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Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 7:18 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivergordon-hayward-dork

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward isn't playing professional basketball overseas during the lockout. Instead, he's taking his talents to a galaxy far, far away. reports that Hayward will be playing video games professionally.
The 21-year-old Utah Jazz player has joined a professional video game league with IGN Entertainment. Hayward will compete with other eSports video athletes in a StarCraft II competition from Oct. 6-9 at Caesars Atlantic City in the IGN Pro League. Hayward is excited to be among 256 players shooting for a share of a $100,000 prize pool in IPL 3: Origins.

"I've been playing video games for as long as I can remember," Hayward said in a news release. "I'm a competitive guy, and I love the competitive nature of video games.

"Pro-gamers are really sports stars themselves," he added. "The mental strategy that goes into planning your next move and what your opponent is going to do are skills you need to be successful playing basketball — and playing StarCraft II. If you want to be good, you have to put a lot of time and effort into it, just like with other sports. I've got the best of both worlds."
Reeeee-orrrrr. Reeeeee-orrrrrr. Yes, that's the sound of your nerd alert being activated. It is a good thing Hayward waited until after Jerry Sloan retired to announce these plans. For everyone's sake.

But, wait, there's more. Hayward was asked in a promotional video interview to compare the stress of playing professional video games to the stress of the NBA. His response.
"I think you've got to look at the circumstances of each. If you're winning a Starcraft game for the championship at IPL for the six-figure pool prize, that's probably pretty stressful ... At the same time, if you're going to shoot a three-pointer to win the game with someone guarding you, that's pretty tough too. I'd say they are both tough in their own right."
The video and others can be viewed on Kristen Sharbaugh's account.

Well, not to go all Charles Barkley on you, but we have officially reached the point where we know for a 100 percent fact that the NBA is too soft. When a 21-year-old, 207 pound forward doesn't immediately recoil in horror when asked to compare the stress and rigors of the NBA to a freaking science fiction video game we know that the NBA game has been cleaned up too much.  If a Zerg attack really gets his blood pumping as much as a game-winning shot, that's a terrible look. We don't want to live in a world where this can be true, do we?

I guarantee that no NBA player in the 1990s ever said, "That karate chop from Ryu was pretty much the same as the haymaker Charles Oakley hit me with last night." Or, "Oh man, jumping off that hill in Excite Bike was so exhilarating it reminded me of the time Jeff Van Gundy prevented further chaos by clinging to Alonzo Mourning's leg." Never happened.

Hopefully Hayward's interview gets entered into evidence in the ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations so we can turn back the clock and undo this embarrasing chapter in the history of the league.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 6:54 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player


using that logic, what do professional athletes do for society?

they train to entertain, that's what the public care about. some people are interested in different things, and its the same for video games.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:37 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

@crammy aggies
Notice how "the nerds" are creating well-founded arguments, and you are just explaining how gamers are fat little children who have no friends.  I don't understand where Captain Hook comes into the equation, but one of my friends (a gamer) just walked onto the Illinois State football team and we play StarCraft between his practices.  I don't just mean we play StarCraft like you play I am assuming Call of Duty, we are training to enter a tournament this winter.  I am not in bad shape either, nor are most gamers.  In fact, if you want to be at the top of your game, you really do need to be in above average physical condition.  I played baseball in high school along side StarCraft, and I never felt the ball or excercise (that's how you actually spell it) were out to get me or anything.  So the next time you want to explain to people what they are supposed to look like in your fantasy world, try at least googling first.

and ps "nubes" isn't a game term it's a Spanish term 

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:24 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I am sorry for you.  Perhaps I am not studying ten hours a day for a computer science degree but three hours a day for an advanced statistics degree.  If we're "so damn smart" we don't really need to spend all that time studying because we're "so damn smart" for a reason.  The amount my brain has developed as a result of gaming is unfathomable to you, so let me put it this way: professional gaming is a growing industry in a collapsing economy.  I don't know if you can say that something that has a nearly palpable potential to help fix the economy and put America back to a place of international respect is "DOING NOTHING FOR SOCIETY."  Maybe instead of hating on something that is evidently in your own career field and therefore likely to give you a job when you need it, you could do us all a favor and keep your opinion to yourself okay pumpkin? 

