Day9 says esports will be a "predominant" hobby worldwide

2014 BlizzCon

The popularity of esports is growing at a remarkable pace, and it shows no sign of letting up. In fact, former pro StarCraft player (and PC Gamer "Gamer of the Year") Sean "Day9" Plott recently told Business Insider that he expects it will eventually become "the predominant hobby in the world," and he makes a pretty good argument as to why.

It's all about accessibility. Kids don't need to be a particular size or body type to play esports, nor must they rely on having others around to play with, as is the case with conventional team sports. There are, theoretically at least, no gender restrictions, nor is there any need for specialized facilities.

"If you want to play soccer, you need a huge field," he said. "If you want to play football, you need armor! If you want to play squash, you need a court. If you want to play a video game, all you need is a computer and an internet connection."

The old man in me wants to shake his fist and yell about going outside to play in the fresh air and sunshine, but I can't deny that he has a point. The internet is essentially the world's biggest playground; it's always busy, and it never closes. And just like with conventional sports, even if most of us will never even come close to the big leagues, it's still a lot of fun to play.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.