December was a milestone in the video game conquest of American culture, with Major League Gaming signing $ 1.75 million in exclusive contracts with the top 7 professional gamers on December 18. MLG currently airs a weekly TV show on the USA Network, and the power of online gaming revenue is beginning to show its muscles.
Three days later (December 21), Johnny Damon, the star center fielder for the NY Yankees, announced his alliance with the Global Gaming League, to form the Professional Ballplayers Gaming League. The PBGL will allow Joe Videogamer to play with and against some of his favorite professional baseball players on the league’s chosen online combat arena, Project Gotham Racing 3 and Xbox Live.
Then there is the constant convergence of Hollywood and video games towards a common destiny. Japanese game publisher Capcom has already enjoyed a successful relationship with Tinsel Town when it licensed its Resident Evil property to Impact Pictures and Sony Pictures for three separate productions (a third is currently in the works). They are now partnering with Hyde Park Entertainment to produce a Street Fighter movie.
However, online games are proving to be quite capable of running on their own. In June of last year, Microsoft disclosed that more than 500 million complete Halo games had been played on Xbox Live. We are not saying 500 million players, but 500 million full matches, which can have up to 16 players at a time. This would appear to be more of a trend than a fad.
We don’t claim to be the sharpest pencil in the box, but even we can see the possibilities. How long will it be before other sports organizations see the potential to follow Johnny Damon’s example? What if game developers started creating games specifically ยูฟ่าเบท for this type of application? EA Sports, are you listening? Imagine the excitement of soccer fans if they could play Madden 2007 with and against their favorite soccer stars online, during the offseason? The offseason would no longer be a deal breaker for the leagues. Public relations and interest could continue throughout the year. What about professional wrestling? Hockey? What would a NASCAR fan do to compete against their favorite driver online? The possibilities are endless.