When most people think of competitive sports, they think of mud and sweat, team games or individual trials being played out in the pouring rain. However, this is a common misconception in today’s society.
There is a new kind of sport gaining in popularity, one which can be competed in from the comfort of your own home, possibly with a mug of tea and a few chocolate digestives at your side.
It’s a growing phenomenon which is easily confusing to people who are not used to gaming, technology, or anyone over the age of forty. “People can make money just from playing video games?” they exclaim! They certainly can, and not just make money, but become very successful individuals.
eSports is growing in popularity at an exponential rate, partly due to the increasing availability of the internet, as well as the demand from young people for immediate entertainment. Live streaming has become an integral part of eSports, with tournaments being watched by hundreds of thousands of people right across the world.
Not only do the players and teams compete for huge prizes in tournaments, they can also earn revenue through advertising on social media, sponsorship and many competitive gamers also maintain very successful YouTube channels. One prime example of this would be Seth ‘Scumpi’ Abner, who is the Captain of Call of Duty team Optic Gaming. Scumpi, as well as being considered the best Call of Duty player of all time, has a YouTube channel boasting over 2.1 million ‘Scumpscribers’.
In essence, the competitive eSports scene is only just starting to gain momentum, but for those who are sceptical of the movement’s merits, the next few years could lead to them being proved very, very wrong.