Esports : It's all the rage!

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Quite a familiar saying. Well, what if we combine the two? Enter Esports. Esports is not just casual gaming, to put your foot in you need to work on your skills just like any traditional sport. Add to that the obvious fun of playing a video game. If you are here, chances are that you already know about what’s going on at events like ESL One’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive eSports tournament with prizes of unholy amounts (we are talking millions of dollars).

In a recent interview given by Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India, he shared his insights on the exponential rise and the still untapped potential of esports in India as well as in the world. One of the primary barriers in India is the confusion over what can and cannot be classified as Esports. Competitive

Esport games like Dota, FIFA, Counter-Strike or Fortnite are often put in the same boat as games like Teen Patti, Rummy, Poker and Fantasy Sports, which are more casual, chance-based titles, sometimes allowing players to make real-life money. “There are 100+ countries that have Esports federations working under their sports framework,” says Suji speaking on the growth of Esports in many other countries. Malaysia, he says, has allocated a budget equivalent of Rs 50 Crore for Esports development. “Governments of countries like Korea, Denmark, Finland, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Ukraine, Brazil, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Georgia, South Africa, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, etc., have already recognized Esports as a sport and have put it under the sports framework and policies.”

However, the sport still awaits government backing in India. Suji shared that when Esports was a part of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta as a demonstrative event, India won the Bronze Medal. "India will be the next powerhouse for Esports. We have approximately 300 million Esports enthusiasts,” Suji said, mentioning that the growth of Esports in India was clearly visible throughout the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, in events, streaming and viewership.

Tens of thousands of fans are filling arenas around the world — and millions are crowding into live video feeds run by streaming services like Twitch, Hitbox and YouTube — to watch pros play for stakes that are among the richest in the world of sports.

Here’s what’s going on: momentum for PC gaming is growing, fast. Gamers spend more than double on their PCs that other consumers do, according to Gartner, and worldwide sales of gaming PCs are only expected to grow further. Those gamers — like any sports enthusiasts — want to see the very best compete to win the games they love.

Fans are filling arenas around the world — and crowding into live video feeds by the millions — to watch pros play for stakes that are among the richest in the world of sports.

With our platform, THEONLINEARENA.COM we hope that we give gamers — and eSports players — the no nonsense real deal that lets them compete with each other and win big. The Online Arena is an eSports gaming platform providing Competitive eSports Gaming Tournaments which are played across platforms such as PC, Console & Mobile.

We plan in the future to team up with regional esports pros, amateurs, and noobs to be the official platform for high stakes esports.