The world is polarised: there are those who live and breathe sports, and then there are those who couldn't care less. And then, there are the die-hard fans for whom regular sports just isn't enough.
Cue eSports, a way to introduce even more competition into the lives of those who play video games, sometimes even professionally. If your mom has always told you that nothing good could ever come out of your obsessive video gaming, you can now easily prove her wrong!
What Is eSports? A Brief eSports History
If you've heard the buzzword of eSports being thrown around, but have no clue what it's all about fret not. We're here to explain. Video gaming has been around for ages. In fact, you might still remember all the Nintendo or Playstation gaming you used to do way back when.
In the very beginning, players would organise themselves in an amateur way to play off against each other. Yet, it's now grown to become a huge industry for developers, gamers and spectators alike. So much so, that software developers now try and stay ahead by designing games specifically to facilitate the creation of eSports subcultures.
Industry experts have estimated that nearly half a billion people from around the world will be watching eSports by next year (2019). Plus, generating $1.5 billion annually by 2020, eSports is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the iGaming world.
eSports Games – From Dota 2 to CS:GO
We know what you're thinking. Wouldn't it be brilliant if you could play a bit of casual Sims City and make yourself a tonne of money? We're afraid that it just won't work that way.
The video game genres that rule the eSports are real-time strategy games, first-person shooter games, fighting games and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games. So, your phenomenal ability to build a city that is adored by its inhabitants is not of much use here.
On the other hand, if you are into games like Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and similar, you're in luck. Those are some of the biggest names in the eSports business and players from everywhere compete to show off their skills.
Needless to say, professional eSports gamers take home massive prize pots, well into millions of dollars at times. Think of them as modern day poker players, just with a computer mouse in their hand and bulky headphones on their head.
What's more, grand tournaments such as The International and Intel Extreme Masters attract crowds big enough to fill mega arenas. So you know the professional eSportsmen and women might be in it for the money, but the also get the glory and the fame.