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A Look Inside The World Of Gaming

Updated on July 20, 2015
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It's More Than Just A Game

So why do people from all over the globe take part in video games and why do they have so much interest in these games?

I hope to show many newcomers a side to gaming that you were not well aware of. As stated, this Hub is intended for readers that are not already fond of what will be abroad.

To Start:

The world of gaming is vast and what can be said relative of it is seemingly endless. When it comes down to interest and dedication, for the most part, gamers either play for, the fun - the glory - and of course, the money. These are a few of the main reasons that fuel the gaming world to drive it to a whole new level. It all comes down to that great reward that is earned through all of the time and effort put in by the individual gamer.

Note: This page will be just a small brief about certain entities of gaming. Unfortunately, gaming being so broad in itself, many different parts will be unmentioned thereof.

PC Gamers in their natural habitat.
PC Gamers in their natural habitat. | Source

So let's go over the Typical Gamer; what is the Typical Gamer?

The Typical Gamer..

  • .. plays video games more or less 2 hours a day and even far more or less on weekends.
  • .. goes to school and/or work which takes up much of the day.
  • .. has/had at least 2 different gaming consoles during their lifetime.
  • .. owns at least ten different games and only completely finished a few of them.
  • .. generally just plays for fun and to kill time.
  • .. most notably, is unlikely the type of Gamer/s that will be read about in the next few topics but possibly a spectator of the sorts.

Most gamers are/become/stay a 'Typical Gamer'.

Competitive Gaming - eSports

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Things to be noted about competitive gaming:

  • They are streamed live which helped it grow on platforms such as Twitch.tv (which will be mentioned later); many tournaments also host on their own sites.
  • For the glory being the best in the game and winning the cash prize, some of these gamers compete for a living, many of whom have successful careers doing so.
  • These tournaments which are also streamed live online, generate the most viewers compared to other game-related streams, easily surpassing 50 million viewers a year.
  • There are competitions for many different games but highly call out for - FPS aka Fire Person Shooter (Counter-strike Franchise:Valve, Halo Franchise, Call of Duty Franchise, etc), MOBA aka Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (Dota2:Valve, League of Legends:Riot Games), and RTS aka Real Time Strategy (Starcraft Franchise:Blizzard, Warcraft Franchise:Blizzard). [Game:Developer]

Here's to give you an idea of how much some of the top professionals are now making in eSports:

  • Dota 2 has the largest prize pools of all of these games, with the recent one being $10,931,103.00 in the International 2014.
  • Dota 2 will now succeed it's own record, in the International 2015, with the current prize pool being over $17 million!

Betting in eSports

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So how exactly do people bet on these eSports games? How does it work?

  • Betting on eSports Teams are very real and many people lose and win money everyday because of it.
  • In some cases people bet virtual items that are worth money in place of money in which you get a return of more virtual items if you win.
  • Games that heavily value virtual items include CS:GO aka Counter-Strike : Global Offensive and Dota 2.
  • The CS:GO and Dota 2 community use a site called CSGOLounge and Dota2Lounge for betting but also can be used for trading these virtual items.
  • There are always odds made by the gaming communities themselves that show which team are favored to win, which means they can be skewed and people will try to 'sway' these bets in their favor in order to make more profit.
  • There are many sites out there built just for eSports which are usually watched in real-time on Twitch.tv or some other site streaming the game
  • Betting on eSports is out there and real but risky and is not recommended.

Live Video Game Streaming

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Twitch user MoxyMary just as she begins streaming on Twitch.tv on her Xbox.
Twitch user MoxyMary just as she begins streaming on Twitch.tv on her Xbox.
Twitch user MoxyMary just as she begins streaming on Twitch.tv on her Xbox. | Source

Twitch.tv - What it is and why gamers use it:

  • When it comes to the majority of gamers, Twitch.tv is the go to service to stream live, even more so after hooking up their service with the gaming console giant Xbox-One.
  • From individual gamers to game casters and others alike, these streamers generate millions of viewers every single day on Twitch.
  • For the most part, streamers do what they do for fun and maybe some extra money.
  • The more successful streamers make enough money off it to be used as a full-time job.
  • One streamer to be noted is 'sodapoppin' who has received over $50,000 in donations by a Twitch user named 'Amhai' who also donates large sums to other streamers.
  • The streamers acquire cash flow through options such as monthly subscription, ad-revenue, sponsorship, and donations.
  • It is every young kids dream to be able to play video games for a living and Twitch helped make that dream come true for a handful of happy gamers.

Gaming Festivals and Roleplay

Penny Arcade Expo "PAX"

  • The above YouTube video is an old but great example footage that as titled, gives 'A taste of PAX'.

Some more information about PAX and gaming festivals/convention/etc in general:

  • Earlier PAX events dating before 2005 were not as large in attendance as it is now but was in fact doubling it's numbers nearly every year.
  • Today this festival is now becoming even more popular with tickets selling out within hours for certain events such as PAX Prime the attendance being in the 70,000+ range.
  • PAX and other large events alike bring together massive amounts of Gamers to let out their inner 'geek' as some would call it.
  • Like Comic-Con, cosplay is an essential part of these festivals as shown in the video.
  • The latest of any gaming software related products will also be showcased which is very enjoyable to the attendees.
  • As expected, there are - tournaments, prizes, food, shows/presentations and just about everything else you would expect from a gaming festival.

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"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock-n-roll."

— Shigeru Miyamoto

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