Pro gamer, Johnathan Wendel akak Fatal1ty talks about the differences in eSports through the years.
Classic gaming legend, Todd Rogers shares his first pro gaming experiences as a kid.
The Miami Heat are sponsoring an E-Sports team and Randy has an idea for an older gamer tour.
Our new show featuring news, reviews and commentary from board games to video games and everything in-between.
In our first episode we look at Mass Effect Cards against humanity’s new deck, Terminator the Board Game, the Miami Heat sponsoring an E-Sports team and a review of Mysterium.
If you are a gamer then you most likely know a little about eSports. eSports is big right now and is only going to get bigger over time. What people may not know is where eSports began. We talk with not only pioneers of gaming, but the first eSports team.
Our guest list for this episode includes:
• Walter Day: Founder of Twin Galaxies
• Billy Mitchell: Gamer of the 20th Century
• Todd Rogers: World’s 1st Professional Gamer
• Ben Gold: 1st World Video Game Champion
• Steve Sanders: Top 16 Gamer of LIFE Magazine 1982
• TriForce Johnson: Founder of Empire Arcadia
We talk about the founding of Twin Galaxies and the effects it had on the gaming world as well as the Life Magazine photo shoot in 1982 and the World’s first television broadcasted video game world championship hosted by ABC’s That’s Incredible. We also discuss the US National Video Game team and 35 years of eSports.
eSports is taking the world by storm as millions watch gamers compete in fighting and RTS games live and online. Most of us as used to seeing competition come from the U.S. Europe and Asia, but Africa also has a strong eSports community and we were happy to sit down with Aaron Boateng founder and event coordinator of event fest to talk about Ghana’s National eSports event, Playbox’s Gamers Fest.
We were also joined by Isaiah TriForce Johnson Founder & CEO Empire Arcadia whose work with the global eSport initiative continues to help expand eSports into new regions. It was an interesting leaning experience to discover the gaming culture with Africa and the eSports scene on the content and talk about the upcoming Gamer fest and release of a new eSports fighting game, Indie Assault that will feature an African character.
The historic Twin Galaxies arcade celebrated its 35th anniversary as hundreds of gamers attended the event in Ottumwa, Iowa to pay tribute to whom many call the father of competitive gaming, founder, Walter Day. We welcome Triforce Johnson back to the show to talk about the history of Twin Galaxies and its importance in video game history.
The eSports industrial revolution is here and now the question is what will the landscape look like once all is said and done. On the East coast side of things Triforce Johnson, CEO of Empire Arcadia and Wes, Vice President of SOS Gamers want to make sure that their fellow gamers are not left on the outside looking in.
Their North East FGC redevelopment plan will give gamers from New York and the Tri-state area more opportunities to prove themselves in a gauntlet (4v4) style team tournaments to earn a place at the top of the eSports food chain.
Check out more on the 8 way run tournament
Check out more on the North East redevelopment plan
Check out SOS Gamers
There’s no denying that eSports is becoming mainstream and will be up there with other sports in viewership as well as participation. One way you can tell this, look to the sports bookers. The gamblers know, they put their money where the action is and know what people will be interested in and they also know a winner when they see one.
We talked with Scott Cooley, the official spokesperson for Bookmaker.eu one of the largest sportsbooks in the world that are now offering betting from some of the biggest eSport tournaments ranging from European Gaming League to Evolution Championship Series and Major League Gaming.
We talked to Scott about the changing face of sports betting and how eSports came to be included in the world of online betting as well as how it may influence how we look at the sport.
You can check out the site here: Bookmaker.eu
What do you talk about when you sit down with a legend like Walter Day? Crazy horror movies like, Deathbed and the time a 7 year old Japanese girl beat your friend in a video game of course.
Any gamer worth their controller or keyboard knows Walter Day and his work with Twin Galaxies and our conversation with him covers what was truly the birth of eSports and competitive gaming. We also discuss the changing face of gaming and the effect the internet has had on games and gamers alike and the legacy of Twin Galaxies.
You’ll want to check out this interview.
Today gamers like connectivity and the ability to be social and connect with other gamers and Evolve HQ provide just that where Gamers can connect and play PC games with other gamers from around the world.
We sat down with Blair Reyburn from Evolve Labs to talk about the social aspect of gaming, eSports and their new tournament site, Evolve Arena where you can pit yourself against other gamers and win real money.
