Raised in a family of medical professionals, Julian Lugod prepared for becoming one himself sooner or later. Little did he understand the effect that enjoying a League of Legends competition at age 13 would make on his career goals.
When he initially came to UNLV, Lugod saw flyers promoting the 8-bit Esports club and knew he had to join. Although he started his 8-bit journey as a member with a casual interest in playing video games, his fellow members showed him how much the esports neighborhood needs to offer, and his passion for esports has actually gradually grown ever since, motivating him to alter his major and lead a group in the upcoming Mountain West Esports Showdown.
I was originally a nursing significant with a secondary interest in esports. Somewhere along the way, though, as I got a growing number of involved in 8-bit, my path ended up being clear. I recognized I didn’t want to be a nurse; I wanted to work for a video game designer after graduation– like Blizzard Entertainment, the developers of League of Legends.
I wished to follow my enthusiasm.
It hasn’t been easy, however I broke away from my family’s tradition, changed majors, and have been busy showing that I can develop a profession for myself in the emerging world of esports ever since.
Considering that joining 8-bit in 2014, I’ve transitioned from a player to a member and now to a viewer, coach, and social networks supervisor. As former vice president of the club and in my current functions, I’ve had the chance to arrange and take part in various collegiate, local, and online esports tournaments.
Now, in a way that I never dreamed possible, I’m getting the chance to show myself on a huge scale– as the captain for 8-bit’s Overwatch team in the inaugural Mountain West Esports Face-off versus Boise State.
When you’re coaching and viewing other individuals play versus playing yourself, you witness the glory others find in succeeding. And you experience another type of splendor as the one handling it and assisting to make everything occur. It’s a different kind of pride than when you’re playing, but it’s pride however.
In preparation for the showdown, my team and I have actually almost doubled our practice time. I have actually likewise doubled the hours weekly that I invest spectating– using suggestions, pointers, and tricks to my teammates to help them prosper. We have actually likewise been practicing at Vegas LAN centers and participating in many local competitions, getting as much experience in front of a live audience as we can before the Showdown.
Very few people understand this, but the rewards for some esports tournaments are scholarships– large ones, too. For instance, if UNLV were to at some point contend in and win first place in the Overwatch collegiate series in Tespa (formerly the Texas Esports Association however still the primary collegiate branch for Blizzard), the cash prize would suffice to cover 2 terms’ worth of tuition for each gamer.
Although I am confident in my group’s capabilities to beat Boise State in the Mountain West Face-off, I’m not taking any chances. I desire my team to spend as much time playing together as possible to develop the synergy needed to bring house the win– for UNLV, for 8-bit, and for all our future careers.