I turn on ESPN today and the Overwatch World Cup was on rather than american football. Got me thinking about how that will be in the future compared to the likes of basketball, soccer, football, baseball, hockey, MMA, etc. What do you guys think the future is for E-Sports?
- Microsoft MoneyyyyI think it’ll continue to get bigger, but I don’t think that it will get as big or bigger than traditional sports are today. So I voted “other”.
- McAfee JohnMcPeeI read that as “Future of escorts” and was mildly disappointed when I read it correctly
- LinkedIn / EngGill BatesmoreThere are two major problems with esports.
The first one is that unless you play the game, it's not very interesting. I watched the league finals a couple of days ago and not being a league player, it didn't make much sense. Sure, you kind of get an idea that the goal of the game is to destroy the enemy's base, but it's hard to get excited about big plays if you don't play the game enough to understand them (or even notice them) when they happen.
Second, the popular game of the day changes. A couple of years ago it was StarCraft, then counter strike, then league and DotA, and there's always been other scenes like Street fighter and other fighting games. There will probably be Fortnite or pubg at some point too, so it gets increasingly hard to get an audience that sticks around.
- Oath / Englol 😂esports are simply more accessible than physical sports. More people anticipate, more people watch.
It’ll get bigger than physical sports
- Football causes brain damage - it will go away as a high school sport within 20 years, which means quality of professional play has peaked. Everyone can play eSports.
- Avid fans don't make the market. Pretty much everybody is a fan of real sports in at least some regard, even if it's just going to a super bowl party once a year. One doesn't need to actually enjoy sports to contribute revenue to the industry. Not true of esports. It's the casual fans that make the difference. Moreover, esports fans also tend to be fans of real sports but not vice versa.Nov 60
- Sprint lxCy58I wonder why they were broadcasting it on espn though? Esports and sports are not the same thing.
- Your argument is invalid. ESPN only has Monday Night Football for NFL. Tune in on a Saturday and you’ll see all day NCAA football.
- LinkedIn Pl51gfI am a fan of video games and a fan of sports, mostly NFL and basketball. But I don’t get esports. I tried to get into it in the Starcraft 2 days but I just didn’t understand the excitement over it. Can someone help explain to me plz?
- New / EngTY!The deeper understanding you have for the strategies that are being executed by the players the more excitement you will feel.
Like watching grapplers on the ground in UFC. For most people it just looks like two people that are lying on top of each other. But for others there is a constant battle in positioning and planning for the next moves.
The difference is that it is easy for a human to guess and comprehend the situation of two people on the ground and to be impressed by certain moves.
While it is very hard to be impressed by a StarCraft strategy unless you know the risks, the options, the tiny details that made for this strategy to become viable etc.
- I don't see it ever being nearly as popular as the big major league sports, but it will certainly grow from where it is today. Video games just aren't that interesting or relatable for a large majority of the population. It's a fairly large niche, but niche nonetheless.