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Good betting site for sports/esports(csgo/dota) with painless payouts and available to the Philippines
Are there any good betting sites for sports/esports with painless payouts and available to the Philippines? I’ve tried GG.bet before and won 250$ but they didnt let me withdraw. I had to send them multiple pictures of my debit cards, along with my personal identification. But even after that they still said they couldnt verify my identity. So I played some more and eventually lost the money and stopped using that site. Would really help if anyone knows any good betting site. Thanks!
CSGO Match Betting can be done via many licensed and legal esports betting sites in 2020, for example BitStarz, Buff Bet and more. Counter-Strike is the most popular first-person shooter franchises of all-time, with it also one of the biggest E-sports on the planet. Counter Strike: Global Offensive is the fourth installment in Valve's game that has spawned various competitive video game leagues and tournaments. Onto the CSGO Match Betting E-sport Guide. Before you begin looking at odds, decide for yourself who you think will win the match. Do your own research, rely not just on our esports betting guide but also other credible sources like HLTV. The more you know the higher your chances of making a successful bet: Look at past match results between the teams If possible, see if any players or teams had huge performances which caused them to win. Maybe different rosters played, has the roster improved/gotten worse since the changes. Check the maps This particular tip applies to games like CSGO and Overwatch where the maps will vary from one match to another. Check the team’s success on maps are good at. Try to plan out the veto process in your head to see what the map(s) might come to. This could decide the series and give you a good idea on who will win the series. Check the event format ‘Best of 1’ Has a dramatically increased chance of an unexpected result. ‘Best of 2’ the favorite should be a more reliable bet, however, a draw is possible ‘Best of 3’ in most cases the favorite should be able to recover but upsets are always possible ‘Best of 5’ a true test for any team to be consistent across multiple maps. The best teams should win this. Is the lineup consistent? Look to see if the lineup is consistent. Does the team win with certain players but not others. Also check if there are any stand-ins for the match that might affect the winning chances of a team. Have the teams traveled far? Check to see if the sides have recently travelled to/from a LAN event, as jet lag or long trips can affect a player’s performance. Check individual players practice times Look at the player’s gamin accounts for the hours spent practicing or playing the game. This is a pretty clear indicator of how much work they put in. Some say that a pro esports player should be seeing above 40 hours of playing time in a span of two weeks, anything below is pretty low for a pro and could lead to a dip in performance. Look for late developments Check the players’ social media accounts. Anger or sickness prior to a match is a good sign they’re not going to play on top form. Past match performances If you have time, watch the team’s recent matches, see how they play and look for weaknesses or strengths. Make sure to note the teams form to see if they are currently slumping, or perhaps on a hot streak of form. Use predictor information Apart from relying on our esports betting guide, look at what the predictors are saying about the match. They will have all of this work done and have a good estimation of how the match should turn out. They’ll also recommend the size of the bet to place and give a good idea at the amount of risk associated with this. How is the community betting? Look at the bets the community tipsters are placing. Look at the highest ranked tipsters and see which way they’re betting. Talk to the betting community Use the match chat to see if there’s any other final information you might be missing When using other, unproven information, take it in with a pinch of salt. Individuals at times may attempt to sway users into making the bad bet in an attempt to sway the odds and return a greater profit for themselves. The individual(s) may exaggerate/makeup false information so make sure you are a) Listening to reliable sources and b) Double-checking any information you receive. Be careful of form Seeing the form a team is currently is experiencing is great and should give you a general idea for the match, however, do not fall into the trap that form = everything. Often times a team may be struggling, or doing really poorly, however that does not mean that it will continue, that spree may break at any time. CSGO is the same as with all the other eSports and sports you bet on, manage your money correctly and know the game and matches you bet on. So simple, yet so difficult. Do you want to bet on sites like bitStarz? Sign up and get promo codes or sign up offers in the link below! RSKcsgo.com
In Summer 2013, Valve incorporated cosmetic weapon skins into CSGO. Even back then, some items were quite expensive; being only accessible through expensive case openings, knives such as karambits were priced as high as 70 dollars. In late 2013, CSGOLounge came to be, a site which allowed users to bet their cosmetic item skins on competitive CSGO pro matches for a chance of winning other users' skins, but only if they win. The site started really spiking in popularity around the Katowice 2013 major, during which hundreds of thousands of users participated in item gambling on the pro matches for the event. Communities rose up to discuss gambling events and pro matches, such as /csgobetting which has now reached over 50000 subscribers. During this whole time, there were no laws against child gambling that were enforced by CSGO Lounge. Pretty much anyone could bet there. The first major case of drama came along with the IBP vs Netcode Guides match in summer 2014, which was apparently rigged (proven about half a year later though, so all skins lost in that match were permanently lost). Despite that drama, betting sites like lounge continued to grow in popularity and keep getting bigger and bigger. Sites like CSGO Jackpot came to be, which focused more on pure gambling rather than logical sports betting. CSGO coin toss sites would have users flip a coin and risk their bet for the chance at doubling it. As was later discovered, in many cases these sites were heavily rigged in favor of the