eSports or electronic sports have been around for a long time and I imagine it was around a long time before it got the label. They are a form of competition that is based on online platforms. These platforms are commonly games. The majority of these games allow players either solo or in a team to compete for an objective.
To put that plainly, eSports are gaming events where players compete for the top spot. There are a lot of games that compete at a professional level, that’s right there are professional gamers out there competing for the win. Common eSports games are:
League of Legends
Call of Duty
World of Warcraft
The list of games is forever growing when new games are released. Rocket League has recently joined this list and personally I think that will be a big event in the coming years due to its simple yet complicated gameplay.
eSports are not only played by professional gamers; Amateurs have the ability to get involved in the action as well, Which is to be expected because everyone has to start somewhere right?
By the definition, the word “Sport” means “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” So I would say yes.
You may think that I am wrong but if you think about it eSports has all of that. Commonly we think of “Physical Exertion” as players / competitors running up and down a field of play and be active but there is a lot more to it than that. The amount of concentration and reaction that is required to play games at a professional level is insane. Players / Competitors have to be mentally fit, granted they don’t essentially have to be physically fit but they need to be alert and have cat-like reflexes. Such skills only come from hours of training, Yes, Training.
For anyone that is not convinced that this qualifies to make it a sport just remember…Darts is a sport.
The teams that compete at the professional level put in as much training time as professional athletes for sports that are already well known like basketball, football and American football. Just like those teams the Gamers have to have enough chemistry to work well together under the stress and pressure of the game. They need to rely on each other to not let the other die…Virtually that is.
Being a professional gamer is like being a freelancer. As a freelancer, if you have a job booked you have money coming in. As a gamer, if you are winning competitions you have money coming in. For some of the top gamers out there they are bringing in upwards of $400,000 per year from playing a game or several games that they love…to some extent.
Competitions are not the only way for gamers to generate income, they can also generate income through creating content. Personally, I think it would make sense to create content for things like YouTube or Twitch because they are already playing the game to a very high level and I’m sure they have a nice highlight reel the public would like to see.
If someone was to add these forms of income together and a few extras like endorsements and sponsorships, then the professional gamer could be looking at a decent bank account. That being said it has been mentioned in the past that professional gamers spend between 12 and 14 hours a day honing their skills…So maybe don’t quit the day job just yet.