eSports


 

The eSport Phenomenon

 

E-sports has experienced an incredible rise and change in recent years. The professionalization of the sport also has to do with the immensely increased prize money and the extraordinary advertising potential.

Formats such as CS:GO, DOTA 2, League of Legends, StarCraft II, FIFA and Call of Duty are the most renowned among a multitude of electronically operated competitions.



 

Despite the constant professionalization, sports science research, and thus also sports psychology research, is still in its infancy to some extent. Other sports that have been practiced for over a hundred years, tons of training methods have already been successfully integrated from science into practice.

 

A brief history of eSports

1972 First Gaming Event
1980 Tournament
1989 www
1990 10.000$ price pool
1997 CPL & AMD
1998 Starcraft
2000 Gr√ľndung ESL
2005 CPL Worldtour
2011 Twitch
2012 LOL
2014 Twitch
2016 eSport association
2017 24.600.000$ price pool
2019 Watchtime
2020 1 Mrd revenue

Oles work in eSport

However, some techniques have already proven their worth: In practical sports psychology work, particular emphasis is placed on resilience. The claim to be on top of your emotions and to take advantage of them is not exclusive to e-sports, but emotion control in gaming is often the deciding factor when it comes to winning.

Maintaining Focus is another important factor for performance in e-sports. The skills to align your focal point on the task at hand and to block out external influences make all the difference. Understanding how players process information and teaching them about external and internal attentional control are as important as recognizing attention problems.

The holistic approach to gamers and their everyday life and the various stressors is immensely important for the needs analysis and the resulting interventions. Thus, in addition to the training of mechanical skills (in which the performance density in e-sports is almost incomparably high) and game sense, it is also crucial to support factors such as nutrition, fitness, sleep, regeneration, and balancing between training/competition and one’s own life. As a special service, cognitive training and eye tracking are part of Ole’s portfolio.

In his work with professional players, Ole is committed to this holistic approach and therefore supports his teams comprehensively with his expertise in sports science and sports psychology.

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