many years later felt like a sort of "completion." Even though I have been out of the gaming scene for a while, I still follow it and very much appreciate the sport. I went this year because a close friend of mine and famous YouTuber "Cartoonz" is the manager of one of the top 3v3 teams in North America. His team was competing and I wanted to come support.
It was amazing getting to sit and watch today's top players walk on stage and sit on the stage I had spent four years of my adolescence working towards. As a 17 year old, this was my dream, and getting to watch from the audience gave me a whole new perspective on what the game had meant to me. I have changed a lot since my days competitive gaming, but even 10 years later I look back and really value what that game taught me. I know how hard these players worked to get to that stage. I know how talented they are at their craft and the level of discipline required to play to perfection. I really enjoyed watching the matches, and realized that my lessons learned from gaming will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Here are some other photos from the weekend: