This past weekend, the world's largest Fortnite esports tournament took place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. The tournament, where qualifying gamers compete to get the most points in the Fortnite video game in front of both in-person and online audiences, is one of many esports tournaments that take place annually. At this particular tournament, there was $30 million USD in cash prizes. The winner, a 16 year old gamer, took home a $3 million USD prize, while the second place winner received $1.8 million USD, and the third place winner got $1.2 million USD.
ESports is a booming industry right now, with lots of revenue coming mainly from sponsorships, media rights and advertising. With games like Fortnite being introduced into the esports arena, younger and younger audiences and players are participating. Furthermore, to get to a competitive level, this often means gamers are playing for hours to prepare for tournaments, but when does this playing become problematic?