The Rise of esports gaming
Sport is like a language, it evolves. Thousands of years ago it was morally acceptable to watch gladiators fight to the death at a colosseum. In recent years we are witnessing a new revolution in sports called competitive gaming and its growing bigger each year.
From beating high scores on Galaga on Atari arcade machines in the early 80s, to playing Quake II on private LAN parties in the 90s to the colossal rise of the internet, competitive gaming has been prevalent for over 30 years. We are now in an era where professional esport players are travelling across the globe from America to Europe to South East Asia and back again to compete in these esport events with prize pools reaching over $10.9 million. After playing a great major league tournament these athletes retire in their luxury apartments in LA. The image of unkempt troglodytes living in their mothers’ basement is slowly diminishing and perhaps never existed in the first place as what was considered an amateur hobby with a few friends down in the basement is now a multi-billion industry and it shows no signs of stopping.
Some critics have panned that esports is not a sport as these esport athletes are not as physically fit as traditional sportspeople. However, professional gamers have super-fast reflexes and extraordinary flexible minds similar to that of traditional sports people. Esport players multi-task and make lightening quick decisions in less than a second. Esports teams spend a huge amount of time working on strategy, and practice 12 hours a day to perfect and hone their skills, which is the difference between defeat and victory. However, it is now widely accepted that a healthy body equates to a healthy mind, so many of the top players make sure they eat correctly and exercise regularly.
Watching esports has never been easier than before. Search for Twitch any time of the day and you will most likely find someone playing a livestream of your choice from anywhere in the world. You could get up in the morning and watch some player broadcasting StarCraft II in the late hours from South Korea or watch a Counter Strike: Global Offensive match taking place in Germany round lunch time or watch a DOTA2 championship stream while having your meal. Twitch livestreams and these tournaments are already essential must haves of the gaming community.
At EsportSource.com, we believe that Esports like traditional sports can surpass national borders, language barriers and help bring communities together. It’s a community that celebrates skill, co-operation and commitment through shooters, RTS games, MOBAs and more and that is something to truly embrace for.