Hey there, my name is Andreas Malessa and in early 2012 I started doing Barcrafts in Cologne. Over the years I also organized viewing parties for League of Legends, DotA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well as some community tournaments for SC2 and Hearthstone.
Our first BarCraft was announced on July 3rd 2012, so for the three years anniversary I wanted to share some moments that I think are the best/funniest/craziest among many I experienced. These stories show why I love eSports and their communities even more than three years ago! Let’s get started!
Welcoming a stranger & staying late
It was our first BarCraft and of course I tried to welcome as many people as possible personally and found some guy standing all alone at the counter. Turned out his name was Colin, he was from the US and visiting Germany for a business trip. He actually stayed around Frankfurt but since he didn’t know what to do on a Saturday evening he found out about the BarCraft, booked a hotel in Cologne and drove here.
He was kinda shy because he couldn’t speak german so I brought him to a table of friends, introduced him and told them to take care of him. 5 minutes later the whole table was speaking english – for the rest of the night! After a while the guy started giving out drinks, cheering “Eins, Zwei, Zerg” while downing shots and overall I think he had a great night.
I sure did because I don’t know many environments where you bond to a person from the other side of the world in only 5 minutes.
When the event was over – it was an MLG that ended around 3 am – some guys had missed their train home (they had come over from ~100 km away) so I stayed with them in the bar until 6. One of them had 9 “Mothership” Cocktails (which is basically a long island ice tea), I heard he slept all the way back in the train but they all came home safely :)