Check it out at: https://www.evolvehq.com/
We see the articles and the streams and sometimes even the big time tournaments, but what is it like being a pro gamer? We wanted to learn more about the community around professional gaming and eSports so we asked one.
Joshua Laus our eSports corespondent takes us through the world of pro gaming and believe me, it’s a wild ride.
From playing against friends and strangers in an arcade to competing on a stage for millions of viewers the competitive gaming world known as eSports has come a long way. With the recent purchases of eSport teams and related companies we are definitely in the industrial revolution of the sport.
How did we get here and where are we going, what will happen to gamers who have competed before and those just starting out? Obsolete Gamer sat down with 6 time Guinness World Record Holder, CEO and Founder of Empire Arcadia, eSports Architect and consultant, Triforce Johnson to educate us on what is happening and what he predicts will be the future of eSports when the revolution is complete.
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We welcome CEO and founder of Empire Arcadia, world record holder and classic gamer, Isaiah-Triforce Johnson to the show this week for a candid conversation about his early days of gaming from playing his first videos games on the Game and Watch to tearing it up in the arcades of New York.
There was no subject off the table from his thoughts on gamers today to the controversy surrounding his company and how some people in the gaming community view him. Triforce wanted to set the record straight on a number of issues and we let him say his peace.
When preparing for a gaming competition gamer’s have different ways that they get ready or keep cool before their match. In this clip from the Obsolete Gamer Show professional gamer and entrepreneur Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel tells us about some of the things he used to do before some of his be tournaments.
With eSports taking the world by storm with numbers that rival the World Series and the college football championship fans now have a new way to enjoy this brand new American pastime. In this episode of G.P.S. we profile Rahul Sood, a true entrepreneur that founded the gaming PC Company Voodoo and created the first incubation fund for startups at Microsoft and eventually became the global head of Microsoft Ventures.
His new company Unikrn gives fans of eSports a place to bet on top tier players and tournaments. As a fan of sports and fantasy leagues this intrigued me and I had a lot of questions and Mr. Sood was happy to answer them all. Unikrn sees their business as a way to get eSports the attention it deserves, rivaling other team based sports leagues like the NFL or NBA. It’s quite a goal and if successful could change the face of eSports the way companies such as Draft Kings has.
Check out the interview and judge for yourself.
You can check out Unikrn here
MK Tom Brady tells Obsolete Gamer during his Alt F4 interview about what it takes to win in competitive gaming.
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Alt F4 #3 MK Tom Brady
In the arena of fighting game tournaments few people have had an impact as large as MK Tom Brady. Whether it is community leadership or stand out competitor Tom Brady has been a staple with in the Nether Realm Community.
Through his hard work he has earned various spots outside of fighting games as a tester with Nether Realm Studios for games such as Injustice: Gods Among Us and the legendary rebirth of the classic fighting game Mortal Kombat. He’s also competed and won various major tournaments and even competed in the WCG. He also has been a color commentator for MLG during the return of the fighting game season.
Now prepare yourselves for a trip not only into the life of a professional gamer but a living legend who has seen his fair share of blood spilled in the spectrum of Kombat.
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The Fatal1ty Show
If you ever had someone tell you do stop playing games and just “grow up” maybe you should tell them about Johnathan Wendel, better known as under his gamer name, Fatal1ty. We had a chance to talk to Fatal1ty from Las Vegas and first off let me say I was very jealous of his awesome view of the Vegas strip. For those of you who might not be very familiar with Fatal1ty here is the rundown.
Johnathan began playing professionally in late 1999 mainly in FPS games and most notably known in Quake. He had won a ton of championship titles and about half a million in cash and prizes from professional competitions. Beyond that he has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Forbes and MTV.
Not only is Jonathan a professional gamer but an entrepreneur as well. He began his own company Fatal1ty Inc. which sells a number of gaming items including motherboards, power supplies, mouse pads and sound cards.
Fatal1ty has been a great friend to Obsolete Gamer first giving us a Gamer Profile and then following that up with a full Interview. He has appeared on the Obsolete Gamer before in our podcast format which you can still listen to. For this episode of the Obsolete Gamer Show we talked about his gaming career, his upcoming product lines and the road from being a gamer with a dream to building an empire.