Have you heard about Esports? It’s a term used for competitive gaming (usually in the RTS, FPS and fighter genres), and it’s starting to become a pretty big deal!
Most of you will have heard of games like League of Legends and DOTA 2 by now. They’re MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games. They high-paced, team-based, and require a thorough understanding of the game and any available strategies if you want to play professionally. They aren’t just fun to play, they also make for great spectator sports! (League more so than DOTA because of its relative shallow complexity, which makes it more accessible, resulting in a much wider audience.) This has helped them grow as games that go big in Esports. Tournaments here, tournaments there, big wads of cash for the winners and a huge world-wide audience.
And I think that’s really cool. Sure, most people uneducated about the subject will think you’re either some shitty YouTuber or simply insane when you tell them you make your living playing video games. A large part of those folks will be of the older generation, where the younger ones will be more likely to nod and say “hey, that’s cool! What do you play? What team are you on?” A couple of years ago the concept of esports was only known in very small circles, and look at it now!
There’s no denying it’s a risky job to have though. More often than not players (financially) live from game to game, and often need to win that match if they want to actually make anything close to decent money. But that’s also kind of admirable. They’re putting everything on the line to do something they are good at and love doing. I love seeing that!
Esports is still rapidly growing though. Hell, in Korea Starcraft tournaments are already available on nation-wide television! I don’t know how long it’ll take before that carries over into western countries, but it won’t be a hundred years!