Esports (also known as electronic sports, e-sports, or eSports) is a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between players and teams. Although organized online and offline competitions have long been a part of video game culture, these were largely among amateurs until the late 2000s, when participation by professional gamers and spectatorship in these events through live streaming saw a large surge in popularity. By the 2010s, esports was a significant factor in the video game industry, with many game developers actively designing toward a professional esports subculture.
Participants and teams compete in seasons or tournaments similar to athletic sports, and compete for prize pools from hundreds of thousands to several million dollars. At the elementary level, players generally compete for trophies and area recognition. Hundreds of schools now offer scholarships for eSports athletes; Harrisburg University made the news in 2018 as the first school to offer a full ride for their entire team consisting of 16 students. For more information on scholarships, see: Esports Scholarships | How to Get an Esports Scholarship (ncsasports.org)
The most common video game genres associated with esports are real-time strategy (RTS), first-person shooter (FPS), fighting and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). Popular games for esports include Valorant, Rocket League, Fortnite Battle Royale, League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and StarCraft II.
Dolphin Terrace will be competing in area, city, state, national, and international competitions. Students will compete in Mario Kart 8, Rocket League, Minecraft, Super Smash Bros, and other Nintendo titles.