Shaquille O'Neal: "For years I watched the game scene"
24 September 2016
Legendary American basketball player Shaquille O'Neal has given an interview to Red Bulletin. In it, he discussed the similarity of eSports and traditional sport, said passion of the fans, and also talked about how he came into the industry.
The similarity of CS: GO and basketball:
"Two different disciplines united by one thing - a team game. Five guys working together and practiced, trusting each other as brothers. That's the secret of success. To be the best, to win, you need a lot of time and dedication."
As Shaquille came in eSports:
"For years I watched the game scene. Obscene saw on ELEAGUE Road to Vegas, how exciting was the world of competitive CS: GO, how passionate the fans were and how devoted to his cause were the athletes themselves. I wanted to be a part of this world. I got in touch with Andy Miller - together we own the Sacramento Kings - and he asked me if I wanted to be a part of NRG eSports. I am currently researching the potential of CS: GO- and LoL-scene. I am very pleased to report that in the future composition of the NRG replenished with new teams and talent. "
"Fanbase in gaming is huge. Fans with a passion watching their favorite teams, players and games ... We saw exactly the same in the traditional sport after the appearance of the NBA and other leagues. Sponsors and investors themselves are drawn to such projects. "
At the end of an interview with Shaquille eSports he invited other companies and brands that have not sponsored cyber groups or events: "Join. That's where a new generation lives. Reaching out to fans simply unrealistic. Playing each, and that's fine. "