Over the past 4-5 years I've filmed/edited content for pretty much every single game title that's considered an esport, one week I would be shooting League of Legends, the next CS:GO, Hearthstone and so on. Several times within this period I had considered leaving the esports world to pursue other industries (sport, music video, fashion) but I always stopped myself, albeit I still took short breaks from shooting esports content.
I just assumed I was growing out of competitive gaming and that my passion was probably elsewhere, that I had become bored of shooting gamers playing video games. The thought of this really did upset me, I had made so many friends in this industry and spent far too many hours invested into the scene to just give it all up.
Mid-way through 2017 I decided I needed a change from how I had worked in the past, I didn't want to cover every esport title or piece of work that was given to me, I chose to really invest all of my time into creating content within League of Legends - I had always enjoyed playing the game (solid Bronze 5 mid right here), I loved how much effort Riot put into creating esports content and the noise they/fans would make for the yearly Worlds event.
I started watching pretty much every single piece of real life content made by western LoL teams & Riot, I started following team's results, narratives etc - something I couldn't do whilst following several esport titles, there was just too much information for me to stay interested.
Several months down the line and I can honestly say I'm more passionate about esports than I ever have been, specifically League of Legends. My content thought process, motivation and the end product of my work has improved significantly compared to the beginning of the year, for the first time in my life I feel I have a clear vision on what I want to achieve as a filmmaker.
I can only speak from my experience and I'm sure there are people out there who CAN create video content on multiple esport titles (excluding prod companies) and still stay as motivated throughout. I hate to do the sports vs esports comparison but in this case, it works; a filmmaker specialising in Football wouldn't be creating content in Rugby, Tennis or so on. I would love to see content creators specialising within specific games and teams investing more money into hiring more than one person to cover all titles, I'm absolutely certain that the content quality would improve overall.
Lewis Farley is a filmmaker specialising in esports & documentary.