The world of sport has been around for what seems like forever, and is something that almost every person has participating in throughout their life. Most try various sports when they are young children, but now a days with the advancement of technology and media, most children grow up playing video games and using various personal electronics. With the growth of technology and advancements in gaming, more and more youth spend their free time playing video games. Along with the growth and popularity in video games, has been an emergence of eSports.
eSports started off as competitive gamers playing against one another in various tournaments, possibly earning money here and there. Today, eSports continues to grow as an industry, and looks to grow and assert a similar appeal that professional sport does. Currently, professional gamers can have earnings anywhere into the six digit figures, and this creates more and more competition as the industry grows. This competition has lead to more tournaments being held around the world as well as a league that can be compared to a regular season. With this, teams and players look to travel to various tournaments or look for work visas to live in a country like the United States to play video games professionally.
Recently the United States has agreed to view eSports players as professional athletes, and will allow them to acquire visas to enter the country to compete in tournaments. This is huge step for the eSports community as it removes barriers for some gamers to advance their careers as professional gamers.
While eSports may never garner the attention that traditional sport does, it will continue to grow as an industry and as a community, and will be looked upon less as a laughable idea.