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League Of Legends – Team Liquid Co-CEO Steven Arhancet Interview

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Team LiquidWith the first gaming tournaments occurring in 1972, eSports has grown beyond the imagination of anyone in that time. When the first League of Legends World Championship took place, it attracted 1.7 million unique viewers. 1.7 million is a large amount of people to watch a gaming tournament, but the 2016 League of Legends World Championship lured in 14.7 million unique viewers. In the span of five years, the viewership multiplied almost ten times and the prize pool for the players went up from $100,000 to $5,000,000. With the scene evolving rapidly, who knows what’s in store for this season. Steven Arhancet is the Co-CEO of the eSports company Team Liquid and a gaming enthusiast. Steven Arhancet has always been an entrepreneur, even when he was young with a lemonade business on his street. Steven Arhancet always loved playing games and spent most of his time doing so. Steven, or as the gaming community knows him “liquid112”, began his gaming interest playing Oregon Trail and Civilization 1. His gaming career started with Civilization IV. In the game, Steven Arhancet owned the competitive team Team XXX. When League of Legends was released, he expanded Team XXX into League of Legends. Steven Arhancet did not play competitively for too long before he stepped down and became the Director of eSports for Curse and later departing and partnering with Team Liquid.

There is no doubt that Steven Arhancet knows what he is doing and does it well. Knowing what it is like to be a professional gamer helps him understand what his players need and how to treat them.

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What is a day like as the CEO of Team Liquid?

My day starts around 8:00 am and I go and get Starbucks on my way over to the office to dive right into emails. We aren’t just an esports team, we are an agency and a production company. Team Liquid’s other CEO is in Europe so they have about a 4 hour head start. I go to crossfit 3-4 days a week and it kicks my butt but I have to stay in shape. We have our scrims so I’m there to make sure everything goes accordingly and if there are no scrims, I check my emails again or go to company meetings. I get home around 10:00 pm or 11:00 pm and sit down and play a game or two of League of Legends and then it’s time for bed.

What was it like switching from Curse to Team Liquid?

With Team Curse it was mainly just League of Legends, Super Smash Bros, and a little bit of Counter Strike, but we weren’t really in there. I was running a lot of the process at Curse so when we split I already knew a lot of what to do. One of the hardest parts was learning how to run a company with somebody else. I didn’t even know that a Co-CEO was a thing, I had to Google it. It is a different experience because we both have responsibilities and we have to exchange the information. Having a Co-CEO is a lot like getting married at first, complimenting each other at what we were good at, pointing out our flaws and rounding everything out, but that change was huge. Within the first year, we went from 1 million viewable hours to 5 million viewable hours, introduced 4 new teams, and increased our website traffic.

What made you want to become a part of Team Liquid?

When we split with Curse I had two options:

1. Make a completely new team and start from the ground up

2. Merge with an existing team and save myself all that trouble and start right away

It was a clear option to merge with an existing team to make it easier and get our team situated to start their practice.

How has eSports changed you life?

Esports has been a realization of a hobby that became incredibly lucrative. I remember playing Civilization 1 on a floppy disk and my parents yelling at me to get off the computer. I would want to go to class so badly just so I could play Oregon Trail. On top of that, I have always been entrepreneurial. I was always the kid with a lemonade stand trying to make money. I had a separate backpack because I would burn songs onto CD’s and sell them to kids for $20. When the opportunity came up and I could start a professional gaming team and make money doing it, there was no turning it down. It’s a passion that very few get to experience, and I love doing it.

Do you ever miss being a Pro Gamer?

If my skills were still up to par with the professional level then yes, absolutely. I would love to be a pro gamer again, but the reality is that I’m not as good as I used to be and the amount of time it would take to regain those skills is not worth it. My skill set has changed over the years from a professional gamer to running a company, and that is just the way it is.

