You may not have known it, but Arsenal are actually involved in an eFootball.Pro League alongside Monaco, Nantes, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Schalke, Barcelona, Boavista and Celtic. You could be forgiven for not knowing that, especially if you’re the sort of fan that has been around long before eSports seemed like nothing more than a typo.
Fun or serious?
Alas, in the present day, it is well known for being one of the most profitable new markets in ‘sport’ – depending on whether or not you agree that it should be given such a distinction. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and getting into the mix, and regardless of whether or not you agree with it, there’s certainly no signs that it’s going to slow down any time soon.
The momentum from this all seemed to stem from the likes of FIFA and shooting games, and while competitive tournaments have been put on for years now, things are getting a little bit more serious these days. It’s safe to say that the whole subject tends to split a room, whether the subject matter is about the amount of money they earn or whether they should be called ‘athletes’ as opposed to gamers.
Given how young this whole thing still is, it really does feel like we need to wait and see how it all plays out before we give an official determination one way or another as to what kind of conclusion we can draw from it all. We’re happy to see people making money from something they’re good at, and we also think there’s a real market out there for hungry consumers who want to see who the best in the world really is. You may not include yourself in that, but perhaps it’s because you aren’t the intended target audience.
Arsenal seem to be struggling in this league right now as they linger down towards the bottom of the top 10, but at the very least, their win over a strong United side would appear to show that anyone can beat anyone in this game. We’ll try and keep a close eye on what’s happening over the course of the season, but of course, the protests will still come from all sides as the divisive nature of eSports continues to harm the sport into the roaring twenties and probably beyond.
Do you enjoy the world of eSports?