Esports are a growing trend among gamers and viewers alike. It is estimated that it will be a multi-billion dollar industry within a few years, with companies like ESPN hosting tournaments. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, is putting up $100 million in cash prizes for its tournaments in 2019. Many people don’t understand why people would rather watch these types of tournaments instead of a traditional football or basketball game. In today’s post, we aim to help explain what Esports are and why they are so popular.

What Are Esports?

Esports can be classified as any type of competitive gaming. Most competitive gaming tournaments are held in large arenas, but they can also be set up in schools, arcades, and even bars. The big tournaments focus on team-based games like Overwatch, Fortnite, or Counterstrike. Other titles like Apex Legends and Call of Duty also have tournaments. These tournaments are typically live-streamed via YouTube or Twitch, but major networks like ESPN have also broadcasted them.

Mentioned above are only the big tournaments. There are smaller pockets of highly competitive gaming communities. They will play games like Smash Brothers or Mortal Kombat. There is also a group of gamers who compete in speed running competitions. Like a race, speed running evolves getting through a mission in a game as quickly as possible. These types of tournaments can also be broadcasted via YouTube or Twitch.

Is It A Real Sport Though?

Most people wouldn’t consider gaming a sport; where is a physical activity? If you classify sports as having to be in an outdoor environment, then you would be correct. But aside from being indoors, there is not much of a difference between Esports and regular sports.

Competitive gamers have to practice just like other athletes. Some streamers will stream for 8, 12, or even 16 hours a day. That can equate to almost 100 matches a day. Competitive gamers work on developing a good posture and will also establish muscles to help avoid carpal tunnel or arthritis. Some even will adhere to strict diets to help maintain their performance.

There is also a lot of money behind Esports. Business Insider predicts the competitive gaming market will be worth approximately $1.5 billion by 2020. While most NFL teams are worth much more than that sum alone, it’s still not a small amount. That prediction does not include hardware such as computers, keyboards, monitors, mice, headsets, or stream equipment.  Popular Fortnite streamer, Ninja has that setup costs around $5,000.

Dude, Play The Game Yourself

Most people who are into Esports will often be asked, ‘Why don’t you just play the game yourself?’ While there isn’t a solid all-around answer, most who are asked would retort, ‘Why do you watch any sport and not just play?’ Some people like to watch gamers who are good do their thing. Others may enjoy the game but do not have the time commitment to dedicate to play the game at that level. Any form of competitive gaming can also be stressful or frustrating; especially when you lose. Some people may want to experience the game without having to deal with that. Finally, some people like to watch sports.

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