WHAT IS IT?
Esports is the competitive sub genre to the video gaming industry. Gaining considerable popularity in the last decade, esports has grown to be one of the most watched form of competition in today’s day and age. Team based and solo based games are played competitively online or held at an arena setup attracting substantial viewership (in the form of both audiences in attendance at the event venue and via online streaming mediums).
To put this viewership into perspective, League of Legends, one of esports' most popular titles, managed to attract over 3 million viewers globally in the year of 2019 with it's Worlds 2019 Championship.
Although still in its early stages, esports in the Northern Territory is growing at an exponential rate, with significant activity in the Darwin / Palmerston region and increasing activity and interest in the Alice Springs region. Being the primary catalyst and ongoing driver for the Northern Territory esports scene, Next Tier's esports arm formally called 'Next Tier Esports' is in a unique and prime position to begin to introduce commercialism into the picture and really take local esports to the “Next Tier”. The early effects of the re-branding, business restructure and better utilisation of Next Tier’s online community data are translating into higher activity, engagement and overall reach.
GAMES & GENRES
Esports is quite diverse as it offers a person many options in game type and genre. For starters games such as 'fighting' and 'RTS (Real Time Strategy)' are generally played in a 1v1 setting putting player against player. Games are team based meaning they must defeat the enemy team to win which is in contrast similar to traditional sports with a points based system. Other games include the popular Battle Royal genre which sees players against other players in a king of the hill type arena as well as sport games such as Rocket League and FIFA.