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Will Hytale be an eSport?

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eSports are always a topic of discussion whenever a new competitive Video-game is released. The eSports gaming phenomena has been growing at a steady rate ever since the mid 2000’s and has grown to become a billion-dollar industry world-wide! I have not heard much on the subject for Hytale at the moment, but I have seen several threads asking if Hytale will be an eSport1, so why not take the opportunity to delve into it!
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What is an eSport?
If you are an eSports fan, you can probably skip this section as it just lays the bare basics of what qualifies the game as a potential eSport. The thing is, there are a lot of games that have tried to be eSports but have failed to garner enough of a following to do so and we don’t really know why. There are certainly characteristics needed to be an eSport but mind you that even if these are achieved there is no guarantee that the game will make it to the big leagues.
Support
In order for an eSport to succeed on a wide scale there needs to be developer support2. This includes anti-cheat, stream compatibility and hosting tournaments with prizes. Does Hytale have this support? After some research I would say it does have the support needed to become a potential eSport. Noxy himself tweeted about eSports in response to a large number of eSport websites covering Hytale, just a few days after the trailer release. He stated “I firmly believe that only communities, and not developers can decide what is and what is not an eSport. Will Hytale become one? I genuinely have no idea. That being said, if the community decide that they want it - I think devs should do everything they can to foster it.”3
Why Noxy acknowledged the possibility of Hytale becoming an eSport, he also noted that Hypixel studios has no plans to push it, but if there is a want, they will support it. This was further cemented early in 2020, when Riot games, creator of League of Legends and Valorant, both popular eSports acquired Hypixel Studios4. If Hytale will become an eSport, they are in good hands.
Easy to Follow
A major problem with games like PUBG and Fortnite is that, although they have the viewership and the support to become eSports, they are incredibly hard to follow. A single match of these games includes up to 100 players, and watching a team that makes it through the entire match is more luck than anything. Imagine all the American college football teams competing in one single game. It would be chaos and the team you do choose to watch would have an incredibly low likelihood of making it to the final 4.
If Hytale becomes an eSport it will likely be because of its mini-games. Depending on which minigame, It might be easier for that game to qualify as an interesting sport. Bedwars would be easier to follow, if played in a 4v4v4v4 match because there are only 4 options to choose from and team generally survive for a few minutes. However, the hunger games are a harder to follow with games up to dozens of teams!
Playability
Let’s not forget the actual gameplay! Hytale’s game play might not foster enough excitement or skill needed to make it an interesting eSport. What makes a game fun enough to be an eSport? Well for one, the game needs to have a high skill ceiling5. In order for players to be better than others there needs to be a complexity that takes thousands upon thousands of hours to master. The best numbers I could find for how long people play mini games that will be featured in Hytale are in the Hypixel Forum6. But is seems that several of the games do have the skill cap need, at least in Minecraft. However, with Hypixel Studios support, I will assume a similar skill-cap can be created.
Another aspect of fun gameplay is constant action. No one is going to watch someone collect resources for 30 minutes. This means that some mini games, like UHC or the walls, won’t have a good shot at being eSports.
Competitive Fan-base
It seems obvious that a game wanting to stream competitions needs a fan-base that likes to see that content. For a competitive fan-base to occur though, the game itself needs to be competitive. Will Hytale be that way? Well, Hytale will have official mini-game servers, anti-cheat and will also gain a significant margin of it’s players from the Hypixel server, known for its competitive mini-games already. I think Hytale will have a large enough competitive fanbase to build an eSport on. However, we don’t know how Hytale PvP will look like, and that could change everything.

So will Hytale be an eSport?
When first writing this article, I thought that there was no chance of Hytale having what it takes to make an eSport, but I think there is potential in the game. Especially with Riot games helping, I think that if there is a want for it, Hytale could 100% be a minor eSport. I don’t think it will ever gain the same popularity of other games like League of Legends, CS:GO or DOTA, but there is enough company support to start some major competitions.
The one requirement that Hytale has the least likely chance to pass would simply by the community wanting it. At the moment, mainstream eSports is still a small niche in video games and not everyone gets excited about prize giving tournaments.
Why It does not matter
If Hytale is or is not an eSport, I do not really think it matters, why? Because I think that, Hytale’s championships are not going be broadcasted by any large company or provided, but instead by Youtube and twitch. Most people would not consider Minecraft an eSport, but I would disagree. Just these last few years, we have seen rise to several large competitive tournaments offering large amounts in prize money. Such as MMC or in 2019 Minecraft Monday. More recently you can even consider Dream’s Manhunts as competitive tournaments! The winners are paid real money are they not and each video garners millions of views.
If you understand what I am getting at, I think Hytale’s future will be more similar to it’s predecessor. The tournaments will be played by popular figures and personalities, not teams that have trained only for the sport. Hytale will certainly have competitive play, I just see it being done by streamers, instead of in large stadiums but maybe you have a different opinion. If you do comment it down below, and thank you again for reading! I love making these, and I will see you next week!


References
1 https://www.reddit.com/r/HytaleInfo/comments/cjf5ln 2 https://www.redbull.com/au-en/how-a...and prizes are available,then it is an esport.
3 4 https://esports-news.co.uk/2020/04/...sion-for-valorant-acquires-hytale-developers/
5 https://www.ubergizmo.com/sponsored/what-makes-a-good-esport/
6 https://hypixel.net/threads/how-long-does-it-take.1533083/
 

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Looks really interesting! Looking forward to seeing this go further!
 

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I don't think it's likely that Hytale will become a major E-Sport (as competitive play is not the primary aspect of the game), but I do think people will enjoy the minigames and other things quite significantly.

Still, it would be cool as heck to see Hytale being played in a giant stadium :cool:
 

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Wow. The embeds and pictures did not turn out at all. I really need to work on formatting this in the forums better!
 

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Time to grind out some Hytale ELO :), every time something come out about this game it makes me happier to be here
 

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Lots of minigames coming to HytaleHub ;)
 

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Great vlog, I really hope that Hytale becomes an eSport!
 

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Idk what I want to say so I'm just going to say play Minecraft bedwars lol
 

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Coool
 

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:alien:Hytale duels season 1 top 50
 

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Hopefully so!
 

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I can see that in the future o-O
 

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It could be an Esport because of the Quest system
 
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