5 Reasons Why Professional Video Gaming is The Next Big Sport

5 Reasons Why Professional Video Gaming is The Next Big Sport

Don’t look now, but video games appear to be the next big thing in the world of professional sports. Also known as eSports, professional gaming is taking off much quicker than anyone expected, with skeptics being forced to eat their words in regards to the future of this hobby.

Here are a few of the top reasons why professional video gaming is the next big sport!

1. Native Gamers are Coming of Age

One of the leading catalysts in the growth of eSports is the fact that native gamers – or those who have been raised with video games their entire lives – are finally coming of age. No longer are video games only something that 12-year-old boys understand. You’ve got corporate executives, business owners, advertisers, athletes, and entertainers who were all raised on video games.


As a result, more people understand the ins and outs of gaming. This gives the sport more advocates, as well as leverage to grow and expand in new directions that are profitable.

2. Online Gaming Means Increased Competition

“We used to challenge our friends to arcade games like Pac-Man or Pong, but now we play Xbox or PS4 online against others from around the world,” experiential marketing expert Brad Nierenberg says. “Winners, losers, and the quest to be the best remain constant – competition has simply evolved.”

As online gaming has evolved from a tiny niche of gaming to the heart of gaming, competition has increased. No longer is your biggest rival the kid next door – it may be the kid three time zones away. This enhanced competition has created better gamers and more potential for the sport to grow.


3. Endorsements from Major Brands

Do you know what companies like GEICO, Samsung, Nisssan, Intel, HTC, and Logitech all have in common? They all sponsor professional eSports teams. If nothing else, this speaks to the long-term stability and potential of eSports. Business consultant Nikole McMyler believes these endorsements give the league a major confidence boost.

“If there is one thing I know about these massive companies, it’s that first, they don’t spend money foolishly, and second, they like to anticipate industries that will expand, and make sure they have a foothold before it takes off,” she says.

4. Focus on Live Streaming

Here’s another technology niche that’s also increasing in popularity right now: live streaming. Thanks to platforms like Periscope, Meerkat, and Facebook Live, live streaming has entered mainstream culture for the first time. However, did you know that professional gaming was actually one of the first industries to use it?


For years, eSports competitions have been streamed via the Twitch platform. For the 2013 League of Legends Championship Series Finals, 12,000 fans watched at the Staples Center. Want to know how many joined via live stream? A whopping 32 million viewers! Now that live streaming has entered the mainstream and more people know about it, the attention eSports receives will grow.

5. Lucrative Demographic

If you want a picture of how much the video game landscape has shifted over the past decade, then you’ll have to study the demographics. Whereas video gamers of the past were lazy kids holed up in their parents basements eating potatoes chips with one hand and mashing buttons with the other, today’s gamer is much different.

When you look at the eSports audience, it’s actually a very valuable demographic. It skews towards consumers who have full-time jobs and higher than average demographics. This makes advertisers happy – and when advertisers are happy, everything continues to go well.


The Future of Professional Gaming

It may sound silly at first, but once you study the facts, it quickly becomes apparent that professional video gaming has a future. Don’t miss out!

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Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals



    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.



      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.


      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.



          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.


            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.


            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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