It is now day two of DreamHack Winter our interview is with Adam Peleback, Media Manager for Crimson Esports. Adam spoke with us about the new team, and a bit about the new Battle Royale esport genre emerging, and more.
How has DreamHack been for you so far?
It’s been an amazing experience. I love witnessing the growth of digital culture and gaming internationally as well as domestically. It is a pleasure to be part of the growing industry that is esports, and I look forward to returning to future DreamHacks as well.
Can you briefly introduce Crimson Esports?
We are a newly created Esports organisation based in the Netherlands. Our Esports journey begins with a talented PUBG squad, who have been performing very well since we picked them up a bit more than a month ago. In short, Crimson Esports is an organisation where we wish to bring in the professionalism from our previous endeavours within, for example, marketing. The Esport industry is still a very young one, and we think both players and teams should strive to achieve the level of professionalism seen in other major industries.
After your good showing at IEM, what’s next?
As we announced on twitter a while back, the team decided to part ways with T3XQS after IEM. Hence, the first item on our to-do list is to find the final addition to the roster. In the meantime, the players are practicing as hard as ever to be prepared for upcoming tournaments. We will continue to take part in every online league and qualifier we can get our hands on, in order to continue down the path we started at IEM.
Whats your opinion on the overall PUBG esport scene, and the growth potential?
As most of us have seen by now, PUBG has grown in popularity extremely quickly, with big tournament organisers such as ESL joining the journey early on. Considering that we are talking about a game that is still in early access, the amount of traction it has gained among both casual and competitive players is nothing short of amazing. I believe that the game has the potential of becoming one of the biggest esports. It has suffered a bit due to bugs, but that’s to be expected this early in a game’s lifetime. I am confident that the developers will make quick work of the problems they encounter, and if that’s the case I expect us to see PUBG around for a long time to come.
It is stated that Crimson Esports wants to disrupt the esports scene, how do you plan to do this?
As I stated previously, we aim to increase the level of professionalism, especially amongst up and coming organisations such as ourselves. We expect our players and staff to perform to their best ability, and in order to do so we want to provide a healthy environment where they can grow both as professionals and individuals. Something that is often forgotten when we discuss performance in esports is the health aspect. We want to teach our players how they can perfect their performance by taking care of themselves. All these things combined will, according to us, lead to a better performance as an organisation and as individuals, in the long run.
Is Fortnite vs PUBG the new DOTA vs LoL?
I don’t think we should look at them as competitors. While the games may seem pretty similar at first glance, they actually play out quite differently, and liking one of the games does not necessarily correlate to liking the other one. I think any fan of either game should be happy that it has competitors. Competition makes the developers want to perfect their games, which gives us as esports fans a better playing (and viewing) experience.
Can Desinty be considered a “tactical shooter”, and is the game a viable candidate for pro esports?
I think any game can become an esport, as long as its developers create a gaming experience that somehow caters to a sustainable part of the gaming community. However, I don’t think that developers should try to actively create an “esport game”. An esport scene does best if it gets to grow organically, with a developer that supports initiatives from outside parties without trying too hard to force their game to become an esport.
If you want to know more about Crimson Esports, you can reach out to Adam on the team twitter account.