Team Secret, a global eSports team, recently signed a 13-year-old on their four-member Fortnite squad. Fortnite isn’t even an eSports game yet, but Team Secret apparently wants to snap up all the best players before Fortnite’s publisher officially gets behind the eSports scene. As a kid, I honestly never thought that being a professional gamer was a thing — I suppose, back then, it wasn’t, since it wasn’t until the late 2000s that eSports saw a surge in popularity.
I give people a lot of credit who are able to play video games for a living. Not just having a successful Twitch channel or YouTube let’s play or review channel, but actually playing the games in front of a live audience and being good at the game pretty much all the time.
It takes skill, quick reflexes, focus… eSports, or gaming in general, may not be pushing your body to its limits like sports where you chase around a ball, but it exercises your mind. Rapid-fire thinking and hand-eye coordination are keys to playing a video game well. With that said, I wonder what kind of game I would be interested in playing if I ever got into the eSports scene…
I would most likely play Pokken Tournament or battle Pokemon competitively in the main games. The Pokemon battles take more strategy while Pokken Tournament is strategy, quick-thinking and reflexes.
Pokemon is always a good choice. I always liked the idea of playing Super Smash Bros. in tournaments, but I cannot remember the last time I picked up that game. It was awesome seeing some of the matches in the competition at EGLX! I’d like to give Overwatch a try too, and World of Warcraft sounds fun as well.
Watching them play Smash at EGLX was such an eye opener. The players were amazing (duh) and the audience got so into it. We were reacting how our dad reacts to a hockey game. The atmosphere was so cool and fun to be around. I remember watching the Nintendo World Championship last year and I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.
Seeing the tricks and moves that players can perform, especially with an audience watching, is amazing. It’s a shame that video games have that “waste of time” stigma attached them.
Yeah, but we know the truth. We have fun. That’s all that matters.