Tech Pay to (Watch People) Play
posted by October 4 at 13:22 PMon
Informal poll for the proud geeks who troll Slog: Does anybody want to pay $10 a day to watch “the world’s greatest gamers” compete at Qwest Field for the next four days?
When I first heard about the World Cyber Games international finals, which start today, I thought that a decent number of people might attend this pro gaming event if it was free (aside from parking, natch). Curiosity and all. But if the organizers really think Americans are hot enough on pro gaming to watch it with a price tag attached, then you must’ve missed the collapse of fellow “league” World Series of Video Games just weeks ago. Seriously—this ain’t Korea.
Against my better judgment, I’m off to see what $10 buys a WCG attendant. I know that local gaming companies Valve and Microsoft will be on hand to show off new games (and since the gamers here probably won’t spend $170 on next month’s Rock Band, you may as well try it at Qwest for less), but will that be enough? At the very least, I’ll let you guys know if the Kingston booth is off tha chain with busty, scantily clad ladies peddling RAM.
No, not that RAM.