site owners. In 2014 and 2015, even in early 2016, many streamers would stream videos of themselves participating in gambling of skins, either winning lots of money, or losing a large amount. This would not only entice the little kids watching them to gamble their skins on the sites and want to get involved, but also help the gambling sites in gaining popularity. There were many measures that Valve took to counteract issues caused by gambling, such as account hackeres and scammers, but even when these measures would harm the livelihood of places like lounge, they would personally contact them and help them to ensure that their bots would stay operational. Throughout the next 2 years from 2014, all of these trends continued. Some sites like trade.ninja and fanobet rose and fell, but overall, gambling continued to rise. And with it, so did the popularity of CSGO. People who were never even interested in CSGO in the first place would buy copies for themselves and friends purely out of desire to get involved in gambling (bear in mind this was just some users though). New skins and cases came out, the game continued to grow. The end came quickly and abruptly. It was discovered quite recently that many of the popular sites for csgo gambling were rigged (no proof for Lounge, but many other sites) and that the owners of the sites would play on these gambling sites whilst simultaneously rigging the games so that they would gain more attention for their site. Surprisingly, due to this and surely many other legal issues, Valve took action. They sent a cease and desist letter to over 20 popular CSGO gambling sites, and essentially told them to stop their activities within 10 days or to face legal repercussions. Many sites closed their doors and returned skins to users, but up until today, not CSGO Lounge. Despite not saying anything for 10 days, the might giant has fallen, as today CSGO Lounge announced that users from many major countries INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES are no longer permitted to gamble skins on their site, and most likely may end up limiting the gambling options on their site as a whole in the near future. And so that is the end of CSGO gambling as we knew it. It was a fun ride guys, I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. I will say though that I'm happy it is over. It caused a LOT of issues for this game and the people that got involved with it, so I think this is for the best. I made a video to help give a visual to all of this stuff, so if you're interested in actually seeing what all this stuff looked like and getting a more in-depth explanation, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16ZvU9vIDY Let me know what you guys think about this and the recent turn of events; did I miss anything? Let me know that as well, thanks! EDIT: Updated with a fixed date or two at the start, replaced ESL Cologne 2014 with Katowice 2013.
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Let me introduce you our research about bettors' behavior during the COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic that swept the whole world in 2020 has, in one way or another, affected all betting offices. It seems that we have survived the first wave, but it is completely uncertain what will happen next. Uncertainty is the main catalyst for global crises. But right now, the price of competent analysis and objective assessment of probabilities is increasing. And this is exactly what we are doing here at Bethub.bet To get more data on the situation among the players, we spoke with our users and asked them a few questions in order to understand how much and to what extent the pandemic has affected their financial situations and preferences in the game. The first question was not related to bets – it related to the impact of the pandemic on the financial situation of our users: “How has your income changed during the pandemic?”
Income has not changed – 26%
Increased slightly – 8%
Has grown significantly – 4%
Fell slightly – 20%
Dropped significantly – 26%
I lost my job – 16%
The next question we asked was, “How has your sports betting spending changed during the pandemic?”
I bet the same – 23%
I started spending more – 27%
I spent less – 29%
I stopped spending money on bets – 21%
To understand how the game itself has changed, we asked users “How have your gambling preferences changed during the pandemic?”
Bet on leagues from traditional sports that were not canceled due to the pandemic – 56%
Began to bet on eSports – 30%
Began playing more in the casino – 11%
Began playing poker more – 3%
One of the most important questions that interested us was, “Did you use credit for gambling during the pandemic, even though you had never used it before?” It’s the use of borrowed funds that is one of the main markers of gambling addiction and one of the biggest negative impacts of gambling on the player.
Yes – 28%
No – 72%
The indicator seemed to us too high, and we thought that the survey participants might have inattentively read the question and answered only the first part of it. As we were interested in the impact of the pandemic, we decided to reformulate the question and divide it into two simpler ones:
Did you use loan funds for betting before the pandemic?
Yes – 20%
No – 80%
2. Did you use loan funds for betting during the pandemic?
There needs to be an actual 2-3 month break for pro players / talent in CS that both tournaments and teams respect
Can't help to think that the few Astralis players and Olofmeister can't be the only players who are tired and exhausted of sitting down for hours, on an inconsistent schedule, with (normally) travel to other continents. I know some of these orgs have hired counsellors, therapists and other professionals to try and keep these guys healthy but I think just a longer term break is what is needed. The NHL gives its players a minimum of a 3 month break before any sort of camps begin again, the MLB 5 months before spring training roughly, NBA similar has a similar hiatus to the NHL and you can put the research in yourself for other sports if you want. I don't know if the CSGO players union has any say in working for an inactive period for all professional tournaments and leagues but even if players could have something like November, December and January off in a year to have an extended visit with family for holidays and to work on themselves outside gaming it would help with players burning out and improve the stress in the scene.
Betting majority of esports right now is degeneracy. Change my mind.
