E-sports Versus Online Games
To many people, their misunderstandings rise from ignorance. Because they don’t know what is E-sports, they consider it as playing computers blindly and roughly. Actually E-sports， which also can be called as electronic sports, derives from online games. But with these years’ changes and development, it has upgraded into a higher level. So what is esports industry and what is online game?
The most simple definition of it is electronic game competition. But currently, academic circles still failed to have a clear and common conclusion. But one thing that we all have to admit is that it is a fight or sport game between human.
With the skyrocketing development of Internet, undoubtedly online games have become a synonym of computer games. According to Jian Liu, computer game is a software conducted in general computer platforms. In other words, online game is an activity conducted between man and computer, with the computer as a platform and under the virtual environment created by game software.
Differences and similarities between the two
People have many misunderstandings about E-sports and online games. They tend to mix these two concepts together. In fact, there are connections and differences between these two. The most essential part is the different game players. E-sports is a actual fight between people for all players need to compete with strategy, speed and skill. But online game needs people to fight with specified visual object in the computer.
Discussion: Does the fight between man and visual object can be counted as E-sports?
To any definition, the most important is to clarify the traits clearly and accurately, which is the inherent law to differ from other things. Among E-sports’ characteristics, the following three are essential: first, based on electronic computer technology; second, mainly for entertainment; third, the trait is athletics sports. So from a broad sense, E-sports can be defined as “a electronic sport conducted under visual environment and rules created by computer technology between human and human or human and visual objects”.
Discussion: Does online games belong to E-sports?
E-sports is a result coming from the development of online games. Online game also has two traits of it: involved with electronic computer technology and for entertainment. But it’s still questionable that whether online game is a competition or not. The competition between IBM and Garry Kasparov has revealed that visual object is able to fight against people. In the long term, E-sports in the future maybe a challenge started by human to against artificial intelligence. It’s possible that the E-sports and online games can be unified when computer is mature enough to compete with human brains. It can concluded that athletics online game is E-sports but not all E-sports is online game.
It’s a hard task for the public to accept E-sports as a standard sport competition now. But what we can do is to study and discuss what it is exactly and then try to tell the public. Those correct images accumulated day by day will finally be collected together and give E-sports the right judgment.