The director of e-sport at Webedia, Bertrand Amar, speaks of a “physical dimension that has been integrated by the structures” that manage the players. “You have to be in good physical and mental health to be successful in video games.”
Thee-sports, or electronic sport, attracts more and more players and spectators. The tournaments of these video games are sold out each time. The League of Legends World Championships take place Sunday, November 10 in Paris-Bercy. They will be followed by millions of fans around the world. “As in the sport, the champions manage to produce another game than that of the amateurs”, Explains on franceinfo Bertrand Amar, director of the e-sport at Webedia, specialist of the video game.
What is League of legends?
Bertrand Amar: League of Legends is one of the flagship games of e-sport. He is about ten years old, but audiences are growing. It is played around the world, there are championships in Europe, Asia, the United States, and the best teams compete each year in October for the world championship.
How do you explain that there are so many spectators?
It's like going to a stadium to see people running after a balloon. The ball, everyone has the same, but if we go to a stadium, it's because the football champions are not doing the same thing as us with this ball. E-sport is the same thing. We can have this game, League of Legends, or another, the champions manage to produce another game that the amateurs. That's why we will see them, just as we will see the athletes. It is estimated that there are about 800 pros in France, which is already huge. It is estimated that about 7 million people follow e-sport.
Is there a physical dimension?
Yes, there is clearly a physical dimension that has been integrated by the structures that manage these players, the teams. They all have physical trainers. It's the end of the day when we thought that it was enough to play 10 hours a day to be good. Today, you have to be in good mental and physical health to be successful in video games.
Are there ultras fans, as in football?
Yes, the Vitality team, which is a French team, has an ultra fan club that organizes its movements. They recently traveled from Paris to Berlin to support their team.