Alright Huskies, it is time to please the electronic section of Northern Illinois beating heart, with some delightful news about Esports club. Esports club, for those who do not know, stands for Electronic Sports. I bet I have a bunch of you scratching your heads. Let me shed a little light on the situation. Esports is not the world of Tron, where we must do battle to escape the supercomputer. Esports is about video games and the world’s best video gamers. A few examples of an Esport are: Halo, Call of Duty, League of Legends, Dota2, StarCraft 2, and World of Warcraft’s arena mode. Esports has given video games the chance to become something more, than just a game. It has given video games the chance to become a sport and like any other sport there are professionals. The chance at becoming a professional for a video game might be frowned on by most people in society; however, that has not stopped people from trying to achieve their dream.
The dream to become professional at a video game might sound silly, but it pays nicely. The professional gamer can make around hundreds of thousands of dollars. It might sound silly to pay this amount of cash, but the time and effort they have put into the game is on par with any other sport. The time and effort put into Esports is focused around sharpening the mind and reflexes of the fingers, rather than working out the body. Games that fall under Esports require the gamer to sharpen the mind to such a point that actions take only seconds instead of minutes. This type of practice has also gained the attention of the United States government, which official deemed League of Legends gamers as professional. Though this has happened Esports still has many critics.
The critics of Esports have provided the correct definition of a sport; however, I think it might be time to add that a little. From what was said previously, professional gamers put in a lot of time, and effort into their games. In doing so they are able to so an exertion of their skill on a level that has far surpassed anyone else, which is why so many people watch them live or at home. Viewers of Esports range from thousands to the hundreds of thousands. Professional gamers have such a following that an ESPN version was created, called Major League Gaming. Not only that, but in universities around the world, teams have formed to compete in gaming events, such as Ivy League of Legends, which features college teams competing for cash and glory. It is because of this that Esports club here on campus was formed.
Esports club was formed to not only provide students a way to view professional video games on a huge projector, but to also meet new people, try out for NIU’s League of Legends team, participate in tournaments, and much more. Though Esports club was just created this semester, it has big dreams and is looking for more passionate people to join. The ball has recently started to roll and already plans are in the works for next semester. So if you are a gamer, or if you are interested to see what Esports is all about, then you should come to Esports club, in Dusable 204 every Tuesday. Also make sure to check out the Facebook group NIU Esports Club. Esports club is always looking for passionate people with fresh ideas. Remember Huskies if you have not joined a club yet, get out there and be a part of NIU!