A GUIDE TO PROFESSIONAL GAMING AND OUR MOST POPULAR ESPORTS
The world of Esports has been on a steep rise – Now it’s truly coming to light in the absence of traditional sport
Here is our short introduction to professional esport gaming and a guide through some of these Esports.
With the traditional sports world all but shutting down, the casual sports bettor is now taking notice of Esports. These days, punters and traditional sport lovers alike are looking for something to have a flutter on and Esports has become a lean-to for many who would never have considered it before. With organisations from Munster Rugby to Formula 1 getting heavily involved, it’s clear that there’s no time like the present to jump right in!
History, Tournament and Match Structures
Although the history of professional Esports is relatively short, the world’s first Esports tournament was actually staged in October of 1972, at Stanford University on Spacewar! Things have come a long way since then with professional leagues now commanding entrance fees of up to million per team and tournaments such as DOTA2’s ‘The International’ giving a 1st place prize of .6 million. That’s bigger than the likes of the FedEx Cup in 2019 where Rory McIlroy collected million for his troubles.
Fixtures usually last between 1-3 hours, depending on the Esports title (Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty, DOTA 2 and more). Competition structures will vary between Leagues and Cups, with leagues running for weeks or months and culminating in play-offs (think NFL). Cups have a few different paths to victory, these normally follow one of three structures:
- Group Stage into playoffs – Groups of teams play a Round-Robin to decide who reaches the knockout stage.
- Single Elimination Bracket – Round of 16, Quarter Final, Semi Final etc, win and you’re in!
- Double Elimination Bracket – Similar to Single elimination but upon losing a match, a team will then drop into a lower bracket for a chance at redemption
Teams or Players will typically play more than one match in a day, sometimes even against the same opponents. It’s not uncommon for a team to play multiple times vs another in the same competition with results being reversed; subtle adjustments are often the difference between winning and losing at the top level.
Popular tournaments unfolding right now are the ESL Pro-League (CS:GO), LCK Spring Split (League of Legends) and the LPL Spring Split (League of Legends).
Play is fast and player reaction times are even faster. Unlike traditional sports, the overwhelming majority of Esports is broadcasted via the internet (mostly to Twitch.tv) for free. Commentary and game breakdown are both done professionally to make it easy to understand for those of you who may be new to the Esports phenomenon.