Popularity and benefits of eSports

The eSports industry has shown impressive growth over the years, both in terms of revenue and viewership. With its wide reach, a lot of companies and brands are investing in eSports marketing. The gaming industry is also closely tied up with the business industry. 

Also known as electronic sports, it is a competition through video games such as CS:GO and StarCraft. Most of the time, it is played between professional players. Although organized competitions have been existing for a long time now, live streams of the competitions made them more popular.  

One of the reasons why there is an increase in eSports viewership is that more people are learning about it. In fact, there are several eSports tournaments held around the world. Some are for amateurs while some are for professionals.  

Carlos Rodriguez, CEO and founder of G2 eSports said that if traditional companies don’t understand why video games are among the largest industries in the world right now, a shift should be made. He also firmly believes that the eSports teams have to do better to provide high-quality streaming content. 

‘Everybody knows about football. Some play it. Some don’t. Some watch it. Some don’t. But definitely, everybody knows it exists. We’ll get into that point with eSports at some point in time’, Rodriguez said.

With its increasing popularity, there are still a lot of sceptics about its benefits to the players. To clear the air, here are some of the benefits of gaming and eSports: 

Lowers stress

Playing video games is one of the best ways to relieve stress and have a great time playing with your friends online. Although gaming is not a solution nor escape to your problems, it gives you space to breathe.  

Watching professional gamers also brings the same satisfaction as watching a football or basketball game. You can even bet on your favourite players. Just make sure to set a betting limit to avoid overspending. 

Improves concentration, reflex, and memory  

If you are a gamer, video games such as Call of Duty and Dota 2 require strategy and problem-solving skills that can enhance your concentration and memory. This is because it stimulates your brain to remember information in a short span. This is also the reason why most professional eSports players tend to have good memory recall. 

Meet new friends

One of the best experiences of joining the eSports community is that you will meet new people that have the same interest as you. You can even organize your own friendly competition. This also promotes teamwork since most are multiplayer games. If you are a teammate, you need to cooperate with the squad. If you are the leader, you need to lead your team to victory. 

Improves critical thinking

Thinking about ways on how to outsmart your opponent involves critical thinking. Playing video games, especially in competitive tournaments requires players to take in mass amounts of information and make a decision in a snap. 

Aside from these cognitive benefits, playing eSports can also be a way for you to earn a college scholarship. Believe it or not, there are several schools that offer eSports scholarships. This is because it is now considered a sporting event. This is also one of the reasons why there are a lot of young aspiring professional gamers. Aside from doing what they love, they get to have the opportunity to study for free. 

Prizes from leagues and tournaments are no joke in the eSports industry. In 2019, the prize money during Dota 2’s The International that took place in Shanghai was $34.33 million, the highest amount in eSports history. With that amount of money, there is no doubt that everyone wants to try their luck in eSports tournaments.



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