It’s a popular stereotype to consider a competitive gamer to be a sweaty 30-year-old nerd who lives in his parent’s basement or a whiny 8-year old kid who got a hold of his brother’s violent video games. However, there is actually a lot of variety in competitive gaming. I made the examples men in the stereotypes, but women play competitive as well. However, like anything, it has a rather unpleasant side.
Let us start with the basics. Competitive gaming is when you play games like Call of Duty, Overwatch, League of Legends, DOTA, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter either get together online or at conventions and compete against each other to see who’s number one for that year. Many play for the fun and enjoyment of it, others use it as a career path to gain money. There are even some competitions dedicated to a game itself. Some of these include Overwatch League, Call of Duty World League and Capcom World Tour (dedicated to Street Fighter).
In competitive gaming, players are mainly in teams of 5-12 people within the ages of 17-35 at most. Popular teams include Team EnVyUs and Seoul Dynasty. These teams compete in tournaments and/or championships to gain a reputation of who is the better team in the league.
Like sports, competitive gaming can become very exhausting. You sit in a chair for hours at a time focusing on the players that you are up against, sometimes not getting a break. Your body loses energy quickly and that can of Red Bull that sponsors the tournament is not going to give you enough energy to last the rest of it. Competitive gaming takes a toll on your body, so when they can, competitive gamers will take the time for a break and get the energy they need to power through another few hours of gaming.
If you think, you can handle the power of becoming a professional competitive player, good luck with that. I will just stick with having fun with it.