For our three years anniversary of eSports bar events in Cologne we wrote down the best, funniest and most epic stories that witness the awesomeness of eSports and its communities. This is the ninth part, for all other stories check out http://barcraft-koeln.de/en/category/eventstories/.
Here comes the part where probably every other eSports event organizer envys me – if you can’t stand the fact I’m in Cologne and close to ESL (and back in the days Riot) better skip this point :D
To this day the following eSports VIPs visited my events and/or afterparties: Stephano, White-Ra MMA, duckdeock, Stardust, San, Golden, Welmu, HeroMarine, Redeye, Apollo, Kaelaris, ToD, Socke, HasuObs, KnowMe, TaKe, NarutO, Sjokz, Wickd, Froggen.
In 2013 we had a Bar of Legends with ~100 guests. Maybe an hour after the LCS broadcast had ended, Sjokz, Wickd & Froggen came over to the bar to have some drinks with the fans. Unfortunately, about 90% of our visitors had left already. Those guys hopefully regret leaving early :P. The few people that stayed were probably rather happy about it ;)
Another fun fact: for the Heart of the Swarm launch party I printed and cut out +30 paper masks of SC2 personalities over several days and spread them among visitors. Check out a tweet from back then here. At this point in time I dreamed of getting people like White-Ra, Stephano or HasuObs into the bar – one year later it became reality.
Especially the korean guests really were something! As I was told it was the first BarCraft MMA ever attended and as someone who followed him since his SlayerS days I definitely felt extremely honoured. We also had duckdeock and Golden in the bar shortly before they retired (and Stephano semi-retired^^). MMA and duckdeock had both just won WCS EU and fell asleep in the bar, apparently winning tires you out.
Other noteworthy stories would be HeroMarine bringing over his EPS trophy and even allowing people to take photos with it, White-Ra mixing a drink, Kaelaris playing drums (both stories already featured in earlier stories), several VIPs definitely overstimming and Apollo & Stephano just being a cute couple.
Good times! And another example that eSports are still intimate and smallish compared to big sports. Many personalities are willing to engage with their fanbase, some of them even celebrated with them after a loss. We’ll see how long this will last with the continuing growth of eSports. At least I can say „back in my days…“ at some point in the future.
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