You’re A N00b If You Didn’t Know These 7 Facts About The Online Gaming Industry
Posted On 18th January, 2018 @ 14:03 pm by Ketaki Mankame

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While you’ve been busy playing CS Go in your basement for hours and talking smack with your noob friends just to kill time, there are hardcore gamers out there who are winning millions of dollars for doing exactly the same thing. Competitive gaming is very close to becoming a legit sport, so you might want to sit up and pay attention. This could be a full time career option.

 

1. 2024 – the year of gaming in Olympics

The Olympics Committee has been hinting at introducing e-sports as a medal event at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Competitive gaming has been officially announced as a medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games in China. You’ve still got about enough time to prep if this plan actually materialises. #JustSaying

 

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2. Parental Mode - On

Apparently, people in South Korea are such hardcore gamers that the government had to lay down a law to curb the addiction. The Shutdown Law, which came into effect in May 2011, forbids children under the age of 16 to play online games from 12 AM to 6 AM. Some serious gamers they’ve got in that part of the world. 

 

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3. Dollar, dollar bill ya’ll!

A prize pool of US$ 24.6 million was arranged at the world’s biggest Dota 2 championship last year in Seattle, USA. Apparently, it was the first ever e-sports tournament in the world to surpass the US$ 24 million prize cap. The team who won first place took home over US$ 10 million! ‘nuff said.

 

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4. Leading the leaderboard 

Currently, the leaderboard in most international e-sports tournaments have gamers from the USA, China and South Korea. But considering we’re also entering this league with India’s first ever e-sports tournament, UCypher, the day can’t be far when us Indians will be ruling the leaderboards across the world too.

 

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5. Not just a guy thing

If you think that only men are all-out gamers who participate or are interested in e-sports tournaments, you’re wrong. It’s 2018. Despite the huge pay gap and online harassment, hundreds of women across the world are dominating the world of competitive gaming. The highest earning female in the competitive gaming scene has earned about US$ 174,812 from playing 99 tournaments of Starcraft 2. 

 

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6. 2019 – the boss-level year for e-sports

According to a 2016 survey, experts have predicted that 2019 will be the year when e-sports will interest a global audience of over 300 million people. If this number was put together to make a country, it would be the fourth largest in the world. The digital takeover has begun!

 

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7. Not a gamer, call me an athlete

Gone are the days of calling them gamers. Those competing in the gaming industry are considered full-blown athletes now. Hell, a legit football player from Brazil, Wendell Lira quit football to pursue his true passion—becoming a professional FIFA player, virtually.

 

 

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Tune in to #UCypherWithMTV, starting tomorrow at 10 PM to get the inside scoop about the e-sports scene. 

 

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