Serious esports are coming to the Waterloo Region, and local kids are getting in on the action.
This is no afternoon of casual gaming though, and a new local gaming camp will be offering those who have the controller skills a chance to get into what has become a multi-billion dollar competitive arena. So, if your kids aren't interested in soccer or hockey, but do have some serious gaming skills, this may be the safe, socially distanced Spring Break activity they'll love.
Explore Waterloo Region, the region's tourism and marketing corporation, announced the formation of the Waterloo Region Esports Commission (WREC) in March, the region's first regional organization to support and promote gaming and esports programs, events, and initiatives, under the direction of esports entertainment and advisory company Subnation Media.
What are eSports Anyway?
The world of competitive, organized video gaming is referred to as eSports. In popular at-home games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Madden NFL, players from different leagues or teams compete against each other. Millions of fans watch and follow these gamers from all over the world, whether they attend live events or watch them on TV or online. Viewers can watch their favorite gamers play in real time on streaming services like Twitch, and this is typically where popular gamers build their fan bases.
Large tournaments for games like League of Legends, Call of Duty, and other titles have drawn thousands of spectators to major arenas in Europe, Asia, and the United States, with prize pools in the millions of dollars. In 2021, the industry is expected to surpass $1 billion in global revenue.
Tournaments are also held in Canadian cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, and this new form of gaming is now coming to the Waterloo Region.
Gaming Camp Arrives in the Waterloo Region
For gamers aged 12 to 19, three virtual three-day camps will be held from April 10 to 18 2021.
The camps will be held in collaboration with Conestoga College, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University's esports programs. Sports Camps Canada's unique esports coaching certification program, developed in collaboration with Logitech, is used to train coaches.
This camp is designed for players of all skill levels looking to take their competitive esports skills to the next level. The camp will be conducted in the Esports Camps Discord Server. If you don't know what Discord is that's OK, the kids will.
To learn more, or to register, head here.