eSports Moves Ahead of the Game

eSports Grows in Popularity.

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Students in E-Sports class during competition.

Pierson Douglas, Contributer

Over the recent years eSports has had a rise in popularity with many popular names coming into the spotlight ex: Space station gaming, Team Spirit, Evil Geniuses, OG, etc; the games represented by these teams include: Rainbow Six: Siege, PUBG, Apex Legends, Smash Ultimate and iRacing; The descriptions that best fit these games are:

Rainbow Six: Siege– At its heart, Rainbow Six Siege is a high-precision, tactical shooter that prioritises careful planning teamwork and finely tuned tactical play. Since its release in 2015, the game has radically expanded, adding extra maps, new operators, weapons, and themed seasonal events.

Players Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG)- Battlegrounds is a player versus player shooter game in which up to one hundred players fight in a battle royale, a type of large-scale last man standing deathmatch where players fight to remain the last alive. Players can choose to enter the match solo, duo, or with a small team of up to four people.

Apex Legends- Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale-hero shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. … In “Battle Royale”, up to 20 three-person squads or 30 two-person duos land on an island and search for weapons and supplies before attempting to defeat all other players in combat.

Smash Ultimate- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting game for up to eight players in which characters from Nintendo games and other third-party franchises must try to knock each other out of an arena. Players can adjust the rules to their liking and save them as presets for future matches.

iRacing- iRacing is the leading sim racing game for your PC. Developed as a centralized racing and competition service, iRacing organizes, hosts and officiates online racing on virtual tracks all around the world. This creates unmatched immersion when sim racers take the green flag in our online racing simulator.

When considering esports in general one must think locally, which brings p the topic: Frisco High School eSports, Some might wonder “There’s an eSports team?” The answer is yes, the games that the class partakes in include, Smash Ultimate (Nintendo Switch), NBA 2K 22, Valorant (PC), Rocket League, Overwatch (PC), Fortnite (PC), Call of Duty: Vanguard, and more; With gaming computers, Playstation 5s, and Nintendo Switches in stock there’s a playing field for any who wish to join. (Refer to your counselor for a plan to join the eSports class)

Quotes:

“One of the most popular games to watch on eSports is ‘League of Legends,’ a game that blends role-playing, managing resources and shouting at your friends. Again, if I had another thousand words, I might be able to scratch the surface of this game, but all you need to know is that gamers love to play it, and even more of them love to watch it.”

-Rob Manuel

“I don’t just write a script, and then someone takes it away and builds a game. I am continually getting input in order to create a big suspension field to hold the gameplay together so that the gamers aren’t doing arbitrary tasks, so that they are doing things that seem meaningful.”

-Marc Laidlaw

“To allow our audiences to watch more professionally produced video content, we acquired Major League Gaming MLG and we expect MLG to become the ‘ESPN of video games’ with a focus on the celebration of gamers, both amateur and professionals.”

-Bobby Kotick

Competitive gaming has intrigued the older generations as well as the younger ones, this comes down to one simple factor, convenience; The convenience of being able to compete in tournaments from your very own home, the convenience of being able to win lots of money on your couch, the convenience of gaining popularity from doing something that you genuinely love, not everyone can say that what they do for work is what they love. But why are these aspects important to the younger generations who either can compete or are just confused where such a path would lead them, this pathway in high school can carry a student through multiple college scholarships and help them early on in life.