In my last blog post I reviewed my first year in esports, discussed my near future, and mentioned that I would be attending CWL London on behalf of Gfinity. A couple of weeks later, I am back on top of my revision and pleased to announce that the event went unbelievably well. It appears that all parties involved thoroughly enjoyed the event. Judging by responses on Twitter, Reddit and from the live crowd itself, it appears that the event met and exceeded the vastmajority of people’s expectations.
The event, hosted in the Copperbox Arena, was the largest of its kind in Europe and saw Gfinity support over 90 open bracket, grassroots, amateur teams and a further 16 professional world-class teams. Over the course of 3 days, the teams – including the likes of Optic and 100 Thieves – took to the stage and competed for a total prize pool of $400,000. A massive logistical task, Gfinity delivered and the event ran as smoothly as anybody could have hoped for.
On a personal level, I found the experience to be really useful. This was my first time supporting an esports event held outside of Gfinity’s Arena. This meant there was an opportunity to learn new things. It also meant there were one or two challenges to overcome along the way. Fortunately, all went well. Whilst not working, the event also provided me with an opportunity to have a quick chat and network with a few friends and industry figures.
The event was both exciting and successful and, hopefully, this will lead to an even brighter future for the European Call of Duty esports scene. Stay tuned to my blog for information about future events and my other experiences in this exciting industry.