To the uninitiated, the growing popularity of eSports – spectators watching other people play games – might seem like a peculiar phenomenon. Individuals or teams are battling each other in titles such as Dota 2, Halo, StarCraft and Gears of War, and fans, some of who have paid more than $200 for their tickets, are following the combat live from their seats.
When Apple launched its much anticipated smart watch model, Apple Watch, earlier this spring, the first question on many an enthusiast’s lips was not related to technology, design features or function – instead, the focus seemed to be on the new timepiece’s usability as a portable games provider.
I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to mobile games. The touch-screen based phenomena have without doubt had a positive impact on my tedious morning commute, with success stories such as Angry Birds transferring me, if only for a moment, from a jam-packed London train carriage to the wonders of Rovio Entertainment- land.