In my presentation this past Friday I thought it would be fun to include some video clips showing what the atmosphere is like inside the stadiums where these big esports tournaments are held. I decided not to include them because of the technical difficulties we had with videos in the past few weeks, but for anyone who is curious about what they’re like, here are a couple samples of “big plays” from some Counter-Strike tournaments – you get a sense of the crowd excitement and screaming from the commentators. The view you’re getting is from someone who would be watching it online via a streaming service like Twitch.
For me, it’s very reminiscent of a traditional professional sporting event. As a reference point for how quickly the esports scene is growing, this game only came out in 2012 (although there are previous versions of the game stretching back to 2000).