I’m usually not one to make big predictions but over the past year I’ve been following some ESports…well just League of Legends (LoL). There is of course a lot of other games that are in the ESports arena, but LoL is the one I’ve been following.
And the reason why it could be bigger than the NBA and other sports? Because anyone can compete. Granted most of the people playing ESports are younger than myself at 37, but those of us who will never compete can feel the thrill of competition. I’m sure those people playing the game professionally need something more than hours in front of a computer (ie: fast twitch), but for the most part we don’t need to be tall, or strong or whatever other thing that you need to be born with.
Those of us who will never compete will watch to see if there’s something going on that we could use in our games. Is there something new that I don’t know about? Should I be buying something else instead of what I currently buy?
The one thing that I hope doesn’t happen is that we have professional players that start making the huge amounts of money that the NBA/NFL etc make. Why? Because I think the wealth needs to be spread a bit more among other people. I’m all for people making a buck but the amount of money that some of these players make is just a shame. I’ve wondered what would happen, if for one year, no professional player made over 1 million dollars (what they took home!) and no owner made of 5 million dollars. The rest of it went to charity or back into their community. What then?
In the mean time, if you haven’t checked out some ESports I highly recommend taking some time to sit down and watch a game or two. You can find a bunch over on Twitch.TV!
Have a great weekend.