Today, sports have become important part
for entertainment. Each sport shows a competitive way in physical activity in
performing as an individual or team competes against another and others.
Instead of doing physical activity, eSports make the difference in the
competition by performing the ability in the computer. ESports, is an inspiring
sport based upon idividuals or teams playing video games against each other for
prize money and fame. ‘Esports is now becoming more accepted as a sport and
gamers are being identified as athletes within society today’ ( Jenny, 2016).
When a person thinks about an athlete, it’s not the image a person is sitting
in front of a computer and playing video games. However, this untraditional
sports show more abilities and skills in using brainpower, which is different
from the ways to perform the strength like traditional sports. Though eSports
is quite difficult for people to recognize as a sport, it is now become the
professional sport and it also have many audiences in both the Internet and
tournaments. This paper will discuss the definition of electronic and will
propose the history of eSports as the way to be recognized a real sport.
2. Discussion of findings
2.1.What are eSports?
Today, these games are generally played on
a PC, but there are tournaments played upon nearly any console existing. The
eSports term occurred decades ago, while pinball tournaments were organized
throughout the world, and the electronic entertainment field was slowly
beginning to spread throughout the world. Today it is something
completely different, seeing 5-digit live audience numbers, and even more
spectating through internet.
A profound understanding of competitive
playing can be given by an instance. In 2013, World Championship Finals was
held annually in their computer game ‘League of Legends’ by Riot Games. This
event was held in Los Angeles’ Staple Centre in front of live fans, as well as
virtual viewers through various platforms on the world wide web (Magus 2013). This
event is seen as the biggest to this data, but it might not be long until a
bigger event is constructed. The size of eSports is necessary to define the
field of eSports. The development of eSports over the past 5 years has been just
stunning. In 2009 the League of Legends Championship Series was created to
allow the highest level of League of Legends players to rival on a professional
degree. At the beginning of its run the LCS only had 6 teams and next to no-one
tuned in to see the matches. The first world championship for LoL consisted of
the 10 players and 1 commentator at a gaming convention in Germany.
People are attracted to
rivalry and eSports consumers are no different. All famous eSports today have a
type of player versus player interface. The most well-known genre of video
games, Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games depend exclusively on
player versus player interaction to keep their consumers and to the developers
credit it has been working. During any given month more than 1.3
billion hours of League of Legends is played by its more than 32 million daily players. These players log
on daily to practice, experience the competition and feel the triumph of
besting another player. According to Lee (2011), a professor in Sports
Administration at Ball State “competition is one of the most significant
factors for eSports game playing and indicates that it is important for eSports
gamers to be better than others, to win over others, and to be faster and more
skilled in their game experience.”. This dedication to mastering the skills of
their favorite eSports will keep on motivating individuals to play. Not only
will this competition keep old players glued to their seats, it also is one of
the primary reasons new faces get into eSports.
2.2. How have eSports developed?
The primary eSports occasion held is
considered as a noteworthy event, which was an event held in 1981, for the
arcade game ‘Space Invaders’. Other games existed long before this, but the
events held were never large or prevalent. One of these events was the ‘Space
war’ competition held in 1972, the first eSports event ever held as it included
a prize. Nevertheless, the majority of people conclude that the Space Invaders
tournament is considered the first video game tournament ever staged, despite
the fact that they say it were to exist in 1980, not 1981.
The second milestone can be seen as the
Seattle-based tournament Games held in October 28, 1981. The National Video
Game Master Tournament and the Electronic Circus held in the US in 1983-84 were
significant breakthroughs, mainly because of its public promotion. Annual
tournaments were also created in the end of 1980s, where the American Video
Game Challenge were one of the biggest.
