Piers Mucklejohn explores the rise in popularity of eSports.
What are eSports?
Electronic sports (also known as eSports, e-sports or competitive gaming) is a term for organized multiplayer video game competitions. The most common video game genres associated with electronic sports are real-time strategy, fighting, first-person shooter, and multiplayer online battle arena.
Some popular eSports competitions are centred around Dota 2, StarCraft 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, World of Warcraft and more. Some competitions give winning teams in excess of £200,000.
The prize money is not the only big thing about eSports. Some matches bring in over 1 million viewers. Some watching on websites such as twitch.tv and others watching in an arena. Yes, that’s right, there are eSports arenas! With the amount of viewers these eSports matches can get they can be compared to football or rugby matches. They sometimes have nearly as many spectators and sometimes more.
Why do people watch eSports?
In this modern day and age lots of young people find it hard to relate to sports such as football, rugby and cricket as they may not be good at these things. However, lots of young people are interested in video games and so they can easily relate to eSports and feel involved in the games that they like to play.
Why do people play eSports?
As I said earlier, there is good pay from eSports, if your team wins a competition. Also, eSports are fun. People like playing eSports because they can make a living of something that they find fun. Lots of professional eSports players don’t just play the game for money but for fun. Lots of teams have members who play together for fun outside of competitions.
The future looks bright for the eSports business
Why have eSports risen in popularity in the recent years?
In addition to the fact that there is a growing audience, in the recent years there is also the fact that video games have been developed recently, making them look realistic and more pleasurable to watch.
With this sudden surge in eSports’ popularity, lots of companies have taken advantage of the viewership, these companies include: Razer, Alienware, BenQ and Intel. This sponsorship creates money and helps to keep eSports running.
What’s next for eSports?
The future looks bright for the eSports business: companies are investing in it and across the world many more eSports arenas are going to be erected. eSports players make money from the sport and are treated like sports stars, this means there is a growing number of want-to-be players.
To conclude, eSports are growing in popularity as there is money to be made from it, people find it fun to watch and relatable and big businesses are interested in sponsorship.