Gaming, Technology

The audience of the 2014 League of Legends World Championship exceeded the audience of that years NBA Finals


Professional organized gaming is often given the term eSports which is short for electronic sports. ESports has been a part of gaming culture since the early days of gaming but has recently within the last 10 years taking up a large surge in popular.  In particular the rise of internet connectivity has greatly benefited eSports gaming on the PC in particular.

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Large tournament style gameplay has been one of the defining features of eSports. In these tournaments top professional players from various teams compete in tournaments with prize money usually sponsored from manufacturers and software companies. Some of the big names in tournaments include, World Cyber games, the Intel Extreme Masters, and Major League Gaming. Prize money and eSport tournament numbers have grown steadily over time from when measurements first began in 1998 as seen from data below (1).

2015 data has yet to be compiled

2015 data has yet to be compiled

One notable tournament was the 2014 The International: Dota 2 Championships which had a total prize pool of 10,931,103 USD. Predictably as tournament prize money has increased, so has the number of active pro eSports players competing for money. The number of active players peaked at 6228 in 2014.

For 2015, I'm guessing some players have yet to play any games.

For 2015, I’m guessing some players have yet to play any games.


Teams in eSports are similar to teams found in other sports. Teams are comprised of players, coaches and managers. It is common for members of a team to live under one roof in a house run by the manager. Teams often gain sponsorship’s as a means to generate income outside of traditional tournament prize winnings. There are a couple main organizations under which the teams play. These are the Korean eSports Association, the United Kingdom eSports Association and the International eSport Foundation.

Some famous teams from around the world include, Team Liquid(United States), FNatic(Europe), OMG(China) and Samsung White (South Korea).

The 2014 League of Legends World Champions

The 2014 League of Legends World Champions

One difference between eSports teams and traditional sport teams is that eSports teams include multiple different sub teams for different games such as Counter-strike, League of Legends and DoTa.

Culture and Fanbase

It is undeniable that eSports culture in America and Europe lags behind their Asian counterparts. This may be due to differences in certain cultural stigma’s associated with playing video games.

The Excitement of eSports!

The Excitement of eSports!

South Korea is famous for producing some of the best eSports players and eSports Teams. Below is a link of Vice’s host Matt Shea who flew to Korea to explore South Korean dominance in eSports and eSports in general around the world.


1. “E-sports Earnings”. Retrieved 4/15/2015


Internet, eSports, Addiction

Gaming, Technology

This post is about an ongoing project of mine about the Internet and its relationship with the rise of eSports. Further I explore basic internet addiction and also specifically video game addiction. Some posts that I will try to include in the next few coming months include:

  • Introductions to popular video games
  • The rise of the eSports industry
  • Online addiction in general
  • Video game addiction
  • Personal interviews

Please make suggestions.requests for posts in the comments section!

Bang and Olufsen A8- Headphone Jack Mod or repair


It seems that with any type of headphone, be it the ever popular 300 dollar Beats by Dre, or the 10 dollar ear bud style radio shack pick me up, the jack plug is commonly the place where most problems are found. I personally have found it quite silly that companies do not put more effort into making this particularly are more sturdy.

so prone to breakage...

so prone to breakage…

The situation of all is when you suddenly find your 200 dollar pair of headphones broken and that is exactly what happened to my pair of Bang and Olufsen A8’s. I present here a cheap and easy fix for broken headphone jack plugs or for those looking to mod their currently working headphone jacks. Some of the tools you will need for this fix include a wire stripper, a lighter, a replacement head jack (pictured underneath), a pair of scissors and a screwdriver. Solder tools are optional if you provide the stability that soldiering provides compared to screws.

So you may be asking yourself, why would I perform such a repair/mod. The main benefit besides having to throw away an otherwise perfectly functional and potentially expensive piece of hardware  is that gold offers minimal resistance and having gold as the jack plug  theoretically can improve audio quality. For all you wannabe audiophiles out there without the cash to get yourself a pair of Grado’s this is a… no never mind. I have no idea what I’m talking about. The only reason you would do this mod is because it makes your headphone jack look boss…

replacement headphone jack, pick it up with all other parts at radio shack!

screw type replacement headphone jack, pick it up with all other parts at radio shack!

Warning. This maneuver most definitely wards your manufacture warranty.


Here I have stripped the insulating rubber and connected the ground wire from each cable together to give 3 connections. 1 ground connection, and a right and left connection.

Now take your scissors and cut the wire just before the faulty jack. After this has finished, depending on wire type you should see 2 separate insulated cables with a coated wire and an un coated ground wire inside each. The coating may either be an epoxy or insulating shrink wrap. Now we must strip the insulating tube to expose the ground and stereo cable. Strip so that half an inch of wire is exposed. After you have identified which wire or wires inside the cable are ground, spiral the ground cables together to form one cable like shown on the right. Wires are normally color coded with ground wires being gold. If you are not sure which wire is ground and which wire is left or right stereo sound, check online forums for color codes and what which connection they correspond to.

Now we must expose the copper wire underneath the insulation in each stereo cable. If the insulation is epoxy, get a lighter or match and burn off the epoxy making sure to quickly blow out the fire as the copper wire underneath, if heated to much, will become brittle. If the insulation is shrink wrap, use the wire strippers to expose the copper underneath the insulation. I have also heard of people using sandpaper to sand off the epoxy coating and if you are keen on keeping your inner pyromaniac at bay, this is also an option.

The next step is to pull the remaining parts of the jack inside the wire so once you make the connections you can complete the assembly of your jack.

After this has completed you want to connect the 3 wires (left, right and ground) to the replacement jack and screw to secure or solder to ensure. Here is a helpful diagram for what should go where.


There is a difference between right and left (red and green) cables. So depending on how you wire, things may go awry.

The ground cable corresponds to the bronze in our diagram. The right and left cable you should wire according to your own cables respective color code and again online forums should help if the colors of your wires are not those in the diagram.


screw type connections may not be as secure but aren’t as tricky to complete as soldiering connections.

After you have secured the connections, pull the included insulation piece over below area.


connected, insulated, and ready to go.

Now you can go ahead and test your headphones. If they work connect the rest of the jack plug together.

all finished and ready to play music

all finished and ready to play music

Wallah! There you have it. A quick 10 dollar fix to save 200 dollars headphone. If you have the tools and are up for a challenge, go ahead try this mod. Just think of all the knowledge gaining, ear popping potential!!

By James Xu

Feel free to ask questions in the comments.