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Augmented Reality With Microsoft HoloLens And Project Tango

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If you’ve been reading Owner’s Magazine lately, you’ve probably read my article about virtual reality. There I detailed information about the latest VR headsets to make a proper buying decision. However, I intentionally left out augmented reality. Augmented reality, or AR, is different from VR in which VR fully immerses the user inside of another world, AR (also known as mixed reality) superimposes virtual objects onto the real world. Holograms are an example of augmented reality. Popular AR games such as Pokémon Go are also examples of AR where your smartphone camera superimposes the virtual Pokémon on a live video feed making it seem as if the Pokémon were standing in the real world. The technology behind AR is nothing new. Even in today’s world of smartphones, many augmented reality apps were released on iPhone and Android devices back in 2008 and 2009. However, with the seemingly popularity of VR, more attention is also being given to AR solutions. Two of the biggest players in this space are Microsoft and Google.

Microsoft HoloLens

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One of the more interesting AR devices comes from Microsoft. The HoloLens is a head mounted device that allows the user to view “holograms” through the lenses (hence the term “HoloLens”). The HoloLens features a bevy of sensors such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, four IR sensors for mapping the environment, a depth camera, ambient light sensors, 2.4-megapixel front camera, and microphone array. Along with an Intel CPU, Microsoft developed a custom chip called the “Holographic Processing Unit” or HPU. The HPU processes the sensor data as well as hand gestures and voice recognition. The HoloLens runs full Windows 10 and can run Universal Windows Programs. Regarding the hand gestures, there are two main gestures: bloom and tap. Bloom is simply balling your fist up palm facing up, and opening the fingers up like a flower (hence “bloom”). The bloom gesture activates the shell which allows you to access other programs. This is akin to pressing the Windows key on a PC or the Xbox button on the Xbox One. The second gesture is the tap. You aren’t literally tapping the air but it’s more like holding your index finger up then touching your thumb. This is used to select objects and windows. Windows can even be dragged around and pinned to walls or tables. Microsoft isn’t technically marketing this towards consumers yet. This is primarily for developers to create applications although anyone can buy the development kit for a wallet busting $3000.

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Project Tango is the augmented reality platform developed by Google. While the Microsoft HoloLens is an actual headset, Tango goes a more practical route and utilizes a smartphone or tablet form factor for AR. The devices provide the hardware necessities such as various sensors and RGB-IR camera for depth sensing. The Tango software uses the hardware to enable motion tracking and visual recognition of the environment. The IR camera allows Tango to map the environment including distance, sizes, and depth. That information is then stored for future applications to use. This has many practical uses such as navigating through stores, mapping, and visualizing data. For example, you could use Tango to see exactly how a piece of furniture would look in your home before buying it. Google partnered with Lenovo to release the Phab 2 Pro, the first commercially available smartphone with Tango built in. At CES 2017, ASUS announced that it will also be releasing a Tango enabled phone along with Daydream VR.

Which Is The Future? VR vs AR?

There has been some debate over which platform is more viable for the future. Virtual reality completely immerses the user in a new world. These kinds of experiences are better suited to content consumption and entertainment. All three of the major VR platforms (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR) all focus on games as their primary use case although some of them do allow you to watch movies in your own personal theater. At Facebook’s Oculus Connect event back in October, Mark Zuckerburg unveiled a vision for new ways to use VR for social interactions. He used the Oculus Rift to interact with virtual representations of himself and two other colleagues in a totally virtual space. Imagine being able to debate politics and religion with your friends in real time in a virtual world…actually…that may not go so well. However, being able to interact with another person in virtual reality would dramatically change and revolutionize how we connect with our friends and family. The primary drawback with VR is the total disconnect from the real world. VR often involves putting on a somewhat bulky headset and tuning out the world around you. The advantage of AR is that it allows you to interact with virtual objects while still being cognizant of the real world around you. AR also allows more practical, everyday uses. Imagine having a digital map displayed on your windshield on your car that helps you navigate and alerts you to any hazards or speed limits. Imagine virtually placing a couch in your actual living room before buying the couch. Construction workers and architects could use AR to precisely build structures while seeing a virtual representation of the building. Google’s Translate app can already translate text into another language in real time. So which one is the future? I think one of two things will happen. Either AR will eventually become dominant and heavily used in everyday life or there will be a mixture of AR and VR depending on the medium. VR will likely dominate the entertainment space with movies and gaming while AR is what most people will interact with daily. Project Tango will further accelerate the adoption of AR into Android phones. Apple is rumored to working with Carl Zeiss for their own augmented reality solution. History has shown us that once Apple implements a feature, the market generally follows suit. Regardless of what happens, the dream of the Star Trek HoloDeck is slowly coming to fruition.

