Video gaming has hit a new milestone this week. Esports are already a competitive venture at many high schools and universities — including here in Hawai’i. But now, there’s a new global governing body for the sport headquartered in Asia.
eSports is a billion dollar industry, and growing. Cities around the world are holding eSports tournaments, hoping to attract younger visitors and become major destinations for the industry. But what would it take for Hawaii to become a player in eSports?
Electronic sports, or esports, is a form of competition using video games. And it's a growing industry. The University of Hawaiʻi is in the process developing a curriculum focusing on esports, and the many facets of the industry.
On this episode of Bytemarks Café, Ryan and Burt will hear how eSports is drawing online spectators and large sponsored prize winnings. They'll talk to an innovator at UH Mānoa who has not only created a course in eSports, but also envisions supporting an eSports team and a competitive arena.