A new cadet club at West Point engages in electronic sports, also called eSports, and offers the same sense of competition and accomplishment playing a physical game does.
According to Newzoo, eSports is a way to describe online competitive video gaming and is an industry predicted to surpass $1 billion in revenue by the end of 2023. Over 380 million people tune into televised professional tournaments hosted in arenas filled with crowds clapping and cheering on their favorite teams.
The setting is like a traditional sporting event, but in the gaming competition world, live multiplayer action is projected onto screens for the audience to watch as opposing teams are immersed in virtual reality while battling one another.
The Army West Point eSports Club was recognized as an official club January 23. Deputy Director of the West Point Simulation Center Victor Castro helped cadets build their gaming environment infrastructure, which currently accommodates them with top of the line PC software and game-play technology.
Castro said although they are currently just a club, the group of eight cadets has plans to take it from a recreational activity to a professional-gaming level. Read more.