Starcraft Nerds Descend Upon OC Sports Bars for BarCraft
|Carlton Beener/SoCal eSports|
The atmosphere of the event could be likened to that of any mainstream sporting event, although with its own unique flair. There was an air of excitement as people sat at their tables or wandered around, all chatting sociably or with their eyes glued to the televisions. At one point, the crowd erupted in uproar when one player lost a large portion of his army to a well placed "baneling landmine." It was refreshing to see such a large and animated gathering of e-sports fans. There were even a number of notable Blizzard executives in attendance, including Tony Hsu, the associate producer of StarCraft 2. The fact that Blizzard came out and supported the event means a lot to the community, and shows that they really support the advancement of StarCraft 2 as a legitimate e-sport.In between the excited cheers and exclamations, attendees ordered food and drinks from fully customized BarCraft menus, featuring such treats as "Psi Blades" (mozzarella sticks) or the "Bloody Marine". My favorite drink on the menu was the "Idra GG", which was actually just an empty shot glass with the description "so BM". There were even sheets of paper laid out at each table defining and explaining StarCraft terminology for those who weren't familiar with the game. The combination of the great atmosphere, epic games, and excited fans made for an incredibly successful event.