Esports: the journey of becoming a real sport


The first eSports tournament took place on 19th October, 1972 at Stanford University , where players competed in the game of Spacewar!

Since then eSports has been steadily developing, but in the beginning of the 21st century its popularity skyrocketed, thanks to newly introduced games such as Counter-Strike, Quake, and Starcraft.

The first official electronic sports association was founded in 2000 by the South Korean ministry of culture, sports and tourism. Later on, other countries such as the USA, Sweden, China, and Germany also founded eSports associations which resulted in significant changes to their economy. Sweden is a clear example of a prosperous eSports country with over 7 million in prize pools every year, hundreds of new job positions, and a successful national team.

The long run

Although the nature of eSports is different than other traditional sports, it still requires practice, planning, execution, quick reactions, and team play, just like any other traditional sports. During the eSports World Championship 2015, at a special eSports panel, the invited guests from both international traditional sports and electronic sports communities discussed about the recognition of eSports as a real sport.

In 2013, one of the League of Legends pro player was the first ever eSports competitor to receive a USA P-1A visa, which is a visa type for internationally known athletes. Another positive change when it comes to eSports is the tournament prize pool that has been rapidly growing since 2011. For example, in 2018 a Dota 2 tournament "The International 2018", had a prize pool of approximately 25 million American dollars.

Who Owns My Data?

Most of the buyers fear that SaaS providers “own” their data. This is surely something to take into account when negotiating a Service Level Agreement with your SaaS vendor. Additionally to setting system reliability standards, the SLAService Level Agreement explains parameters for issues in detail, as for example, maintenance schedules, data ownership, and security requirements.


This document is pretty important and complex that can’t be covered in one answer. To find out more about SLAs, here is an excellent post about it. Customers always should check if there is a clause something in the SLA that says that all the data is theirs. Some SaaS contracts will provide access to your data if they go out of business. So, it’s guaranteed that you own data. Moreover, Almost all SaaS providers will give you permission to export data, so you can back it up. Nowadays, it’s rare if they don’t give you full ownership of the data. In case, if you notice that they don’t offer it, check it with the lawyer at first before signing.

Recently EU data protection updated their policies, for instance:

When processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation.

To see all the changes check their website.

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