I was talking to a friend the other day about some of the eSports competitions I’ve been watching. So far my favorite has been The International Dota 2 Championships but I also have really been enjoying some of the Starcraft II tournaments lately. When I told him about some of my favorite games he said, “I don’t get it, how can you even watch those games and understand what is going on?”
So I sat him down, fired up Dota 2 and showed him the game. No, it’s not easy to learn, and yes – it is without a doubt more complex than games like Chess. That being said, once you get it, it’s one of the most fun strategy games on the planet to follow, or at least it is for me.
After spending about 15 minutes walking him through the game he got the basics and I was able to show him a tournament and walk him through the action and explain what the heck the announcers were talking about. Honestly, if you just listened to the audio of an eSports game you might think you’re listening to a football or basketball game…but look at the screen and it’s a whole different story.
This whole experience made me realize that there are plenty of people out there who would probably really enjoy eSports, but they don’t know how to watch them. So I found this video on You Tube that is a great primer for anyone who wants to understand the basics and start moving from physical to digital sports. Since many of my blog readers moved from physical to digital real estate I’m thinking this might be right up your alley!