eSports is not simply just sports with an ‘electronic’ aspect to it. It’s a term used to describe a whole new genre in the gaming industry.
Sport vs eSport
Most of us know traditional sports. Some of us even are fervent followers of a football, soccer or basketball team.
It’s easy to define what a sport is. If it’s organized, follows a set of rules, requires a physical activity and played for competitive and entertainment aspects then it’s most likely a sport.
An eSport is something that’s exclusively done using technologies such as a smartphone, a computer or a video game console. It borrows from sport in that it also follows a set of rules and the objective is to win. Most tournaments also have a gathering of fans from all corners of the globe.
An eSport event can be played in a stadium or as an event or done solely on the internet. With the COVID-19 pandemic most tournaments are brought online on Wi-Fi or with a wired connection.
Both genres enjoy a massive following- sports has its own fanbase while eSports is gaining grounds as well. Channels are dedicated to sports analysis in platforms such as 먹튀검증, and eSports are covered in dedicated sites and general streaming sites such as Twitch.
In sports, gameplay is set in stone and there are very few variations. In eSports, there’s more in terms of sub-niches. Also, the rule and fundamentals change more for eSports due to game updates, balancing and fixes.
eSports gamers earn money by sponsors and when they win prizes in tournaments. They can also run their own channels and get donations online.
Sports athletes are funded by teams and organizations in what’s called a ‘contract’. They can also earn money on the side by doing product endorsements and commercials, among others.