In response to my latest editorial on the events that transpired this past weekend, NESL head Trevor ‘midway’ Schmidt stepped up and discussed the issues at hand in the article comments. I would encourage readers to look at what he had to say, but I also wanted him to provide some further official statements, which you can see below.
I would also like to apologize to the NESL and ggChronicle readers for my off-the-cuff remark about NESL’s professionalism in relation to Reginald’s blog post of the TSM/Kara IM conversation. I think that it crossed a line even for an editorial, and Mr. Schmidt was right to call me out. However, I still stand by my remarks on TSM and the NESL’s lack of immediate, official response.
A Brief Chat with midway
[box]MonteCristo: Is the NESL planning on implementing new rules to upcoming online tournaments that will help ensure that fans get to see LoL stars playing at their best?[/box]
midway: We have a lot of changes planned for 2012. We have been very focused on finishing 2011 strong and we feel we accomplished that. One big change we will do is the move to a very organized rulebook that will be more public and transparent. This is something we feel has been lacking in our leagues and we will tackle this very early in the process for NESL Season 3 in 2012.
[box]MonteCristo: What are the NESL’s goals in the upcoming year to help grow the League of Legends eSports scene? [/box]
midway: First off we need an online league for LoL. Without a persistent league 365 days a year to help push interest of teams and increase fan exposure for eSports in between major LAN events, we won’t see the grow we need for LoL to become the top eSport game. Obviously we feel that’s NESL’s place. With that we have many goals from increasing prize money and increasing professionalism of the league and its players.
[box]MonteCristo: Is the NESL planning to expand coverage, such as providing more consistent streams or additional content, to its rapidly rising fanbase?[/box]
midway: Absolutely. We have moved to Twitch and opened up two streams devoted to broadcasting events from Go4LoL, IEM Qualifiers, NESL Premier Leagues and much more. It’s hard to find quality broadcasting to fill all of this content. It’s a process we are going to continue to develop as we feel that’s just as important as having a good league. I envision turning NESL into a similar location as NFL.com with video content, written content and more but still the official home for people devoted to LoL eSports competitions.
[box]MonteCristo: Is there anything else that the NESL would like to say to the League of Legends community?[/box]