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Music and Esports: A New Playing Field for the Music Industry

KATOWICE, POLAND - MARCH 01: View on the stage during Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Final game between G2 Esports and Natus Vincere during ESL Intel Extreme Masters 2020 at Spodek Arena on March 01, 2020 in Katowice, Poland. (Photo by Norbert Barczyk/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that listening to music has been a go-to hobby for people over the past thousand years, if not longer, providing entertainment for everyone around the world to enjoy — either in a social or individual setting. Music can serve as a motivation, using the right genre, or it can also serve as a release, allowing listeners to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. The artform that’s involved in producing it has drawn comparisons to painting, writing and others that are similar in that regard, and is a big reason it’s appreciated by so many people.

But now there’s another hobby that has been increasing in popularity around the world (like concerts will be next summer), and it’s entering into that particular discussion as well: Esports.

There was a time a decade or two ago when playing video games was extremely niche. In some circles, it was even considered violent, or a waste of time, with parents banning their kids from gaming, despite the social benefits of it. But that’s all changed nowadays, as Esports is considered a sport, as well as a form of reaction, and there are competitions where gamers can compete professionally. Not only that, you can even win money playing games, which is an amazing benefit of playing Esports. There are so many fun benefits of gaming that people around the world, from all walks of life, can enjoy.

Music and Esports: A New Playing Field for the Music Industry

And there’s a lot of crossover between music and Esports as well. Gamers may listen to music by popular artists such as Lana Del Rey before playing, and there are also opportunities for artists to have their tracks embedded into the games themselves. There may not have been synergy between these two popular hobbies in the past, but there is now, in the digital age we live in.