Video games have taken one step further by becoming a league of their own and introducing a career that most of the gamers all of the world would die for: PROFESSIONAL GAMING ATHLETE.
The introduction of gaming leagues, or popularly known as E-Sports, have been around between the late 1990s and early 2000s. It started with two leagues such as WCG or World Cyber Games and MLG or Major League Gaming. If basketball has leagues like NBA, WNBA, and NCAA, video games will have leagues like WCG, MLG, EVO, and ACLPRO just to name a few. Makes you want to wish there was a league for Dolphins pearl slot too.
What are these gaming leagues?
These gaming leagues host different games and teams from all over the worlds. Getting access into these leagues would require gamers to participate in major tournaments that would act as qualifiers or auditions. Games like League of Legends, Call of Duty, CounterStrike, and DOTA are popular favourites and international teams are sponsored by companies that manufacture gaming paraphernalia like Razer, Alienware, Steel Series, and Logitech. These professional players are also paid and sponsored by their governments and treated like professional athletes. In South Korea, where majority of the best StarCraft 2 players are from, they were as popular as NBA players in America and were treated with so much respect.
Introductory to the major leagues of gaming
This is a local Australian league that hosts XBOX 360 LAN Circuits. ACL is home to the greatest Australian players for Call of Duty, FIFA 11, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter 4, and StarCraft 2. The league started out in 2006 and was previously called the Australian Console League. Its conception was a result of the creators’ frustration due to the lack of local tournaments for Halo 2. Eventually, they took it upon themselves to host the largest gaming league in Australia.
WCG is one of the oldest gaming leagues in the world, dating its conception to the year 2001. WCG is also the World’s first Cyber Game Festival, aimed and designed to create a healthy gaming and cyber culture all over the world. Different players from all corners of the world share their expertise and excitement by joining one of the many games that the league hosts. In 2001, it was only limited to PC games like Age of Empires II, StarCraft, Unreal Tournament, FIFA 2001, Half Life Counterstike, and Quake 3 Arena. Its official partners include Samsung, Alienware, Riot Games, and IGN.
3.) MLG or Major League Gaming
MLG is the largest eSports organization in the world, boasting millions of viewers, fans, and gamers from all over the world. There are more than 8 million registered gamers. The MLG Pro Circuit is a series of large-scale tournaments hosted in several cities across the USA. Competitors go head to head for cash and glory while thousands of people spectate with millions of people viewing the live coverage of the event. As of Spring 2012, they have added the following games into their roster:
- Starcraft 2
- League of Legends – debuted at the Spring Championship
- Soul Calibur V
- Mortal Kombat 9
- King of Fighters XIII
Think you have what it takes to be a professional gamer? Sign up for any of these leagues and test your skills and talents against other players in your area and the world.