Video games are often seen as a waste of time but year after year, things seemed to show otherwise.
Billions of people are playing, teams are appearing everywhere on television, and companies all over the world are even sponsoring let alone investing in eSport events.
Governments and schools are even allowing students to start their own eSport club in their institutions.
Slowly but surely, there’s a worldwide acceptance on the said industry and we know little about them so if you’re like me – fresh and wanting to know more about what it’s all about, then read on as I unveil the bigger picture.
What is Esports About? –Embracing the Rising Tide.
Also known as Electronic Sports, eSport is simply a form competitive gaming which is very much like the other type of sports around out there today.
It revolves around tournaments which appeals to its competitive nature, very much like any other form of sorts such as soccer, badminton, or basketball where we compete for the prize.
Except that unlike those other sports, eSport is done electronically.
And there’s no sweat involved.
But it’s more than that.
It’s challenging both mentally and physically as not only do you have to play long hours as most competitions take the whole entire day, you also have to strategize and counter your opponents’ moves quickly which tests your reflexes ultimately.
Esports also has the most number of contestants compared to any other sports in the world.
The flexibility of tournaments being able to host multiple game tournaments at once attracts people all over country, all over the world to play.
Prize pools can go from a mere thousand bucks to hundreds of thousands of dollars and when the stakes are high, the match becomes even more interesting and more and more people will come to watch and play.
A few examples of top eSport games include Dota 2, Fortnite, PUBG, Fifa, PES and even Mobile Legends and these are only to name a few.
I always get so excited whenever I go to eSports events as there’s always so many people there who I can connect with and learn from.
I’ve only been to the ones where I’m near to such as the Malaysia Cyber Games, Selangor Cyber Games, MESL, even eBorneo and all of those events offer massive prize pools which made them really popular with the people.
If you like playing video games, surely you must have had a Player Versus Player (PVP) encounter with some random persons, right?
When you defeat your opponent, that feeling of satisfaction of being good at your hobby is what makes people join eSports.
The Main Attraction – Massive Prize Pools!
Yesterday a man sitting at the table next to me asked his friend, why do so many people like to play eSport games?
I realized that many people still do not get the hype that is taking over medias worldwide so to explain it simply, it’s all about the prize.
I know, I know, what are the chances of winning, right?
It’s a bit hard to explain the nature of why people still go through with those competitions even though there is a slight chance of not winning the match.
The answer to that is because by joining and competing in these tournaments, we get to hone our skills even more by meeting new people and learn more strategies and tips not to mention connecting with them.
It’s like digging through golden knowledge.
Most professional players keep in touch with their rivals and they even share their stream videos of them sparring with other top players before the competition and this induces a healthy interaction between the community members.
In a way, you get a glimpse of hope that one fine day, you too can become a champion and win that prize.
With competitions, you know that the odds of winning depends purely on your effort and it has nothing to do with luck like those lotteries.
Although, you actually can win awesome lucky draw prizes at those events so it’s not all that bad. I myself actually won a PlayStation 4 at one of the local events here. Yaay! ?
Participating in tournaments can actually give you a whole different experience than seen on televisions.
With all eyes watching you and people you don’t know supporting you, the energy around you creates a spark that awakens the athlete in you to do your best and get through the tournament no matter what.
The feeling is so exhilarating that even after finishing one tournament, you’ll be hungry to hunt for more eSport tournaments that you can join and conquer.
You’ll start to continuously train at home and develop more skills to counter any attacks that brought you down previously and you’ll start joining smaller competitions to develop your winning record, all the way until you’re confident enough to play with the big guys.
What Games Can be Considered Esports?
If you’ve been reading through, you’d probably get the idea by now that eSports is all about competition.
And what better way to have competition than to play games which allows you to meet other people, team up with them and beat other players?
Whatever the game may be, as long as it has a feature which allows you to play PVP mode with other player, it has a potential to become an electronic sport medium as people can use it to compete with one another.
Some of the eSport games of today include…
- Dota 2
- League of Legends
- Fifa 18
- PES 18
- Counter Strike Global Offensive
- Starcarft 2
- Tekken 7
- Street Fighter 5
- F1 2017
- Mobile Legends
- Arena of Valor
- World of tanks
And the list goes on.
However, not all games are supposed to be super competitive like those mentioned above.
You can simply pick any game that you like, have an audience and do a simple challenge to attract people and have some fun casually.
In fact, have you heard of Nintendo Switch?
Of all the game devices currently used today, the Switch is the latest release with not so many games being available and of course, no tournaments done with the said device yet.
That is, until we tried some to do our first ever Mario Cart Challenge.
The idea was so crazy yet well accepted and we decided to try out at one of Malaysia’s biggest festivals, Gegaria.
Just last month we did a mini Mario Cart challenge just as soon as Nintendo Switch got launched.
There are not many games yet at that time but we wanted to test that water and see how people react to new games being competitive.
Will they be offended?
Do you think it’s competition worthy?
Will we ever reach contestant target?
Little did we know, everyone actually loved it.
When they saw that a new game was there to join, they leaped at the opportunity and our booth became so cramped that everyone had to queue to play!
Whatever the game is, people generally love competing.
It’s in our nature and it makes everything more fun too.
What we did was only a fun trial of one type of game. There are countless more genres of gaming to choose from.
Whether it’s Real Time Strategy (RTS) games or Trading Card games like Hearthstone, it’s up to you if you want to make eSports into a fun and casual gathering for families on an event, or a super competitive one with high stakes to spice things up.
Not any video game is an eSport game, but all eSport games are video games.
Top 10 Types of Esport Games
If you’re new to Esports, you might think that it’s probably just about Dota.
You’re not wrong.
Dota is definitely one of them. However, there are a number of other game genres as well, and mastering even one type of game of your preference, would take way longer than you think.
People spend months perfecting their craft which adds even more hype to the game.
Want to know what type of eSport games are there that suits your soul? Here we go!
Genre #1 – Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)
With over $24 million worth of prize pool, this is probably the most popular form of eSports that most of us know of.
Many parents do not really play games but they support their children nevertheless when it comes to eSports.
Yet when we did a survey and ask them about it, 99% of them mention that they only know of Dota.
In brief, MOBA is a type of multiplayer gaming where 2 teams fight together with a goal of destroying the opponent’s main tower.
Each team comprises of 5 players which means that in one battle, there will be 10 players fighting each other.
Super competitive, highly addictive, and great for teamwork coordination.
It’s so fun in fact, that the MOBA games have even placed itself in mobile phones and games like Mobile Legends and Arena of Valor quickly gained top ranks in the Android and App stores worldwide.
Genre #2 – Battle Royale
Want to kill hundreds of people in Deathmatch?
Introducing Battle Royale.
Remember the times when all we had in mind when playing games is to kill, kill, and kill every single one of the enemies on the game without even knowing the storyline?
Simply put, a Battle Royale is a type of feature which will put you in a survival mode whereby you will be up against everyone else in the map.
In order to win, you could choose to go berserk and destroy everyone you see, or come up with a strategy by connecting with other players to form a mini-group to survive that holocaust.
It is so fun that people play for hours trying to be number one.
Popular games that implement the Battle Royale system includes PUBG and Fortnite that also rose to the mobile phone gaming scene too with prize pool up to $1million for the lucky winner.
Beware though, once you play, you can never stop playing.
Genre #3 – Real Time Strategy (RTS)
Remember the times of Age of Empires?
Try playing that online with another player.
RTS games date back to the 90’s and until now, people are hooked to it especially when it comes to competitive modes.
Realizing the potential in eSports, tournaments for RTS games like Startrek and Command & Conquer are still very popular with prizes up to $700,000 on the international level!
A lot of people ask what is the difference between MOBA and RTS and I’m sure you might be wondering on that too.
Simply put, Real Time Strategy games are very much like MOBA games, except that it is much bigger as instead of just controlling one hero, you’ll be controlling cities, overseeing material productions, as well as troop management.
It is very nostalgic for many because it brings us back to the era of traditional gaming.
And plus, it is very engaging.
It’s like real war where one can play for hours building cities and armies, and thinking of different strategies to overtake the opponent’s base like through infiltration by sending spies, or cutting their resources to weaken them before attacking.
But due to the game length and learning curve, many people prefer to play MOBA games because they are much shorter with a length of half an hour to an hour of battle.
I for one, love playing both.
Genre #4 – Shooting Games (FPS)
Games like CS:GO and COD fall into this category.
I get a lot of questions asking the same thing, what is the difference between first person shooter and third person shooter?
Basically, it’s the same thing.
With a little camera angle difference.
First person gives you a closer look as you can see the entire zoomed-in gun view on your hand. A lot of people prefer this view because it feel realistic – As though, you are holding the gun.
Third person on the other hand, is a bigger overview as instead of just seeing your hand holding the gun, you basically see the whole character body complete with the armour setup like many adventure games today.
With a prize pool of $1,500,000 for international tournament such at the previous World Electronic Sports Games 2017, it’s no wonder a lot of people are hooked up to it.
Genre #5 – Fighting games
Fighting games play a HUGE role in eSports.
