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Month: June 2019

The Future of eSports and Potential Challenges for e-Athletes

The Future of eSports and Potential Challenges for e-Athletes

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor Electronic games first appeared in the 1960s and their rapid development and worldwide expansion, is directly linked to the technological advances in computing of the last six decades. The launch of the Internet and the World Wide Web allowed gamers to compete against each other in multiplayer games without having to be in the same physical location. The electronic games played in a competitive environment were named eSports and the competing gamers participating in them e…

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Industry Trends in Professional esports 

Industry Trends in Professional esports 

By Irwin Kishner and Adam Unger The year 2019 has been a memorable one for the ever evolving global esports market.  For the first time global esports exceeded the billion-dollar revenue mark, with revenues expected to exceed $1.1 billion dollars.  You would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the crowd at a championship esports match and one at a FIFA World Cup Soccer match or even the Cameron Crazies at a Duke vs. University of North Carolina college…

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The Social Implications of eSports

The Social Implications of eSports

By Andreas Themistocleous, Contributor I really want to avoid the discussion on whether eSports are an actual sport. The moment the International Olympic Committee announced its consideration on including eSports in future Olympic Games, I was left without an argument. Afterall, who am I to challenge the “immortals”. At the end of the day, it does carry the general trends of actual sports with teams, superstars, commercial exploitation, huge fan following and an anticipated worth of 1.5 billion dollars by…

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Financial Opportunities for eSport Athletes

Financial Opportunities for eSport Athletes

By Niovie Constantinou, Contributor The eSport industry has grown vastly in the past decade, and what was once considered a hobby has now become a serious career path that can actually pay very generously. Video games are no longer simply designed to be played, as they become ever more visually pleasing for the audiences; they are designed to appeal to and drive large fan audiences towards them. In fact, many of the top eSport athletes are considered celebrities to Millennial…

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Should professional gamers be considered athletes

Should professional gamers be considered athletes

By Lazaros Ioannou, APC Sports Consulting Limited While gaming is becoming more and more popular with mainstream culture and as eSports continue to gain more followers, the argument whether eSports are indeed a sport and if professional gamers should be considered athletes is getting bigger and lots of people are ready to argue for either side. In order to better understand the numbers and growth of the eSports industry we can take a look at some general statistics relating to…

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June 2019 Editorial: The Issues of an Esports Career

June 2019 Editorial: The Issues of an Esports Career

1 June, 2019 Electronic Sports, commonly known as Esports, have been gaining a lot of ground during the past decade.  Esports are computer gaming which has been organized at a professional level and it is competitive.  There is a lot of controversy as to whether computer gaming is actually a sport and whether gamers are actually athletes. Professional gamers, just like athletes, have to put in a lot of hard work and training to acquire the necessary skills which will…

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