We all know what sports is, but some of us might not know what is esports? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Before we tell you what all games are there and how did it originate, let us first brief you about e-sports.
Esports is a type of video game tournament. Esports are frequently planned, multiplayer video game events, especially involving professional players, either solo or as squads. It generally consists of teams playing against one another in events for financial prizes. Technically, it is identical to traditional sports. Athletes at the highest levels are continuously competing for the top ranks in their sport or game of choice.
Gaming evolved from a casual hobby to an organized competitive sport in the 1990s. Competitive professional gaming, often known as eSports, is currently a $1 billion dollar business. 380 million people worldwide spectators watch the championships live, and their Olympic debut is on the horizon. The eSports sector is a modern-day gold rush, with considerable growth year after year.
Where can we watch Esports?
Esports events are televised on major media networks such as ESPN, TBS, SyFy, and Telemundo, conventional sports leagues such as the NHL and NBA have created championships and leagues, and owners of NBA and NFL clubs have acquired ownership shares in esports teams.
Some of the biggest Esports Games
We might say FIFA, Minecraft, Call of Duty are some of the most popular esports, but they are not ranked at the first position. Some of the biggest esports games are;
Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a Warcraft III mod for multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs). Dota 2 is a Valve-developed online combat arena game. Defense of the Ancients is a prequel to this game. It has a peak viewership of 15 million and has 59 active teams. The prize money for the tournament is $35 million and rising.
Fortnite is a Battle Royale 100-player PvP game. It is an Epic Games-developed online video game that was published in 2017. It has around 40 million competitors and more than 2 million viewers. The prize money for the tournament is $30 million.
League of Legends
League of Legends, often termed as League, is a multiplayer online combat arena video game that was created and distributed by Riot Games in 2009. The game overtook Fortnite as the most popular game on Twitch in 2019 with a peak of 44 million viewers. The game has 24 teams with a $7 million cash prize.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter multiplayer game created by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. It has more than 40+ teams and 1.2 million viewers. Winners only get $1 million from championships but they have loads of big tournaments.
Blizzard Entertainment developed and distributed Overwatch, a 2016 squad multiplayer first-person shooter game. Overwatch is a “hero shooter” that divides players into two teams of six and allows them to choose from a wide array of avatars known as “heroes” each with their own special powers. It consists of 20 teams and around 300k viewers. The prize figure is $5 million.
PUBG MOBILE is a Battle Royale mobile game developed separately by Tencent Games’ Lightspeed & Quantum Studios. Over the years it has gained a lot of popularity in the gaming sector. Around 20 teams compete in the PUBG esports tournament with 800k viewers and a prize of $2 million is rewarded to esports players.
Some of the most famous esports teams
|S.N||TEAM||E-GAME||TOURNAMENTS PLAYED||PRIZE WON||COUNTRY|
|1||Team Liquid||DOTA||1622||$33.8 million||The Netherlands|
|2||OG||DOTA 2||70||$33.4 million||Europe|
|3||Evil Geniuses||DOTA 2||798||$24 million||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|4||Fnatic||CS:GO||856||$14.3 million||London, United Kingdom|
|5||Newbee||DOTA 2||180||$14 million||China|
|6||Virtus.pro||DOTA 2||470||$13.7 million||Moscow, Russia|
|7||Vici Gaming||DOTA 2||268||$12.2 million||China|
|8||Team Secret||DOTA 2||199||$11 million||Europe|
|9||LGD Gaming||DOTA 2||131||$10.7 million||China|
|10||Invictus Gaming||DOTA 2||432||$10.7 million||China|
Famous Esports Players in India
|S.n||Name of the player||ID||Esport|
|6||Yash Paresh Soni||VipeR||PUBG|
|7||Harpreet Singh Janjuha||Ronak||PUBG|
|9||Mihir||DitterBitter||Old School Runescape|
|11||Love Paras||havoK||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|13||Vatsal Garasia||VasiyoCRJ||Free fire|
|14||Karan Mhawadkar||Excali||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|15||Balaji Ramnarayan||BlizzarD||Dota 2|
|16||Tejas Sawant||Ace||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|18||Jeet Kundra||Swifty||Dota 2|
|19||Moin Ijaz||NO_Chanc3||Dota 2|
|20||Raunak Sen||Crowly||Dota 2|
|21||Aman Kanuga||Aman||Free Fire|
|23||Jaibharat Kondiram Chimule||MaryX||Free Fire|
|24||Agneya Koushik||Marzil||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|25||Bhavin Kotwani||HellrangeR||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|27||Debanjan Das||DeathMakeR||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|28||Varun Immanuel||DemiLove||StarCraft II|
|29||—||Kartik||Clash of Clans|
|30||Ishpreet Singh Chadha||HuNtR||Counter Strike: Global Offensive|
Source: Happy Gaming World
Therefore esports is getting popular globally and it has its own advantages and disadvantages. A conventional sport may require bringing people together in the same physical area, however, gaming allows you to play with individuals from all over the globe instantaneously from the convenience of your own place via an internet connection. There are, however, legitimate problems to be aware of. To become the next eSports superstar, one must spend several hours each day gaming, and recent medical reports have suggested that sitting on a chair in a dark room staring at a screen will have detrimental health effects.