The Growth of the E-Sport Industry
E-sports is a rather new kind of competition with video games. It has grown out of the world of internet gaming and online poker tournaments that have been widely held in countries like South Korea, Japan, China, and other Asian nations. Esports usually takes the form of multiplayer, live online game competitions, most commonly between professional gamers, either individually or as representatives of their teams. Popular e-sport events include the annual gaming event World Series of Poker, the ongoing Call of Duty tournament Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the annual League of Legends tournament from Korea, Europe, and America.
The e-sport industry is currently seeing incredible growth, with a reported increase in prize money and prize pools at over two hundred twenty thousand dollars per year. With so much money on the line for winning matches, players are attracted to the challenge and excitement of e-sport. Additionally, because this is an unregulated industry, there is no governing body to police the competitions, which means there are many potential scandals and disqualifications that can damage a player’s reputation and career.
E-sport is still in its relative infancy, and the companies behind these events are taking careful steps to establish guidelines and rules to help make the e-sport industry a better match for both players and organizers. The companies behind e-sport are making sure that the players have a fair and consistent playing experience, and that the best player and teams win more often than not. They are also making sure that all players are protected from cheating with in-game items and by preventing hacking into game accounts. It is clear that the e-sport industry has a long way to go, but the sky is the limit for what this industry can produce.