The first thing I noticed about the Vainglory Winter Championship was just how far removed I was from the players. Esports tends to skew young—prime years are usually in the late teens with most competitors mellowing into retirement by the time they hit their early 20s—but this was something else.
The kids in Rage Pingers, one of the teams competing in the championship, don’t look a day above 16. They were probably still in elementary school when the originalDefense of the Ancientsestablished the MOBA genre back in 2003. I’m sitting next to the affable Kristian Segerstrale, who serves as COO of Super Evil Megacorp, the developers and publisher behindVainglory.