The eSports industry is growing fast, as more people watch and play video games at competitive level. The most popular ones are not played individually, but in teams and the best of them win millions of dollars every year. In 2017, the popularity of eSports is expected to grow even further and this will bring new teams in the spotlight. In order to challenge the establishment, they need resources, impressive rosters and also a little bit of luck.
One eSports Team, Many Games
Starcraft was one of the first videogames played at competitive level and the best players got together to create the first eSports teams. They were given access to significant resources, high-tech equipment and professional training from industry experts. The advent of MOBA games and the surging popularity of first-person shooters further enhanced the importance of being a part of a competitive team. Even the best players require equally competent teammates to reach their full potential.
Professional eSports organizations have exceeded all expectations and most of them no longer focus on a single game. They act as international companies, with several divisions focusing on specific videogames. Optic Gaming for example is one of the best Call of Duty teams, but the group has great players in Halo, CSGO and Gears of War competitions. They are worth an estimated $25 million and a force to be reckoned with in North America.
What Makes an eSports Team Great?
The quality of eSports teams is indissolubly linked to the skill and experience of its members. Synergy place an equally important role and it’s no coincidence that some of the best groups have been playing together for many years. Evil Geniuses is one of the biggest US organizations in the eSports industry and it was founded back in 1999. It won the Dota 2 International 2015 and can brag about impressive results in the StarCraft II and Street Fighter V competitions.
Money makes the world go round and it is also extremely important when building a great eSports team. These groups of professional players generate a lot of money but before they do, they need support and the time to grow. Fnatic was founded in 2004 and recruited some of the best League of Legends players in the world. It came as no surprise that they won the first LoL World Championship and still dominate the game. They also have great teams in Overwatch, CSGO, Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm.