So you've got an eSports fan on your holiday shopping list, but you're baffled by the inscrutable phenomenon. ("ESports" is the misnomer for high-profile video game competitions with cash prizes, FYI.) No worries: we've got you covered.
eSports fans are pretty similar to fans of conventional sports, just, without the sport part. They want to play their favorite teams and players, they love to show off their enthusiasm with licensed clothing and gear, and most of all, they want to see video game competitions live. That's the case, it's not hard to figure out what makes a good gift for a fan.
Jerseys, Hoodies, and Other Merch
Officially-licensed clothing is always a surefire way to show fan enthusiasm, and that's not true for the eSports crowd. T-shirts, shirts, and jerseys are the premium option for those looking for a gift that will last longer and show off specific teams.
General licensed clothing for the big eSports games- DOTA, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Rocket League, Overwatch, et cetera-can usually be found at the developer's Store, and usually on larger marketplaces like Amazon and specific stores like GameStop, too. These are items that are actually promoted, so they will not be as good as they are.
For organized competitions like The International Or the LoL World Championship, look at the specific site for those tournaments. Overwatch so promote team memorabilia on the publisher's page.
Licensed PC And Console Accessories
eSports players usually have some high-end gear to play on. What better to give the aspiring game than some of the same stuff? Razer's selection of Overwatch -themed keyboards, mice, and headsets.
If you'd like more specific gear that matches what someone's favorite team is actually using, do some quick google searches. You can usually find out what teams are using when they play in tournaments, since those are prime sponsorship opportunities. For example, the popular Could9 team is sponsored by HyperX, which sells headsets and mousepads emblazoned with the team's logo. The esports site ProSettings catalogs What are the pros are: Cloud9 team member Tarik uses a HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard and a BenQ Zowie EC2-B mouse. Computer hardware.
Be careful with these picks, though. If your gamer gift recipient is silently using the keyboard or mouse that came with your computer, they will probably be due for an upgrade. But they've already spent three years on their own gear, they may not be interested.
eSports, and have aspirations of going pro themselves.
To do that, they'll need more than a reliable gaming PC: they need a good webcam and mic setup as well. If they prefer to play on a console, they need a capture card, too. Check out our dedicated guide for would-be game streamers to see the best picks for this niche of gamers.
Tickets For In-Person Events
The highlight of any eSports fan's season will be watching their favorite team in person. Dedicated arenas around the country are now purpose-built for hosting these events, with pre-built positions for the teams and massive screens to watch the action from multiple players at once.
If you're buying tickets, you'll need to find out when and where those events are. Search for the game or team your recipient likes, and select accordingly. eSports events are still a growing phenomenon, so you'll be able to find out more about NFL game or decent theater tickets.
The tougher part wants to be the fan of the event. If you are not live in a major city, you probably do not have an eSports arena within easy driving distance. A little extra money might come in.
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