Dota 2 is in the middle of one of the largest tournaments in eSports history, The International 2015, and it’s being played on one of the largest stages in eSports history. The prize pool is over 18m, and it smashes previous eSports prize pools and is currently the world record holder by far. Above is a glimpse of the stage these 16 teams are duking it out on all week, which shows how far gaming has come and more specifically professional gaming tournaments.
This is what it looked like back in 2012, also shows you what the crowd, announcers everything, the full experience of a professional gaming tournament. Keep in mind this what 3 years ago, it’s 10 folds what it used to be.
These tournaments and stages are only growing each year and makes you wonder what the future of the sport will be like. For the most part, those who aren’t into gaming don’t really understand the movement that is sneaking up on the rest of the world. I cheer for teams and watch these big tournaments in the same fashion people do for the superbowl, or the worldcup. At the end of the day, it’s all the same thing, a competitive sport with two sides going at it and only the most skilled will reign superior.
Professional gaming is one of the fastest growing sports at the moment, and as time goes on it will only keep growing exponentially. Professional gaming spreads across all platforms and all types of games, and even this year they had their very first case of a gamer using performance enhancing drugs and now have new anti-doping rules.
As gamers grow up and have kids, they will encourage and embrace their children to play video games and perhaps dream of them becoming a professional gamer as some parents do now for “regular” sports. The world is changing, technology and computers are a part of everything we do and are integrated within our culture, whether we like it or not. As these become more and more our cultural norm so will professional gaming.
If you haven’t ever watched a professional gaming tournament, I encourage you to do so. Most people don’t even realize that these tournaments have announcers, pre-game shows, analyst panels, literally everything a regular sporting event has.
Before you know it you will be living in a world where the Superbowl is no longer one of the biggest events of the year, it will be something like Dota 2s Ti5 and you wouldn’t want to be behind times, would you?