Twelve of Major League Gaming’s (MLG) most dominant players came together at the specially-designed New York City RedBull Space in Soho with the goal of doing whatever it takes to secure a triumph at their upcoming qualifier and to do what they do best – PWN. The pro gamers are preparing for the upcoming Anaheim leg of the 2011 MLG season. Dmaq discusses the evolution of pro gaming in this exclusive video interview below.
For 36 hours over three days, professional gaming’s top players did nothing but eat, sleep, and play the game and it was one ofRed Bull Gaming’s finest, Dave “Walshy” Walsh, and his team who took home the ultimate bragging rights as the overall winners of the pro circuit’s most sought after performance training camp. “It feels great to walk away knowing we won the most games at this LAN,” says Walshy. “This is the first time my new team has been able to LAN together and I just hope we keep up with our practice regimen to help prepare for our next tournament.”
WHAT’S IN A LAN?
The acronym L.A.N. stands for Local Area Network and in gaming terms refers to all participating players connecting their gaming consoles to the same internet connection and physically playing together in the same location. “Since we all live in different states, it’s so rare that we ever get to play all together,” explains Ian “Enable” Wyatt. “Opportunities like the Red BullLAN allow us to grow as a team and work on things we wouldn’t be able to if we weren’t playing in the same place.”
Soho’s Red Bull Space was transformed into gamer heaven with a playing space fit for kings and a strategy room dedicated to reviewing game play and equipped with eight point-of-view screens for the gamers to analyze the other team’s strategies. The participating gamers left the weekend feeling uplifted and positive for their next competition. “Our team work was really tested at this LAN,” states Clete “Assault” LoRusso. “We had some run ins but we were able to work them out and feel more confident than ever about our chances next month.”
I STREAM. YOU STREAM. WE ALL STREAM FOR GAMING!
Twenty-five countries, 263,006 unique visitors, and 1,655,963 total overall views – the Red Bull LAN delivered some of the best Halo action the internet has ever seen to the masses as five of the 12 hours from the players’ training day were streamed live on-line on RedBullUSA.com and Justin.tv from Friday through Sunday night. E-sport and Halo commentator, Dmaq (Danish Maqbool), and Playboy’s Gamer Next Door and Cyber Girl of the Year, Jo Garcia, hosted the live show with their vast gaming knowledge and fun personalities. “I have never learned so much in such a short amount of time,” says Jo. “This was my first LAN and play-by-play experience. It was an intense and exciting weekend I will never forget.”
The players’ next pro circuit qualifier will take place July 29-31 in Anaheim, California. Details of the next Red Bull LAN will be released in mid July.
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About the Author
John Gaudiosi has been covering videogames for the past 20 years for outlets like The Washington Post, CNET, Wired Magazine and CBS.com. He has focused on the convergence of entertainment and videogames for outlets like Video Business, Home Media Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Gamerlive.TV and is also a freelance game columnist for Reuters and writes for outlets like Forbes.com, NVISION, Official PlayStation Magazine, EGM Now, Geek Monthly, PrimaGames.com, and Yahoo! Games. John also serves as the video game expert for NBC in Washington D.C. and has produced videogame documentaries for The History Channel and Starz Entertainment. John was named one of the Top 50 Game Journalists in the world by Next-Gen.biz in 2007. He is the co-author of Scholastic Books' How to Get into Videogames, Prima Publishing's Madden: Twenty Years of Videogame Football and Electronic Arts: The Official History.