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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.

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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.

Like chess.

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.

list of biggest esport prize pool 2017

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!

Malaysia Cyber Games 2017 Fifa Winner

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?

The event crowd Malaysia Cyber games 2017

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
  • Smite
  • League of Legends
  • Fifa 18
  • PES 18
  • PUBG
  • Fortnite
  • Counter Strike Global Offensive
  • Starcarft 2
  • Tekken 7
  • Street Fighter 5
  • F1 2017
  • Mobile Legends
  • Arena of Valor
  • Hearthstone
  • 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.

kitamen mario cart challenge 2 at Gegaria Seremban

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)

Dota Acer Predator League January 2018

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

fortnite USD 1 mil

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)

starcraft gameplay

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)

COD championship tournament 2018

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

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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

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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

F1 2017 Kitamen Shah Alam

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)

guild wars 2 pro league esports series

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

hearhtsone esport 2018 tournament

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

World of tanks esports

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?

Definitely yes.

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.

Kitamen Shah Alam Venue Rental area

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.

 

Final Word


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.


44 Comments

Henry · November 30, 2018 at 8:15 pm

Thank you very much for this very comprehensive post about e-Sports!

I have recently been impressed how e-Sports have progressively been increasing in popularity! And it’s not difficult for me to think they’ll will continue to grow! The fact that some don’t understand how e-Sports can be so popular may be something only heard during this generation. But perhaps 10 – 20 years ahead from now, people will be so used to it as a sport, that they may never imagine that these questions were once raised.

    Riaz Shah · December 9, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Never mind 10 -20 years, I think people are already seeing the growth in eSports already, especially in developing countries 😀

Mary Ann · November 30, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Hello Riaz. 

I had not heard the term Esports before but I can see how it would definitely challenge the mind and body and keep you on your toes. The money prizes are certainly attractive as well.

I have never been a gamer. In fact, I have absolutely no coordination at all when it comes to things like this but I can see it would have a lot of appeal to a lot of people. You certainly have provided a good variety to choose from.

As for the danger of consuming all of one’s time, I think you can say the same about computers and cellphones!. Thanks for sharing!

    Riaz Shah · December 9, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Definitely Mary Ann! Time management is the same for almost every aspect we focus on, it all boils down to discipline.

Chrissie Spurgeon · November 30, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Hi Riaz

I had never realised that there was such a huge amount of money to be won in Esports, nor the vast number of different games available.

I have two grandsons who are addicted to Fortnite, would they be able to enter such tournaments, they are pretty good at it? But I do worry that they spend too long staring at screens!! Although I do like that they are not playing alone, but with friends and other competitors, that is a good thing I think.

How would you go about taking part in these tournaments? Do you have to go to a special venue, or can you do it at home?

There is no doubt in my mind that the Games scene is not going to disappear any time soon.

Very many thanks for your really interesting post.

Chrissie 🙂

    Riaz Shah · December 9, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Hey Chrissie!

    Fornite is a one of the biggest eSport games of the year and your grandsons are right to participate in tournaments. The type of tournaments depend of the organisers, some of them organiser friendly matches online while other bigger ones do it at venues but whatever the type, your grandsons are going to love it!

Jay · November 26, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Playing games can be considered fun and relaxing and at the same time can teach you one or two things. Its amazing how far the gaming world has come that even competitions are been organized by major corporations for people to be able to win prizes.

Esports is amazing and some people just don’t get why the hype might be so much. Apart from the obvious reasons you listed, fame is another reason why these competitions are amazing. If you are really good your life can change overnight and you can instantly become a super star that can even start attracting sponsors and before you know it you would end up building a fan base for yourself.

This can be achieved by taking part in competitions and it is just amazing. It is really an amazing time we are currently living in.

    Riaz Shah · November 26, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    I know right, becoming a star through playing games professionally is a dream job famed by many, even me. Imagine not having to worry much about management and paperwork when everything has been handled for you by your sponsor, wow!

JB · November 26, 2018 at 2:56 pm

I never realized that you could make so much money playing video games. I have family that spends a significant time playing, and they are amazing at the game, truly taking a fun activity and taking into another art form.

I’ve tried in the past, but it’s a time commitment that I never have as work and family take more of my time. I’m going to share your post with other people. 

    Riaz Shah · November 26, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I guess it’s a luxury that requires commitment JB, appreciate the kind gesture!

Ty · November 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Personally, if I had to participate in any esports competitions it would likely be a MOBA or an FPS. 

Te only mobas i play nowadays are on mobile, mostly Vainglory. I used to play Paragon on PS4 until Epic Games shut it down, I put so many hours into that game and ranking up only for them to want to focus only on Fortnite of all things. But I digress.

    Riaz Shah · November 26, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I loved Paragon! I feel you, I too was super disappointed at Epic game’s shutdown of the game but at least our skill can be used for other MOBA games too right?

pmbaluka2016 · November 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm

It’s my first time I’m reading a post on eSports and it sounds very interesting the way you have explained each point including the type of games that have taken the online market.

My background however, has a negative view about these games because many students especially boys get involved with esports to an extend of getting addicted. I’ve seen the positive side of it such that it provides both a mental challenge and one can win prizes.

I wonder whether it has any physical benefit because I think the more one plays the games, gets seated for long hours, this is harmful to one’s health. Again, what measures should be put in place to ensure that eSports don’t addict people especially the young children? 

    Riaz Shah · November 11, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Like most things, one can get addicted if he does not control his timing and priorities. Fortunately for us, eSport is just a mind game strategy battle so they are definitely a positive thing and easy to stop too. Even professional eSport athletes take breaks once in a while so no, you don’t necessarily have to play the whole entire day.

     

Rachael Christensen · November 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Hey Riaz.  Wow, I didn’t know that competitions like these even existed.  I have heard of people being professional gamers, but never gave much thought to how they earned a living, so this is really eye opening for me.  I think it’s fantastic.  I’m not really very good at electronic gaming, I used to love playing around with adventure games with Nintendo, mostly Mario stuff.  I have actually sat with my boyfriend while he played for hours which I enjoyed more than playing it myself!  How do you get involved with a competition like this?  Do you have to be ranked online first, or can anyone participate?

    Riaz Shah · November 11, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Anyone can participate Rachael, even beginners but it depends on the type of tournaments. If it’s open tournaments, then you’re good to go but for pro tournaments, they will usually pick and approve you first before you are able to join.

Ann · November 10, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Wow! the possibility of winning US$600,000 by playing an online game. Who knew it had become such a competitive sport? It was also surprising to learn it has the highest number of competitors when compared to any other sport. I always imagined guys playing online games in their homes, not playing in competition arenas and actually meeting lots of new friends. Of course like any sport the end result depends on effort and skill. 

    Riaz Shah · November 11, 2018 at 12:50 am

    It’s a huge world we live in Ann, and eSports is getting bigger and even more vast than before!

Tim Bennett · November 6, 2018 at 5:10 am

This is amazing!

I have heard of esports before, but I had no idea that you could earn from it…

I absolute did not know how much you could earn from it…

I think that this would be really worthy for groups to explore such as associations, etc

Your review of some of the games is excellent.

You have done a great job and made it look very exciting.

I will certainly take a look at some of the games and check them out.

You have done an awesome job

Tim

    Riaz Shah · November 6, 2018 at 5:35 am

    The sky’s the limit, Tim, thanks.

justin · October 16, 2018 at 7:15 am

Hey i really enjoyed this article, it was very informative.  I am a gamer myself and i even uploaded gaming videos on my youtube channel, i know all about how gaming is going places and its kind of crazy.  I mean ninja is the biggest fortnite player and he was on a sports magazine and been on talk shows and everything out.  You can win a lot of money from these gaming competitions as well!

    Riaz Shah · October 17, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I know right, it’s crazy how Ninja got super famous off Fortnite! gives us the extra push to work harder to be like him. What’s your YouTube channel, Justin?

larry · October 16, 2018 at 7:08 am

HEY! I like to think of myself as a hardcore gamer though I have never really been into eSports but it’s totally because of poor internet in my country(I am a little embarrassed to admit this).Your article has really challenged me,I had no idea that you could actually earn so much cash by playing (Congratulations on your win by the way). and so it’s the high time I invest in a good WiFi router and explore this world of eSports.  I’ll begin with FIFA 18 which am really good at.

    Riaz Shah · October 17, 2018 at 8:05 am

    The internet here isn’t that goo too Larry! Instability is real and the game sometimes disconnect and even worse, it hangs but we make do. FIFA 19 is out already, have a go!

Stratos K · October 16, 2018 at 7:03 am

Nice article and a great read. Esports is a relatively new type of competition and although many parents still don’t get it as they think it’s just playing videogames all day I understand it’s competitiveness. It’s similar to playing chess but in an online world. There are of course limits and as a parent of two small boys I would definitely not have a problem them to take part in esports but not in expense of their real life activities and education. Everything should be in balance and this is very important for children to understand. I see in some countries like Korea things are getting completely out of hand with these esports and people spend their whole lives in front of a computer which is very sad and scary.

    Riaz Shah · October 17, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Professional players balance real life activities an gaming activities because as much as we love to compete in that virtual world, we are after all still human and taking care of our needs helps improve our gameplay.

Vaughn · October 16, 2018 at 6:51 am

Having played the Playstation since it was released, I never thought E-Sports would be a thing, I have a passion for racing games and came across a live stream of the Gran Turismo NZ Champs, I watched the whole thing and it was amazing, the engagement and realism was astonishing and the skill of the players was next level, there’s so many different genres and it’s only going to become more popular. I will be tuning in to watch more for sure.

    Riaz Shah · October 17, 2018 at 8:08 am

    It definitely is! And it’s like that for almost all tournaments as people compete to win the prize.

Jill · October 5, 2018 at 8:53 am

You have opened my mind to such an exciting gaming world. I know that my grandsons are into gaming and they tease me about me playing “words with friends”. They have told me how exciting the e-sports are and have even promised to teach me. 

It is so interesting to hear just how much one can earn when one becomes proficient at e-sports. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think this was such a popular and entertaining sport but obviously I was wrong.

There are so many e-sports around and I must inquire which sports they are playing.

    Riaz Shah · October 5, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Definitely popular Jill! 

    It’s a billion dollar industry and prize pool for huge eSport tournament can range from thousands to millions! If your grandsons are really good at a game, they could try out some of the smaller tournaments locally to test the water.

Parmi · October 5, 2018 at 8:28 am

It’s very interesting to see that online gaming is such a big industry now and definitely has a big opportunities in terms of building a business. Now, I’m not a big gaming guy – I play FIFA once in a while and that’s about it. But, I wanted to ask you something. I used to have a roommate who was absolutely crazy about gaming. He literally used to skip classes just to play his games – he was into counter strike and other first person shooting games I think. He became so zoned into it and didn’t even talk to anyone at all. How do you respond to that? I can definitely see a big potential for businesses, but for individuals, are we hurting their life through it?

    Riaz Shah · October 9, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Hey Parmi,

    If there’s an eSports tournament he’s gunning for, then that’s fine because it’s normal for players to practice that long to improve muscle memory for their big fight. However if he’s doing that without any motive, then he needs help because people who usually does that, wants to escape life because of many reasons. 

    Even professional players go out every once in a while to clear their heads and start their next part of the training fresher than ever so if your friend doesn’t even come out for days, something’s definitely wrong there.

Marita · October 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

HI Riaz,

I can understand how you guys get so excited in esports.

I have a 13 year old boy who’s into computer games and he does them everyday after school and all weekend. I really have to push him to do his homework because he can do those games until late at night and ignore his schoolwork.

Is there a minimum age for doing this?

Marita

    Riaz Shah · October 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    No minimum age whatsoever Marita! 

    We’ve got parents coming in to to play some games secretly at out shop so that they can surprise their children by playing with them and beating them at their own game too, fun atmosphere! It’s a great way to connect with your kid as it can definitely get their attention.

    Of course homework is important too and there’s no excuse to not do the homework but if its games that he loves, you can leverage on that to make him do his work after, like buying him a new game if he scores in exam or something like that. 

R.J. · September 24, 2018 at 9:32 pm

​Hey Riaz, cool post. I have to tell you though I’m not really much into egames, but I can say that your post was awesome and I did learn a lot from it.
I’ve thought about entering certain egame competitions but I don’t like the idea of having to spend a whole day trying to exercise my skill and ability; the monetary reward somewhat makes it worth it though.
How long have you been doing esports or egames? Kick ass post dude!

    Riaz Shah · September 25, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Hey RJ! 

    I’ve been in the industry for 3 years but only started the business side one year. I’m into eSports but keeping up takes a lot of your time and after a while, I just play casually just for fun so I can focus on work more and not worry about skill perfection like the others. I usually take 2 weeks to fully understand an eSports game because I’m those types of players who would spend time learning about everyone’ moves.

    It’s a lot of fun playing once you know everyone else’s moves and how to counter them. Thanks for the awesome feedback man, appreciate it. 

Mike Viray · August 4, 2018 at 9:39 am

Wow, I knew about esports but wasn’t wholly aware that it’s gotten this big now. I guess one thing I can say is that I wish there were more variety as to the genre of games being promoted. You mentioned that you guys did a Mario Kart competition and that’s a great move forward in making this happen. All this aside though, it’s wonderful that competitive gaming is getting more and more noticed.