The next major milestone for the eSports
getting the competitions on television. The eSports continued existing in a
small scale until the start of 1990, mainly due lack of technology. In the
1990s some technology was introduced which made the multiplayer functionality
of eSports easier, which direct to an increase of tournaments and
players. The technology also made it possible to play over the internet, with
was one of the reason that led to the creation of two well-known game types used to
day: Real Time Strategy (RTS) and FPS (First Person Shooter) (Edwards, 2013). The
success of the Red Annihilation Tournament in 1997 created a chain-reaction
that made various companies construct yearly tournaments, where
QuakeCon is one of the first examples Nintendo, a well-known game distributer,
had their first tournament as well in the beginning of the 1990s, known with
the Nintendo World Championship, which attracted people from all around the
world. The number of events continued to grow slightly until 2000, which is
seen as one of the strongest peaking years within eSports.
The next milestone is seen to be The WCG
(World Cyber Games), who got involved within the field of eSports in the year
2000, creating events involving over 35 countries and having prize pools
consisting of up to $600,000 (Hope 2016). WCG showed a great
form of success, which led to the foundation of major eSports companies known
today as IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) and MLG (Major League Gaming). Furthermore, the
creation of the games of Doom in 1993, Warcraft in 1994, Quake in 1996, StarCraft in 1998 and
Counter-Strike in 1999 were stated as important milestones of the growth of eSports
in the beginning of 2000 century. It also marked the mid-2000s importance for
the history of eSports, as it includes the creation of the first eSports
communities known today.
Another milestone in the history of eSports is
the launch of live streaming, which appeared in 2007 by a website named
Justin.tv, which today is known as Twitch.tv. The next milestone is finding a way into
television around the world. This is already quite popular in Korea, where
channels are showing eSports 24/7, but the eSport on television has yet not
reached Europe and North America in the same scale.
2.3. Will eSports be recognized as a Olympic sport ?
The picture of a competitor is connected
with physical power, a cut body chipped into faultlessness by years of watchful
help and plan. We expect these individuals will perform incredible achievements
of physicality better than the straggling pieces of us. That is the reason such
a basic number of the likelihood that mighty video gaming, or eSports as it’s
come to be known, ought to remain connecting other Olympic diversions. In any
case, this requires reconsidering.
Esports will in like way be included in
the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia as a show wear and the Asian Indoor and
Martial Arts Games in September. The specific PC redirections that will be a
segment of the running with two Asian Games have not been proclaimed, however
the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will incorporate FIFA 2017, MOBA
stimulations (like League of Legends or Dota 2), and “constant
reasoning” beguilements (like StarCraft or Civilization). In case the
Olympic Council of Asia will give eSports a shot, the IOC may give them a shot,
also. This is a to a great degree basic trial for eSports and ups their
likelihood of making it into the Olympic Games one day. Esports need to require
a general guiding body to contort up conspicuously an Olympic delight. That is
the thing that the International Esports Federation (IESF) is. On the off
chance that the IESF’s application to be seen as a redirection is seen by the
IOC, by then eSports can be considered for the Olympic Games.
Esports at the Olympics have been a
state of talk among the IOC, which mixed examinations beginning from the
fundamental array of trustees. The latest IOC explanation embraced esports are
sports, yet in the interim ought not infringe on “Olympic regards”
should they be considered for the Olympics. Esports is ‘in the not very far off
past a long way from being altogether considered for the Olympics—yet it will
be merged into the keep running up to the present year’s Winter Games. Intel,
which is joined with the International Olympic Committee, will hold an Intel
Extreme Masters rivalry—IEM PyeongChang—in the rule spot up to the 2018 Winter
Olympics. All StarCraft 2 players can make an undertaking to qualify in the
midst of the November online qualifiers. A live qualifier event will be held in
December in Beijing. Near the StarCraft 2 rivalry, Intel will in like way hold
a show event demoing Steep Road to the Olympics, Ubisoft’s formally certified
Olympic Winter Games title. Additionally, the diversion will be set up all
through the Olympic Village for people and contenders to explore unmistakable
streets regarding. A limitation will in like way be held for players incredibly
mind blowing at the redirection. Limit clear parts will come in November, as
showed by people when all is said in done elucidation.