Careers of the Future
University of Advancing Technology
Careers of the Future
“Peter Dager, 22, practices four hours a day with his teammates. He competes for millions of dollars in prize money, and travels as far as China for tournaments. His sport? Video gaming” (Baker, Peter 2014). Video games have become more than just something fun to play; people are making careers of it. E-Sports can give talented gamers an opportunity to do more with the games they play. Many people do not consider video gaming a real career, but since the rise of modern technology the career of gaming is now a possibility thanks to electronic sports, and competitive games such as League of Legends and DOTA2. Competitive cooperative video games are providing as much entertainment as Football, Baseball, Basketball, etc. Millions of people watch and the fans lucky enough to attend the championships, flood the stadiums cheering for their favorite teams.
E-Sports (Electronic Sports) started in 1972 with the earliest video game tournament known to be held, the video game was “Space War”. E-Sports went to online play in the 90’s, playing games on the PC such as “Netrek”. E-Sports grew exponentially after 2000. “IHS claims that 2013 was the first year when online viewing of eSports exceeded television viewing” (Dredge, S 2014). The prize money for tournaments increased as well as the viewers. The games that spiked interest were the competitive and strategic games “StarCraft” and “Warcraft III”. These were the first few games that would continue to spike interest in the game developers who will soon create DOTA2 and League of Legends.
League of Legends was publically released in 2009 and quickly became the number one played PC game with 27 million players active daily! League of Legends is a MOBA, MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. Riot Games, the creators of League of Legends, implement a number of strategic properties into the game. Not only must you focus on your own personal aspects of the game to ensure you don’t lose to your enemy but you must also be aware of you team members around you. This game is a five versus five player game and you must work in unison to achieve victory.
Starting closed beta in 2011, DOTA2, another MOBA, is a high end competitor towards League of Legends. DOTA2 was officially released in July of 2013. DOTA2 now has nearly ten million players active monthly! Many DOTA2 players are fans as well. Just like League of Legends without the fans pro players couldn’t compete for million dollar prize pools.
One player, by the name of Zion Spartan (in game name), started playing League of Legends (LoL) in 2011 and became a pro player in 2012. He started making this game, which he had just played for fun, into a career before he had even graduated high school. According to Foster Pepper Attorneys at Laws article league of legends pro gamers can make salaries of six figures or more. “Incorporating these various revenue sources, one team manager recently estimated that professional LoL players can make anywhere from $30,000 to well above $300,000 annually” (Blum B & Fisher 2014). One of these revenue sources is streaming live gameplay which is an essential way for pro gamers to make a profit. Ten years ago no one even thought that a gamer could make 100 dollars a month, now pro players are can make more than some college graduates. Riot Games has a contract with every pro player and in the contract Riot Games has agreed to give players a minimum salary of $12,500.00. This contract is for a ten week season, and includes the opportunity to earn the prize money. Each team usually has a sponsor as well, and the players receive money from them for advertising there companies on their team uniforms. Very well-known companies recognize E-sports and know that they can advertise themselves in the tournaments. “Even Coca-Cola has entered the mix, sponsoring LoL’s “Challenger Series,” which creates a path for aspiring amateur players to qualify for the professional circuit.” (Blum B & Fisher 2014).
Unfortunately being a pro gamer isn’t as easy as it sounds. Each player must continue to play the game for hours on end, every day, in order to keep in shape for when they enter the tournaments. These games are very strategic and one minor mistake can result in a defeat. When these players step onto the stage not only are these players representing the game they play but they can be role models for young gamers striving to improve.
Although video gaming was intended for amusement many have found a way to in-cooperate it into a career thanks to E-Sports and the competitive games such as League of Legends and DOTA2. Some will still say that playing video games for a career isn’t a real job or a real way to make money. However, times are changing and every year people are finding different ways to make a career from the things they love doing. With more advancing technology, competitive games will become more interactive and strategic.
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