    Riaz Shah · August 4, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Hey Mike,

    Yup we love trying out new things that aren’t mainstream like the other common eSports games because we wanted to give an opportunity for normal people to win some prizes as well. Mario cart and even Contra escalated quickly and I’m hoping to add more games to the fix. Appreciate the feedback man, have a great Sunday!

Peter · July 29, 2018 at 10:40 am

This is a good overview of esports. I love Starcraft 2 and played it myself online a few years ago. But I am too old and slow to get out of Silver League.

I have been watching SC2 for years and it is my favorite eSport. Perhaps one day, I will go to Korea and watch the GSL in person. It’s kind of fading in popularity now that MOBAs have caught on. That’s disappointing.

I have watched other eSports, such as World of Tanks, League of Legenda, and the Blizzard game with a team shooter character named Tracer. (I can’t recall the game’s name). Good times.

    Riaz Shah · July 30, 2018 at 5:29 am

    That would be Overwatch Peter, 

    great game with new updates and characters, you should definitely give it a try! LOL’s fun too but personally for me, I think that the game has too many changes to adapt to so I’m finding it hard to keep up. Some characters are way too OP too and it would take a few patches for them to get nerfed so I usually just play when I feel like it compared to other games which I usually play every day.

Jordan · July 23, 2018 at 4:57 pm

Awesome!

When I was in college everyone was obsessed with League of Legends. Then Overwatch. Now, Fortnite and PUBG seem huge.

My experience with video games has mostly been on single player games – big Legend of Zelda guy, lots of Nintendo in general, Skyrim, Batman Arkham games, some Call of Duty… but I’ve been really intrigued by these eSports competitions and massive multi-player games.

I don’t feel like I have the time at this point in my life to get into it, but I also think I would really enjoy it. I’m kind of torn!

If you had to pick your #1 favorite of any of these games, which one would it be and why? My choice will depend mostly on what my friends seem to be playing, but I’m trying to gather opinions.

    Riaz Shah · July 24, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Hey Jordan!

    I guess for me it would be the PVP battle. I came from MMORPG games playing World of Warcraft and the Guild Wars series so I’m totally in love with the lore of the game. When I found out how you can up your game even more with PVP championships, it got even more intense and playing gets even more engaging with more players interacting and helping each other.

    The community itself is not as toxic as that of fighting games and that of MOBA and guilds became part of our lives with regular meetups for raids or just plan discord chat while playing. The sense of belonging is definitely there and it got me playing until now. 

    All in all, I still love some good ole single player games on my free and alone time too where I play on full hd and immerse myself as if i were in that game. Appreciate the feedback man, thanks for dropping by!

yoguRJ · July 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

Really shocked on seeing the facts in this article. I play games sometimes to distract myself from stresses. That’s it. But I never thought that there are a huge and huge of business industry running over there for esports. I am an investor. I am investing in HYIP programs. But I have an interest in investing in esports. I would like to know the basic details of investing in esports. Guide me.

    Riaz Shah · July 9, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Hey there Yogu,

    There are a few avenues in eSports investment. You could choose to either invest in eSports teams, the venues themselves such as the epicenter or battle Arena, or you could go on an invest in the eSports companies themselves such as Kitamen which oversees the whole eSport ecosystem in a certain area.

    When talking about eSport teams, bear in mind that there are different teams specializing in different games for example, optic gaming specialises in shooting games like COD. However there are bigger eSport teams that venture into multiple games like EchoFox which also covers fighting games.

    In eSport venues, its pretty much like investing in an event space – Only that it’s much cooler looking and suited for gamers to do eSport tournaments. Esport venues are equipped with the latest in technology to suit different games whether its PC games like Dota, console games like FIFA, or mobile phone games like Vainglory. From small rooms for eSport lessons to huge arenas equipped with huge LED screen and stadium-like stage, it serves as an attraction point for many companies to collaborate and sponsor their latest techs for gamers.

    Esport companies like Kitamen are the ones who organise eSport tournaments. Events are our lifeline and every weekend, we usually have about 3 to 4 eSport events all around the nation. Corporate companies are starting to realise the importance of eSports and they pay us to bring our equipment, organise and stream tournaments at their place. We cover events so much that we needed more equipment hence the increase in our number of outlets all around Malaysia. 

    Even the games themselves can be a good eSport venture and you could invest in them through stocks which I would say can be pretty rewarding. There are definitely more avenues of eSports but I wouldn’t want to overwhelm you with all the info Yogu.

    Hope that helps! Cheers

    -Riaz 

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