From a novelty and a hobby, esports is now a legitimate industry, generating hundreds if not thousands of jobs worldwide, and providing the same quality entertainment as mainstream sports.
Putting up millions of dollars in cash prizes in tournaments all over the world, esports has completely taken the world by storm.
With so many titles to choose from, as well as so many things happening within each title, trying to keep up can be difficult.
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Short for “electronic esports”, esports is a video game done at a professional level.
Just like how other conventional sports such as basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, tennis, golf, and so on, have their own separate leagues and tournaments for the top players in the world or in their respective nations, esports also have the same.
Organized competitive gaming events and leagues put hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars as prize money in tournaments held across the world, which the very best players of their respective esport titles compete in for a shot at glory and a chunk of the prize pool.
Esports is a budding industry that’s experiencing significant and continuous growth.
In fact, esports is starting to gain recognition as a mainstream sport, having already been featured as a medal sport at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
You can play esports in the same venues as you watch it.
For esports fans, any device that can stream live events online can be used to watch esports competitions. Twitch and YouTube are the two biggest streaming platforms in esports right now, followed closely behind by Facebook and a rising contender in Mixer.
Esports is also slowly starting to make its way into mainstream television.
In countries like the United States, TV networks such as ESPN and TBS have broadcasted and covered esports tournaments in the past.
You can play any of the esports titles available today on their respective platforms.
As long as you have the platform for the game of your choice, you can play then same titles featured in esports tournaments across the globe.
As it is a growing industry, more and more titles are joining esports on a daily basis. This means that there’s a lot of movement as far as which esports titles are the most popular.
The titles that have maintained their popularity over the past year or two are as follows:
The Fighting Game Community (FGC) has also continued to enjoy a strong following.
At the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) 2019, a total of 9 different fighting games were announced as part of the event. This includes Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soulcalibur VI, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late [st], Samurai Showdown, Mortal Kombat 11, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Competitive tournaments in video games are not new. You can trace esports’ origin as far back as in gaming’s infancy back in the ’70s and ’80s. Back then, prize pools were small if not non-existent. Also, people didn’t really come from around the globe to compete, and the titles were classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong where players competed for the highest score possible.
The 1990s helped speed things up with the advent of the internet and the release of more tournament-friendly titles such as Quake, Unreal Tournament, and StarCraft.
Fast forward to the 2000s, and that was when esports really started gaining traction. StarCraft, in particular, became quite the phenomenon in South Korea, which is arguably where modern esports can trace its roots back to. Meanwhile, in other parts of the globe, other titles started gaining more recognition, such as Counter-Strike 1.6 and WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne.
Finally, from 2010 and onwards, esports started to resemble the industry that it has become today.
With a global reach thanks to the power of modern internet, online streaming services like Twitch and YouTube live, as well as support from each respective title’s developers, in addition to investments from organizations such as Intel, Razer, ESL, DreamHack, and other individuals, titles such as Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and much more recently, Fortnite: Battle Royale, were able to blow up esports.
Best is a relative term across esports.
When it comes to prize money, Dota 2 players enjoy an inherent and unfair advantage due to their enormous prize pools.
Having set the record for the biggest esports prize pool every year, Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament, The International (TI), gives away millions upon millions of dollars in the prize pool to its participants, with the winners taking home nearly half of the total pot.
Currently, then two-time TI winners and defending champions, OG, are considered the best Dota 2 players, with the team’s captain, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, having already pocketed nearly $7 million in prize money after winning two TIs in a row, plus a bunch of other big tournaments in Dota 2, such as 4 Valve Majors.
In League of Legends, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is widely considered the best player in the game, although Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther is making a case for himself after leading his teams to two Grand Finals berths in a row at the League of Legends World Championship.
In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is often cited as the best and most mechanically-skilled player in the world. However, when it comes to individual accolades and success, Astralis, specifically, the core trio of Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth take the cake, with 4 Valve Major wins each, in addition to dozens of other tournament wins.
The future of esports is bright, perhaps brighter than most people ever expected.
As the audience grows and more organizations, as well as individuals, invest in the industry, the popularity of esports is only going to continue to grow, and you’d bet that we’ll be there keeping you updated on the latest news every step of the way.