ESPORTS AFRICA: AFRICA NEVER IN TIME FOR THE NEXT BIG THING
Esports is a consistently rising industry which many countries are doing their best to get into. Although critics are still arguing the legitimacy of Esports, this argument has not in any way reduced the rate at which Esports is gaining recognition and becoming a global phenomenon.
Esports is a form of competition that takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams. Emphasis on professional players. Gaming is a popular activity that people participate in either as players, supporters, or bettors just for the fun of it. However, with eSports (electronic sports) it is not all fun and games; video gaming at this level is competitive and professional, and can even be a full-time job.
Labeling video games as a sport is however still a controversial topic. While those in favor say that esports is just like any other sport in that it requires careful planning, precise timing and, skillful execution, which is very true, opponents in this debate claim that sports involve physical fitness and physical training, and prefer to classify esports as a mind sport, also very true. Wahala be like…
Like any other sport, esports has its risks. Dedicating your life to something that can be destroyed with just a snap of your fingers (literally) doesn’t seem reliable. However, your hobby bringing you money is also every man’s dream. It definitely, is mine.
Despite the presence of a large audience in terms of youths in Africa and the interest of these youth as recorded by esports bet placements, as well as ready investors, Africa is still not ready for the next big thing that is Esports.
Participation in esports requires a very good network. Lagging due to bad network reception is a foolproof way to ruin the gaming experience. High costs of data, smart device availability and, affordability are also challenges that do not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Available youths participating more in the sport and less in betting should also be encouraged.