What are eSports like live? A layman’s trip to Heroes of the Dorm

Competitive gaming and eSports have emerged from their pupal shells as a burgeoning industry over the last few years, quickly carving out a space for themselves in the mainstream entertainment media. It’s hard to believe it was only a year ago when America was collectively baffled by Heroes of the Dorm, Heroes of the Storm’s collegiate level competition, debuting on ESPN2. Since that groundbreaking moment, eSports from around the world have progressed by leaps and bounds, with the market now attracting high profile investors like Mark Cuban who are ready to capitalize on the growing potential.

Curious to learn more about the emerging eSports phenomenon, I hopped in my truck and headed for this year’s Heroes of the Dorm finals in Seattle to answer the titular question: what are eSports like live?

Blood and Sand or Oil and Water? Why MMORPGs Just Don’t Work as eSports

The eSports competitive gaming scene has seen an explosion in popularity over the past few years, with notable gaming market research and consulting firm Newzoo now predicting its meteoric rise as an industry to continue its upward trajectory to achieve revenues of $465 million in 2017. With its fan-base and exposure steadily increasing, due partially in part to increasingly high profile performances such as the recent Heroes of Dorm competition aired on national television by ESPN-2, player interest in developing an eSports scene within the MMORPG genre has seen a similarly steady rise; unfortunately, this is one idea that just isn’t going to work.