Whatever you want to call it, gone are the days where
professional sport is played only in stadiums, on sports grounds
and the like, and computer games are played by socially awkward
teenagers in their bedroom. Welcome to the new era of electronic
sports or, if you're super cool, eSports!
eSports are multi-player video game competitions held online
(with players based wherever they want) or offline (in person).
It's where gamers go to pit their skills against others, gain
kudos and make money. And for some of the pro gamers, there's
serious money to be made. Large tournaments welcome thousands of
players and millions of viewers through coverage on websites like
Twitch and Azubu, as well as channels like ESPN2.
Here's 5 things you should know about eSports:
It's huge, and is gaining momentum faster than you can say
'You're too much of a noob to sweat!', with events
being held throughout Australia (and the world) on a weekly
Like 'traditional' sports, eSports' players can
attract endorsement and sponsorship deals. They can also make
significant money through online ad, streaming and subscription
arrangements. Whatever the arrangement, read your contract
carefully. What might seem like a good deal now because someone is
actually paying you to do what you love, may not be in 12
months' time when you're locked into an arrangement where
you're doing all the work for 3% of the revenue.
There's a movement to crack down on PED's. Last year,
the eSports giant, ESL, announced a plan to introduce anti-doping
regulations into its tournaments.
If you're thinking of organising/promoting a tournament,
remember that you have a duty of care to provide a safe event and
venue. Also, depending on where you hold the event, you may also
need to notify the local Council; obtain a licence/permit and the
relevant approvals to hold the event; take out insurance; develop
emergency, crowd control and other plans and arrange for ambulance
personnel to attend.
Companies: Beware the use of volunteers as the Fair Work Act
mandates that employers pay employees a minimum wage.
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