Esports is currently taking the world by storm as competitive gaming becomes one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Spectators from around the world go to streaming platforms to watch different gamers, competitive or casual, and play some of the most popular games available. Some stick to the same games while others try different titles every week. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are two tips that will help you:
Only follow games you’re interested in
There are hundreds of video games in the market and each one of them has at least 10,000 daily active players. However, you can decide which ones to start with by following your interests. If you are new to video games in general, then here’s a rundown of simple video game genres that can help filter your options.
First-person shooters (FPS)
The FPS genre has the biggest following in the competitive scene given its variety of titles. They are always featured on esports betting websites and competitive gaming blogs. FPS involves two teams of five players each of who engage each other with guns and gadgets. Precision, intuition, and strafing habits are the key to these types of games.
Real-time strategies (RTS)
RTS could be a one-on-one fight where both sides raise an army before they eventually siege the other’s base. It could also be a guild war where teams of players form warbands or guilds to compete in activities about assaulting rival groups.
One-on-one fights are settled when either base is destroyed but guild wars usually take an entire season as teams strive to climb the leaderboard. These are always isometric because the player controls an army rather than just one character at a time.
Multiplayer battle arena (MOBA)
MOBA uses RTS’ mechanics with FPS’ team format. Two teams of five players, each piloting one unit, in an isometric map. The map automatically produces armies for each side to either defend or assault structures.
Whichever side successfully destroys the other’s most important structure wins the game. Players must choose from a roster of unique characters. They can choose to promote a synergy or counter the enemy’s choice.
Hero-shooter is a MOBA designed to be played like an FPS. Some of them have a third-person camera so players have a better view of their immediate surroundings. It is also a game where two teams of five shoot at each other to eliminate the opponents. However, just like in MOBA, players can choose from a roster of unique characters, each with their abilities to help the team or disrupt the opponents.
Collectable card game (CCG)
A CCG is always a duel between two players with a deck that they constructed. Unlike hero-shooters, FPS, and MOBA, every player has a unique deck. No deck in a competitive scene is 100% the same unless they are copied online. Pro players who do still tweak the deck to suit their playstyle or make do with what they have on hand.
Pick a team or a player
You can only dedicate your time to following a handful of players. Some of them might even come from the same team. When following team esports, it’s wiser to follow only one or two players of each team.
It provides you more perspective on a game than devoting your attention to only one side of the series. After all, context is the most important piece of information in esports betting. Pick a player based on how well they performed in the last season and how entertaining they are to watch. You could learn from them if you are also a player.