Saturday, June 19, 2021

eSports: The modern-day sports

Ever since the invention of video games, it has mesmerized almost everyone. Over time it has been the major source of entertainment. In recent times, the source of entrainment has shifted to professional gaming, which we know as eSports.

eSports have been a leading pillar of eGaming and are being recognized all over the world, giving fame and recognition to professional games.

eGaming Industry

The invention of computers gave birth to a lot of things which we experience in our daily life. From entertainment to education, computers are everywhere and in the past few decades, Several industries have established themselves around the new technology. Among them is the E-gaming industry, it has burst into the mainstream in recent years, transforming from a vibrant niche to a main form of entertainment around the world.

E-gaming consists of all forms of electronic gaming from video game consoles to PC and mobile games, online streaming services as well as the eSports industry. eSports stands for “Electronic Sports” and refers to professional and competitive gaming. eSports is a major part of the eGaming sector.

What is eSports?

eGaming has a huge spectrum, but the one sector which has grown exponentially is the eSports industry. Video games were always seen as a source of entrainment, but with the evolution of video games and technology, competitive gaming competitions started to hold ground in the modern era.

eSports is different from basic video games, eSports involve human vs human competition in specific multiplayer games like PUBG, Freefire, FIFA, etc. and with an engaging spectator element to it, like traditional sports. eSports tournaments usually consist of amateur or professional gamers.

In recent times, eSports has emerged as professional sports just like any other traditional sports. Professional eSports teams have coaches, professional gamers (Player), analysts, managers, and others just like traditional sports.

Just like in normal outdoor and indoor sports, teams are formed for national or international tournaments, be it for the country or a club. Similarly, in eSports, players represent their country or clubs in eSports tournaments. Some of the major games for eSports are PUBG, Fortnight, Call of Duty, FIFA, Mortal Combat, Free Fire, League of Legends, Global Offensive, Overwatch, Dota 2, Clash of Clans, and many more.

eGaming as a Career

According to the available data, the market size of the gaming industry in 2020 was $167.9 Billion. The figure shows how big is the industry. In recent years, individuals are taking eGaming/eSports as a career option. Similarly, as people take sports as a career option.

According to the eSports Federation of India, there are over 300 Million Indian gamers with over 500 Million fans across 152 countries. Individuals can earn money by competing and winning the competition. Platforms like Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook gives a whole new spectrum for creating wealth from these social media platforms. One can also represent his/her nation in various global eSports tournaments.

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