You might be asking yourself, “What are E-sports?” E-sports are just like other sports such as the NBA, Baseball, etc. as players compete with one another in games with specified goals and rules. E-sports are a subculture within the gaming community; it’s people watching the best contenders in the world play electronic versions of popular video games. Some people may doubt that E-sports could be called a sport; however, there’s absolutely no denying that E-sports has grown throughout the years. There are a lot of games that revolve around e-sports like Smash Bros, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty, Halo, and there are strategy games like League of Legends and Dota. Actually E-sports have recently added Overwatch; it’s one of the most played games of this year. But, the most popular game in E-sports is League of Legends as of right now.
The number of active users for League of legends is immense with roughly 27 million people playing daily and about 67 million people that play each month. Not only is that cool, but League of legends hosts a world championship at the end of each season. A League of Legends championship took place this month. The top two teams are from Korea, and they are giants compared to any other team in League of Legends. These two teams went head to head last year, and they went at it again. The two teams are SKT1 and SamsungGalaxy. SKT1 were defending champions winning three world championships in a row. SamsungGalaxy finally defeated the Korea’s number one defending champs. The SamsungGalaxy team is the new king of Korea. The last world’s championship was legendary because it had more views than the World Series and NBA finals. E-sports are even becoming more popular with ESPN and traditional sports figures. For example, an owner of an E-sports team who used to play in the NBA, Rick Fox, is the owner of the team Delta Fox League of Legends team. Rick Fox’s son didn’t feel like traditional sports like soccer or basketball were his thing, and being the son of a basketball player made pressure to perform well stressful. His son was the reason Rick Fox got into E-sports and why Rick Fox bought a team.
E-sports were small with only a handful of people watching, now they are popular worldwide; they even sold out the Staple Center in California. For some people, playing a game is recreation, but players in E-sports they practice up to twelve hours a day. E-Sports players also have to be physically active to make sure they are mentally ready for the game. Just like in soccer, football, etc., all competitors have to workout and eat healthy, even gamers. If you ever get the chance to watch a game, you’ll feel the excitement, intensity, and the pressure that flows through the crowd because you know what’s on the line for these individuals and teams. There’s crying, laughter, and happiness just like there is in traditional sports. E-Sports just may become the dominant past-time in the future.
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