I feel until it becomes more consistent , betting any esports right now should be avoide=d. I read so many stories of fights with bookies over esports lines, as well as cheating. Do I just have a poor understanding of this, or amirite? I'm looking for a better perspective than my own bias.
Daily Watchlist $AKER: On August 11th Akers Biosciences Inc. shares fell after the company agreed to sell shares to several investors to raise roughly $6.8 million.The next morning, shares were down 13% at $5.70 . They are 78% higher year-to-date. Akers said it entered definitive agreements with institutional and accredited investors for about 1.2 million shares at a purchase price of $5.67 each in a registered direct offering. The offering closed on August 13th. Shares of $AKER have been falling dramatically since they released earnings, and yesterday August 26th the stock began to show signs of a reversal. Shares dipped as low as $3.77 and finished after hours yesterday at $4.18/share. Volume was decent yesterday, if it continues today we could potentially see this gap up to previous highs of the mid 6’s pre-earnings. Swinging this one. Trend Reversal $AESE: On August 20th, Allied Esports Entertainment (NASDAQ:AESE) shares were trading higher again after the company announced a licensing agreement with GRID for the monetization of data and video rights to the company's popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Legend Series events. The multiyear deal will launch with the VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series tournament beginning Aug. 31. The partnership, along with the licensing and sponsorship deal with naming rights partner VIE.gg, marks the first time Allied Esports will offer the use of data and video rights for the enhancement of regulated consumer betting. Allied Esports Entertainment Inc is an esports entertainment company. The company generates a majority of its revenue from the Gaming and Entertainment segment. Allied eSports set a viewership record of 1.6 million concurrent viewers (if i remember correctly) which caused the share price to climb as high as $2.69. Currently trading at $1.80, if management decides to announce viewership results soon after the tournament on the 31st, we could see the stock start to shoot that gap. Multiple time charts so this chart completely reversing the trend. Currently riding this with an average of $1.60/share. Upcoming Catalyst: CSGO tournament Aug 31 $TTNP: Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results for TTNP were announced on August 14th. For the three months ended, June 30, 2020, Titan reported approximately $1 .3 million in revenue, which reflects approximately $0.1 million in product sales and approximately $1.2 million related to the Company's National Institute on Drug Abuse ("NIDA") grant. This compared with revenues of approximately $0.5 million in the same period in 2019, which was comprised of $0.3 million in product sales and $0.2 million related to the NIDA grant. Product revenue during the quarter ended June 30, 2020 declined substantially from the comparable period in 2019 due to substantial decreases in unit sales volumes, increased utilization of our patient assistance programs and the COVID-19 pandemic and the related shelter in place restrictions and clinic closures. Also, the second quarter of 2019 unit sales volume included initial purchases by a specialty pharmacy. Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were approximately $5 .7 million, compared with approximately $5.4 million from the same quarter in 2019, and consisted primarily of research and development ("R&D") and selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses and costs of goods sold, inclusive of distribution expenses. R&D expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 were approximately $2 .0 million, compared to approximately $1.9 million in the same three month period in 2019. Net loss applicable to common stockholders in the second quarter of 2020 was approximately $4.6 million, or approximately $0.05 per share, compared with a net loss applicable to common stockholders of approximately $5.2 million, or approximately $0.38 per share, in the same quarter in 2019. As of June 30, 2020 , Titan had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $5.5 million , which the Company believes are sufficient to fund planned operations through the third quarter of 2020. Chart play for me here. TTNP has a history of spiking dramatically every month or so, and it looks like the downward trend that resulted from earnings announcements has finally begun to bottom out and show signs of a reversal. Currently trading at .24 cents, this stock has the potential to gap up to .30 and even .35 if it can push past resistance. Looking for an entry this morning. Consolidation $GRWG: On Monday, GrowGeneration (GRWG) said it plans to collaborate with law enforcement and regulators to seek an investigation of short-seller Hindenburg Research, which slammed the company's management and warned of a potential 70% drop in its stock in a recent report. In a statement late Friday, GrowGeneration, which operates hydroponic and organic garden centers, called Hindenburg Research' statements about certain officers and directors "false and defamatory" and a move to manipulate the stock. It said it will take steps to ensure "the organization ceases and desists from all illegal and otherwise wrongful activity." On Friday, Hindenburg Research issued a report calling GrowGeneration's management team "one of the most questionable we have ever seen at a public company," with top executives allegedly having ties to "pump and dump schemes, organized crime and various acts of fraud." GRWG shares fell 3.7% in pre-market trading on Monday. Shares have been trading sideways after this news came out, after one hell of a bull run from March. Currently using the 50ma as support and trading around $13, I could see this pushing upward once more since the Hindenburg shorting drama has been addressed by management. Swing. Using the 50ma as a support Never forget to do your own DD; remember: For all you know, all the stocks that I mention here will dip 90% tomorrow; Do your own DD, I'm not some magic fairy. Trading will never come this easy to you. If all the stocks on here went up, I'd be chilling on my own Island.\*
Are there any Esports that are comparable to CSGO in terms of development?
