Now you know what eSport is we can go a bit further in-depth, we’ll be exploring more about the different teams and competitions in eSports. Just like in general sports there are a lot of different types of sports in eSports, you could say every different game can be compared to a different kind of sport. The biggest gaming organisations have got different divisions for the different games, you’ve also got teams who are focussed on one game only. In most games like Call of Duty and DOTA the games are played in teams, some other games like FIFA are played on individual base. We’ll take a look at a few of the big and influential teams now.
FaZe clan is one of the best known teams, they started via YouTube making trickshot video’s in Call of Duty but evolved into an eSports team when the gaming world started to change. Right now they have 27 eAthletes in their clan who represent their clan in Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch. FaZe clan has got a huge following on social media with 3.1+ million Twitter followers, 380k+ Facebook followers and 1.7 million Instagram followers.
— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) August 18, 2017
The biggest eSports team is FNatic, it started in 2004 and has changed the world of eSports. With a total of 2 million followers and teams in games like League of Legends, Dota 2, Battlefield 4 and more. The team has been highly succesful in League of Legends and won the first World Championship which took place in 2011, they have a total of 5 titles for League of Legends. Football is also paying more attention to eSports recently and FNatic has partnered up with AS Roma to have a team for the FIFA games.
OpTic is a team that started in 2006 by a group of friends who liked to play competitive Call of Duty games. OpTic also gained popularity via YouTube with sniper montage videos. Now the team is big it still tries to be the leading sniping team in Call of Duty and they got some of the players in their team like Ian Porter (better known als OpTic_Crimsix) who gained over 30 Call of Duty championships. OpTic also Has teams for CO:GS and Gears of War. The team has also recently been crowned as eSports team of the year for Halo.
There are a lot of eSports teams out there and they are starting to professionalize more and more. Big ‘classic’ sports are using the big importance of eSports and are trying to get in the world of competetive gaming as well. The formula 1 announced their first eSports series of which the qualification will take place this month. EA also optimized NBA 2K18 for an eLeague of which the first competition will take place this year, earlier they already optimized the popular football game FIFA. The E-divisie in the Netherlands was the first national eSports competition between professional football clubs.
Teams start growing and more clubs start to appear, it will only take time before the big public will be introduced to the big eSports teams.