Esport is a generic term referring to non-endemic sports competition with video game consoles as the common platform. Esport generally takes the form of either organized, real-time multiplayer online game competitions, especially between international teams, or between amateur players of the same sport who regularly compete online. In the last decade, the popularity of esport as a competitive sport has grown tremendously. Many people are now taking part in esport competitions either professionally, casually or as hobbies. The growth of spectator sport spectator arena has led to the growth in the number and variety of esport events throughout the world.
One of the most popular esport events is the International Professional Gaming League or IPL. The IPL is the largest prize pool in the world, with its prize money spread among the twelve participating teams. The twelve teams are split into four groups of four, with each team receiving a set amount of money. Each team has to play against the other teams in their group, as well as against other teams in the online community as well as offline tournaments organized by the IGL.
Beside the World Series of esport, the ESL has also introduced the European invitational format, where teams from across Europe will come together to fight for the title of “ESports Masters.” This has proved to be quite a success, with teams from all around the globe travelling to France to fight for the title. Some of the teams have been travelling from North America, Australia and South Korea to get to Europe, proving the strength of the competition and the level of play that can be found in any esport event. All in all, the future of esport looks bright, with more traditional sports games moving to the next level, whether it be from a traditional sports tournament to a multiplayer online game.