By now, we've all heard the endless recitation of numbers: the hundreds of thousands of viewers, the gigantic prize pools, and the billions of man-hours churned in game servers owned by Blizzard, Valve, and Riot Games. eSports has quickly grown to be a major landmark in gaming culture, and as witnessed by the rampant outgrowth of Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games trying to catch a ride on League of Legends' shockingly successful coattails, it's throwing around a ton of weight.
Though Reddit's front page is regularly invaded by eSports-related threads, as r/leagueoflegends' 300,000-strong subscribers rocket a particularly noteworthy topic to the top, sheer presence isn't a reason to care about it. The jargon-laden eSports culture can be intimidating to a newcomer, and it's hard for the casual observer to understand why so many people are getting hyped up about watching somebody else play a video game. There are other, better reasons you should start getting into eSports, and we're here to let you know why now is the time.