eSports – How it’s perceived to be – Part II


A Brief Recap
Now if you guys have clicked onto this it’s probably because you’ve read part one of this topic. If you haven’t, it’ll probably be best if you go do that before you continue. The article talks about the survey (which was not professional AT ALL and had very little practical usability) which I conducted regarding eSports. The Article that follows focuses on eSports as an actual talking point; putting the Survey I conducted into some sort of practical use.

If you couldn’t be bothered to read the previous article, shame on you but, I will help you understand the main points as we go through. The main thing we should probably help you understand (if you don’t already) is what eSports actually is. eSports (meaning electronic sports) refers to competitive gaming. When we say “eSports” we talk about players coming together and playing against one another for accolades, glory and usually money in amounts large enough to buy a house.

Now often people have the same reaction when they find that money can be earned through games, and that reaction is: “Wait you get paid to just sit there and play games?!” In fact, this can be seen quite a lot if you look at any time a Gamer is interviewed for a mainstream talk show or even just a news article. The main thing that’s usually asked is “How much money do you make?” Often people find it difficult to comprehend that you can get paid for “just sitting there and playing games.”

From my previous Article, I had some major talking points I wanted to address with some more I want to address too, all of which are listed below:

1 – Why is eSports an actual thing and what do people think of it
2 – The term “eSports” itself
3 – eSports Today

eSports – Why is it a thing and What do people think of it?
When the first game was ever developed, it was created purely for entertainment reasons. It was a game called “Computer Space” (contrary to popular belief, it was not Pong).

Over time as technology evolved, so too did games. We went from the garbage of what we saw above (no offence) to complex games like Call of Duty, Rocket League, Fortnite and Overwatch. From the birth of games there was one goal: to provide entertainment. Whilst that goal remains the same in games today, they do have a competitive element too (especially the ones I had listed), but that wasn’t at all the entire basis of original games.  For example, Call of Duty (which is a very notable game in eSports) had its first tournament in 2009, Call of Duty 4 (Modern Warfare); 4 years after the first Call of Duty game was ever created.
So how does this all relate?
It all goes back to the idea that games are purely for entertainment, just a leisurely activity to kill time. This is the main reason people think eSports is silly. They think “Wait, you can make money off playing games? Well my little Dylan plays games all the time can he become a millionaire??” No he can’t, because Dylan plays Roblox. Dylan’s an idiot.

All jokes aside, this is how people look at eSports; especially older generations. They think of their kid playing games. This isn’t the case. eSports is not easy at all. It’s very difficult and those who get into eSports are some of the best at what they do.

It’s EXACTLY like Football.

Okay maybe not EXACTLY but it has a similar premise.
The most popular part of Football is watching the best players play against each other. It’s not some random kid you watch who’s playing in their back garden (not that I do that. I swear.)
The same principle applies to eSports – You watch the best players play against each other.
To say “eSports is just sitting around playing games all day” is like saying “Football is running about kicking a ball a day.” There’s so much more to it.

The term eSports
Now if you read my article before, you would have seen that some people complained about the name “eSports” itself (though don’t care about eSports as a whole). People relate sports to physical activities, and since gaming isn’t really seen as a physical activity (after all gaming is mainly using your brain and movement of your hands at most), therefore people dislike games being referred to as a “sport”
Now, this makes sense as by definition Sports relates to physical activities. Though the key thing to remember is eSports is not a sport, nor a type of sport; eSports is its own thing. The “sports” part comes from the competitive elements of sports.

eSports Today
As gaming itself gained recognition and increasing popularity, eSports grew alongside it. There’s a huge amount of competitive games that people play and watch alike. Fortnite (which you’ve probably heard of and are sick of hearing of) took the world by storm in 2018. The amount of recognition this game brought (to the casual and eSports scene alike) was huge.

Take the Overwatch Grand Final for example:

This was taken at the New York City Barclays Centre in Brooklyn. Blizzard estimates that over a million people watched the Grand Final.

eSports is gaining more and more recognition and are finding newer ways of broadcasting to the public. Recently Rocket League has been shown on Sky Sports. The market that arises from eSports is huge, and so it makes sense people are investing in it. In fact, PSG and FC Barcelona have a Rocket League team, albeit not the best ones but still; they’re trying! Furthermore, Josh Hutcherson, the famous actor from “Bridge to Terabithia” and the “Hunger Games” franchise made an appearance at the Overwatch League.

Signing Off Note
So there we have it ladies and gentlemen, 3 articles in rapid succession. I’m quite proud of that if I do say so myself. Also don’t get used to it; it’s definitely not going to continue. 
I was just in a really productive mood recently so I thought I would finish up something you all were waiting on (kappa :c ).

If you really want the truth I only started writing the article because Steam was down. I’m not even kidding:
I mean sure it came on by the time I started the article, and I definitely did consider ditching this and just going on Tomb Raider (it’s so good), but I let my better judgement hold onto me for a little while.

