|Are our gamers ready?|
So far we have seen Besiktas, Schalke 04, Valencia, Manchester City, and Sporting Lisbon expand into the exciting realm of eSports.
The reasons for them to do so. Not only can the football clubs consolidate their brands into eSports (further enhancing their marketability and reach), but it allows the clubs to become dominant in other national federations, and possibly even influence another sporting code (IeSF) that may soon become a member of the IOC.
In short it is a 'land-grab' where virgin eSports territory can be picked up for a song!
But would it happen here in South Africa?
The short answer is that it could very easily happen in South Africa.
However, because of the underdevelopment of the eSports clubs, there would be a huge learning curve as a culture of greater professionalism would be enforced.
The changes would be quite dramatic within the South African arena, and would lead to a more dynamic environment which would in turn create greater opportunities for many cyber-athletes.
The pros to such a development would be:
- The new clubs would all participate in official MSSA events. The football clubs all understand the importance of official structures and would participate in them. Not only that, but the 20 odd events a year, as offered by MSSA, would allow the clubs to advance their own branding on a regular basis, and
- There would be greater press coverage, and
- Cyber-athletes would be contracted to play professionally for the clubs, and
- eSports would gain even greater accreditation, and
- A greater code of conduct would be enforced.
- Cyber-athletes would have to behave in a far manner, and
- For some cyber-athletes, eSports would become nothing more than work.