There is a growing debate on whether playing video games can be considered as playing sports. If playing sports can be defined as physical movement on a field or competitive play, playing video games can be regarded as playing sports in the latter sense.
Regardless of how the debate closes, one thing is sure and that is that e-sports are on the rise. What’s more, e-sports are expected to continue growing in the years to come.
A look into the future of e-sports
When we think about gaming, the first thing that comes to mind is a person behind a large computer screen playing a game. However, it is believed that e-sports will continue progressing in the form of mobile gaming.
As technology keeps progressing, so do these devices that we use every day. Therefore, it isn’t unreasonable to think that e-sports will find their new home on a smaller screen. The greatest advantage of mobile phones, tablets, and other portable devices is that they can be easily carried around and used for competing from wherever you are.
On the other hand, due to the small screen size, many people doubt that mobile gaming is the future of e-sports. They state that you cannot experience the real enjoyment of playing e-sports unless you play them on a big screen.
E-sports are entering the academic scene
A very interesting fact that illustrates how much the popularity of e-sports has been increasing is that a couple of universities offer scholarships for e-sports teams. It is expected that this trend will keep increasing in the future.
Robert Morris University of Illinois is the first one to include a scholarship-sponsored League of Legends team. The members of the team are not much different from traditional athletes attending this university, as one might expect. In fact, e-sports players are scouted and selected in a similar way as other athletes. Similar to Robert Morris University of Illinois is the University of California Irvine which has 10 scholarships ready for students interested in becoming a member of their college League of Legends team.
What’s more, some smaller colleges have been considering offering e-sports-related courses. One of these colleges is Boston’s Emerson College. Their current plan is to offer a course in e-sports and provide a minor degree to all the successful attendees of the course.
It is important to point out that not only US universities are interested in e-sports, but also many universities all around the world. For instance, Staffordshire University located in the UK offers an honors degree in e-sports with a focus on the business aspect of e-sports platforms.
We can conclude that the future of e-sports looks very bright at the moment. No matter whether e-sports will be played predominantly on mobile or computer screens or whether they will become part of formal education, it is sure that we can expect a lot of excitement when it comes to the growth of e-sports in the coming years.