You may have heard the team Esports several times over the last few years. But what are Esports, exactly? Are they a good option for former athletes? Keep reading to discover the answers to these questions.
What Are Esports?
Esports, sometimes written “eSports,” is short for “electronic sports.” As its name suggests, these are events where video games are played competitively for an audience.
While the term is a reference to traditional sports, esports also include non-sports videogames, for example:
- League of Legends
- Call of duty
The stars of the esports world haven’t achieved yet mainstream recognition on the level of the best NFL or NBA players. However, esports are a thriving industry. Tournaments offer millions of dollars in prize money and opportunities for sponsorships abound. The esports market is currently valued at $1.08 billion dollars and is projected to reach almost $1.62 billion in 2024.
Are Esports a Good Option for Former Athletes?
Anybody can take up esports regardless of their athletic background. In fact, that may be part of what makes esports interesting. While height and build may limit one’s ability to participate in traditional sports, esports require a different set of skills, which may feel liberating.
With that being said, former athletes may have an edge over their competitors, at least in theory. Athletes may have a stronger sense of strategy and better coordination than non-athletes. Also, in the case of videogames about sports, they may have deeper knowledge about the intricacies of the game.
While having experience in conventional sports is far from a guarantee of success in esports, athletes and former athletes should definitely consider esports as an activity to develop in parallel to their athletic career.
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