Ever heard about The International, or LoL World Championship or at least about the games Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or Hearthstone? If you are from the gaming community, well, of course, you must have heard about them. But if you haven’t here is all you need to know about E-sports.
League of Legends World Championship 2016
What are E-Sports?
e-Sports are a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, e-Sports take the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players. In simple terms, video games when played professionally in a competition come to be known as e-sports.
E-Sports: Where it all started?
The earliest known video game competition took place on 19 October 1972 at Stanford University for the game Spacewar. Stanford students were invited to an “Intergalactic Spacewar Olympics” whose grand prize was a year’s subscription for Rolling Stone, with Bruce Baumgart winning the five-man-free-for-all tournament and Tovar and Robert E. Maas winning the Team Competition. The Space Invaders Championship held by Atari in 1980 was the earliest large scale video game competition, attracting more than 10,000 participants across the United States, establishing competitive gaming as a mainstream hobby.
From there, e-sports has only grown bigger and bigger.
To know more about history of e-sports, you can read it here on Wikipedia.
E-Sports has Awards too…
The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony honoring achievements in the video game industry.The shows are produced and hosted by Canadian games journalist Geoff Keighley, who had worked on its predecessor, the Spike Video Game Awards, for over ten years.
The Game Awards 2017 took place at the Microsoft Theater on December 7, 2017.
Let’s see recent 2017 awards given….
- Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Best Game Direction – Nintendo
- Best Narrative – What Remains of Edith Finch
- Best Action Game – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- Best Art Direction – Cuphead
- Best Role Playing Game – Persona 5
- Best Fighting Game – Injustice 2
- Industry Icon Award – Carol Shaw
- Best Family Game – Super Mario Odyssey
- Best Action/Adventure Game – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Best Student Game – Level Squared
- Best Score/Music – Nier: Automata
- Best Audio Design – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Best Performance – Melina Juergens (as Senua, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice)
- Games for Impact – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Best Ongoing Game – Overwatch
- Best Handheld Game – Metroid: Samus Returns
- Best Mobile Game – Monument Valley 2
- Best VR/AR Game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Best Strategy Game – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Best Sports/Racing Game – Forza Motorsport 7
- Best Multiplayer Game – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- Best Independent Game – Cuphead
- Best Debut Indie Game – Cuphead
- Best Horror/Stealth Game – The Evil Within 2
- Most Anticipated Game – The Last of Us Part II
- Trending Gamer – Guy Beahm (“Dr DisRespect”)
- Best eSports Game – Overwatch
- Best eSports Player – Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)
- Best eSports Team – Cloud 9
- Chinese Fan Game Award – Jx3 HD – Developed by Kingsoft Corporation
Top Games Awarding Prize Money
|2||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||$53,240,971.77||9703||3210|
|3||League of Legends||$52,056,024.22||5418||2036|
|5||Heroes of the Storm||$13,451,741.60||995||404|
Yup, you all read it right these prizes are in millions. Dota 2 in its annual competition, The International, had the highest prize pool last year breaking quite a few records!!
Olympic games recognition, Yes that’s right!
The Olympic Games are also seen as a potential method to legitimize eSports. A summit held by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in October 2017 acknowledged the growing popularity of eSports, concluding that “Competitive ‘eSports’ could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports” but would require any games used for the Olympics fitting “with the rules and regulations of the Olympic movement”. Two difficulties remain for presenting eSports as an Olympic event according to IOC President Thomas Bach: that they would need to restrict those that present violent gameplay, and that there is currently a lack of a global sanctioning body for eSports to coordinate further. Due to that, it was suggested that the IOC would approve more of eSports centered around games that simulate real sports, such as the NBA 2K or FIFA series.
There are a lot more controversies so as to whether e-sports should be part of the Olympics or even sports competitions, but one thing for sure is that their fans love them and will keep on playing them.
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