ESLGaming has announced plans to preserve the rich history of one of the world’s fastest growing sports by announcing their intention to create an eSports Hall of Fame, and Tiger Woods will have to wait another decade to find a place in golfing’s version after a change in rules.
It’s been a busy week for Google algorithms searching for the phrase ‘Hall of Fame’.
Country Music stars Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and Fred Foster are to be added to the Country Music Hall of Fame; the Electronic Sports League (ESL) announced plans to create an eSports Hall of Fame, and Tiger Woods will have to wait a decade to get into Golf’s Hall of Fame after a rather drastic stipulation change.
I don’t know too much about Country Music, and this is not the NME, but what I will do in the spirit of fairness is give you some Country Music to listen to while I wail on about eSports and golf. Without further ado, here is the latest Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee – looking like an atrocious Rod Stewart – Charlie Daniels.
ESL to Create eSports Hall of Fame
The Electronic Sports League (ESL) will make sure eSports don’t look out of place the next time it hangs around in the playground with the other sports when it launches the first eSports Hall of Fame.
Thus far, all they have is a landing page and Twitter account, but ESL General Ken “Hot_Bid” Chen gave Yahoo eSports more of a lowdown when he said the Hall of Fame is being created to help preserve the ‘rich history of competitive video games,’ to ‘honor the legacy’, and to ‘tell stories of the players and people’ who have helped create this juggernaut.
The ESL won’t participate in the selection of the inductees. Instead, the voting process will be overseen by ‘experts within each game community’. The first induction is scheduled to take place at ESL One in Cologne, July 2016, and it will be someone connected to Counter-Strike. Players from League of Legends, Starcraft 1 & 2, Dota 1 & 2, and players from the fighting game scene will also be honoured in the future. The only stipulation currently out in the open is a player must have been retired for at least a year to be considered for inclusion.
Tiger Woods Will Have to Wait a Decade to Get Into the Golf Hall of Fame
2016 was the year that the Tiger Woods of Poker, Phil Ivey, and Tiger Woods, were set to join their respective Hall of Fames, as both players turned 40.
Phil Ivey is still on course to be enshrined in the Poker Hall of Fame, but the brakes have been well and truly stamped on when it comes to Tiger’s inclusion in the Golf Hall of Fame.
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has announced some sweeping changes including a group of new co-chairs of the Selection Committee including Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam.
The stipulation that affects Tiger Woods is one of age. Effective, immediately the qualifying age of 40 has been moved on to 50. The Class of 2017 are due to be inducted on May 8th, and Tiger Woods was everybody’s favourite to be on the list that is now burning in an ashtray somewhere.
I bet Tiger could do with some Country Music right now.
Here’s soon to be Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis to see us out.