As someone who watches the Bundesliga every week, let me tell you that, even though Schalke is a valuable club, it's a club that is infested with incompetence to the highest level - which is why the management and the coach get switched out almost as regularly as Hamburg's. And oddly enough, this might translate to Schalke's eSport section as well.
On paper, everything seems fine. Schalke bought Element's LCS Spot, a few decent players and will compete to stay in the League. But we’re looking at two major issues here:
The roster and the attitude Schalke seems to have towards this project.
At best, Schalke's roster is enough to not get relegated into the Challenger Scene. At worst, we won't hear much from Schalke after the summer split. The roster simply is nowhere near good enough to compete with the likes of G2, Origen or Fnatic. To put it simply, when G2 and Immortals announced their respective rosters, I was hyped. I designed my entire Fantasy LCS roster so that it would only include players from these respective teams.
After looking at Schalke's roster however, any player from that team can consider themselves lucky if I decide to put him on my bench: A Midlaner that is average at best, yet is supposed to be the team's biggest player, a Jungler and Toplaner that swapped teams more often in the last year than Bjergsen in his entire career and a Support that only won one out of his seven games on his most played Champion (Thresh) to close things off. If that isn't a promising lineup, I don't know what is. You /can/ have two foreign players on your team, not utilizing this opportunity is beyond careless for a team that considers at least making the Top 6.
Das Heimatland der Videospiele will dem neuesten Videospiel-Trend wohl nicht hinterherhinken, und hat sich dazu entschlossen eSportler offiziell als Athleten anzuerkennen.
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Die beiden League of Legends Spieler können durch erleichterte Visa-Einreise nun teil des japanischen Teams DetonatioN Gaming werden.
NBA-Legende Shaquille O'Neal gab bekannt dass er als zukünftiger Teilinhaber in das eSports Team NRG investieren wird.
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Eine Studie der Deutschen Sporthochschule Köln hat ergeben, dass eSportler tatsächlich ebenso Athleten sind wie herkömmliche Sportler.
Der Level des Drucks ist nach Aussagen des Leiter der Studie, Professor Ingo Froböse, "noch höher als bei Tischtennis", einer der härtesten Sportarten bei der es um Hand-Augen-Koordination geht.