Esports is continuing to be a booming industry.
It has been a major medium for entertainment among certain age groups and it is now penetrating the consciousness of general consumers – which leads us to think. Do esports athletes have holidays?
Traditional sporting events have seen holidays as a big opportunity to cash in on consumers’ breaks, thus leading to jam-packed arenas and sellout crowds. Teams with rivalries are often pitted against each other during those hot dates making them stand out among the rest.
But for esports, do we have such? It is a yes and a no.
Christmas season is a pretty dormant time for big events in most esport disciplines. Most Major events happen anytime of the year except for the adjacent dates towards Christmas. CS:GO for instance have a larger fan base across Europe and Americas that observe holidays around Christmas. There were no Majors ever recorded in the game's history, although significant LANs still happen like the recent BLAST Pro Series Lisbon which marked this year’s wrap up for most top teams.
Some organizations have already tried incorporating the season towards their LANs. Like The Summit 8 for Dota 2 that happened December 13-17 last 2017. Despite the lack of live audiences due to Beyond the Summit's signature home-based LAN, the event was widely acclaimed by fans due to its antics and creative production.
Fans won’t get to see top tier teams at significant LANs, but this doesn’t mean that the coldness of the Yuletide season will be the same as their game.
Dota 2’s situation is pretty interesting. Since it has a steady following across both east and west, smaller tournaments have spawned all over the season. China has the Dota 2 Professional League Season 6 that ran way back November 11 and is set to end on December 30. Along that is the region’s H-Cup Season 12 which also ends a day before the New Year countdown.
Moreover, there are still online qualifiers happening across the professional scene. CS:GO’s StarSeries i-League S7 – Asian Qualifiers is going well with MVP.PK and EHOME leading the pack. There are also lesser known online tournaments across all regions.
Lastly, we can get to see pros streaming whenever they aren’t active with tournaments. Pro players and popular stream personalities such as Dota 2’s Kim "Febby" Yong-min and Brian "BSJ" Canavan are still regular sights.
We are still working.
Nevertheless, esports may not come as big as traditional sports when observing activities during holidays. But online action is still there. Pro teams, esports media and tournament platforms are still good to go! Besides, who knows when the next CS:GO Major will be finally held in Christmas season.