eSports is a mega aspect in the sporting industry—rewarding players for their mental and thinking skills rather than their physical fitness, as seen in other sports.
And with the emergence of mobile gaming, eSports are now spreading onto tablet and smartphone which could soon see a new trend in mobile competitions, although this is something that could be difficult to put into arena in the same way as popular eSports such as League of Legends and Dota 2; both of which lead the way on MOBA eSports gaming!
Dedicated eSports News Sites
Online gaming in the eSports niche now has hundreds of websites dedicated to eSports news. The latest news coming out of the league of Legends camp is about the new ‘Meta’ as the game has slight changes made to it for the new season.
This is something that also happens in other eSports games such as Dota 2 and Overwatch. They can make or break the new season while it seems LOL got it spot on and Dota 2 still manages to get it horribly wrong every time, which is arguably why Dota will soon be out the door. This seems to be a popular opinion across the eSports world—except for Dota 2 and the game’s dying fanbase.
Many of the eSport websites now have plenty of player news, reports on sponsorships deals with teams and players, and up-and-coming events so for them and for you, the avid eSports fan, finding an eSports site to keep you up to date and entertained could take up just as much time as playing the games.
The Popularity of eSports
Arguably one of the most notable trends in eSports we are seeing is the rise in the sport’s revenue. Watching eSports is becoming just as fun as playing the games themselves. For example, many UK bookmakers cover both Dota 2 and League of Legends. Those just starting out in eSports usually get a free bonus just for registering an account, while there are additional bonus opportunities later.
Some stats and results that are popularly watched within eSports events include:
- Winning team (Outright winner)
- Correct match win score (how many games won)
- Team or player with the most kills
- Tournament winner
eSports Arcades & The Social Aspect of eSports
Today, internet shops are finding a way to redefine themselves as eSports arcades. In fact, there is an article here about exactly what you need to open an eSports arcade. As home WiFi and internet across the globe is so fast, and coffee shops as well as public places also offer WiFi access, and not to mention 3G/4G/5G, the result was that internet cafes were looking at a fast demise, yet we still see plenty of them around and we have to ask how come?
Well, the answer is because these internet shops are no longer there to provide an internet service. They are there as an eSports arcade. With high spec/end gaming PCs, keyboards, and gaming chairs, these internet shops are not exactly somewhere you would want to walk in and get a day’s work done or send a few emails—although you could but you would also need to be content with the cheers, groans, and social gatherings of eSports fans.
These eSports fanatics come to the internet café to socialize and play a variety of eSports. You will find Dota 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Overwatch, Fortnight, and even FIFA eSports players all gathered to take advantage of high spec gaming computers and a chance to join up as a ‘party’ and play their favorite eSport!
The Evolution of eSports
As you have read, eSports have evolved. From a simple game to a mass of websites with eSports news, tips and tricks. While we are now seeing internet shops become eSports gaming arcades!