The Hip-Hop Gaming League is born
You’re probably laughing at me right now. “Hip-Hop Gaming League?” Yes. Not only that, Da Commissioner is none other than Snoop Dee Oh Double Gee. You can visit the official HHGL homepage here. Here’s the scoop on what they’re all about:
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 15, 2006) Promising to “change the face of sports and video gaming forever,” entertainer Snoop Dogg today announced the formation of the Hip-Hop Gaming League, a new sports organization melding two of his favorite interests.
Speaking at a massive press conference in Hollywood, Snoop (real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus) said he was seeking “to end all rumors and speculation about the league,” which has been in the works for some time. Athletes will compete against each other on Xbox 360, he said.
Snoop, who will act as the official Commissioner, said the initial regular season would run five weeks, followed by one week of playoffs. The HHGL will be open only to an A-list of musicians, athletes, producers and other entertainers personally selected by him. Among the biggest names: Method Man, Denver Nugget Carmelo Anthony, soccer’s Cobi Jones and Cincinnati Bengal Chad Johnson.
“I’m an initiator, you dig?” Snoop said. “This is something I’ve been cultivating in my mind for some time.” The league will celebrate its kickoff this weekend with a big event at the NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas, climaxing with the grand finals showdown in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A long-time gamer, hip-hop icon and film and TV star, Snoop said he would put his personal stamp on the league, settling disputes, enforcing league rules and generally running the show. His goal is to have the HHGL “take it to the next level,” he said, “which is professional, international and universal. We’re going to take this thing here straight over the stratosphere, baby.”
Expect fierce competition, said Snoop, drawing laughs from the crowd when he told a persistant reporter, “Let me worry about making the rules while you all worry about following them.”
“We want people who hate to lose, like myself,” he said, concluding the press conference. “Now marinate on that.”
So, I guess the question presents itself; is this the next big thing? By getting Snoop on board, will we actually see gaming move up in popularity and get rid of its nerd-ridden stigma? I know plenty of people who are gamers that, if you knew them, you’d never saddle them with the moniker. I see people playing games on a regular basis in the coming years becoming as common as those who watch soaps.