Whether you're an avid gamer or a bit of a noob, you've probably heard of an eSports tournament at some point. Popular video games are played competitively, drawing in huge crowds and insane prizes. These contests have sold out massive arenas, with thousands watching along at home.
Gamers have been competitive since the days of Pong, but eSports is going mainstream. Two teams battle it out in an arena, while people watch inside or from their living rooms. It’s pretty similar to football games with thousands of passionate fans, huge prize money and even commentators for those watching at home.
There are tournaments based around different kinds of genres, including team-based shooters, sports and fighting games. In 2018, The Overwatch League launched with 12 teams from around the world, while Premier League teams have hired professional gamers to represent them in FIFA tournaments.
If you want to see what eSports is like for yourself, there are loads of places you can catch the action. If you can't make it to a live show, then online sites like Twitch and YouTube Gaming are the place to be. ESPN often show some eSports tournaments on live TV and there's even a dedicated TV channel to everything to do with competitive gaming!
For professional gamers, eSports is a full-time job. Some train with a particular game for up to 14 hours a day to make sure their reflexes are super quick. It might sound ideal, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. We’d start to miss our regular 9-5!