Who has not dreamed of making a living playing the Playstation ?! This is now possible with eSports competitions. Appeared, in the early 90’s, e-Sport or E-Sport, as practitioners say, have millions of fans around the world. This sport is the result of the technological evolution that allows connecting gamers in multiplayer mode on video games that appeal to strategy and team spirit. We propose you to know everything about this 2.0 sport that will revolutionize online entertainment.
The explosion of E-Sport
For those who have not experienced the joys of Sega’s Super Nintendo and Mega Drive, e-sport may seem like a marginal activity, it is not! E-Sport, which is simply the competition organization between teams of professional players, counts a growing number of fans. It is estimated that nearly 30 million Internet users are watching the performances of the best global players on streaming platforms like Youtube or Twitch. The competitions are also followed in stadiums specially designed by thousands of spectators. The last competition of E-Sport brought together in an arena nearly 40 000 fans of the discipline.
Prizes paid to top ranked practitioners have also experienced exponential inflation. If in the 90s, the best Korean players shared a few thousand dollars, the press mentions the case of a dozen players who earn several million euros per year. About 300 pro players would pocket more than $ 100,000 each year to play around the world. Asian supremacy is now disputed and many European and American players dominate the discipline.
Games offered on E-Sport
If you dream of becoming an E-Sport pro player playing DominoQQ, GTA or Hitman, you will have to revisit your ambitions. Indeed, only a few games are the subject of competitions. If in the 90s, the star game of E-Sport was Starcraft, the titles practiced today are shooting games and arena fighting games. Among the highlights, we find Call of Duty, Hearthstone, DOTA 2, Counter Strike or Fifa. Indeed, the games practiced in E-Sport call upon specific qualities. They must use strategy, team spirit and velocity. Games that require hours of preparation like Age of Empire are not used in E-Sport. Indeed, in the electronic sport, participants compete on several rounds of 15 to 30 minutes. The team that wins the most runs qualifies for the next round until the final. This sport is now considered the most violent sitting sport in the world and careers are short. On average, professionals give up after two or three years of intense activity.