WGL Grand Finals Mohamed Fadl Q&A

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Hello,

got contacted by play-zine.com, they interviewed the head of WoT E-sports, Mohamed Fadl, published it on their website and shared it with me for your viewing pleasure.

The interview comes in video form but I passed it into text, it’s not exactly a transcript as Fadl’s English is not very good so I did polished the parts where he was having trouble expressing without changing its essence.

With the introduction of tier 10 tanks, it seems to have revolutionized the game because there is much more diversity than it was before.
We learned that we should not be afraid to make changes. We were afraid that tier 10 would be heavy, slow and that it would become “one shots”. We just thought things without actually trying but now we know, we did it and it was the best change ever, 60% increase of viewer ship staying with us, growing with us, people wanting to see this(WGL). This made us think, maybe we should even think about 15vs15 for high level E-sports. We’ve been talking to the team on how we could make this happen.

So there is a possibility of having 15vs15 professional Esports?
A very high possibility.

About the WoT RNG on Esports (fact that one player was left alive with very low HP after a bad RNG roll shot).rsr
Thing is, there are always so many values that come together in World of Tanks (damage, penetration, etc), it makes you feel like it’s not fair but then again I can tell you that the other side (other team) is happy about it.

It seems like there is a big difference between Russian, EU and other teams in how serious they take this competition. What do you believe causes this and do you think the playing field will be leveled in the future?
It changed a lot in the last years, Russians have the game for the longest, EU, they are very close to RU, they are very much the same. SEA first had nothing then they came back last year and sudently had a crazy performance, this year they even won the Rumble in the pacific, we learned that Asians teams have struggles but they always come back.
Before RU teams were more relaxed but now you see EU, SEA and even the underdog NA catching up and even the champion NAVI knows that other teams wont forgive them a single mistake.

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The World of Tanks community is vastly consisted of “casual” players, only very few are considerate “hardcore, do you think E-sports will atract them int he future?
The WoT audience is different from any other game audience, we have older gentlemen and if you look outside (WGL Warsaw event) we have a queue for families, other E-sports events don’t have this. We have guys coming with kids on the arms and their wife, we have a different audience and players, these people only play WoT but they are not gamers in the actual sense, they come from work and WoT is the first game they play/played, they are coming to a field they didn’t knew it existed (E-sports and even Twitch livestreams). In the past, gaming was for young people but now suddenly a lot of the older/grown people are joining the group and this is beautiful. rsr
It’s like a football/soccer match, now you see the kids competing on E-sports and the older guys cheering from their seats.

On the fact that you have a VR set to watch the event, do you think VR will revolutionize the way we watch video and videogames?
Yes, it will be a part of the evolution. Its like at the beginning with black and white TV, people were sceptic and then colour came in and they were fascinated, same way nowadays we have flat screens, the internet, etc. The VR is a natural next step and it may look massive/heavy nowadays but tomorrow will be smaller and easier to wear/use, it will happen but its important that everyone is aware of it and all should use it and not be sceptic about it because its beautiful, its normal, its evolution.

On VR disconnecting you from actual reality/surroundings. RSR
It’s normal because what we have is an initial version, in the future the hardware will be smaller and more simplistic and we may be able to look at our surroundings as well.

 

Big thanks to  play-zine.com.

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11 comments on “WGL Grand Finals Mohamed Fadl Q&A

  1. Ducky says:

    pls WG i beg you, don`t change the wgl format to 15 vs. 15,it will just kill Wot E-sports completly




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  2. Matthi says:

    English not so good??




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  3. Anonymous says:

    Rita, you write well, but you should look into one grammar error you do often.

    Here where you say: “I did enjoyed”, the correct way of saying is: “I did enjoy”.
    Here where you say: “I did polished”. the correct way of saying is: ” I did polish”.

    Fix that and your writing will look and feel much more professional.




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    • Rita Sobral says:

      Hello, thank you very much, its a problem I still have with the English language, tend to use a lot of past tensing because of Portuguese. Cheers




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      • Carl says:

        Don;t worry about it, English is regarded as one of the hardest languages to learn and as a dyslexic and dyspraxic i rely massively on spellcheck and grammar checkers for stuff. So i know how it feels despite being a native english speaker :). You do very well honestly :D.




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      • wolvenworks says:

        @Carl English? hard? then i suppose Russian or Mandarin will be the death of you.




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      • ^This. I’m french-speaking and english is galaxies easier. French can be a PITA with its old-fashioned grammar and truckload of exceptions and such.

        Rita’s english is very good nonetheless but I did notice this double-past error a couple times. Not a huge deal 🙂

        Depending on the context you might write something like “I did enjoy” or “I have enjoyed” but never “I did enjoyed” 😛




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  4. Carl says:

    I never said it was the hardest, just that it’s considered hard, and as an english native i honestly can’t comment, i can only repeat what i’ve heard every language teacher and expert say, (though Mandarin is indeed considered the hardest of all afaik).




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    • PimJansen says:

      Carl you are joking , right !? English is by far the most easiest language and everybody knows that !!!!
      Why do you think is it that so many people around the world choose engl as their first and even their only foreign language to learn ? I didn’t even need to take a class or so. Just learned it by living on that planet and I asure you that it was as easy as …. ähhh….., well just fill in something you are exceptionel good in. I think you get the jizz 🙂




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      • You’re the one living in the bubble with only people that know english, since you’d not communicate with anyone who doesn’t know english or your native language. So ofc everyone (you know) has english as their choice of language. xD.
        The main reason so many people, atleast around where you might live and ones you know, choose english is NOT bcoz it’s easy, but coz it’s the most common and widely used language in the internet and world atm. (on the saide that uses english. lol)
        Most of the big asian countries and even some big european countries populous don’t opt for english as a language to learn as their first foreing one for various reasons.
        Also bcoz of english being the most common in international internet communication you’ve been able to learn to communicate with it without going to classes or so.

        That said, the orginal point was that english is one of the hard languages to master in the nitpiccy grammatical way. And that comes from it having hundreds if not thousands of exceptions and exceptions to exceptions in the grammar rules and conjucations.

        I’m sure i have done dozens of errors in this text alone since it’s not my native language and even tho it’s the main language i use with my wife daily. But i’m sure you can still understand what i’m typing since english is easy to learn but hard to master.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    oe i really hope that it won,t be 15v15 because i play from the begining in esl wot and if my team is going to a LAN ore other tournament i need to organise 15 people incl reserves to go to that tournament searching 15 people for my high level competitive team payment,s would be enormus 150 dollar each player x 15 is 2250 dollar excl reserves. it wil be to much for me to handle and then i think im going to stop whit esport on the wot sector because it wil be to expensive and to much organising

    PS my apologese abouth the english language 🙂




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