As I mentioned before, E-sports originated from Korea through the game “Starcraft.” The game was broadcasted in many channels, and there were also many competitions. Participants of E-sports (pro-gamers) were mostly men, and there has been an effort to make a women pro gaming scene for E-sports through Starcraft, but it wasn’t as successful, because it never reached a stable number of fans/viewers. There was in fact a series of female tournaments only from 2003 to 2005, and as one female gamer dominated these tournaments, female E-sports competitions subsequently ended (Wikipedia 2014).
One and only race that participated in the early days of E-sports were Koreans. It makes sense, because the root of E-sports was founded deeply in history of Korea. First foreigner who travelled to Korea to purse gaming as his profession, was Elky (Huckabee 2013). He opened the doors to many other foreigners and stood toe-to-toe against Korean pro-gamers. Below is a picture of Elky.
E-sport’s stadiums were first built in Korea for Starcraft, but as popularity of E-sports is rising, now we see participants of E-sports (observers, fans and competitors) all around the world including Europe, Asia and mostly popularly in North America. Below is a picture of a E-sport stadium in UK.
The socio economic class of E-sports seems to be broad and interesting. I’ve seen interviews as a kid in Korea on these professional gamers. Some mentioned that they came from poor families, and realizing that access to gaming is cheap – they became successful competitors of E-sports by playing intensive hours of computer games. E-sports gave sense of hope of profession to kids that come from lower class family.
The ability that requires of being a pro-gamer is tremendous. One needs to have high IQ, fast reaction times, strong multi tasking and more. Having long fingers as part of your body definitely helps (to reach far keys in a keyboard). Below is a video of a pro-gamer defining the term “APM” (actions per minute), and why these abilities are crucial in being a pro-gamer.
People assume that Koreans are naturally talented in games, because E-sports was originated in Korea. It is a fact that Korean pro-gamers sweep more than 80% of competitions, globally. And Yes, I’m Korean, and I was also once a top player in North America. My game ID was in Korean, and some opponents I faced even left the game before it started, after seeing my ID written in characters of Korean. But hey, I’m not as nerdy looking or ugly as you think of typical gaming nerds are. I’m an extrovert and quite friendly.