Let me start by clarifying what I DON'T mean: I'm not here to argue CSGO is a better game than any other. Nor that it is a better viewing experience as an Esport. Instead, I'm trying to think which other game/Esport has the potential to be considered a fully fledged sport comparable to mainstream sports. What am I looking for? Well, CSGO has: - Robust ranking system (HLTV, and to a lesser extent, ESL) - Access to an incredible amount of quality and in depth stats (HLTV & Valve APIs) - HLTV ratings! A metric to measure individual player's performance, which is rare in itself. - A huge amount of matches that are not only casted, but tracked in real time, which allows for a betting market to develop - A lot of teams that are reaching a decent level of professionalism (actual structure around players, coaches, GMs, marketing team, PR, etc.) - Competitive prize pools that are still growing I follow Dota2 a bit, which has bigger payouts due mostly to the TI. But without that, I think (honestly haven't run the numbers) CSGO has a more robust prize structure overall. Other games have a similar situation, where the developer is fronting huge payouts (Fortnite) but the environment itself cannot afford to pay huge prizes in non-developer-owned tournaments. My question is, for those of you that follow other Esports, is there any other Esport that has a site comparable to HLTV that allows you to access live and historic stats, and has a ranking that is as or more relied on than CSGO's? Is there any other Esport that you think could be comparable/better than CSGO in terms of being a developed competitive professional Esport?
How to get in "The Zone" (Flow State) while Gaming [video + text]
TL;DR - Video Version:https://youtu.be/JeWyO8YFQng Flow State, also known as being “in the zone”, is that magical feeling when time fades away and you’re able to perform at an optimal state of consciousness. It’s a state that’s achieved most frequently when a high level of skill meets a high level of challenge. Imagine an NBA player sinking consecutive free throw attempts at a pivotal moment of a game. A snowboarder perfectly executing a 720 down a half pipe for a gold medal. A golfer shooting his or her personal best score on the final Sunday of a big tournament. In gaming, this looks like an FPS player pulling off a massive clutch in a crucial moment of a best of 3 matchup. Or an RTS player orchestrating a symphony of economy management, defense, and offense simultaneously during a heated moment of the tournament grand finals. In Destiny 2, this could be winning a make or break 1v3 scenario on the 7th game of a trials of osiris card. Or keeping your cool during the final boss of a worlds first raid race. Kevin Maney, author of several books on achieving maximum performance, says: “When someone is in a state of flow, that person's brain is not thinking about anything - it's just processing things through chunks at a total instinct level. Athletes in a state of flow describe knowing what will happen just before it does - knowing how a defender will react to a certain move an instant before doing it. Of course, if you know what will happen, you can succeed at doing it, so an athlete in flow has a stand-out game.” We’ve all felt moments of flow state in our day to day lives. Sometimes you’re working on a project and everything just seems to click. Time fades away and your brain feels like it’s connecting the dots effortlessly. Most of the research we have today in flow state consciousness stems from the work done by a Hungarian-American Psychologist named Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (let's call him "Dr. C") In his seminal work titled Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, he outlines his theory that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow—a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. It is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. The idea of flow is identical to the feeling of being in the zone or in the groove. The flow state is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where the person is fully immersed in what they are doing. One of the core components of his theory is that Flow State is most likely to be achieved when a high level of challenge is matched with a high level of skill. Take a look at this chart that plots challenge level on the vertical axis vs skill level on the horizontal axis. His theory states that where you land on this chart determines your experience. A task that is too easy, combined with a low level of ability or skill will make you bored and apathetic While a task that is too hard for your current level of skill will make you anxious and stressed. The sweet spot to achieve flow state is when you have developed a high level of skill and are met with a high level of challenge. This leads to being focused and happy. It’s a magical pre-condition for entering flow state.
Researchers have been working to prove the existence of this flow state for years and have been working to understand exactly what triggers it.
