The Steve Dangle Podcast – Mar 22, 2016 – Boats Be Damned

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On this episode, the Sens conundrum, the Leafs getting Martin Gerbered, and all the other crappy Canadian teams too.

  • magesticRAGE

    Who would have thought that 4, possibly 5, of the Canadian teams would be battling for the top draft pick.

    I Certainly didn’t think Winnipeg and Vancouver would be there and Edmonton believe it or not I don’t think would have been bottom 5 if not for injuries – 323 man games lost, tied for 2nd in the league.

    Calgary I had a feeling would fall, they made the playoffs after drafting Monahan 6th and Bennet 4th the previous years. They weren’t as good as they thought but not as bad as their goaltending made them.

  • magesticRAGE

    Commenting on the eSports thing. Fox has a point. eSports isn’t big right now but it is growing. The last DOTA 2 tournament had almost a 20 million dollar prize pool.

    I follow Counter Strike mostly so I can comment a bit on that.
    Players are usually on a contract and paid a salary by their organization. Since their isn’t a players union or anything like that these contracts are not public and usually have very large buyouts for really good players (estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars). Players can also make money by getting “sticker” that has their autograph on it that you can buy and put on your gun in the game (imagine if EA had it so you could buy player signatures and add them to your EAHL cards). Their contracts specify that they get a portion of these sticker sales.

    There isn’t 1 league in pro Counter Strike but rather multiple leagues that usually finish with a tournament with a prize pool that can be anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000. There are also tournaments sponsored by Valve, the people that make the game, called Majors. Teams participate in a qualifier to get to this tournament. Also, their “Major” tournament prize pool just got bumped up from $200,000 to $1,000,000.

    As both a hockey and Counter Strike fan I feel like it is the easiest and most enjoyable eSport to get in to. If you are interested the next major (MLG Columbus) is March 29th to April 3rd. And to fit in with hockey they are having it at Nationwide Arena, where the Blue Jackets play!

    I would also take Fox’s comment with a grain of salt since his Counter Strike team is kind of a joke in the CS Community.