What is eSports? A dummies guide to competitive gaming

Sports fans have had a tiresome year, with the pandemic shutting down many sporting events, limiting the number of fans able to attend matches and games. The access to competition has been seriously limited – and that’s seen more people than ever turning their attention to eSports – where gathering in person isn’t necessary to hold or take part in a tournament!

What is eSports?

eSports – or electronic sports – is a form of competition for professional gamers, or those looking to become such, to compete against each other. This could be as an individual or as part of a team. The winners of these tournaments can receive huge cash prizes, and the industry now sees over a billion US dollars invested – and won – annually.

What kind of gaming is involved?

There are a wide range of tournaments globally, all accessible to players of varying abilities and experience. The biggest tournaments include:

There are other genres, but the big money is in these popular areas, and the biggest audiences now come from streaming channels such as Twitch or YouTube channels. Live streaming means that audiences globally can see the stars of eSports in real time, interacting with their audience as they play.

How to get involved

Trying to become a professional eSports player takes a lot of dedication, one of our team members knows that from first-hand experience. Our very own Finn Payton was a professional eSports player prior to joining the GameLogic team.

Finn says, “I first got involved in the world of eSports through my drive for competition. It’s truly a man eat man world, where every hour you aren’t committed, someone else is. This is what divided the good from great.”

Finn represented Rogue for 2 years, and he was a Fortnite specialist, placing as high as 8th in the World at one point!

Those at the top of their game (if you’ll excuse us the pun!) tend to be the younger players; they’re quick, dedicated and committed to putting in the hours of practice that are necessary to be great.

There are few limitations on who can enter the first tier of any event; those who win the big money have worked their way up, but entering the competitions requires little more than a gaming device and a passion for playing.

If playing isn’t your thing, but you’re a passionate hobby gamer you may prefer to be part of the ever-growing audience. Those live-streaming channels – Twitch in particular – are creating their own celebrity culture, with big names on those platforms bringing in huge sums in sponsorship deals and advertising. You can even create your own channels as a commentator, adding knowledge and insight into the audience’s experience.

How has eSports become such a wealthy industry?

As with real-world sporting, the money comes from advertising, sponsorships, audiences paying to attend (or stream) the biggest events, and the media rights as channels bid for the chance to show the events to a new audience.

Investment in eSports has increased year on year since its launch in the late 1970s, and what was once a marginalised arena has become commonplace, with genZ particularly passionate about livestreamed gaming, spending as much time watching others play as they might spend gaming themselves!

This industry is growing hugely – which means that employment opportunities in the world around those gaming events have also increased hugely. Not everyone can win the big money gaming – but you can forge a hugely successful, high-paying career in game development, or in developing the infrastructure for streaming globally.

Our GameLogic recruitment specialises in this industry, securing the future of eSports and gaming, whether for personal entertainment or professionally. If you are passionate about gaming, and would love a career in that world, speak to our team on +1 646 844 5743 or email info@i-gem.co.uk to find out more.

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