In a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, a team ran an interesting experiment where they tried to trigger flow state intentionally by electrically stimulating a particular area of the brain. Now I’m not a Psychologist, and won’t pretend to be one. Luckily though, one of my best friends since grade school just happens to have his PhD in Neuropsychology and studies this field professionally, so I have to give a big thanks to him for helping me dig through this topic and putting together this project. The TL:DR version is that they split up participants into groups to test performance in both Tetris for untrained players and FPS games like CSGO and Battlefield for players with a lot of FPS experience. Each participant was hooked up to a transcranial direct current stimulation device (or tDCS for short) which was connected to specific areas of the brain. Participants were then split into a stimulation group and a placebo group, where half of the players received true brain current stimulation and half were only hooked up to the machine and led to believe their brain was being externally stimulated. Essentially the idea behind the experiment was to see if you could externally influence the brain in order to quiet the frontal areas of the brain - which are typically associated with executive functions such as… planning, adapting, multitasking, monitoring, and working memory in order to allow other regions of the brain to operate more efficiently while playing games. This executive function is responsible for decision making and planning for tasks like how to make a multi-course meal that has all of the different courses finished at the same time. Cognitive flexibility is also a part of executive function, in other words, being able to adapt what you're doing in a given scenario. For example this might be quickly rerouting your driving navigation in your head if you encounter a traffic jam... or going to a different grocery store with a new layout and finding all of the same items that are now in different locations. This part of our brain is essential for everyday living, and we’d be in big trouble without it. But the idea behind this experiment was that if you could suppress the areas of the brain responsible for this executive function while stimulating the areas of the brain responsible for skill execution, you may be able to more easily enter flow state while tackling challenging activities. And it WORKED! The results are fascinating. The study showed that after suppressing neural activity in the prefrontal cortex, and enhancing activity in the parietal lobe, non-gaming participants (in other words, those playing tetris) performed significantly better, completing more Tetris lines than the placebo group. [All 4 tDCS study graphs:https://imgur.com/a/GSIaEO2] Meanwhile the FPS players showed a small increase in number of kills but it wasn’t a strong enough correlation to be considered statistically significant. However, the subjective feeling of being in the "flow state" was enhanced for the participants who received electrical brain stimulation in both gaming groups. So even beyond the actual game performance, the study showed that limiting extraneous activity in brain regions that house these "executive functions", such as maintenance, multitasking, set switching, and working memory, made it easier for people to enter a flow state. Making flow state more accessible likely also has effects on performance regardless of the activity (in other words, playing a game vs doing anything else that requires skill). While kill performance wasn't significantly increased in the FPS group, you can imagine other parameters that may be sensitive to flow… things like reaction time, or time required to learn a new strategy, may also be improved. This is exciting news for performance nerds like myself who want to squeeze out every bit of efficiency possible.... BUT it’s probably not realistic to have electrodes connected to your brain just to improve your gameplay capabilities on a regular basis.
So the question becomes… how can we trigger flow state more naturally WITHOUT the external brain stimulation?
Dr. Michael Gervais from the flow genome project says that “Getting to that state is incredibly challenging. It’s not like we can just wake up and say, “today im going to be in flow”. It requires a fundamental commitment to embrace risk, matched by the required skills to thrive in those conditions” In order to regularly experience flow state, you need to have a growth focused mindset and believe that you have the capacity to improve. This leads to having a more open mind about receiving accurate criticism and appraisal of your skills, so that you can improve even further. And with increased skill acquisition, you’re able to take on tougher challenges, leading to higher chances of entering flow state. This is why dropping your ego is such a critical part of the path to regularly achieving flow state. You need to become willing to accept feedback to grow your skills and abilities in your field of choice. It’s clear to see why flow state is so commonly achieved by extreme sports athletes like snowboarders and skiers. The challenge presented by tackling a double black diamond downslope mixed with a heightened level of adrenaline forces your mind to put all energy into accomplishing the task at hand. With the high skill required to perform these physical feats, it’s a perfect recipe for achieving flow state. There’s another relevant concept here illustrated by the Yerkes-Dodson curve: Graph here:https://imgur.com/a/D3hydPj The theory is that performance increases with physiological or mental arousal (in other words, stress) but only up to a point. When the level of stress becomes too high, performance decreases. So to decode this a bit... If a task is too easy and doesn’t stress you out at least a little bit, your performance will be weak. At the same time though, if the challenge is too strong, you can become too anxious and stressed to perform at a high level. So to add to our previously mentioned theory from Dr. C relating challenge level to skill level, we also need to keep in mind that increasing challenge to the point where it becomes overly stressful is likely not the best way to maximize our performance. Because of this connection, I believe that getting comfortable with increased challenge is an essential component of improving your likelihood of entering flow state. You need to train the mindset of continuous improvement so that you build the confidence to take on more difficult situations, and put in the training time required to grow your skill and meet the challenge. You need to trust yourself and your abilities. And you earn the ability to trust yourself by doing hard things over a long period of time.
There are two major psychological triggers that seem to lead to flow state.
