Common Misconceptions About Esports | Fortnite World Cup Media Coverage Draws Mockery to the Esports Scene


by in Fortnite | Aug, 3rd 2019

With the Fortnite World Cup coming to a close just a few days ago, many media outlets reported stories of teenagers winning millions of dollars by playing their favorite video game. And, in essence, they are correct. Some of these teenagers really did win millions of dollars by playing Fortnite at the highest possible level. Despite that, there were still media outlets that patronized the story and mocked the esports industry as a whole. That’s why, today, we’ll be talking about the most common esports misconceptions and how come they’re still a thing in 2019.

Four Common Misconceptions About Esports

After 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf came out on top of the inaugural Fortnite World Cup, the entire world started, once again, taking interest in Fortnite. Taking interest in esports in general, to be more precise. And while the majority of Fortnite-related stories were showing legit interest in the community, there were those blinded by common esports misconceptions that turned the story upside down for a quick laugh.

Is it possible that there are people out there who still doesn’t understand the complexity of the esports ecosystem? Is it possible that there are people who still believe in the following four misconceptions? Could it be that some people trust these myths that are so obviously wrong?

Well, it turns out these common esports misconceptions have taken root worldwide and there’s nothing we can do but try and explain them in the simplest possible terms.

Watching Other People Play Video Games is Boring

Watching other people play video games is boring is one of the most common esports misconceptions even at this day in age! What’s the fun in watching someone else play the game? Isn’t it more fun to play it yourself? Well then, if we go with this logic I suppose every other sport out there is boring too. Why should we watch other people play soccer if we can just go outside and play it ourselves?

Obviously, watching people who know what they’re doing, the professionals (both esports and sports athletes) is a completely different experience than indulging in the activity ourselves. By watching other people play these games, we get to see the ultimate competitive ecosystem with a ton of prestige and money on the line.

Remember when Jimmy Kimmel had a huge public feud with gamers just because he attacked video game watchers? We sure do! Here’s an unforgettable video in which Markiplier and MissesMae educate poor Jimmy Kimmel. Let’s just say the entire video didn’t go as planned.

Playing Video Games is a Waste of Time

One of the biggest obstacles in the acquisition and development of young esports talents Is the parents’ perspective on esports. Even today, when we often hear about massive esports prize pools, parents still don’t believe there’s enough money involved with becoming a professional esports athlete.

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Needless to say, this is wrong on so many levels. First of all, esports athletes are earning decent sums of money. And there’s not much to it as far as their salaries are concerned. Most of their earnings come from the actual tournaments. Dota 2 Internationals total upwards of $25m and a good portion of that money goes straight to the winning team. In fact, the majority of the most paid athletes have earned more than a million dollars in their career thus far and the majority of them are Dota 2 players.

Other esports titles are a bit behind, but they’re still yielding decent sums for the very best players. Take Team Liquid’s CS:GO roster that just recently won more than a million dollars by winning IEM Chicago and taking the Intel Grand Slam title. Heck, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf earned $3 million dollars just a few days ago by winning the inaugural Fortnite World Cup.

That said, if you’re a parent who thinks their child plays too much video games, perhaps this esports earnings chart might change your aggressive stance towards esports. The industry has a bright future and, who knows, perhaps your kid will be a part of it.

Esports is not Real Sports

Now, this is a line that gets dropped on a daily basis. Esports is not real sports, it’s just fat, lonely people staring at their screens the whole day. Obviously, these people have their heads so high up… No worries, I won’t be stopping so low. Instead, I’d like to draw a few parallels here and hopefully explain why exactly are esports basically identical to sports.

For starters, sports and esports are really similar as far as their competitive nature is concerned. Sure, traditional sports have a lot more history to talk about, but if the era of esports continues to grow at such a rapid pace, I’m sure we’ll have documentaries on esports legends such as Doublelift, Faker, and PashaBiceps somewhere in 2077.

Furthermore, esports and sports have a similar league system in which the athletes put in the same amount of time and effort to be the very best. There are still variations between different esports as far as the highest levels of competitions are concerned, but that’s the charm of the game.

Lastly, there’s a number of supporting roles in professional esports organizations these days. Team-oriented roles, mind you. There’s a ton of analytical data being used, as well as esports science methodology, scouting, and extensive coaching and bootcamp sessions preparing teams for the upcoming competitions.

All things considered, even though esports are not physically demanding as traditional sports, it’s still wrong to think of them as anything other than fully-fledged sports disciplines. Heck, they might even find their way to the Olympic Games. Now if that’s not enough to start thinking of esports as real sports then I really don’t know what is.

The Esports Industry is Just a Short-Term Trend

Lastly, there are still people who believe the esports industry is just a short-term trend. They think it’s nothing but a flashy gimmick that’s going to extinguish relatively soon. However, the situation is bound to pan out in the completely opposite direction. You see, year after year the esports industry continues its exponential growth. And we’re not just talking about popularity but money, sponsorship deal and other important assets of its ecosystem.

The esports industry is already a well-oiled machine and there’s nothing that could endanger its existence. From all we’re seeing in 2019, it will only keep getting bigger and bigger, paving the way for future generations of superstars. There’s just too much money involved in esports for it to come crashing down. It’s just how things roll these days…

Wrapping Things Up

There you have it, guys! We’ve gone through all five most common esports misconceptions some people still believe in. Even in this day in age, there are people who don’t follow new trends. People who are not interested in new-age tech one bit and can’t be bothered to learn the new ways. Even though their numbers are shrinking with each passing year, their presence can still be felt across the entire media spectrum.

As time goes on, I’m sure these common esports misconceptions and myth will slowly fade away and create even more opportunities for this thrilling new-age industry.

Fingers crossed!

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