eSports is an abbreviated word for electronic sports which is a competitive gaming league for professional video game players. This form of gaming competition was made popular in the 90s but really became popular during the 2010s. In 2015 eSports exploded onto the scene and is now considered a viable industry that is able to generate billions of dollars. eSports is still a fairly new sporting competition and is still being developed. One area where eSports is being built up has to do with sports betting. Since eSports have their own leagues, teams and star players; it is viewed no differently than standard athletic leagues in the sporting industry. The following information will [...]
According to market research carried out for 2014, about 205 million people participated in esport activities, this included playing and watching the sport. This statistic is a sign of an unstoppable gaming industry. The growth of esport gaming has actually been steadily increasing since the late 2000s when it started to transform from a simple multiplayer competition to a professional gaming activity that attracts a huge number of viewers just like any other traditional sporting competition.
The growth of this competition seems to be attributed to the hype created by viewers online. It is already known that the internet has been the biggest word of mouth advertiser and since [...]
August 8th marks the end of the 2015 edition of The International, an annual eSports Dota 2 championship tournament. One team will win the first place prize pool of over $6 million dollars, out of a total $18 million prize pool. There are currently five teams playing today: LGD Gaming vs. Virtus Pro, CDEC Gaming vs. Evil Geniuses, and the winner of the LGD/VP vs. Vici Gaming. The winner from this set of teams will battle the winner of CDEC vs. EG for first place.
One eliminated team, Team Secret, were clearly a fan favorite expected to sweep the competition away. The team is made up of all-star players, but they squandered an early lead that led to victory by their opponents, [...]
Trash talking isn’t anything new, especially not in the world of competitive gaming, but is it something you deserve to lose your job over? Gambit Gaming’s FORG1VEN certainly has to be asking himself that, with his recent suspension from the League Championship Series for his overly toxic behavior in the community.
This isn’t your average suspension for a game or two FORG1VEN has been suspended for the next four games his team plays, this all do to complaints from his off stage conduct. Over the last month he was reported in over 70% of all games he played with 90% of those who reported saying it was for toxicity. While with no specific examples of his toxicity we’ve all seen [...]
DreamHack, the world’s largest digital festival consisting of live concerts and competitions in digital arts and esports held in Europe, is coming to the United States this May. The first ever major outside of Europe is expected to take place May 6th-8th in Austin, Texas.
DreamHack CEO Marcus Lindmark stated:”DreamHack is a global phenomenon and our esports tournaments already have hundreds of millions of viewers around the globe, with the United States always being the country having the most viewership. It’s been our ambition to expand to North America for a very long time, and today we are thrilled to get the ball rolling by announcing a date and venue for our [...]
Things were looking bright for the Canadian Starcraft 2 team of Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn and Chris “HuK” Loranger during last weekend’s Red Bull Battlegrounds Toronto Qualifier tournament. The pair were sweeping through the competition like wildfire and they felt so confident in their chances at winning that, when their first semi-finals match came up, Scarlett invited HuK to take a break as she operated solo for a while, an offer he graciously accepted.
Scarlett’s offer was a crowd-pleaser for several reasons. Not only did she make it during the semi-finals, a series of matches where teams usually try to bring their absolute A-game, but it also left her operating alone while [...]