The first is having a balanced ratio of high skill to high challenge as we mentioned earlier, and having the right challenge level so that it provides just enough stress to maximize performance. The other trigger is having complete concentration of the mind. This can be achieved through mindfulness practices like meditation. It’s no surprise to me that renowned performance expert and author Tim Ferriss mentions in his book Tools of Titans that over 80% of the 100+ high performing individuals featured in the book have a regular meditation practice. This is a collection of some of the most successful people on the planet, who certainly need to enter flow state regularly in order to achieve greatness in their respective fields. I’ve found in my own life that having a regular morning meditation practice sets the pace for the day and anecdotally seems to help me reach flow state more often especially when working on video projects like this one and playing games. There are a ton of great smartphone apps these days that are either free or cheap and can help with creating a regular meditation practice. One of my favorites lately is Oak. The other major contributor to reaching flow state in my own experience seems to be the ability to completely focus on the task at hand. When I’m distracted by juggling several projects at once, or have concerns about various business tasks to take care of like paying bills and filing papers, or responding to emails, I find it tremendously more difficult to achieve flow state. It makes sense when you consider the tDCS experiment described during the initial section of this writeup. If the frontal parts of your brain, the parts that are responsible for planning and executive functions, are taking over control - it’s going to be much more difficult to focus on deep work and skill execution. I think this is one of the reasons why I find it so difficult to perform well in games when I’m also live streaming on Twitch compared to just playing in my off time. When your brain is focused on reading the live chat, responding to questions, managing the video and audio production elements of running a live broadcast, and ALSO attempting to perform at a high level in the game, it’s no wonder that game performance is likely to take a hit and you’re rarely going to feel in the zone. In fact there’s research to back up this claim. There’s analysis indicating that the brain can only process 110 bits of information per second, while decoding speech alone takes 60 bits per second. Now whether these numbers are accurate or not, it’s easy to understand why the brain would struggle to focus on skillful tasks while also trying to understand someone speaking to you. Have you ever noticed when you’re driving along a highway listening to music and all the sudden realize you need to find a particular turn off point, you instinctively turn down the volume of whatever you’re listening to? This can likely be explained by only having a particular amount attentional bandwidth, and needing to shift some energy towards those executive function tasks we mentioned earlier in the frontal parts of the brain. On the flip side, when you do reach flow state and all of your brain processing power is diverted to the task at hand, you can lose sense of time and perform some incredible feats. So take care of your responsibilities, homework, chores, and anything else that may stress you out before attempting to play games or sports at a high level, and I bet you’ll perform much better. If you have a big test coming up, or need to pay bills, or haven’t done homework that’s due soon, it can be a source of stress that takes up space in your subconscious mind and won’t allow you to fully focus on the task at hand.
One of the biggest obstacles to finding a "groove" on a task, in other words getting into flow, is overthinking.
Certain activities, such as listening to music, podcasts, or videos in the background can help calm the brain regions that otherwise constantly daydream or think too hard about unimportant things. However background information that includes dialogue can be harder to optimally tune out, because it’s easy to pay too much attention to it. Studies have shown that by inhibiting activity in a key area of your brain that controls conscious, effortful thought, specifically the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), and enhancing activity in an area responsible for sustained attention, people enter "flow" or a groove more easily. Once this switch happens, it can have a snowball effect, as studies have shown that continued activation of certain brain regions may "turn off" or "turn on" other brain regions that can help or hurt their cause. In other words, if you begin a task with some focused attention, after a while your brain enters a sort of "sustained attention mode", and enhances activity in other areas that can help keep that focus going. The same is also true on the other end. If you want to start something but don't put that much effort into it, your brain will continue to engage regions responsible for daydreaming and overthinking. This is also a good lesson in encouraging yourself to limit checking your phone or other distracting devices while trying to get into flow state because it re-engages the parts of the brain that may lead to daydreaming and drifting off into a two hour long social media binge when you really needed to be focusing on a project with a looming deadline, or spending 100% of your focus on a high stakes game. So for a bottom line, when you’re trying to get into the flow state for a project, sport or game, spend at least 15-30 minutes without looking at your phone or checking social media and see where it gets you.
In addition to sharpening your mind directly, it seems that having a healthy routine can also lead to improved performance and likelihood of entering flow state.
Taking time to exercise, get sunlight, meditate, practice mindfulness exercises, and eating healthy nutritious meals can aid your brain in performing optimally. In FLOW: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Dr. C says that “Happiness does not depend on outside events, but rather on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy. Therefore, happiness depends on inner harmony. The individuals who have inner harmony lead vigorous lives, are open to a variety of experiences, keep on learning until the day they die, and have strong ties and commitments to other people and to the environment in which they live. They enjoy whatever they do, even if tedious or difficult; they are hardly ever bored, and they can take in stride anything that comes their way.” So to recap, we have a number of psychological pre-conditions to trigger flow:
Willingness to embrace risk and take on increased challenges
Ability to match current skill level with the right level of challenge that’s hard enough to make you focused and happy, but not so difficult that it produces anxiety.
Commitment and openness to develop skills needed to THRIVE in these areas of increased challenge
Developing a growth mindset which leads to accurate appraisal of skill
Developing trust in yourself by becoming comfortable with increased challenges. This is progressed by consistently doing hard things over a long period of time.
In addition to these psychological pre-conditions, there are also environmental flow triggers that seem to assist getting into the flow state.
The first is engagement of multiple sensory streams at once. With more sensory streams present, your brain needs to focus more to make sense of it all. So when you need to make use of sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste all at the same time, you’re more likely to find yourself in the zone. The second is a rich environment. In other words, finding a lot of novelty, complexity, and unpredictability in your environment. This is one of the reasons that extreme sports like snowboarding that have complex downslopes with lots of obstacles to engage with seem to be so highly connected to getting in flow state. The third is high consequences. These could be physical, mental, social, or emotional risks. The relationship between high levels of consequence in activities like sports and gaming at professional levels can certainly make getting into a flow state more accessible. Some of these environmental triggers are generally outside of our control depending on the task we are focusing on, which is why certain activities like extreme sports seem to have such a high correlation with triggering flow state. There’s also a range of flow from micro to macro. You can experience some parts of flow state but not all of the characteristics, or you can experience the full blown flow state. When more flow triggers are present, flow experiences tend to be more full and intense. If your activity of choice doesn’t tend to embody a large amount of natural flow triggers, you need to focus on maximizing your preconditions to achieve flow state such as developing a high level of skill. For example in FPS gaming, you can focus on skill development like map awareness, crosshair placement, pre-aiming, aim training, in-game multitasking and game sense to become the most skilled player you can be. This allows you to take on tougher challenges in the game, and ultimately leads to a higher likelihood of matching high skill with high challenge and entering flow state.
