Let me be clear. Esports are huge. I mean in words of Mary Poppins supercalifragilisticexpialidocious(ly) huge. If you want numbers to prove it, they do. It has become nothing short of an empire and still growing. It covers the entire world from Korea to America (what I mean is most of the civilized world, it’s just these 2 countries are widely known for their gaming and geographically speaking they are separated by the Pacific Ocean, so technically they are on the ends of the earth). And I’m going to talk about few reasons (not all of them, because that would take forever) why video gaming is so popular, and the ruins it may have created. So, let’s skip the statistics and jump into action.
First of all, advertising. It attracts so many viewers on YouTube, so many companies and big names want to invest into esports that is so massive in fan base, which generally means a lot of money. Let’s look at an example: Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA player, 4-time NBA champion, 15-time… it will take too long to list all of his accomplishments, so let’s skip to the esports part. Shaq realized just how big the industry has become, so he wanted to invest in it. For him (money aside) the selling point were fans. The whole process where he saw the teams of 5 people working together to win a game with fans cheering in the stands reminded him of his basketball glory days. He saw similarities in both sports and figured that just like it was once with every traditional sport, esport is rising and becoming increasingly popular.”Let’s go,” Shaq said. “The millennial audience is here. The accessibility to the fan is unprecedented. Everybody games. It’s a natural.”
Another reason is how fast the game adapts and change. In traditional sports, the evolution is less apparent, if apparent at all. But in video gaming, the difference is evident: graphics, gameplay, new features, etc. The producers are not afraid to change the game and are always making the games better to the tastes of the gamers. Let’s look at one game, perhaps the biggest, in particular: League of Legends. The general concept of the game, of course, didn’t change. It is as it was, 5 players on each team, each person controlling a unique champion trying to achieve objectives on the map, working toward a common goal of destroying opponents Nexus (base). But that is just one mode of the game. There are several other modes. Every 2 weeks or so, there is a game update with what’s called a new patch, in which the Riot (the company that created LoL) introduces new concepts, or change the old one, or brings in new champion, or a different mode. The game is constantly adapting and changing.
Actually, there was a huge event at UCI related to esports: UCI built an Esport Arena. I actually went to the opening night and was impressed by how many people there were. As I said before, it’s huge. Not only it was huge, it was also groundbreaking as UCI is the first college to have that kind of Arena on a college campus. This relates to the targeted demographic of esports, young people who are the next generation of consumers.
With all that being said, however, there is a side that we can refer to as ruins. As to the rise of any Empire, there is inevitably fall of another. Looking back few hundred years, what was entertainment like books, theaters, and circuses. Today, all of that is diminished by video gaming. In my opinion, in the future, even traditional sports will be overshadowed by esports. People tend to play and watch on the computer, rather than reading a book (personal experience, sigh). Sometimes it even leads to less socializing, as many young people prefer to seat at home.
Good or bad, esports are becoming internalized in our world today. In the era of technology, esports inevitably takes the title of empire. But let’s talk about internalization as the last step of integration. To better understand it lets go back and review previous steps. First of all, we had information. In this world, we receive tons of various information, some of that information is more important to us than other. The way we interpret it defines who we are and how we act. But that’s only on the surface. In order to get deeper, we need to have insight, something that is really important and involves deep thinking or revelation. But insights never last, if we do not use it or practice it enough. Thus the next step of integration: involvement. We have to be constantly involved with our insight, doing it over and over again, so it becomes part of us, or in other words internalized, the last step.
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