“eSports” goes by a plethora of different names from ‘eGaming’ to ‘Virtual Sports’ even ‘Competitive Gaming’, but “eSports” is a whole different genre of gaming in itself.
The term “eSports” has been given to any title in the gaming world where a player or team can compete at for a lucrative incentive (money and/or fame) or a chance to be able to compete for an incentive. eSports stars/players focus on winning specific premier tournaments or placing in a position to qualify winning some sort of cash prize to be able to carry on playing in other tournaments and so on.
These factors are what determine the essence of what eSports actually is and seems to be the number one driving force for players today, whereas ‘Competitive Gaming’ is really in an awkward grey area.
The name should be enough to define what ‘Competitive Gaming’ really is, (a game that people play competitively) but is more often used to define casual games that people play online against each others to either have fun or boost up in the rank pools they are put in, and this is mainly where some people get their wires crossed (usually the older generation). This misconception may be what makes or breaks someone’s attention span whenever eSports get mentioned. In my own experiences, I have seen two very distinct types of people in the gaming world; the ones who say “eSports hell yeah!” or the infamous “pffft people getting payed millions to play games?! Easy!”.
One off tournaments and/or pop up events may arise for certain ‘Competitive Gaming’ titles but by definition cannot be classed as eSports, the age old argument “Is eSports an actual sport?” comes into play here as there is no definitive answer, yet! It’s all a matter of perspective. So I’m interested to know what titles would you classify as an eSport or better yet… What titles that are an eSport would you classify as competitive gaming?