If your kid hasn’t joined the ‘Esports’ bandwagon yet, they’re going to want to soon because “it’s kind of a big deal” right now! ‘Esports’, which is short for electronic sports takes gaming to the next level, broadcasting matches between talented gamers as they compete against one another on a range of digital battlefields.
The Australian ‘Esports’ League (AEL) is a provider of premier ‘Esports’ competitions in Australia. It is an engaging and entertaining sports experience, which attracts both online and live, amateur and elite competitors alike, all across the nation.
We’ve listed below a few ways that your young gamer can join the rapidly growing ‘Esports’ craze in Australia.
Just Start Watching
If a gamer is new to the ‘Esports’ platform, the easiest first step to take is to find a stream and start watching. Video games are much like any other sport or professional game, where you just need to watch the sport to begin understanding how it works. Doing your research with articles, blogs and websites is always an option, but it can prove to be very confusing. It’s all in the practical – pick a game, observe the small details that are easy to pick up and they will soon become second nature to the player over time.
Ask Your Child What They Want To Follow
The cool thing about ‘Esports’ is there is such a wide array of games to choose from; every game is unique and every player can have their own preference. Whether that’s a fighting game such as the popular Street Fighter V, or a more niche game such as Rocket League or Clash, there are games for everyone’s interests, each including a great community vibe once participating.
It’s a good idea to get familiar with each genre and scene. If your game enthusiast is familiar with a certain game, that’s always a good starting point. However, you may wish to branch out from there – they may find a game they’ve never heard of is more their thing!
Here is a breakdown of a couple of different genres and games to spark your gamer’s interest:
MOBA (Multi Online Battle Arena): This format applies to that of two or more teams, placed on opposing sides of a map. The main aim of the game is to battle through towards the enemy. This makes for a fun challenge, with details like character selection and map dynamics playing into the team strategy. Dota2 and League of Legends are two of the most popular ‘Esports’ games that fall into this category, and follow similar game strategies and principles. There are constant changes made to the games, teams and scene, but they are not too difficult to understand and are therefore great introductory games.
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FGC (Fighting Game Community): This genre of games often holds joint FGC tournaments, whereby players hop between games, with ‘EVO’ being the most well-known multi-game tournament. Street Fighter V is the most popular game of the FGC genre, and is one of the oldest ‘Esports’ games around. The training mode of Street Fighter is easy to follow – it has a lot of settings that will help you recreate any situation that you are having troubles with. The player can practice frame traps and combos until they have them committed to memory. A great tip for learning more about this style of game is to watch the many Youtube videos broadcasted by experienced players within the genre.
Starcraft: This game is an ‘Esport’ classic. It’s a fast-paced real-time strategy game in which players control different races to destroy the other team. It’s similar to a MOBA but falls into its own unique category, due to a lack of real variation between games, following the same three races and maps.
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Rocket League on Xbox One: Rocket League features players playing soccer in cars and has a small but stable scene within the ‘Esports’ community. Resembling a soccer game, with elements reminiscent of a demolition derby, players in this game control a rocket-powered car and use it to hit a ball that is much larger than the cars towards the other team’s goal area to score goals.
Join An ‘Esports’ Competitive Gaming Program
If your child expresses interest in trying out gaming, the easiest entrance to take into the ‘Esports’ gaming community is for your child to join a gaming program.
If you’re after a professionally run ‘Esports’ program, that is a guaranteed hit with all the cool kids, Australian Sports Camps is excited to announce they have on offer the first school holiday competitive gaming program hosted in partnership with the Australian ‘Esports’ League.
The program offers maximum skill-building and engagement, whilst offering best exposure to team-based gaming techniques, tactics and rules in a space that is enjoyed by all ages.
The program is run by passionate and experienced instructors, over a 2-day Structured ‘Esport’ Camp of gaming and gaming tuition. The suitability ranges from first-timers to advanced players and is ideal for children aged 6 to 16 years old. It features player communication modules and is a great team building environment.
In one of the fastest growing industries in the world, your child will receive the best practical coaching and advice, in a fun, educational environment. This program is endorsed by the Australian ‘Esports’ Association (AEA). Australian Sports Camps are committed to expanding the selection of games and device types on which children can play and learn within the program, based on ongoing community interest. Great news is, if your kid has a friend that would be keen on joining too, there is a fantastic special offer for two or more participants!
The practical component of the program features Rocket League on XBox One. The theoretical component touches on elements of many popular games such as:
- League of Legends
- FIFA 18
- Forza Motorsport 7
- Call of Duty
- Starcraft 2
- Tekken 7
- Rainbow Six Siege
Regardless of what games your child chooses to partake in, they are guaranteed to have an awesome time at the most exciting competitive gaming program in Australia!