A half a decade ago, if we told you that playing video games is going to be considered a sport, you’d probably laugh your butt off. And you would have had the right to. The word “athlete” is quite the opposite of the word “gamer”. The modern athlete is a person with an incredible amount of strength stamina, determination and intelligence, and that is is no way related to the modern gamer. Gamers are usually a bunch of guys who barely even see the sunlight because they are too focused on finishing the new Call Of Duty game before anyone else and brag about his unfair level advantage in multiplayer battles afterwards (yes, this is a lazy generalization… get over it).
Anywho, this new trend is indeed rising. eGaming has dug it’s way out of the underground and into the mainstream. But why so? Well, the answer is quite simple. The gaming industry is big. No one can deny that. Companies make millions of dollars every year developing and selling games for the every day citizen. Now, most of us are casual gamers. We buy the games just because we are bored out of our freaking minds and the only way to escape our day to day lives is getting our butts handed to us by a bunch of 12 years old kids with a gaming rig. That’s where eSports come in. Most of us want to be the best in everything we do. And when they invented something called the leader board, all of us started wishing that we would at least one time reach the top. And those of us that do, are called professional gamers. And those professional gamers compete between themselves to see who’s the best. Now add some money, and there you go, you got eSports.
Now, with money involved you can expect the biggest names in the gambling industry to come a-calling. In Nevada in particular, the video game industry is picking up quite an amount of speed, a new report from the Entertainment Software Association shows.
The association’s report shows the state’s employment in the video game industry grew at an annual rate of 15.2 percent between 2013 and 2015 generating over $113 million in revenue.
“As eSports are such a big part of video games in general, I know that some companies have moved to Las Vegas to be part of the activity happening around eSports,” said Blaine Graboyes, co-founder and CEO of GameCo Inc., creator of the world’s first skill-based video game gambling machines.
With the video game industry producing sprawling cinematic adventures, and technology continuing to advance at a rate of knots that would put the wind into the hair of Usain Bolt, who is going to want to stick money into a slot machine and wait for the bells and cherries to line up?
When you add that problem to the fact that slot machine revenue takes up 75% of the $60 billion earned by US casinos annually and that the figures are declining, you can see that the casino has a tremendous problem on their hands (guess those spiffy movie-based slot machines aren’t doing the trick anymore).
Speaking to CalvinAyre.com, Graboyes also said: “Gamers like to play at home, but that’s because there aren’t places to get together. If you are a gamer, you have an arcade like Dave and Buster’s, but that doesn’t make you feel cool. You can go to eSports events where you are a fan or spectator, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities to play games. The casino is the ideal location for them because of the VIP experience the casino are so expert at delivering. Gamers want to be validated in their passion for video games and want to be treated like adults. When it comes to hospitality, food, beverages, hotels, entertainment and the way they are treated there is no better destination to create these experiences for gamers like a casino.”
Welp, this is it. The future. You can go to a site like www.schmittscasino.com for some tried-and-true entertainment or go to a live-action casino and indulge in some eSports with your fellow enthusiasts. It’s all good.