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The Rise of “eSports” in Renton

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Today, we are covering a topic that has taken the state by storm! Computer gaming, now also known as “electronic sports” has become a very popular past-time for many youngsters (and adults) in Renton. After doing a poll, we found out that roughly 72% of teenagers between the age of 13 and 21 have been actively engaged in video gaming activity on a daily or at least weekly basis. Furthermore, 48% of these teens have been playing a game called League of Legends. According to multiple sources online, this game is currently the most played online video game on our planet!

The Future of eSports in Renton

The city of Renton would definitely be proud of some of these aspiring young individuals are good enough to make it to the world championship stage. As apparently, there are many competitions with high stakes like huge prize pools for the top contenders. The biggest tournament for League of Legends every year is the World Championship, where 12 teams from all over the world come to one stage to compete against each other, for the top prize of upwards of $2,000,000. Yes, you read that right. There are definitely 6 zeroes in there, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

These prize pools are contributed to by the game’s creators themselves, Riot Games, as well as various sponsors. Last year, 2015’s prize pool was a grand total of $2,130,000. The first place team walked away with a cool $1 million. SK Telecom, the team that represented Korea, were the champions.

This year, with equal or an even higher stakes as the tournament’s prize, everyone is really curious as to which teams will quality, and which talented young individuals would be taking part and representing the country, hoping to bring the nation glory. With the endless possibilities, someone from Renton might be able to take part in the World Championship event. Most of the players who take part on the world stage have achieve the “Challenger” rank, which is also the highest rank obtainable in League of Legends, out of the millions who play the game, only 0.02% of the game population holds this prestigeous title.

The Risk vs Reward for young and aspiring eSport talents

According to many articles and videos online, being able to compete on the League of Legends world stage is not an easy feat. Some of these e-atheletes have training regimes that take up more than 10 hours of their daily lives. The average career lifespan of these players are also relatively short, considering all the factors required to be a professional player. Fast reactions and strong mental stamina, for example. Therefore there are stories of many young players who have squandered away their time and youth on a game, only to end up with nothing. This is about as real as it gets for many who dedicate their hopes and dreams into the noble sport.

Here’s a video that might demonstrate this risk and reward. Prepare to be surprised at how much determination and passion that these youngsters display. With a million dollars and your nation’s glory on the line, it’s not hard to imagine why.

It is not easy to dedicate that much time and effort to one single thing, even if it’s playing a game. It’s easy for us to misunderstand or think lesser of these passionate youngsters, but after watching this video, we can certainly tell what some of them are going through just to hone their skills and push themselves to the limit for one chance at glory and riches. Of course, just like with every other sport, there are those who fail and end up taking elo boosting actions that give may give them some form of progress in the game, but actually are not that significant.

We raise our hats to these passionate eSport talents, and we hope that someone from our city will be good enough to take part in such a prestigeous event and make everyone here proud.


About Joseph Hudson

Joseph is a long time local from Renton, and contributor for the Piazza Renton blog. He's a photographer by day and also enjoys playing video games with his 2 sons, Murphy and Jacob.

5 interesting facts you didn’t know about Renton

Renton is one of the most livable cities in Washington in terms of education, jobs, recreation and quality of living. It is also the 8th largest cities of Washington. It was once known as a coal mining and timber town. Now, it is popular for its’ Boeing 737 assembly plant. Here are some interesting facts about Rendon that you probably didn’t know about.

1. It is the home of Seahawks. In 2008 they moved to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) in Renton. It is located on 19 acres of land on Lake Washington. It is the second largest NFL facility. The fans can watch their favorite players practice during training camp sessions.

2. Hollywood star Clint Eastwood used to live in Renton. He worked as a lifeguard at Renton’s Kennydale Beach. Then he moved to L.A. to pursue his acting career.

3. The legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is buried at the Renton’s Greenwood Memorial Park. Sean Kinney, the drummer for Alice in Chains, also lived in Renton.

4. Since 1986, every summer Renton River Days festival is held in Renton. There are performances by the Wenatchee Youth Circus, a parade, Nibble of Renton, and the Rubber Ducky Derby. The event brings in the whole community together every year.

5. Renton has one of the lowest crime rates in Washington. The common crimes committed here are property or vehicle-related crimes.

Radon is a great place to live. With some of the biggest businesses operating here and good education system, job opportunity is huge here. The price of properties is low also compared to the neighboring regions. Radon is also known for its rich history and natural beauty.

About Joseph Hudson

Joseph is a long time local from Renton, and contributor for the Piazza Renton blog. He's a photographer by day and also enjoys playing video games with his 2 sons, Murphy and Jacob.

3 places you must visit in Renton

Renton is a lovely city located near Seatle. There are great places to see in Renton. Here are some of the attractions of Renton.

Cedar River Park


It is a community park where you can have a great time with your family. The Renton Community Center, the Carco Theatre, and Henry Moses Aquatic Center are located here. There is a large field for playing baseball. You can get access to the Cedar River Trail. There are huge parking space and restroom, making it an ideal place for a picnic or a day out.

Coulon Memorial Beach Park


This park consists of 57 acres of land and water. It provides a unique opportunity for water-related recreational activities. Concerts and festivals take place here all round the year. There are picnic spots, playground, botanical garden, fishing pier, etc. It’s a wonderful place for swimming during the summer. There are miles of paved walking trails along the shoreline.

Renton History Museum


It is the repository for Renton’s history. Exhibits and programs take place all round the year. There are more than 15,000 photographs from various periods of Renton’s past. There are more than 90,000 objects that represent Renton’s history; these include books, newspapers, artifacts, etc. It’s a great place to visit.

Besides visiting these places, there are many fun things to do in Renton. You will find great restaurants and shops here. Visit Renton and discover this wonderful place packed with natural beauty and history.

About Joseph Hudson

Joseph is a long time local from Renton, and contributor for the Piazza Renton blog. He's a photographer by day and also enjoys playing video games with his 2 sons, Murphy and Jacob.

Top 3 events held at the Piazza Park every year in Renton

It is public park at Renton and is a major place for special events and activities. The park is situated on less than one acre of property. There are wonderful landscaping, paved surfaces, benches, tree gates, boulders, etc. There is a ‘rushing river’ and a fountain also. Various community events take place at this park throughout the year. Here are some of the major events of this year.

Spring Festival


It is a free event for the residents of Renton. It is a festival where you can meet people and have lots of fun. There will be activities, food, music, crafts and entertainment for the whole family.

Renton Downtown Partnership – April 2016 Clean-up


It is an effort to make the downtown beautiful by regular clean-up sessions. You can participate in this event as volunteers and help to make the place clean and lovely. As a volunteer, you will be picking up trash, sweeping sidewalks and tidy up the whole area.

Annual Piazza Renton Arts and Crafts Festival


Here you will discover handcrafted local and imported goods. You will find various unique handcrafted products including clothing, cosmetics, musical instruments, etc.

Renton is a lovely place to live in. It has a vibrant community with lots of things to offer to its residents. The Piazza Park is the central point for all kinds of activities and events. The events that take place here bring in people from all over Renton to socialize and have fun with family. Besides fun festivals, a number of community and learning events also take place here. You should participate in these activities every year if you are in Renton.

About Joseph Hudson

Joseph is a long time local from Renton, and contributor for the Piazza Renton blog. He's a photographer by day and also enjoys playing video games with his 2 sons, Murphy and Jacob.