It dates back to the era where we used to play fighting games on the arcade machine with the fighting stick, remember?
Well today, it has grown immensely with eSports tournaments all over the world with games like Tekken 7, Injustice 2, King of Fighter, and Marvel vs Capcom being some of the big names.
In fact, Warner Bros Interactive even offered a whopping $600,000 prize pool for the Injustice 2 championship series just recently!
The fighting game community all over the word is mind-blowing and the community itself helped in increasing the reach as well through their mini-events and activities.
In Malaysia, we partner with Flash Vision, the number one fighting games sponsored eSport team to bring in more engaging tournaments for the years to come.
Genre #6 – Sports Game
When you can’t play sports outside, you play virtually.
The sports game industry is also one of the top played games in eSports.
Games like the Fifa series, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES), Madden NFL, and even NBA 2k still live up to now with millions of players from different countries.
In fact, Fifa alone has tournaments with prize pools worth $400,000 in their FUT series final and if that’s just one type of sports game, imagine the rest.
Genre #7 – Racing Games
If you love cars, you would definitely play the game too.
And fortunately for hardcore racers, they love competing with each other to find out who amongst them drives the fastest and thus tournaments started happening.
Popular eSport racing games include F1 2017, Project Cars 2, Asseto Corsa, Gran Turismo and many more.
What’s even better is that instead of using controllers or keyboards, we provide our eSport racers with the use an actual racing simulator for the tournaments which adds to the intensity of the game.
Genre #8 – Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG)
I’m into role-playing games so this one’s my favourite.
Have you ever played an Online RPG game like Runescape, World or Warcraft, or Guild Wars 2? They have eSports in there too.
MMORPG games is has a unique twist compared to the others because not only do they let you play in peace without connecting with other players which we know as PVE (Player versus environment), you can also go against other players through PVP (Player versus player).
The PVP part of the game is what makes it competitive.
The game itself are all set in fictional realms filled with wonderful lore like the history of Lion’s Arch in Guild Wars, or even Ered Luin from Lord of The Rings Online with breathtaking views unlike any other.
They also have guilds where players can interact with other players to communicate, hangout, or raid dungeons.
From time to time, MMORPG games give out challenges where guilds can compete with one another and that led to the birth of the eSport element within the game.
One good example was Arena Net’s Guild Wars 2 Pro-League which gives out a $400,000 prize pool for the winners, talk about whoa!
Feeling itchy to play yet? I know I am 😉
Genre #9 – Card Game
Remember the Pokemon days where we used to play cards?
You can still play that online. And win money.
I’m terrible at card games, even poker but you’d be amazed to know that those that are good, compete in tournaments.
Although they may seem quiet, card game communities are very much alive with millions of players all over the world.
In fact, if you go to game expos, you might see a Heathstone booth or even Magic: The Gathering.
Oh, have I mentioned that the previous Hearthstone championship had a price pool of $1 million? Even I am amazed.
Genre #10 – Tank Games
When you can customize tanks, they aren’t as boring as you think.
With high definition graphics, breathtaking view of the battlefield, and awesome huge bullets, who doesn’t get immersed in a tank war?
I remember when playing games, tanks are my favourite and lucky for us gamers, tank battles are now a thing with huge eSport capabilities.
In fact, last year’s The Final Battle 2017 had a prize pool of $300,000 for World of tanks so if there’s any a time to hop back into tank battles, now’s a good time as any.
Is Esports Worth Investing in?
No matter the country, eSports is definitely on the rise and we are one of the living proofs of companies that make a good business out of eSports.
There are tons of mediums to leverage on such as through merchandising, console equipment rental, and streaming but the main attraction is and always will be, the eSport tournament itself.
That is the core of every eSport business.
We thrive on tournaments and here at Kitamen Shah Alam, we do that almost every week to keep our communities alive as well as sharpen the team’s skills.
Our services does not just include eSport management, but also eSport consultancy, streaming and PS4 rental in Malaysia.
Whether it’s for corporate events or events of our own, we cater for everyone.
It all starts with a spark of idea that you have and if you want us to weigh in on your eSport ventures, we’re here for you.
Esport is a world with boundless possibilities.
The gaming ecosystem is massive compared to any other sports out there due to the fact that there are just so many game varieties that we can choose from to make an eSport tournament of.
It can be a good business to invest in with huge brand visibility potential, however it can also be a double-edged sword if you lack the proper knowledge and connections on event organizing.
We do a lot of PS4 rental in Malaysia so if you’d like some top notch eSport setup, check our services page to know more.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions you’d like us to answer, I’ll be more than happy to reply down below.