The gaming industry has come a long way from when it was in its early phases, back when the old games like Doom and Wolfenstein were played by kids from the 90s. The shift was propelled by the advent of new technology and softwares that allowed for better, more complex games being made over the years, and today, we have triple A games that have budgets matching Hollywood films. From 8 bit games limited to a finite number of sounds and actions, we are now at a stage where real actors and directors play major roles in the production and development of modern games and live-action videos. On some level, you could say that this was expected to happen, as time progressed, the gaming industry would inevitably become more developed with better graphics and productions. However, playing games competitively and turning it into a widely recognized event is something that many of you might not have imagined back when it all began. Counterstrike 1.6 was one of the first competitive multiplayer gaming experiences kids and adults from all over the world could play. There had been earlier attempts at this, as it would carry on later onwards but this was a game that stuck with gamers for what seems like generations. This game saw one of the first, most tactile combat players from all over, could engage in. Special attention was given to teamwork and communications that was required between team members to best their opponents and ultimately win.
With tournaments garnering thousands of spectators, there used to be sponsored teams that will play CS 1.6 professionally and win large amounts of cash prizes, up until the day Counter Strike Global Offensive got released and dwarfed the 1.6 player base. Call of Duty is a franchise that needs no introduction in the gaming industry and communities as gamers from all fields recognize this game unanimously. Almost all iterations of the Call of Duty franchise have blown away the gaming world with its action and mechanics. However, one such Call of Duty game that really outshines the rest is the 2007 version called Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The reason why this game was significant to the world of ESPORTS and gaming was that of ‘Promod’. This was a modification file that transformed this game into a highly-competitive version for teams and players to play and participate in. These tournaments were held all over Europe, in Asia, Australia and gave a start to many players who are now playing other first-person competitive games.
DOTA 2 is a MOBA or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game that’s over time, gathered a significantly large following of fans and players all over the world. A game which began as a modification file for another game, DOTA 2 is a name that is synonymous with millions of MOBA players who play the game either by themselves or in teams. The way how today’s competitive gaming scene has evolved and still evolving, DOTA 2 has become a game that hosts various Majors and Leagues all over the year with a major tournament happening annually called as ‘The International’. An interesting point to note is that as compared to the prize money of other gaming tournaments, DOTA has got the biggest pool with this year’s International, TI7 gathering roughly around 23.4 Million dollars, which was divided among the winners and runner-ups.
Just like any athlete, playing games professionally is something that avid gamers can now seriously pursue, considering how professional gaming and even casual gaming has opened up different avenues for them to explore and earn from. The average professional gamer earns around anywhere between 110K to 400K USD or even more depending on their endorsements and different channels. With dozens of tournaments and leagues happening annually, and team sponsorships from Tech Tycoons like Steelseries, Logitech, ASUS and others, these ‘E-Athletes’ have got their lives figured for the years to come. However, just like any real-life sport, becoming a professional gamer is something that requires a lot of motivation, finesse, and determination which, considering the incentives available in today’s date, is something that’s not that urgent.
Considering how quickly professional games has become an integral part of almost every gaming community from different countries, it was only natural that educational institutions will pick up the pace and include it in their curriculums. Gaming scholarships as part of collegiate sports can now be applied for at various universities in countries like America, Canada, Singapore, South Korea and various others. From a time when students were taught to divert their attention from gaming to studies, we have now arrived at a time where gaming can be considered an essential part of excelling in one’s studies. There are even talks among the International Olympics Committee to include E-Sports in the next Olympics as its own category. These gamers that you’ll see competing in these professional tourneys include players from different age groups, from teenagers to young adults, to married men and fathers. So if you’re a casual gamer, a college student or even if you’re well into your late twenties, it’s never too late to grab a copy of one of today’s most popular gaming titles and delve into the immersive world of Electronic Sports and try your hand at becoming a professional gamer, if that’s something that you’ve always wanted to do.
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