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Why Amazon’s Second Headquarters Should Choose Northern Virginia

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Among the top 20 shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters, Northern, Virginia is not a stranger to the massive tech company. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have frequently conducted business in the region. Bezos is known to own The Washington Post and Amazon’s cloud service AWS is situated in a huge data center in the northern Virginia region. It is no surprise that Northern, VA is listed on the list. This region proved to be a safe home for Bezos’ businesses, it would only make sense that Northern, VA is the next home for HQ2.

While the nation waits for the announcements of Amazon’s second headquarters, speculations rise as Amazon employees crowd ARLnow.com. The local news-source for Arlington Virginia have reported major traffic from an internal Amazon site. The article reporting the county’s green building council had received over 6,000 page views and 3,500 visitors from an Amazon web page that is only visible to Amazon employees. Amazon’s interest in the community’s dedication to sustainability is predicted to help the company’s future development of a sustainable building of their own.

The area is surrounded by copious international airports including Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Richmond International Airport for Amazon’s consideration  of transportation. The bid for Amazon had reports of the Hub property as a potential site for Amazon’s second headquarters. This 85-acre undeveloped location is near the Dulles Airport, perfect for Amazon’s demands.

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Amazon announced that they are developing a second headquarter of up to 8 million square feet in order to accommodate 50,000 workers. The plan to bring in 50,000 lucrative jobs to the new location will create billions of dollars in investment for the community. This opportunity for economic expansion does not come often, but neither does a perfect business location in Northern Virginia that is close to Bezos’ other businesses.

A possible site for Amazon’s second headquarters is on the border of Fairfax and Loudoun counties along Metro’s Silver Line. “We are very excited that Northern Virginia is included on the short list as a potential location for Amazon’s second headquarters,” spoke the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sharon Bulova. “Fairfax and Loudoun counties are able to offer a great quality of life coupled with an innovative and business friendly culture for future Amazon corporate neighbors and employees. With our highly educated and talented workforce and a location close to Dulles International Airport and a new Silver Line train station, we hope we will have the opportunity to welcome Amazon HQ2 to Virginia.”

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Why The Second Amazon Headquarters Should Choose Toronto

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Amazon is considering their first international city for their second Amazon headquarters. The bids for HQ2 have reached Mexican regions too but the tech company have their eyes on Toronto. Prior to this announcement, Toronto has been established as a major technology center. Their advancement will only grow from here, perhaps even more when Amazon arrives.

The city reported that they are not offering Amazon much financial incentives, but is offering a 100-acre land as a potential site for their second Amazon headquarters that is approximately close to downtown Toronto. Although this site is outside of the United States border, Toronto is the best option for the innovative company.

The mayor of Toronto, John Troy expressed how proud he was of the city when Toronto attracted Amazon without offering significant tax breaks. Toronto does not have to resort to selling themselves for the second Amazon headquarters, unlike other competitors on the top 20 shortlist. Toronto is already home to a significant Google engineering operation, a major artificial research center and quantum computing institute. Due to the massive influence in technology, there are plans to direct Toronto’s waterfront into a massive tech-city for the near future. This environment will foster Amazon and future companies moving to Toronto.

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The second Amazon headquarters require proximity to a metropolitan area with a large population for employment, mass transit, an area that is 45 minutes from an international airport, and an 8-million-square-foot facility that will eventually expand to 740,000 square metres over the next decade. Toronto would be an ideal location to attract talent from overseas. This move will put Amazon’s name outside of the United States and begin their serious international affairs. North America acknowledged the massive tech company’s capability when Jeff Bezos was announced as the richest man alive in 2017. After Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dethrones Bill Gates, the entrepreneur should look to invest in talent from overseas. This plan can start with a move to Toronto for the second Amazon headquarters.

Toronto holds a strong quality of life. Canada is notorious for their free healthcare, something that the United States is lacking. The affordable area is attractive to employees. “We’re excited to have this opportunity and to be able to tell Toronto’s unique story,” told John Troy. “There is no other place in North America that can boast the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy, the same economic strength.”

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