Seoul Dynasty produced a new series during the offseason. The Beyond the game series examines elements that take place outside of games. This gives the community insight into the people as well as the systems that Gen.G has put in place to give their teams and future players the opportunities they deserve. Each episode focuses on a different section of the esports world. Here’s a look at the first three episodes of the series.
The first episode took a deep dive into the people who are behind the scenes supporting the players. Although the community every week during seasons watches the players on screen, there are so many other moving parts to ensure that players can do their job without further worry. Not only are there a lot of people supporting each team, but the feeling that it’s still new territory. The first generation of esports to have seen many incredible changes, but it’s still a growing industry. It was an important look at all the personnel who contribute to making the Seoul Dynasty a successful team.
The second episode was heavily based on the Seoul Dynasty and the pressures of society, culture, and industry on gamers. Esports, while there are big names like Sanghyeok ‘Faker’ Lee, is not a job prospect that many parents would naturally accept in South Korea. In addition to the pressure from society, there is the pressure that the players impose on themselves to win. So many players want to do good for the organization, for themselves, for their teammates and for the fans. The work of a professional player is so public because everyone can watch and criticize what is being done in the matches. This can put a strain on the minds of players.
What is not said, but seen in this episode is the camaraderie the team has. It’s bittersweet because the footage was from Season 4 and a lot of those players are no longer part of the team. But it’s easy to see how the team was able to pick up so many wins in Season 4 when their chemistry looks good. The episode ended on a high note watching Dynasty’s match against the Hangzhou Spark as it was 2-2. The positive ending brought the episode the much-needed close to the season.
The third episode was heavily focused on Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu at the start. He was the leader and one of the most well-known players in the early Overwatch League. Ryujehong spoke about the mental strain that the world of esports and being a professional gamer can place on an individual. A huge throwback took place when Jinhyuk ‘Miro’ Gong, Seokwoo ‘Wekeed’ Choi, and Jaemoo ‘Xepher’ Koo came together to talk about Season 1. These four players, after their careers in the Overwatch League, have been associated alongside General G. . Miro moved into a head coaching role but was a streamer for them, Ryujehong is currently a content creator for Gen.G, while Wekeed and Xepher work with Gen.G trainees.
The episode ends with members of the community explaining that age shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to gamers. The suggestion that was brought up was that when Overwatch 2 comes out, how excited it would be for Ryujehong to return to professional play. This episode really shed some light on the lifespan of a gamer in the professional video game world. Not every gamer has unlimited opportunities and the chance gamers may have to stay in the industry after retirement.
Beyond the Game first three episodes
These first three episodes show a great breadth of esports in a stylish way. From the beginning, the series did not start with the obviousness of the team. Instead, they showed everyone the essential backbone of players. Seoul Dynasty has been highlighted with their Season 4 in the upcoming episode. Then the community got to see after players finished in the Overwatch League what they decide to do. Currently, there are two more episodes in the series. These will be examined in another article. To get all the information these videos have to give, watch them as they are less than 20 minutes each with English subtitles.
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