Sometimes, the entire of notion of eSports might be confusing for those who still do not have any experience with professional gaming and with everything that it entails. Because of that, we decided to provide you with the most basic information based on the frequently asked questions about the notion of eSports. This article will provide you with the list of some of the most often question and it will provide you with the answers on those questions.
What is eSports?
You may have heard about the eSports without even realizing that. This is because this notion is known under several different names all around the world. Some of those names are pro gaming (professional gaming), competitive video gaming , electronic sports and many others. The main idea behind the notion of eSports is that it represents different competitions for professional video games players. These competitions are organized as multiplayer events which require teams to face each other competing by playing different video games. It must also be said that during the 2000s, the world of eSports witness the move from amateurism to professionalism.
There are several categories of eSports competitions and those categories are: real-time strategy and fighting, Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), first-person shooter (FPS), third-person shorter (TPS) and several others. The eSports competitions are organized in two ways. One way are the eSports League that are played over a longer period of time and the winner is announced in the end of the final event. On the other hand, the second way of eSports competitions are tournaments which are annual events and they take place in different countries all over the world.
What are Major eSports Leagues?
eSports leagues are competitions that are taking place over a certain period of time with many events in which big number of teams are competition to win the first prize and the winner is announces after the final event. The organization of eSports leagues is conducted on the basis of what game will be played in that league.
One of the most famous leagues and the league that generates the biggest attention is the League of Legends League competition. This league is organized in way that it has seven tiers (Unranked, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Challenger) and each tier (except the highest two Master and Challenger) contains five divisions. The way for a player to move up the tiers is to win in his or her matches and in that way to collect as many LP as possible. The second most popular league are the Battle.net Leagues include competition in StarCraft 1 and StarCraft 2 and they are several leagues and those are: Grandmaster, Master, Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze leagues. Each league contains big number of divisions and those divisions usually contain around 100 people.
What are Major eSports Tournaments?
Besides eSports Leagues, there are also eSports tournaments and those are events that are being organized on annual basis and they usually generate huge amount of players and even bigger amount of people in the audience. One of the most popular eSports Tournament is the Battle.net World Championship Series or BlizzCon. Since the first time it was held, back in 2012, this tournament has become one of the most important during the year and one of the most prominent tournaments ever. The competitions at this tournament are being organized for games such as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft , World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and StarCraft II.
The second most important eSports tournament is The International. This event features competitions in only one game and that is Dota 2. This tournament has also been the tournament with the highest amount of prize money for the last two consecutive years (in 2015, the prize money was more than 18 million dollars while in 2016 that amount is even higher and it is more than 20 million dollars). With such high amount of prize money The International is guaranteed to feature huge number of players and the biggest audience ever seen in such competitions. Besides that, because of the popularity, this tournament is also appealing for many big sponsors.
Who Can Participate?
The concept of eSports is based on the fact that any players who think that his or her level of skills and abilities in certain game is enough to turn professional can participate in this tournament. However, there are some age limitations that say that you must be 18 or over in order to participate in such events. Whether you decide to participate in the individual segment of the eSports tournaments or in the team segment of the tournaments it does not matter. What is matter is that you must be 18 year old or older and that your gaming skills and abilities are good enough. In the last few years, the amount of money involved in these competitions has really increased and because of that huge number of new players started participating in these competitions. If you are participating as a team, make sure that you have good teams, that you know your teammates and that you know the weaknesses and strengths of your own team. Otherwise, your participation at these kinds of tournaments might be short-term.
Is there Media Coverage?
Since eSports events became very popular there was the need to broadcast these events to a much wider audience. Because of that, eSports events have become broadcasted on live television all around the world. However, the main medium for media coverage still remains the biggest instrument for media coverage. Almost all eSports events are streamed online to millions of viewers all around the world. There are even some streaming services that stream only eSports events and one such streaming service is Twitch. Several social networks, including Facebook, partnered with certain companies to bring the live coverage of the Overwatch competitions to as many interested people as possible. Since the popularity of eSports increased in recent years, many sports channels also decided to broadcast the eSports events.