People always ask me, “what drives you to esports? What makes it so that esports has the competitive aspects that are ingrained into most other sports.” To me, it’s not about the actual playing of the game. DOTA is fun, Starcraft 2 and Starcraft: Brood War are what I grew up on, and everyone plays League of Legends at this time. What draws me into the field is the competitive aspects of the game.
Watch the multi-cam view of “The Play” by Navi. Tell me that the crowd doesn’t have emotion, or the players. Navi may change in the future, but even if you don’t understand the game, you can understand the thousands of screaming fans, and imagine the people watching the twitch.tv stream, yelling at their computers around the world at people playing a video game.
I believe that it’s compelling. Watch it again, at 1000 FPS, and you still won’t see the emotion.