In case you haven't been paying attention recently, you should know that eSports have become an immense force in modern entertainment. Far from their place as a niche curiosity in the early days, these titles now routinely find themselves on major channels, with hundreds of thousands or even millions of viewers. With these viewer numbers only on the rise, we want to take a look at the why.

Breaking Away from the Old

First of all, we need to take a look at the state of more traditional sports. The more proven among these, such as football, are not going anywhere. They are, however, inherently a little problematic. Being able to perform well in a game like football requires the right physicality and, without hitting the genetic jackpot, many enthusiasts could never reach the top tier.

There also exists the issue of injury, with this particular example having seen some significant time in the sporting spotlight. Concussions are an enormous issue in football, and can be an inescapable problem at many levels of the sport.

Into the New

ESports, on the other hand, have considerably lower physical barriers to entry. Almost anyone can get started on a base level of these games and, with dedication, can find themselves excelling among the pack. The risk of injury for these games still exists, though most medical professionals would agree that RSI doesn't exactly measure up to the harm of traumatic brain injury.

Aiding in this is the explosive growth which online streaming has brought to the world of entertainment. Systems like Twitch now have thousands of active streamers and millions of active viewers at any one time. These mainly focus on games, with players bringing attention to their favorites through skill, general game curiosity, or the strength of the streamer's personality.

Building Them Up

The final component of this growing popularity is born through other aspects of the surrounding gaming infrastructure. Visibility on major traditional sports channels such as ESPN has done great things to help prove mainstream viability. While this has been the case in some nations like South Korea for years, it is only relatively recently that regular showings in the west have become a reality.

Similarly, the developments of major dedicated eSports websites have helped guide fans in much the same way that traditional sporting websites and magazines have done for years. Sites like CSGO news keep track of everything enthusiasts need, from playing times to standings, and key player and team stats.

Combining all of these aspects, it becomes easy to understand why eSports has become as big as it is. Each year, the funding and prize payouts for these tournaments grow. In fact, the largest of these annual tournaments, the DOTA focused International, offers over $30 million in prizes, an amount which has been steadily growing since the tournament began.

As a global interest, eSports is not just here to stay, it's here to grow. We don't know exactly how big this realm could become but make no mistake, we're only just getting started.