Tron Weekly Journal had an exclusive interview with the founders of two exciting eSports industry key players Mazer Gaming and Gokhshtein eSports Division. A couple of notable highlights from the answers provided by the founders we interviewed include: eSports is the next evolution in league sports and a future category in the Olympics, and eSports needs blockchain to improve on itself.
Undoubtedly, eSports is disrupting the entire sports and gaming sector quickly. We have seen eSports platforms that in no time grown in popularity, and now, another elephant has entered the house already, Mazer Gaming. Mazer is a professional entertainment and gaming organization.
As such, another new (but very promising) player that has joined the eSports race is Gokhshtein eSports Division, an eSports body of Gokhshtein Lifestyle and Crypto Magazine. David Gokhshtein, a famous cryptocurrency industry influencer and a Forbes’ contributing writer is the founder of Gokhshtein.
Now, it seems Mazer Gaming is all set to take control of the eSports industry at full. Why? We hear you ask. That’s because Mazer Gaming has partnered with Gokhshtein eSports Division alongside bringing David Gokhshtein (Gokhshtein owner) on board as their new CMO.
Today, we got lucky enough to be able to conduct an exclusive interview with the founders of both Mazer Gaming and Gokhshtein eSports Division amid their partnership. Both will be telling us about themselves, their ventures, why they partnered, and much more in this interview!
We start with David Gokhshtein, and then comes Mazer Gaming co-founder Sam Kijak.
Interview with Mazer Gaming’s new CMO David Gokhshtein
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experience?
I have worked in finance and sales for almost two decades. It comes naturally to me coming from two entrepreneurial parents. I’ve always been a team leader, and I enjoy educating and helping others. That’s how it ended up where I am today.
How did you meet with crypto and blockchain?
Through my family. My mother is pretty tech-savvy, and my uncle is a computer guy. One day they were talking about crypto and technology. I was fascinated! After that, I learned everything I could.
Tell us about how you came up with the idea of the to develop Gokhshtein’s esports division.
My nephews inspired me to pursue an Esports division. They’re always talking about the next game to be released, codes and hacks, and who can beat who. I wanted to bring something, build something that they could get excited about, too.
What do you think the eSports industry going?
Up. Esports is going to be huge. The next evolution in league sports and a future category in the Olympics. Sports won’t be relegated to a grassy field, pool, or court. Not anymore.
In your opinion, what would be the most significant challenges when working on eSports projects?
The same challenges will be found in Esports that are found in traditional league gaming. Finding Sponsorships, competing to be the best, and building a community of followers will all be crucial to the success of the league.
Apart from partnering with Mazer Gaming, you’ve been appointed as the new CMO. Many would love to know why you chose only the Mazer Gaming. What can we expect in the future?
I like building things up. Lots of people reached out to me regarding the future of Egaming with Gokhshtein Media and our Esports division. I chose to focus on a single team, one that I believe is groundbreaking in the industry, so that our efforts could be concentrated towards success. No one can predict the future, but I can say that I’m aiming for our team to be the best.
What role do you think the blockchain will (or can) play in eSports in the time ahead? As such, how will the blockchain change the eSports industry?
The challenge to the blockchain will always be mass user awareness. Until we can build new infrastructure in the old way of doing things, people are going to struggle to adjust to this new technology. For Esports, the technology is excellent for gamer’s smart contracts, in gameplay, and keeping a ledger of unarguable gaming statistics.
What imminent activities you’ve in mind to do as the new CMO of Mazer Gaming? Please share any new ideas you’ve for the new ally and company of yours.
My primary goal, at this moment, is to help the team grow. That will be through sponsorships, competition opportunities, and building relationships in the Esports community. There’s so much potential here. I hate even to presume to say where the best place to start would be because I don’t want to limit any of our opportunities.
What advice do you have for folks willing to follow your footsteps and become an eSports advisor or CMO?
Dream big! You won’t get anywhere without action and big ideas. If you like something, find out more about it, get involved, and don’t limit yourself with cants.
Interview with Mazer Gaming Co-founder Sam Kijak
Please tell us about your background, and how did you get into eSports.
I originally started in 2014 with graphic design, where I was able to find work through the gaming community. Eventually, I got a lot more involved and decided to start Mazer Gaming as a content group posting videos to YouTube and then eventually expanding into esports and getting to where we are today.
Tell us about how you came up with the idea of Mazer Gaming.
It’s a hilarious story. We had the original “M” logo (which you can now find hidden in the Tiger’s mouth in our current logo) made before we actually had the name. So I was looking for and listing off random words that started with that letter. Eventually, Mazer stuck, and once we released our new branding in 2017, we changed it to Mazer Gaming.
eSports has changed so much since the late ’90s if I’m not wrong. So, where do you see the eSports industry in the next five years?
I mean, it’s going to be huge. We were just recently featured on the TBS Network for the Gears of War Invitational in August. It’s no longer just a small industry; it’s mainstream. You can watch the Overwatch League on TV. There are esports arenas all across the world and a lot more professional stadiums being built; it’s no joke at all. This industry is going to keep rising and becoming one of the biggest sports in the world.
In your experience, which have been the most significant challenges when working on an eSports project?
It’s really been the funding. I’d love to have a million-dollar budget to work with. We have so many ideas and esports titles we want to expand into, but the funding isn’t there yet. We expect to add some new sponsors by the end of this year, so definitely be on the lookout for more teams and events Mazer might be at.
How do you feel about the current Mazer Gaming roster, and when you guys started trialing these players as an effort to build your roster up?
Every single person and the team works hard. Since we first originally signed some of these guys, the improvement has been insane. For example, our Gears of War team at the beginning of the year was only placing around 7/8th and now is looking at being one of the best two teams in the Pro League this year.
Talking about the “eSportification,” how can a hopeful development crew craft a successful eSport?
I think it’s essential that the developer and the pro players are on the same page. One of the issues with Fortnite is that they are continually making changes to their games and making the esports players unhappy. If you want your game fully catered to the pro scene, you need to develop it with those people in mind. Also, investing money into big tournaments will always be a great way to attract people. Having a smoothly ran tournament with a big prize pool will always make esports players happy and wanting more.
Can and how will the blockchain change the eSports industry going forward?
Esports needs blockchain to improve on itself. There are many struggles that esports deals with, such as monetization, transparency, and more. Blockchain is the perfect solution for this, in my opinion.
Can you share with us what you’re working on at present, and any cool plans you have got for the future?
We’re starting an esports academy with Call of Duty. If we see success with this, we will probably do this with many other games and build on these ideas. It’s something I’m looking forward to and can see it becoming a massive part of our future. The “Path to Pro” system in esports is sturdy, and we want to make that easier.
What imminent activities you’ve in mind since you just partnered with Gokhshtein ESports Division and got David Gokhshtein on board as the CMO.
We’re really going to work on increasing our connections and creating some formidable partnerships and sponsorships within the crypto industry and the esports industry.
Is there anything else you’d want our readers to know?
We’re aiming to dominate the esports industry. Hopefully, I’ll be able to look back on this and say we did.
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