Slingshot Readers,

We NEED your support. More specifically, the author of this article needs your support. If you've been enjoying our content, you know that a lot of work goes into our stories and although it may be a work of passion, writers gotta eat. If just half our readers gave 1 DOLLAR a month, one measly dollar, we could fund all the work from StuChiu, DeKay, Emily, Andrew (and even Vince). If you contribute 5 DOLLARS a month, we invite you to join our Discord and hang with the team. We wouldn't bother you like this if we didn't need your help and you can feel good knowing that 100% of your donation goes to the writers. We'd really appreciate your support. After all, you're what makes all this happen. Learn more


Booths in esports

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

At the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, the crowd started ghosting for G2. I’ve seen a few ridiculous arguments, so I’ll point them out. It isn’t the same as jeering during a free throw since CS:GO is a game of imperfect information so you’re directly trying to cheat. Dennis pointed out that even with sound-proof headsets, you can still hear/feel it. Booths are likely not banned in a majority of events as I’ve seen every SC2/Dota 2 LAN and they’ve all gone to the same cities and every SC2/Dota 2 LAN had booths. But I don’t know the specifics so someone who is involved with that side will have much better insight.

From the other side of the argument, booths don’t block the vibrations of the crowd, which could give up the same information that something is happening. I’ve heard some arguments that sound-proof booths, the best type are expensive as well (around $10-20,000 per booth, perhaps). Incidentally, I’ve heard some events tried to skip by making a fake booth, a booth that’s only there to pretend that they’re doing something, but in reality didn’t do much of anything. Finally, there is the legendary Shanghai Major booth which was made of glue and cardboard and there were fans/AC pumped into the booth giving players headaches.

In a way, this is related to trash talking as you can’t trash talk as much when you are in different booths. Perhaps you could have the two teams playing in the same booth, though the flashes will give away when someone is flashed. In addition to that, there is no way you could mic them up since things can get edgy in the heat of the moment and players shouldn’t have to worry about whatever shit they’re saying in the middle of the game.

These are just some things to think about when talking about putting in booths. As a final word I will say that competitive integrity is the most important piece for an event. While not as bad, the crowd ghosting is unacceptable in the same way we don’t want match-fixers or cheaters at events.


Leave a Reply