Most videogamers experience games by playing them. Others find fun in the small talk that happens during and in between gaming sessions. And there are also those who enjoy watching, studying and emulating high-level play.
eSports has the potential to provide all of these experiences.
- Gamers notice a particularly well-made competitive game.
- Those who are especially good at it compete to see who’s the best.
- Everyone who’s interested in the game gather to watch who comes out on top.
- After the event’s conclusion, discussions come up regarding the decisions the competitors made, the strategies that were implemented, the silly showboating, the intense back-and-forth rallying, and so on.
- Once the game can boast consistently high player and audience numbers, companies looking to market their products to the game’s fans start sponsoring events, players, and/or teams.
- A combination of regular tournament schedules, sponsorships, and social media visibility encourge the best players to go professional.
- A thriving professional circuit encourage more players to pick up the game.
That’s eSports in a nutshell, for people who aren’t familiar with it or haven’t cared to know until now. In case that wasn’t enough, you can check out these videos, too.
ESPORTS EXPLANATORY VIDEOS
2012 SSAC: eSports: The Future of Competition
Rebirth: What Is eSports by HTC
How Video Games Became A Spectator Sport by CBS Sunday Morning
BBC’s The Rise of Cyber Athletes
eSports: Gains and Sacrifices
What eSports Needs To Grow by Extra Credits
The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming
GAME-SPECIFIC ESPORTS DOCUMENTARIES
FRAG: The Movie
Starcraft: WCG 2005 by National Geographic
Life of a Pro Gamer: This is eSports 09
Teamwork Gaming: This is eSports 10