DotA 2: How It Changed the eSports Scene

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In today’s age of technology, eSports are blowing up the internet world because of its interactive games that is slowly being recognized as a sport. As a matter of fact, eSports have become more popular because of their active participation in various international gaming competitions. This 2017, the Masters Manila site is holding an upcoming event that comprises an eSports tournament that will be held here in the Philippines.

However, there are some people who has no idea about the eSport world especially those who just started to appreciate this sport. Don’t worry, we have you covered! Just sit back, relax, and continue reading this brief background about eSports and how its slowly changing the world of games and crafts.

What are eSports?
Electronic Sports, or also known as eSports, are a form of competition that is catalyzed by electronic systems such as video games that are arbitrated by human-computer interfaces. It is also identified as an organized multiplayer video game competitions between professional players. Most commonly, the genres that are affiliated with eSports are real-time strategy, fighting, first-person shooter (FPS), and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) plots.

The Commencement of eSports
As early as 1972, there has been a video game competition for Spacewar! that took place at Stanford University. During that period, The Space Invaders Championship competition has attracted more than 10, 000 participants across the United States of America, which established competitive gaming as a mainstream hobby.

For this reason, numerous video games such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong came out in the market. Continuously, more video games was released in the 90s era.

eSports Today
Undoubtedly, electronic sports has grown and branched out into various game types (FPS and MoBA) and mode (solo or multiplayer). Example of these games are League of Legends (LoL), Call of Duty (CoD), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS Go), and Starcraft II. However, a specific game stood out and had took the eSports competition to the next level.

DotA 1 and 2: History and How It Evolved Throughout the Years
Defense of the Ancients, or most commonly known as DotA, is a multiplayer online battle arena mod in the video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Developed by Blizzard Entertainment, they included a “free world editor” in the game that allows player/s to create a custom “maps” which can be played with other players online.

In 2003, DotA 1 was released by a mapmaker under the alias of Eul who based the game’s map on a previous Starcraft map known as “Aeon of Strife”. The game’s gameplay is simple: destroy each team’s Ancient with the help of each member’s chosen heroes. Ever since the game was introduced to the public, thousands of gamers have been hooked in the game and DotA 1 has received numerous outstanding feedbacks across the Globe. Since its success, an updated version of DotA 1 has been developed and published by Valve Corporation in 2009. DotA 2, has the same gameplay with its previous version, but Valve made some big changes to its interface that made it far better than DotA 1.

DotA 2 Tournaments: From Major Champioships to the Road to The International
Since its debut, DotA 2 has become one of the hottest and most patronized MOBA games in the market. This is why Valve created the Major Championship and The International as their token of appreciation for their loyal players and fans.
How Did DotA 2 Changed The eSports Scene Around the World?
Because of the main events that Valve has showcased to the world, several pro gaming companies have also created tournaments for their own games, such as League of Legends, Call of Duty, CS GO, and many more. This goes to show that DotA 2 has influenced other online game platforms to generate such main events to exhibit the game and the players as well.

Given these facts, eSports are making its way to show the world that sports is not all about getting into physical activities like basketball, volleyball, badminton, and more. The world of electronic gaming proved that using your mental skills and reflexes while playing an online game is considered as a sport too, since it practices one’s mental ability and logical skills.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only*