Esports has been a huge part of my life since the age of 12. I have grown up around it and been involved with Tournaments myself, back in the days of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which was definitely a 'Fan Favourite'.
However, lets get down to what Esports actually is and where did it come from?
Esports stands for Electronic Sports, but don't get confused with Electronic Arts (EA) there like many have in the past. Another misconception of Esports is that it is only relevant to games of real Sport, a great example of this being Football. Esports can hold a vast array of titles and genres, the most common being Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), First-Person Shooter (FPS), Battle Royales (BR) and Real-Time Strategy (RTS).
Esports players (Athletes) will then compete in these games against either another individual or compete as teams to win a prize pool and a trophy, dependent on the skill level of the Tournament. Amateurs currently only really have access to Prize Pool competitions, which often require an entry fee from each player, this really does restrict the market for new Teams to come on-board in a professional capacity. Professionals however are able to win huge prize pools and trophies for their respective teams.
The majority of the larger Esports competitions are held within dedicated Esports Arenas, more commonly known as a LAN Party in the older days due to the Local Area Network connection between the PCs connection. The Amateur Esports competitions are held online, with the players mainly playing from their bedroom however i feel that this could draw a lot of controversy on the PC specifications and various other aspects that allow players to have a pay to win aspect.
Professional Tournaments are very regulated in this sense, with all the equipment being the same, except for the keyboards and mice due to players being comfortable with their own gear. I do not think this impacts the game in any way as it is the same as a footballer having their specific shoes.
Esports in the short is a competition between teams or individuals on Electronic Games, that allow the players to win a prize pool and/or Trophy. This is an ever expanding market which is looking to take over the likes of Football and various other professional Sports in the next few years.
That is all from me today, but I have another few lined up to be released over the next few weeks!