How the Nintendo Switch is designed (Hardware/Software) to ease ANYBODY into eSports (10 unit LAN!) - AEeSports.pro -Wed 15th Mar 2017 - 9:18am Gaming
Nintendo is not known for being the most nimble company. The iPhone came out in 2007 yet it took a decade for Nintendo to release it’s first iOS game with Super Mario Run.
However, Nintendo is known for completely thinking out-of-the-box. From the toy gun used in Duck Hunt, the Nintendo Gameboy and the radical Wii.
There’s also been some missteps like R.O.B (Robotic Operating Buddy), the Power Glove, the Virtual Boy and the Wii U.
While eSports has been around for over a decade and exploded over the past few years, Nintendo has stayed on the sidelines
The Nintendo Switch might finally be their entrance to eSports.
More importantly it can lead anyone into eSports.
Also as I write this the official report is that The eSports economy will grow 41% to $696 million in 2017 alone - AE's forecast is 42% meaning insiders are on point
/01 CONSOLE + MOBILE GAMING
The genius of the Nintendo Switch is you can play console quality games at home on your TV and then take the “console” with you wherever you want. If they can pull this off with more titles, they may have finally bridged the elusive mobile eSport.
Yes, you can argue mobile games like Vainglory and Clash Royale are true mobile eSports but stick with me here.
/02 CASUAL AUDIENCE
Have you tried to play a game like League of Legends for the 1st time? Even a PHD in Physics would have a hard time to grasp not only what’s going on, but how to actually play it.
Almost all popular eSports titles – League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike, Quake – are all considered as hardcore titles that have a relatively steep learning curve, uber high skill ceiling (or no ceiling) and with the current eSports Organization system at this point if you are not in the industry it makes it multiplied amount times even harder to make it as a Pro. (Hell slap The Elder Scrolls Legends onto a Switch and I'll go by 10 myself right now and just set up a lan for no reason)
Nintendo has practically invented the casual gamer since Super Mario Bros. The games are extremely easy to learn and pick up. My dad has never played a video game yet loved Wii Bowling and Tennis.
Which brings us to the next point.
03/ THE GAMES
The early games being released for the Switch are super casual and could make early converts engage with eSports.
Ill put my chips on Splatoon 2 (which is like a cartoonish Third Person Shooter), Arms (basically boxing), Ultra Street Fighter 2 (already hugely popular) and the biggest one of all: Mario Kart 8 – who doesn’t love Mario Kart? Imagine how many people would be willing to enter a MARIO KART TOURNAMENT FOR $$$?
Splatoon has had several tournaments already:
2015: OVER 1 Million Dollar prize pool in 2015 in Japanese Splatoon Tournament
2016: ESL teams with Nintendo for 6 months of Splatoon Tournaments (Cup Series and Ladder!)
- Please note that Splatoon 2 is already an obvious eSports title with major money riding on it.
04/ LAN PLAY
The internet connection failing and lack of infrastructure at arena’s make online connectivity a big issue in eSports even in 2017. I’m going to directly quote from Nintendo’s press release to showcase an amazing new feature:
“A new feature called LAN Play will be added to Splatoon 2, allowing up to 10 docked systems—eight players and two spectators—to connect via wired LAN. This feature allows players to create local Private Battle tournaments without the need for an Internet connection. Local wireless play is perfect for your regular gaming get-togethers, but LAN Play is where it’s at when you want to organize a serious tournament event with your fellow players.”
Instead of lugging around consoles, cords and other miscellanea, you just bring your Switch.
Yes you’ll need to buy the cord separately but it’s an amazing feature.
^ Accelerating the Evolution of eSports = Nintendo. Check Mate. WinD0wneD etc.
05/ SPECTATOR MODE
One of the other big challenges in eSports is how to translate what the player is seeing, that’s applicable to a spectator. Splatoon 2 will offer a “Private Battle Spectator View”, where two people can watch eight players battle it out.
That potentially solves the "who's the cameraman issue?"
THE NINTENDO SWITCH IS THE PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE IN AN ELECTION WITH TWO CONFUSED CONSOLES (Sony's PS4 / PS4.5 / PS5 or however they are doing these upgrades now) and... (the Xboner and the Xboner Project Weeping Angel 3.0 and Xboner hardware revision 72.22.01 alpha are both perfect examples of a confused company with a platform using old hardware using a confusing upgrade system with even more COMPLICATED names for the damn things. Jesus. Just go buy a PC let those two fade away and let Nintendo do something different here guys).
Ultimately, I’m excited for the Nintendo Switch as it’s something never done before.
Also play Zelda…it’s awesome.
3/15/17 - Article by Kenneth "WinD" Spaziani
CEO Accelerated Evolution