Video gaming gets a bad rap for “holding players hostage” with little to no reward. Usually, it’s the people who’ve never operated a controller or played an online game in their lives who make these accusations. If they were playing and really knew what’s going on in the gaming universe, or e-sports, as it is formally called, they would be really excited about the upcoming tournaments that are taking place all over the world. These tournaments attract stadium sized crowds, pay out prizes in the millions of dollars and provide a forum where friendships and life long bonds among players are formed. Far from being a lonely affair for awkward teens and social misfits, gaming encompasses an amazing community. There’s far more action going on there than meets the eye.
When the subject of what to do with our tax return came up this year, we decided to send our son to one of the biggest video gaming competitions in the world, the Evolution Championship Series. We wisely used H and R Block to prepare our taxes this year after finding a money saving Groupon online. By the time the tournament kicks off in Japan next year, we’ll have saved enough to afford the trip. We have family and friends in Japan and have wanted to visit for years. Now that the kids are much older things are lining up to make that trip possible.
The Evolution Championship Series – or EVO as it is more commonly known, is a mind blowing, some say life altering event. The exhibition is fun for those who come from around the world both as players and fans of multilayer online battle arenas, or MOBA’s as they are known. It is open to anyone, features stations for play and relaxation and offers the chance to meet people from different countries and cultures who have a personal stake in the gaming world. It provides the setting where players who’ve only talked online can quickly go from strangers to colleagues.
Actually, our son earned the right to go. It was his idea to use H and R Block and save money with Groupon. He encouraged us to buy their software with a Groupon that saved 35% on all online filings and online software. In our eyes, he’s already a winner.