To compete in these tournaments, the players must be part of a team. Fnatic and Evil Geniuses are two of the biggest on the eSports scene. Just like any other sports team they have kits, fans and, importantly, a salary.
Further galvanising its legitimacy in the world of sport, eSports’ estimated worth of over $1bn comes from a number of famous folk. Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal owns shares in a team. So too does Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher, DJ Steve Aoki and RnB star Drake.
While lots of individuals pump money in, entire organisations are quickly investing, too. The Philadelphia 76ers bought Team Dignitas and football sides such as PSG, Manchester United, Wolfsburg and many more all have eSports connections.
This is just internet-speak for commentator. You might not recognise them, but you can be sure millions of people do. Their colourful language and use of gaming terminology is what keeps viewers stuck to their screens.
Inclusion in the Summer Olympic Games is inevitable. It has been rejected for Tokyo 2020 as the International Olympic Committee claim “it promotes violence”, which is ironic considering boxing has been an olympic sport for decades.
But Paris 2024 seems to be the target for both the IOC and eSports organisers. If darts can get in, then surely eSports will as well.
Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) have found a way into eSports. Some players have been caught taking Adderall, which keeps you focussed for longer periods of time.
In response, ESL, one of the governing bodies, has imposed strict testing of athletes. It won’t be long before we have to update this list with an eSports star then.