I remember the first time I played in an esports team. It was Minecraft and it was a set of maps made for PVP. As soon as I logged on to the Ps4 i felt my competitive spirit kick in. I plugged in my headset and joined the party voice chat. this was our way of communicating. Overall I had fun. Now my first time playing a sport was in high school. I couldn't see properly so the games of football and rugby were a challenge. i remember the competitive spirit of the other boys as they sprinted across the field ball in one hand they were determined to win. The experiences of esports and physical sport are similar in the sense that they are both competitive and create a sense of comradeship between players. They both involve communication and dedication. the biggest similarity that non-gamers seem to ignore is that both esports and physical sport require skill and practice. in fact, many agencies across the world are offering thousands for talented individuals who want to pursue a career in esports. similar to how physical sports agencies send out scouts to scout out talent to add to their ranks.
Another similarity would have to be teams. In esports teams usually play for charity. in fact, much of esports is based around charity and is usually non-profit. Many teams will do charity streams or events to promote an issue or cause in society such as battling depression or anxiety. many teams possess a kit usually a jersey similar to the kits worn by footballers or rugby players. the difference is esports kits are not overly commercialised products. Many football teams will change their merchandise every few seasons. this increases the consumption of sports media from the public. it also increases consumption of sports fashion and sports brands that support the winning teams.
This is different in esports. the jerseys are usually covered with the sponsors of local businesses. usually cafes and restraints. whilst physical sports is highly commercialised and consumed esports is not. This is due to it being a fairly new concept. it is also not consumed as much due to most of the esports events being for charity.
Many physical sports use stadiums to practice and most teams have a home stadium for practising. for example, Manchester United has Old Trafford as their stadium. A stadium is a base of operations for a team. where they discuss tactics and strategies and practice them out on the pitch. Well, esports has a similar concept. The arena is the base of operations for many esports teams. It is usually a computer lab equipt with the finest gear available. this is where teams are trained and where they practice their skills.
A problem that many UK universities face is finding and funding a space to be turned into an esports arena. This is due to the underrepresentation of esports in public media. but also due to too many student unions across the UK not viewing esports as a serious career. Like physical sports esports has captains, committees, rules and regulation that are followed. it has a similar structure to physical sports in terms of how i's administered.
The similarities and differences must be acknowledged in order for esports to rise to popularity.