What Are eSports?

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably heard of eSports but aren’t quite sure what the term means. Do eSports count as actual sports? Can you make money playing eSports? Do people really go to live gaming competitions? Don’t worry if you’re an eSports noob, Overpowered has your back. Overpowered is a lifestyle brand created for gamers, by gamers. In this post, we’re going to give you a brief overview of eSports and answer the questions you’ve been too embarrassed to ask. In our future posts, keep an eye out for competitions we’re excited for and events we’ll be attending.

What the Heck Is an eSport?

Let’s start with the basics. The term “eSport” is short for “electronic sport,” and it refers to any game that can be played in a competitive and organized way. So, what makes eSports different from regular video games? The main difference between playing a game and an eSport is that eSports take place at a professional level that your roommate probably isn’t at.

If the concept of professional video gaming sounds strange to you, just remember that there are professional players in poker, chess, checkers, and countless other traditional games. Video games require strategic thinking, planning, teamwork, and those are skills required in many traditional games and sports. There are several different types of games that are typically played at a professional level, and these include, but are not limited to:

Real-time Strategy (RTS)
If you’re an old-school gamer, you probably remember Civilization, Age of Empires, Starcraft: Brood War, and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. These are examples of real time strategy games that most of us feel nostalgic about.

First-Person Shooter (FPS)
Remember Half-Life 2, DOOM, and Counter-Strike? These are perhaps some of the most famous first-person shooter games that built the foundation for the FPS games we know and love today.

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) 
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past eight years, you’ve probably know about League of Legends (also known as LOL). League of Legends is without a doubt the most popular multiplayer online battle arena game on the market, but you might also recall Defense of the Ancients and DemiGod.

Tournaments and Future Growth
Gaming tournaments are nothing new. Counter-Strike and Call of Duty are both famous for inspiring their communities to gather for competitive events. What you might not know is that ESPN and Turner now broadcast competitive gaming events during primetime hours, and sites like Twitch and YouTube have become gathering hubs for gamers to watch each other play.

What we’re about to tell you will probably shock you: competitive gaming is projected to be a $1.5 billion dollar industry in two years. The 2017 data aren’t in quite yet, but Business Insider wrote a fantastic piece earlier this year about the projected growth of the eSports industry. The eSports audience is projected to grow to 589 million by 2020, and the long-term trend is likely to be an exponential increase as virtual reality and other new gaming technologies enter the market. Nearly everyone analyzing the competitive gaming industry agrees that the potential for growth and expansion is enormous.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this short blog about eSports. You might still be a noob, but you’ll have the opportunity to gain more experience points as we continue posting about eSports and gaming culture. Overpowered is proud to be the premier website for eSports merchandise, gaming pins, and gaming merch. We carry quality gaming merch that lets you represent gaming culture in style. Browse our catalog today, and contact us today if you have any questions or comments!