Proposal: Nouns Esports Pod

Hey all, I go by Sasquatch. This is my proposal to start an esports pod in Nouns DAO

Nouns Esports

Goal

Proliferate Nouns through esports initiatives, starting with the signing of a professional Dota 2 roster.

Description

Dota is a multi-decade-old esport that is currently being developed by Valve Software.

They host the single largest prize pool tournament in esports, The International. The latest purse for this annual tournament was around $40 million USD.

To qualify for The International, you participate in the Dota Professional Circuit (DPC) league which takes place throughout the year. This is mostly an online, regional format, but each season culminates in an international LAN called a Major.

One of the first initiatives of our esports pod will be to sign “4 Zoomers”, a Division 1 North American DPC team.

Budget: 35 ETH

  • The majority of this budget will be used to compensate the roster of five players, their manager and coach for the upcoming DPC season.
    • The team has agreed to sign from the day the proposal is voted-in until the end of the third DPC season, July 17
  • We will be working with former player and caster Brax to act as an ambassador and liaison within the Dota community. He will be hosting and casting at least two different Nouns branded Dota tournaments.
  • Some of the players stream individually via Twitch. We will create assets for their on-stream overlay.

Administrative Multisig

  • Brennen
  • Sasquatch
  • Maty
  • Goldy
  • Wag

Deliverables

  • Tournament stream viewership
    • Their most recent series from April 16th has 283,352 views on the VOD via Twitch
    • Live tournament broadcasts regularly have tens of thousands of concurrent viewers
  • Individual stream viewership
    • Some of the players on the roster regularly stream on their own while practicing (hundreds or thousands of concurrent viewers)
  • In game branding
    • Dota allows for DPC teams to have in-game branding through assets placed inside of the game’s landscape. Nouns branding will be visable in game as the team competes.
  • Name branding
    • The team will rebrand from 4 Zoomers to Nouns Dota.
  • Player name branding
    • Player names will include a Nounish sponsor tag. e.g. Gunnar.⌐◨-◨

Future

  • If this pilot is deemed successful by Nouns, potential next steps include signing this Dota roster for an extended term, signing other gaming teams or esports athletes, and fleshing out an esports-focused subDAO.
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We love the eSports! Let’s go

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i think this is a really exciting experiment, and can also lead to opportunities for us in this space across different types of games.

would be great if we can open up lines of communication around expectation/planning beyond the third DPC season / in the event they qualify for TI, we would definitely want to the opportunity to continue sponsoring them there for wider vis

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Great feedback. I am happy to report the team has offered us “Right of First Offer” for the upcoming Major and The International.

The road to TI for the team is as follows:

  1. Achieving a top 2 placement in DPC North America (June 6 - July 17) qualifies them for the Major LAN in Arlington Texas (Aug 4 - 14th)
  2. Performing well at the Major qualifies them for The International.(date TBD)

It’d be great to keep extending their term with Nouns DAO if they keep having opportunities to compete!

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