I know this article is some-what more serious to the garbage absolute gold I typically write, but I thought it would be a cool thing to address. Let me know what you think in the comments if you have any arguments or if you want to show your support with what I said.
Thanks for reading

And as always:
Stay woke, Gamers

 

Writer:
Twitter: @GameExhibit

Emergence – March Newsletter

I know I know “two articles in less than a week, who are you and what have you done with the real writer?!”
First of all, I’m super dedicated to my work (kappa).
Secondly, I only wrote this because the owner of Emergence kept asking me to. I mean, you would think I work for him and have expectations and responsibility of when certain things need to be done or something… Oh wait. I do work for him, I just don’t get paid. This is basically free labour.

Anyway, this March Emergence has been up to… well not much since the COD and Rocket League team both started their break this March. Now what this means is that I have very little to write about so I need to somehow make some sort of entertainment from writing about a somewhat dry week (Thanks, Emergence). But hey, we all have our ups and downs, the times where we go a few weeks without writing a single article (stop looking at me it’s rude). Having said that, Emergence hasn’t been COMPLETELY dry, they do have some news for me to write about.

MavWarrior2
First of all, one of Emergence’s streamers (Mavwarrior2) has hit 500 followers on twitch. Of course this is a huge milestone that represents growth (and also means I can leech off more viewers from him, thanks Mav). But in all seriousness a 500 follower milestone is a great point to reach, and hopefully this number just keeps increasing! You can see Mav’s twitch channel by clicking this link. Show him, some love!

https://twitter.com/Emergence/status/1111712128845660160

Emergence Store – Launch
The second bit of news is that Emergence has finally released some new merch, and in my opinion it’s pretty awesome and I wasn’t even paid to say that I swear, I’m not paid to anything I just do it out of the goodness of my heart (and not at all to yoink viewership). The merch is on display on the tweet and it features a jersey which you can have your own custom name written on the back, alongside your real name and a flag of your choice! Furthermore the merch has a tracksuit set (A black hoodie, joggers and hat) with a more miniscule look, just in case you want to keep it casual. In fact, Emergence were kind enough to send me the hoodie for my work as they should have due to the blood, sweat and tears I have dedicated to writing for them (I’m joking please don’t fire me I need to steal your viewers this writing opportunity).

A new Face
And finally, Emergence has seen a new face in their works: Tom Ellis. Now Tom is a new member of the Emergence Organisation, becoming a co-owner from as soon as he joined (he definitely paid the actual owner for the high rank). Since he’s new, I thought it would be a pretty good idea to interview him on how he thought Emergence was going. Now, given my track record; me and asking people questions doesn’t really go too well (see my previous article as to why) but you know, I need to get content from somewhere am I right guys?
Now Tom said that joining the organisation was pretty welcoming and very driven which is everything he was hoping for. I agree with this, the dedication shown by Emergence staff has been amazing, and have been working a hell of a lot since it’s start (if you’ve read the previous newsletters you’d see just how much they have already accomplished baring in mind this is a completely new organisation, and if you haven’t read my previous articles you are awful human beings). Tom hopes to grow the community and to see just how far Emergence can be pushed. Finally I finished by asking him who his favourite person in Emergence, and he said the Owner (Charlie). Of course this was excluding me because anyone standing next to me stands no chance, let’s be honest.

Signing off note
And that ladies and gentlemen, is Emergence in March. I know there wasn’t much to write about but hey, you can’t expect super activity during every month, Emergence have still been up to some stuff!
Let me know what you think of the Emergence Merch in the comments below I’ll be answering you all as soon as I can!

And as always:
Stay woke, gamers.

Writer:
Twitter: @GameExhibit

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eSports – How it’s perceived to be – Part I

eSports is a rapidly growing industry fuelled by gamers. Although its growth has seen a rapid increase in the past years, not everyone knows what eSports is. I decided to investigate eSports further, and have created two articles about it. The first one (this one) talks about the survey I conducted regarding eSports, and the second one talks about the actual perceptions of eSports.

I conducted my questionnaire rather professionally through three different mediums: Snapchat, Discord and Whatsapp.
Through this questionnaire, I learned three things.
Firstly, The perceptions of eSports is hugely different from person to person
Secondly, Never conduct a questionnaire over Snapchat, Discord or WhatsApp.
Thirdly and most importantly, my friends are all as bad as Xbox players. Don’t even try to hide it Xbox Gamers, you suck. Embrace it.

In total I had asked 20 separate people two questions:
1) If I said the term “eSports” to you? What would the first things you say be?
2) Do you think it deserves more or less recognition than it already has?

Now before we continue, I know I know there was a typo in the first question, but that’s how I presented the question to everyone. This is why you proofread before you send something like this out. However I would like to mention how not one of these people realised there was a typo (so I’m hugely disappointed in all of them. You know who you are).

The First Question – Responses
“If I said the term “eSports” to you? What would the first things you say be?”

