Competition is human nature, so the rise of esports as a global phenomenon in over the past decade should never have taken us by surprise. However, it did, so the question we must ask is why? What makes it so different to traditional sports, or better yet: what makes it so similar?

The esports generation is rising

With audience sizes the likes of which the world has never seen, what does esports mean for our cultures, societies, and intergenerational relationships? Today, it may seem that we are at the beginning of a long winding road, but this road is decades-old in its paving.