What is an esport?
Esport (also sometimes written as ‘eSport’, ‘electronic sport’, ‘e-sports’) is an organised competition using computer games as the method for competing.
Esports can be likened to a traditional sport (such as football, tennis etc.) in terms of how competitions are structured. At the top end, there are professional teams competing for large prizes (sometimes VERY large prizes). At the grass-roots level, smaller competitions for amateurs are prevalent and that’s all backed up by a casual player scene where anyone can play.
There can also a blurry line between esports titles and entertainment. Some games have a massive online following because they are entertaining to watch and are great to form a community around (Among Us is a great recent example)… these games have a lot in common with esports titles (online streaming viewership, grassroots level players, entertainment), but lack the competitive tournament structure and generally aren’t added to the esport category.
The most popular by viewership is League of Legends, with peak viewership of 3.9m watching the 2019 LoL world titles. League of Legends is also one of the most played games on PC with over 100m active players during 2020.
Fortnite, Overwatch, Rainbow 6 Seige, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Call of Duty are also popular and mix things up in the FPS genre to varying degrees. Apex Legends and Valorant are newer additions that are starting to get a little momentum behind them too.
That doesn’t mean consoles are left out in the cold though, some games run tournaments exclusively on consoles (EA FIFA runs both Xbox and PlayStation versions of their tournaments) and others are starting to include cross-play where appropriate (e.g. Rocket League, Fortnite).
If you’re already right up there and competing at a high level at your chosen game – get your name out there. Play in as many tournaments as you can, join related online communities, stream or post clips of your games if you can and just make yourself known. If you’re good enough, start approaching teams, make sure they know who you are and be ready to learn – even if you think you know it all.
We’re just getting started… here are some of our short term goals we would love for you to help us reach. Don’t forget to join our discord channel and help us shape the VocSquad community to what you are looking for
Featured esport Titles
Looking for detailed information on top esport titles? Our hub pages are a great place to find what you’re looking for (we have lots more to add and could certainly use a hand… want to help? check our Discord Channel)
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