E­sports is perhaps the most rapidly growing sport in the world. Some people would be reluctant to call it a sport though, since there is no physical exertion to speak of involved. But we would like to think that it is indeed a sport, in the sense that players very much compete against each other. In response to the growing popularity for the sport, there is more and more sportsbetting involved. A growing number of betting companies offer odds for E­sports, especially for various tournaments. For example, you can bet on winning team, or clan as it is also sometimes called. You can also bet on final winner of tournament. 

E­sports is short for electronic sport, which is either played on computers or gaming consoles. The competitions are either individual or team based and are played via the internet or a local network. E­sports has taken a giant leap in the last few years and it’s rapidly gaining recognition as a regular sport. If you're interested in a career in E­sports, you will need a computer or a gaming console, a badass internet connection, a game, a keyboard, and possibly a headset, along with a computer mouse and a mouse mat. A good way to start would also be to visit a LAN where you can test your skills against friends and friends of friends. Even though the term E­sports was only first being used in the late 90s, the history of the sport is actually older. As early as the arcade hall­glory days, players competed against each other. This development really exploded when Doom and Doom II was released in the early 90s. After that the torch was handed on to Quake and the rest is history. Within the world of E­sports, there are four main categories; real time strategy, action real time strategy, first person shooters and sports/fighting. There are many popular games out there; Starcraft­and the warcraft series, Dota 2, League Of Legends, Counter­Strike, Halo, Quake, Battlefield, Call of Duty, FIFA and Tekken, to name a few of them. Different tournaments have different formats. The tournament­giants are; Dreamhack Open, Fragbite Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup, Intel Extreme Masters, Major League Gaming, World Cyber Games along with The International. The number of tournaments has

steadily increased, just like the prize money. Even though Europe and North America have a hard time keeping up with the development of the sport in different Asian countries, the UK has a large pool of excellent E­sports teams and players. And in 2008 the United Kingdom eSports Association was founded. It was chaired by former XLEAGUE tv­channel head Ray Mia, who explained that UKeSA will be the E­sports equivalent of The Football Association. Since 2010, over 21 million american dollars have been distributed to the winners of Counter­Strike, League Of Legends and Starcraft 2.

Published: 2015-12-23 

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