How eSports Filled the Gap During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The World Health Organization recommends that people stay home to play video games so that the novel coronavirus doesn’t have an opportunity to continue spreading.

Sports leagues are taking that idea seriously around the world. With professional athletes sidelined by stay-at-home orders, eSports are taking the place of physical games in the era of COVID-19.

Although eSports have been gaining in prevalence in recent years with games like Overwatch offering competitive salaries for players, it hasn’t had an opportunity like the one that is available now. If you look online or on sports television today, you’ll see video game NASCAR races, basketball tournaments, and more.

Video Games Provide Stress Relief

Being stuck at home is challenging for many families. Parents have had homeschooling forced on them while trying to maintain full-time employment by telecommuting. Essential employees have struggled to find childcare options that take safety measures to prevent disease spread. 

These stressors can severely impact a person’s physical and mental health. The global community used sports as a way to promote togetherness and a release of stressful emotions.

Now video games are taking on that role.

Even this world experienced the impact of COVID-19. The eMLS Cup was supposed to take place on March 21 in Austin, TX, but it had to be postponed. The NBA 2K League also decided to delay the start of its season.

Gamers aren’t sitting idle. Friendly matches are taking place all of the time. When you are on a PC, a preferred console, or playing with family members locally, the diversion of eSports makes the world feel like it isn’t as dangerous of a place.

Playing eSports Gives Pro Teams Fresh Content

Traditional athletes have started playing eSports as a way to generate new content for their employers. You can find them playing their sport online, first-person-shooters like Call of Duty, and a variety of other games that create buzz within the fan base.

Although in-person events have been canceled, including the Overwatch regular season, remote opportunities to play still exist. That means amateur players have a chance to qualify for the next professional tournament.

It also means that the legitimacy of eSports is no longer in question. As more people turn to video games to pass the time, they are finding that they can be just as entertaining to watch as it is to play.