Video games are nothing new to the Hefner Estate, of course. The October 2004 issue of Playboy sported a CGI photospread featuring some of gaming's hottest vixens; and then they did it all over again the next year. Playboy: The Mansion (the game) was unleashed to a hungry populace in January 2005, but succumbed to harsh reviews. And despite the game's entertaining run-a-magazine business model, the sex was apparently too watered down to make much of a splash.
But Playboy seems far from giving up, and hosting the Region 1 CGS Draft proves that -- even at 81 years old -- Hef's still got game. While hundreds of gamers will descend upon the Mansion this coming Tuesday, only 60 (ten-person teams to be located in six major cities) will have the twitch reflexes, personal character, and general wherewithal to make payroll -- a payroll that guarantees each member an annual salary of at least $30,000, not to mention performance bonuses that could bring total annual compensation to over $100k. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that jaw-dropping figure could push these professional gamers into the top 7% of individual-income earners in the
The Michael Jordan/Tiger Woods/Tony Hawk of eSports, Johnathan Wendel (that's "Fatal1ty" to you), is signed on as the official spokesperson and play-by-play commentator for the CGS; the apparent fruits of dominating the field for the last seven years. And he'll no doubt be soaking in the bunny-laden sights this coming Tuesday. I'd shake Mr. Wendel's hand, if his wasn't full of half a million in previous tournament winnings and over three times that amount in product endorsements -- not to mention his lucrative new position as the CGS godhead.
Instead, I'll probably be holding Fatal1ty's Jack and Pepsi for him while he's chatting with Hef and the girls, checking into his newly-formed Swiss bank account. And I'll be commiserating with my sluggish reflexes over the fact that I spent far too little time perfecting any Counter-Strike strategies.