What Games Could Still Get Big In eSports?
The eSports industry just keeps growing, and at this point, it’s widely accepted as being on par, in certain respects, with conventional sporting events and organizations.
The eSports industry just keeps growing, and at this point, it’s widely accepted as being on par, in certain respects, with conventional sporting events and organizations. A lot of this growth can be attributed to a natural spread in interest, more opportunities for streaming, and greater sponsorship activity. However, a portion of it can also be chalked up to new games and concepts entering the fold - such as the X1 eSports League Gestrs profiled just earlier this year.
This last point - that of new games and new events helping to raise the profile of the eSports industry - introduces the always-fun question of what the next big games in this space could be. And while it’s difficult to offer any answers with certainty, we took a stab at it with a few types of games that make a whole lot of sense.
The Battle Royale genre is still taking off, in some respects. Fortnite may be one of the biggest games in the world, but it’s still quite young. There will be more twists on the concept, more competitors, and more general advancement even within Fortnite, all of which may happen before a single battle royale game spawns a major eSports event. Some have actually suggested that the genre and eSports don’t mix well, primarily because of the relatively big role luck plays in such games. But we’re betting popularity outweighs concerns like these in due time.
There’s a clear appetite for vintage gaming in eSports already, but it still feels like there are plenty of untapped, old-school arcades. Lots of gamers today, for instance, may have grown up enjoying the Time Crisis series, or Double Dragon. Old arcade systems that featured characters from The Simpsons to Street Fighter could also strike a nostalgic note with audiences. It feels like as the eSports world expands, at least a few older games like these will be resurrected for competition.
Poker has driven competitive, high-stakes online gaming for about two decades now, so in a sense, this idea is nothing new. However, many don’t recognize the extent of modern game online. Top-notch internet casino sites from New Zealand to Western Europe have helped to make table games of all sorts - poker included - more appealing and more accessible than ever. And this means there are likely more talented online poker players than at any other point in history. They’re already competing, but bringing them into eSports to stage World Series Of Poker-like games could be a significant development in the years to come.
We know less about this idea than the others, but it may also hold the most potential. Marvel is making a well-documented push to produce better video games, and there are going to be some Avengers titles among them. We don’t even know yet what genre these games may be attached to, which is why we can’t offer specifics. But it’s likely there will be strategy and combat components, and likely inevitable that eSports will get involved. And rest assured, if Marvel puts out a console fighting game, it will be poised to become one of the bigger eSports titles in existence.