So with all of this research and new knowledge, what can we take away to make a lasting impact in our lives?
Here’s my take: #1 - It’s going to take effort and intention to reach flow state, it won't always happen automatically. It’s a matter of finding the right balance between skill acquisition and picking challenges that are hard enough to stimulate you but not so hard that they create anxiety. For large projects, biting off one chunk at a time may help with this. #2 - To improve your odds of getting in the zone, do your best to eliminate distractions, at least for a predetermined amount of time (for example 15 to 30 minutes), then repeat as needed. Avoid social media and various notifications as much as possible when trying to get in the flow state. Perhaps even put your devices in Do Not Disturb mode for periods of time when you need maximum focus. #3 - Try to figure out your own balance between stimulation that can mellow your overactive prefrontal cortex and that which may engage it a bit too much. Is it music? A podcast? Ocean sounds? Find something that can melt into the background of your attentional awareness, occupying some of it, but without demanding too much of your attention. This is the key to mimicking the results of that tDCS study we mentioned at home. Ultimately, there are no easy answers, and no guarantees, and that's why productivity is hard! But at least now you have a formula to help you find your own personal recipe for getting in the zone. If you liked this post, would you mind giving the video version a thumbs up on YT? 🥰https://youtu.be/JeWyO8YFQng
[Giveaway] New trading/selling/buying sub-reddit for Indians
Hey guys, as this sub-reddit doesn't allow trading or buying/selling, and there is no trading group for Indians on steam/reddit/discord, I have made another sub-reddit (indiansteamtrade), where you can join and have fun while buying or selling. Why can you trade/buy/sell on this group?
CSGO or Dota 2 or Rust and all other games' items. (upto 67% but mostly 75-85%)
Steam games at lower price (80-85% + extra sale by steam), mostly sold by people who are liquidating their steam wallet
Popular 3rd party web sites balance like cs.money, loot.farm, bitskins, G2A pay, skinbaron, VPgame, csgoempire, 1xbet, etc
All things can be sold for UPI, Paytm, BTC, ETH, Bank Transfer,
The trading/selling on this group will be fluid, you can trade for anything like CSGO skins for Fortnite Emotes or Dota 2 Arcanas for UPI , doesn't matter as long as seller and buyer are happy. Why should you join this group?
All CSGO or Dota 2 or Rust items are sold at 75-80% of price and games at less,
Steam trading is a nice hobby and you can make some profit to afford some games which you can't buy (like Cyberpunk 2077 for me rn)
If you into e-sports betting (not gambling), then you should definitely check out our future threads
Have some unsold skins/steam balance which you wanna to liquidate and have some real money
PS: We are going to manually verify each seller before giving them a verified tag, admin/mods can be used to do escrow in buying, the only problem would be scams, so please before going buy something make a god damn selling post. Giveaway offer: On having 500 members in our trade group, I will giveaway a 1000rs Steam Gift Card to a random guy. Thanks indiansteamtrade
I Love and Hate the Gun Mechanics in this game. My thoughts on Recoil and First Bullet Accuracy.
