In the 90’s a new form of entertainment had started to take its place in our culture, video games. At first, video games relied on high scores to figure out who was the best, until a game called Street Fighter II came up. In Street Fighter II people could challenge each other directly instead of playing against the computer, and looking at the high score to check who won.

This, at the time, was revolutionary and in hindsight paved the way for thousands of competitive video games where the sole purpose was to beat other players, to become the best.

With these changes to the competitive scene of video gaming people began to hold more and more tournaments where the apex predators could really test their skills and officially get the rights to call themselves the “Number 1”.

The current era

Today, with the help of the almighty internet, online gaming has become a huge form of entertainment to people around the world. In many games, small local tournaments are still around, but are available for a bigger audience with the help of streaming platforms. In some games, on top of the streams, there are huge productions being held in arenas and stadiums. Large companies also host official leagues with prize pools climbing up to millions of dollars.

With this huge scene of competitive online gaming rose the term E-sports, or otherwise known as electronic sports. Many video game developers today design their games around this E-sport culture, creating a stronger and stronger foundation for this rising form of professional video gaming.

At this point it’s safe to say, that E-sports have come to stay.

Competitive video game genres:

FIGHTING GAMES: close quarters hand to hand combat.
RTS – Real Time Strategy: Focuses more on cunning and strategy to destroy the enemy’s assets.
MOBA – Multiplayer Online Battle Arena: Originated from RTS. team based gameplay to destroy the opposing team’s base.
FPS – First Person Shooter: First person perspective weapon-based combat.

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