What Is Esports — and How Can You Start Watching Competitive Gaming?

G2 Esports' Cista "keloqz" Wassim reacts at the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Stage 3 Masters Quarterfinals on September 17, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Photo Courtesy: Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games Inc./Getty Images; Art Courtesy: Riot Games

The concept of esports might seem foreign to some of us, but it’s clear that this once-niche competitive gaming world has transformed into a billion-dollar industry rather quickly. While the idea of watching other people play video games competitively may sound strange, it’s estimated that there will be 26.6 million monthly esports viewers in 2021 — and that’s just in the United States.

Maybe you’ve heard of Fortnite or Valorant. Maybe those franchises mean nothing to you. Perhaps you confuse TikTok with Twitch. No matter your starting point, we’ll help you gain a better understanding of this booming entertainment trend. And, just maybe, esports will become your new favorite pastime (or investment).