Coming from CS. I loved the first bullet accuracy of the rifles in this game. People that are new to the genre may not understand the baffling RNG that comes with CSGO AK and pistol first bullet accuracy. This sole mechanic in Valorant made me love the game and turn me off from playing CS. I believe if you aimed more accurately (ie. on the head) and shoot before the enemy does, you should win the fight. However, recoil reset in this game makes ZERO sense. It's like they don't want you to outplay the opponent. The fact that you can't burst more than 2 people consecutively without your bullets flying to the heavens because it kept the spray pattern frustrates the hell out of me. You can have half a second in between the last burst and the next, and it'll keep the spray pattern. I would use 3-4 bullets on one kill, and try to kill another right after, but I see my bullets flying way above my crosshair. It makes no sense. I'm not spraying, and I'm not tapping really quickly. If my aim is better (and the RNG of the first bullet accuracy is on my side) and I shoot first, I should be able to win that fight. I see in similar posts people saying that Riot thinks you shouldn't win 2v1 and what not because of "positioning" or some other bullshit. There should still be the ability to outplay players with aim mechanics. The recoil and recoil reset time makes the game feel super inconsistent. Even if you have great positioning, the game makes it feel like you're not allowed to win a fight against 3 or more within a short time frame, even if you have the better aim. It's like RIot wants you to die if you kill 2 people and another person sees you right away. You killed 2 people? That's enough, now die so that your teammates can do something. These recoil mechanics also makes the game less hype. I feel like abilities are really strong in this game, and I feel that it's partially due to the inconsistencies of the gun mechanics in this game. I love watching pros, but I feel like the game limits their mechanical potential by limiting the outplay potential with the way recoil works in this game. I love how abilities affect the game, but I feel like they're way more impactful than having great aim. Look, the pros have amazing aim, and it shows sometimes in matches, but I feel like Riot is limiting the potential outplays that pros and other players with great aim can have in the game. I'm fine with how the first bullet accuracy works in this game. Even if it was an issue, they can just increase the accuracy on rifles, and have it the way it is now or reduce the accuracy on smg, lmg, pistol, shotguns. I feel like the main benefit of having an OP would be the one-shot potential, and the scope to hold angles easier. So I wouldn't mind seeing completely accurate first bullet on the main rifles. Bulldog having inconsistent first bullet is balanced. I don't see a reason for the Guardian to exist anyways so I think that should go. But again, I'm ok with how first bullet accuracy is in this game. It's WAAAAY better than CSGO. I want to love playing this game. I love the combinations that agent abilities can have, and the executes that pros pull of in matches. There's so much potential for the e-sport. However, playing the game with this recoil system really makes me dislike the path that Riot is taking. I bet they have considered this a lot, and they've changed the Vandal and Phantom (I think it was during beta) so that it caters more towards bursting. But the game still needs work. I feel like there would be way more clips of pro matches in this subreddit if the recoil mechanics changed. I feel like the power of abilities and the inconsistency of the recoil caters the game towards Defense Side. Therefore, if they were to change the recoil mechanics, mechanically gifted pros will be able to express themselves in game and play more aggressive. And it makes it easier for us players to get better, since the game won't feel as inconsistent. TLDR: Love that first bullet accuracy is way more consistent than CSGO. Don't mind seeing Vandal/Phantom being more accurate, since pros and cons of having OP should be based on one-shot kill ability and the scope to hold angles. Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate the recoil and recoil reset time. Feel like it limits mechanically gifted players from making more plays/playing aggressive. Will make agent abilities vs aim mechanics more balanced. Will create more hype plays and game feel more consistent.
Counter-Strike: Global Operations is already almost synonymous with esports.
Counter-Strike: Global Operations is already almost synonymous with esports. This is most likely the first game that will catch the eye of anyone who is just getting started with esports and offers the widest possible betting opportunities. While some games are only available on specialized esports betting sites, CS: GO csgo-bettingsites betting can usually be found on most betting sites, including traditional sports betting sites.
Hi guys, I'm the most retarded 17 y/o to ever live. I started gambling around age 12 (csgo skin gambling) and have been hooked ever since. Won 1-2k by 14, then lost 3k in a single night and cried myself to sleep. Quit gambling for around 2 years, then when I turned 16 I placed my first sports bet. Won 3k on 3 dollars (guessed 16 matches correct) and have been hooked ever since. I have probably lost 8-10 k since then, and lost my final 1k today. All of this is my own money from work, but I have 0 savings now and feel completely fucked :( Typed out on phone so formatting and spelling might be odd. Any advice on how to go about getting my life on track again?
Verasity is a rewards based platform for gaming and video entertainment. Their SDK can be integrated into the most used online video players, such as Twitch and Vimeo, and video gaming content is monetized with their Ad Stack. Also, their coming platform will enable users to create their own eSports tournament, with custom Jackpots, as well as combining gaming, crypto and betting.They already have some live products, namely, their GameStore ( http://games.verasity.tv/) and a dedicated browser wallet (https://verawallet.tv/); however, their larger product to date will probably be their eSports platform, which will launch this week in anticipation for their first tournament, which will be a CS:GO (Counterstrike - a best-selling Steam game) tournament starting next monday and featuring several pro players, including xccurate (one of the best CS:GO players in Asia, 9k followers on Twitter - announcement here: https://twitter.com/xccurateCSGO/status/1272831382499274753) and NBK (mighty European pro player, regularly ranked in the top10 in recent years, with 280k followers on Twitter - announcement here https://twitter.com/NBK/status/1275005750801240068). More players are joining every day, leading to the tournament start on Monday.Yesterday they also launched their fiat on-ramp, allowing users to buy VRA with their credit card (announcement: https://twitter.com/verasitytech/status/1275450829294600192). Their fiat on-ramp buys tokens from some exchanges (those with highest liquidity), and token will be demanded by gamers to bet on their players during the tournament next week. VRA is lsted on Kucoin, Bitmax, Binance DEX, Bittrex. There are some ongoing rumors of a new listing coming very soon. Current marketcap is $3.4m; considering that top100 threshold is $61m at the moment and top200 is currently at $16m, if the tournament gains good traction and pro players manage to attract good viewership, volume and adoption for the token, a conservative target might thus be a 5x from here, while a bolder target might be put at 15x. As always, DYOR, and good luck everyone.
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