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:55 pm

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

As a casual gamer, this article amused me.

The author's dread of having his beloved sport compared to a mere videogame - oh, the hillarity.

It's sad, however, that he doesn't see any of the parallels between SC2 and Basketball. As an example, snap decision-making is vital in both games; decisions based on your knowledge of the game, of the enemy and of the tactics they are likely to employ. Decisions that decide games.
But then again, you need knowledge of both games to be able to see these parallels - knowledge that the interviewee has, but I wonder, does the author of this amusing article have it? I don't think so. Yet he declares the comparison which the interviewee makes invalid, even offensive?! Again, hillarious!

Of course it's the fear of having the noble sport of Basketball compete with a simple video game, which drives our amusing author to make such statements. His invalid chain of arguments continues with gems such as "I guarantee that no NBA player in the 1990s ever said, "That karate chop from Ryu was pretty much the same as the haymaker Charles Oakley hit me with last night."", a statement which completely neglects the fact that professional gaming hardly existed in the 1990s. Again, the author is generous enough to give us a fine display of his lacking knowledge in how comparisons actually work. 

My words for the author; relax, man, it's all going to be okay. There's no need to get an aneurism over a freaking science fiction video game ;-)

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:17 pm

Karate Chop!

"That karate chop from Ryu was pretty much the same as the haymaker Charles Oakley hit me with last night."  

OK it wasn't Ryu in the video but what diago(Ken) pulls off in this video is the equvialent to hitting that 3point buzzer shot in the championship game if not harder.

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:05 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Yeah it actually is hard work mate.  At least as hard as any other game is, meaning Basketball, Hockey, Football.  Each of course have their own set of required skillsets but they are all challenging in their own right.  How is it not a real job though if they're making money off of it?  Some of the players now are making over 6 figures playing full time which is pretty legitimate.  Granted that's not how much pro basketball players make but basketball was on the rise at one point too.  Perhaps eSports will be as big as the current major sports are some day.  

Also, I don't think you can really say that gamers are not doing anything for society.  The pro gamers are making a living basically off of entertaining people with their talents.  Isn't that the same thing that pro basketball players do?  I'm not really sure how you can draw a line and say that playing one game for a living (basketball) is contributing to society while playing another game for a living (SC2) is not. 

In regards to your double post about Ben being paid to voice his opinion that may be the case but opinions are only worth what they're based on and Ben clearly had no information to base his opinion on.  ESports is on the rise big time and if he would have done a little research he would have realized that it's not as small time as he may think.  I don't understand why you and a few others have such blind hatred for pro-gaming without knowing anything about it.  Seriously, go check out MLG or GSL, even if it's not your particular passion (which I'm guessing based on your angry post that it's not) hopefully you can at least get some perspective on why so many people are defending it. 

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:37 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

This is a blog.  Ben is paid to voice his opinion. 

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:36 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Its hard?  Its work?  You're only saying this because you don't have a real job.  I doubt the author could care any less about how hard the game is or weather he'd be any good at it.

I have an idea, spend those 10 hours a day studying for an advanced degree in computer science if you're so damn smart.  


Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:19 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Why do you see avery gamer as a geek that has no life?

I don't...I have plenty of friends who play video games and have rich, full lives. But people who create an account just to comment on this story because it upset them so? If this is what they are so passionate about, sorry, but that's not much of a life.

Honestly, I really don't care, but the response to this article is funny and you guys made yourselves easy targets for amusement. Laughing

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:49 am

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

You cbssports users are so mature!
I mean,seriously,guys...Why do you see avery gamer as a geek that has no life?It's good to see that Hayward had the balls to say it to the public,and help break that stereotype.We aren't all a bunch of no-life 12-15 year old kids.Most of us actually have a life.People like " give us a bad name.
Also,starcraft really is quite intense,especially with the huge prize and you have to be able to do a lot of stuff,very fast to succeed in this.The one really huge difference between basketball and starcraft is that basketball is a lot more physically challenging than starcraft and not as much mentally.I hope you stop being so narrow minded and ignorant sometime soon,and wish Gordon luck in the tourament.
 Also,Ben,you are a really bad reporter.Tell me all about his intention to play starcraft,and not so much about your arrogant opinion.

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