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What makes a good esport

As aforementioned in this article, more and more game titles are heralding themselves as the new esport sensation. From games that are popular with kids such as Fornite and ones with markets a little more closed off such as F1 2019, it seems every big release has a page on their game dedicated to esports. It’s clear that not every game is as well suited to it as the classics, such as Dota II and Quake, so what is it that makes a game fun to get involved in?

Being a spectator sport is one of the main contributing factors. A lot of the reason people grew tired of PUBG is that it isn’t intrinsically angled toward spectators. With one hundred people running around on a huge map, kills happening literally anywhere, it’s rather difficult to keep track of whats going on. On top of that, getting kills doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to win – In League of Legends, an incredibly successful esport title, getting kills gives you more gold and more levels, meaning you become stronger. In a traditional Battle Royale, it just means that you can loot your opponents bodies, as well as potentially letting others know where you are. It’s difficult to argue how exciting it can be in the last stages of the game when only three teams are separated from a crest in a hill, but the early and mid game is difficult to sink your teeth into.

Comparatively, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive lends itself quite well to the viewers. With only ten people on the map at any given time, and most of them following eachother, it’s relatively easy to keep track of who’s where. This is coupled with the fact that the maps are generally tight and small, with the overhead mini map giving you more than enough information to be updated on whats happening. This isn’t even mentioning the fact that you can watch the tournaments in the CSGO client, allowing you to control the camera and watch the players you’re personally interested in.

Racing games are fantastic to watch – not only because they mimic the real life motor sports which are designed for spectators, but also because the rules of real life aren’t in place, meaning the crashes are more of a spectacle and the manoeuvres are more risky. This, however, is already cornering a small portion of the sports world. Finding a dedicated Formula One fan is much harder than finding a dedicated Football fan. Speaking of football, there’s a reason Fifa is so popular within the esports community. Football is the spectators sport and houses itself nicely to betting. With the added intrigue of which player is better, it can be quite a blast to sit down and watch.

What games do you think are the next esports titles? Or which ones are popular but you don’t think should be? Let us know on Twitter!