The Call of Duty [trademark]: Black Ops 2[trademark] Championship Presented by Xbox[trademark] take place this weekend. In order to not look like a noob, here's a handy list of everything you need to know.
1. "eSports" "athletes"
While the definition of "athlete" includes the words "exercise," "sports," or "games requiring strength, agility, or stamina," the commentators will probably call the players "athletes." Also, competitive gaming is "eSports" and you had better not forget it. esportsepsortsesports
Most of the players this weekend are pimply faced teenagers who have no real responsibilities and are able to compete because they literally have nothing better to do with their time than play Call of Duty.
3. Everybody loves Optic
Optic Gaming is perhaps the most well-known team playing this weekend, and the whole MLG Dallas event was incredibly biased towards them. There was even a break when one of the MLG guys was trying to get us to buy Optic Nadeshot shirts.
Speaking of Optic Nadeshot:
Pimples: check. Teenager: check
4. Teams are not really playing for $1 Million
Activision and Microsoft will be hyping the $1,000,000 tournament all weekend, but the first place prize is really $400,000. The eighth place team walks away with $25,000. After taxes, each team will walk away with something like $60 each.
5. Weapon and Perk Restrictions
There are tons of weapon, attachment, scorestreak and perk restrictions. No SMAWs, no bouncing betties, no claymores, no Ghost. Treyarch is practically telling us all that everything that's banned is bullshit and shouldn't even be in the game.
6. Call of Duty Isn't Very Exciting
I watched a ton of the MLG Dallas event and realized that Call of Duty isn't very fun to watch. Game modes like Search and Destroy and Capture the Flag are way too slow and take forever to finish. The map selection was also terrible. Watching players using Lightning Strikes had me wishing I was watching competitive Halo.
7. Halo is Better Than Call of Duty