With millions of people already playing video games and the popularity of video game competition rising, gamers developed an interest in watching others play for fun, while learning tips to improve their play and witnessing pro-gamers
showcasing their skills.
eSports organizations recognized this trend and created platforms for people to participate and watch. The dramatic rise of game streaming services like Twitch, ESL, and MLG created communities between players and fans.
Then came the big prize money. The professional game casters. Video games broadcast on major networks. Huge, sold-out crowds. Brand sponsorships. And from the beginning, unrelentingly passionate fans.
A perfect sport that fulfills the cultural need to be the hero, to be part of a community as both participant and spectator and experience the thrill of victory.