Big sports events such as American football, soccer, or the Olympic Games have become increasingly more popular in the last couple of years when it comes to watching them in public. The phenomenon of public screening grows also more popular in the esports scene. Tournaments in Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and others, are often shown in bars and other public places and invite fans to share the experience of professional gaming.
The most prominent example for this might be the Meltdown project that was originally started in France in 2012. Within four years, it has developed into a successful franchise with bars in many different countries. Therefore, we are proud to welcome our today’s guest Sophia ‘foxy’ Metz who happens to be the CEO of Meltdown.
In this interesting episode, Sophia will tell us all about her history as a gamer, and how it came to pass that she founded the first chain of esports bars in the world. Interestingly enough, she comes from a family that is really enthusiastic about computer games, so dedicating her life to games and esports was a rather natural step for the 30-year-old Frenchwoman.
Although she’s very busy managing Meltdown, she is still a passionate gamer. Sophia is interested in most Blizzard games. She started off playing WarCraft 3 with her family, transitioned into StarCraft II, and is now into Heroes of the Storm.
Foxy explains the philosophy behind Meltdown, and the concerns people had when she opened her first bar. Furthermore, we will talk with her about the difficulties of founding and maintaining a bar, the role Blizzard has played in esports, what the scene is going to look like in a few years time, future plans for Meltdown and what’s best about her job.
Our advise for your next trips: Check out if there is a Meltdown in the city and pay them a visit. It’s gonna be worth your while!
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