In its most basic form, Esports refers to a group of gamers who play interactive games on the Internet. While the term is relatively new, many believe that the rise of multiplayer online role playing games like World of Warcraft, Second Life, and other games has led to an increase in the popularity of esport. This would explain the prevalence of e-sports such as LoL and DotA. Additionally, with the increasing popularity of spectator sport such as the NBA, NFL and soccer, the online world of esport seems poised to continue growing. If you are interested in participating in an esport, here are a few tips on getting started:
Find an ESL – Many ESL (English Premier League) and TESL (Traditional ESL Series) tournaments can be found online. These high level tournaments pit one team against another in a race to get to the grand final. The winner of each match receives prize money and entrance into the tournament. Generally the ESL runs a season of high level leagues. Look for information about these tournaments to get a feel for what the competition entails.
Join an ESL league – Check out the ESL website to find out if there are any upcoming ESL tournaments near you. In general most ESL leagues require that players are located in their respective regions. However, some will allow players from any part of the world to register.
Find an ideal player type – Whether you are a hardcore or casual, there are certain characteristics that you should look for in an expert player. Think about what it is that you would enjoy. If you enjoy teamwork, then you may want to join a team. On the other hand, if you have an aggressive style, then a support role may be better for you. Consider your own personality traits when choosing a role.
Learn about other teams – Find out about the teams playing in your region and compare them against the top teams from other regions. Use this information to determine which team is the best to go head to head with. This will help you determine if you have the skills and capabilities to defeat the other team. Consider how the other team plays before deciding on a lineup. Make sure to practice against the opposing team at least once before deciding on your own team.
Look for free spots – Some gaming websites offer free spots for new players who sign up. Find out if you can get a spot and what requirements you will need to meet to get signed up. Many popular websites also offer free coaching for new players. This can be a great way to get experience while playing against others and get advice from the biggest names in the industry.