The rise of eSports

Some of the first things that come to mind when thinking about sport are exercise, physical exertion and the outdoors. But with the rise of eSports, the traditional definition of sport has started to blur.

Multiplayer games which allow users to play against each other in real time are most commonly used for eSports. In fact, some game developers have begun to make games with multi-player functionality in mind specifically for competitive tournaments and events.

Events and competitions focus on specific game types: First-person shooters (think Counter Strike or Call of Duty), real-time strategy (StarCraft), fighting (Mortal Kombat), multiplayer online battle arena (DOTA 2) and “real-world” sports such as the FIFA football games.

But are these games true sports? Many criticise the inclusion of eSports in this category due to the difference in mediums, and the lack of physical exertion. However, aside from physical activity, there is little question that eSports encompass many similar traits to traditional sports; including shrewd tactics, finely-tuned motor skills, strategic thinking and goal-setting for success.

And while eSports in their most basic form have existed since the 1970s, it is only in recent years that interest in competitive gaming has grown and attitudes towards it have begun to swing.

In a 2016 survey, Superdata reported that over 213.8M people watched competitive gaming in 2016, and global revenue for the worldwide eSports market has grown 19% year-on-year to $892.8 million.

The top professional gamers have celebrity status – particularly in games such as Dota 2, which boasts tournaments with multimillion dollar prize pools, and StarCraft, which has a massive following in South Korea.

Teams are run as businesses – much like modern-day soccer clubs – and the top-earning individuals (almost all under the age of 30) can become millionaires over the course of one tournament.

At the end of February 2017, the top-earning player was 28-year-old Dota 2 player Saahil “Universe” Arora, whose tournament winnings amounted to roughly R35 million.

eSports have risen so much that there are even dedicated channels (online and now on TV) to gaming events across the globe – including locally on DSTV.

South Africa has a proudly burgeoning local eSports scene, and if you’re in checking out some local competitive gaming, you’ll be able to catch some of our local pros this weekend! EGE 2017 is happening at CTICC from 28 to 30 July 2017!

A number of major tournaments and gaming activities are planned over the course of the weekend. Check it out here.

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
5 things to add to your weekend to-do list

5 things to add to your weekend to-do list

Here are some of the events and activities happening around Cape Town this weekend!

Could you go the distance?

Could you go the distance?

Can these cyclists travel 500km in just 24 hours?

Producer Brad Raps the News

Producer Brad Raps the News

Feeling like there's too much going on? Producer Brad is here to help you out!

It's official - Daniel Craig will return as James Bond!

It's official - Daniel Craig will return as James Bond!

The Sceptre star made the announcement last night

The Blitzbokke want you to be at the Cape Town 7's!

The Blitzbokke want you to be at the Cape Town 7's!

The fastest men ever to run on a rugby field joined the team on Kfm Mornings

How to win millions as a gamer

How to win millions as a gamer

The world's best players play for prizes in the millions!

Popular articles
Meet Whitey Basson (the retail guru who turned Shoprite into a R127bn behemoth)

Meet Whitey Basson (the retail guru who turned Shoprite into a R127bn behemoth)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the former CEO of Africa’s largest retailer by far.

CT airport shooting attempted hit on gang boss allegedly linked to '28s' -expert

CT airport shooting attempted hit on gang boss allegedly linked to '28s' -expert

A policing expert explains that the airport shooting may be linked to the shooting at a Stellenbosch nightclub this past weekend.

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space, Andrew Fraser says this looks like a leak and not a hack.

Cape Town International Airport shooting could be gang related - ACSA

Cape Town International Airport shooting could be gang related - ACSA

The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

A Cape Town man was stabbed to death on Saturday while trying to assist two women who were being mugged on Kloof street.