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The Penguins of Madagascar and the professionalization of esports

If we were to look for the word ‘charisma’ in any dictionary, it would be quite a detail if there were «The Penguins of Madagascar» as a synonym. Adults and children easily enjoy the adventures of these four penguins who stand out for ‘professionalization’ -or at least an attempt to do so- in their missions, both in the movies and in their series. It’s hearing “Kowalski, options” and automatically putting your hands up. You don’t know where they are going to come out in your modus operandi but the final result is: most likely you will end up laughing or with a small smile.

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The balance between the four penguins is perfect. Skipper is the leader, who gives the orders and shows his face, something like the Luis Enrique of these endearing animals. Kowalski plays the role of a smart scientist, any theoretical doubt or that involves certain numbers goes through him. On the other hand, Rico is the opposite: a penguin who is like a real watering can but who is a ‘handyman’. And finally, there is Cabo. He doesn’t stand out at all, mainly because he is the youngest and most innocent member of all, but he is the main one sacrificed for everything to go ahead. A ying and yang divided into four parts that evolves with each challenge they must overcome. The ‘professionalization’ in their missions is getting better and better or, again, at least they try to.

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Professionalization is a synonym of evolution both for the Penguins of Madagascar and in electronic sports. However, the demands are increasing. The penguins are the troublemakers who, with the excuse of wanting to go to Antarctica, encourage Marty (the zebra) to return to the wild. They go from driving a boat to an airplane among many other things. Led by Skipper, they overcome all challenges with charisma and get their reward. Antarctica may be an initial disappointment, but they continue to search for what fulfills them individually. They almost always get a prize, usually at the height of their operations.

But within esports, professionalization is somewhat deceptive. The one about the Penguins of Madagascar involves four animals that complement each other perfectly to achieve a goal. But in esports, if they can fall on a single person, better. The demanding standards grow in the industry, a completely logical and necessary consequence to achieve progress, but as in other aspects of life, try to appeal to individual responsibility for it. The sector seeks the qualities of the four penguins in an individual and achieve them at a minimum cost. And if any suspicion arrives, the wild card of the passion as an excuse to be a grabber.

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Then there is the sector completely contrary to that of the honest. Those who instead of assuming that they cannot achieve everything and seek to work as a team to achieve a common goal (or good), sell the appearance of the Penguins of Madagascar. They are Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. They have been all their lives, but no one has valued it to date. Then, at the moment of truth, they don’t even get to have Corporal’s sacrifice. putting the group before themselves. But somehow or another, like the penguins, they get their own way and manage to sneak it in. Sometimes it seems that, depending on who (or where it is applied), the demand barometer changes on a whim.

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Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private know that to return to Antarctica they have to be cautious. Exposing his plans publicly at the New York Zoo is impossible. If by any chance they get caught, they will have all the police in front of them pointing a gun at them, just like in the first Madagascar movie. But Marty, who can tell Alex (the lion) and so on with Gloria (the hippo) and Melman (the giraffe), catches them. The penguins are forced to explain the plan. But the zebra, clever or naive, hides the revelation of returning to the wild by telling her friends about it as a desired birthday present. Esports is also the zoo in Manhattan: everyone knows each other, so any good idea or complaint circulates quickly. The staff cannot express themselves as loudly as they would like for fear of digging their own grave.

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