eSports, or professional competitive video gaming, has boomed in popularity in recent years. By 2020 there will be an estimated 589 million people watching eSports globally and the industry will be worth $1.48 billion. But what are eSports, and what do they mean for online safety?
There are currently five video game genres that are considered eSports: real-time strategy (RTS), fighting, first-person shooter (FPS), multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), and online collectible card games. The following list has examples of some eSports games and explanations of their genres.
The growth of eSports means there will be more children and teens interacting with video games whether through playing games themselves, watching live streams on streaming services or videos on YouTube, or attending conventions and local events. While eSports seem to be fundamentally different from traditional competitive sporting events such as football and soccer, there are many similarities between them. Both require fine motor skills and training to finetune said skills; they promote healthy competition and bring together fans of all ages to root on their favorite team. There are even international teams and fans, creating a bridge for American and international fans to connect with each other. Getting to know these games and genres is a great way to connect with your child’s interest and help them feel safe, just like introducing your child to your favorite sports team.
This post is the second in a series on eSports and video games. The first post can be read here!