The answers, or should I say responses (the majority of them were in no way, shape or form valid nor applicable answers) to the first question were interesting at times, and largely moronic the rest of the time; often I questioned why I was in contact with some of these people. One person replied with “IT’S IN THE GAMEEEEEEEEEEEE!” It turns out he was drunk so I decided it was best not to ask him the second question. Another person simply replied with “Gay.” To which I slammed him for being extremely homophobic to which he responded with “Gay” yet again. I thought it was best to not ask this guy the second question either. Multiple people questioned the format of the interview; “Why is this question in bold?” “Why does this look copy and pasted.” “Why are you saying this out of context” This baffled me. I genuinely don’t understand some people. They look past the words and focus on the font of the question?? Why? What’s the point? Why trigger me? JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION.
And finally one person, and this confuses me to this day, replied with “Look at my gun” and proceeded to show me pictures of his new Air-soft rifle. I’m not even kidding. Imagine that; I asked him what he knew about eSports, and he replied with “Look at my gun.” And to those who don’t believe me:

I mean if i’m honest it’s a pretty sweet gun, but ANSWER THE QUESTION FOR FU-..

10 minutes later and I’m back with some tea. I’ve cooled down, I let the rage leave me; so now we can get back to writing this “article”.

Through all the, what I can only describe as a shambles of a response, I did actually get some decent answers believe it or not.
Overall, 25% of those who answered said they didn’t know what eSports was, and the remaining 75% said the opposite. It should be mentioned that the sample was not random, I asked people who I talk to somewhat frequently, so it makes sense if the results are tilted to one side (in this case it would be favoured toward those who do know what eSports is, since the majority of my friends play games too). In a completely random sample, the percentage of people who don’t know what eSports would probably be significantly greater.

Now before we continue, it would make sense to explain what eSports is, so in a nutshell;
eSports (meaning electronic sports) refers to competitive gaming. When we say “eSports” we talk about players coming together and playing against one another competitively for accolades, glory and usually money in amounts large enough to buy a house. The money you can get from eSports (if you’re crazy good) can range from thousands to millions. The biggest game of 2018 (Fortnite: Battle Royale) has recently announced a huge pool of money in their eSports scene, investing $100 Million into a single tournament. The lucky winner will win $3 Million and anyone who even qualifies are guaranteed to take home $50,000. Talk as much smack about soccer-skin tryhards as you want but they gon’ win some cash.

The Second Question – Responses
“Do you think it deserves more or less recognition than it already has”

eSports is growing rapidly, and often some people don’t appreciate it. In fact someone mentioned that eSports have “sweaty teenage boys who live in their mum’s basement when they’re 26 years old.” Of course he said this as a joke, but it is a stereotype that is linked with gamers typically (more on this later).
Those who actually were able to answer this question had various answers. Some said it should grow organically in its own time, others agreeing it has got a large enough industry already. However one person said that eSports it’s going to get much more recognition as mainstream celebrities have already “popularised” gaming and made it to be “socially acceptable.” An example of this would be Ninja (otherwise known as Tyler Blevins) who played with numerous celebrities such as Drake and various members of the English Football team (yes football, not soccer, we’re not weirdos in my blog). Other people mentioned how the term “sports” should not be used to reference eSports (more on this later).

Post Survey opinions
As a result of my “survey” I found out what my friends thought about eSports. Although the responses were largely… stupid? I’ll go with stupid; I decided to go ahead and create this article anyway (because I’m out of content ideas but we’ll gloss over that shh).
The results, as restricted as they were, did shed some light on some key points I want to talk about:
1 – eSports should not be referred to as a Sport
2 – Why is eSports an actual thing?
3 – eSports is full of nerds.

Now these three are all very important talking points I want to try and address, but that will be in Part II of this article.
Now now, I know what you are all asking:
“Oh incredibly clever and talented Writer (who is probably also insanely good looking), when ever will you post part II of this well delivered, well structured article?”
Although you are right I am talented (and how did you put it, Insanely good looking?) part II will be posted in the regular schedule as the previous posts, so about 5 weeks. 4 weeks if you’re lucky.

I’m kidding I’m kidding I’ll post it soon (I won’t give a proper date yet but I’ll work hard on it you have my word!)

Signing Off note:
I’m sorry for the low frequency of articles but I’ve been very busy (and also slightly lazy if i’m honest shh). However, I should be posting much more frequently now since I have more free time.
I appreciate you reading this long article, and for those who just scrolled down to the bottom and read the last two paragraphs only – You’re dead to me.
But in all seriousness, don’t forget to comment your opinions on this topic, because this is one with various opinions. Note that I won’t be revealing too much of my opinions on certain things until the second part of the article (which will actually talk about eSports itself). I just didn’t want to have a super long article!
Thanks for reading and remember to follow me on Twitter (Just click the nifty twitter icon on the left, or at the top if you’re on mobile!)

And as always:
Stay woke, gamers.