The business of eSports: 6 Minute English

The business of eSports: 6 Minute English

Neil: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m Neil. Sam: And I’m Sam. Neil: Now Sam, how would you define eSports? Sam: eSports? Well this is essentially competitive video gaming. Individuals and teams take part in competitions where they play video games. Neil: So just like me and my kids at the weekend? Sam: Well, no! eSports is enormous. Tens of thousands of people turn up to watch these events. The players are professional and get paid huge salaries – the best ones are millionaires. Neil: Well, maybe I’m not quite in that league yet! But the business of eSports is our topic for this programme. Before we press ‘play’ on the subject though, a question. Approximately how much was generated by eSports and video games in the last year? Was it… a) $130 million? b) $13 billion? c) $130 billion? What do you think then, Sam? Sam: I’m going to say $130 billion. It’s a huge amount, but I think it’s that successful at the moment. Neil: OK, we’ll find out if you’re right at the end of the programme. Not so long ago the idea of making a living playing computer games would have seemed impossible. However, times have changed as technology has improved. eSports are even going to be included in the 2022 Asian Games. So it might not be long before they make an appearance at the Olympics. Gabriël Rau is a pro-eSportsman. He was interviewed for the BBC programme In Business. He thinks eSports are going to grow and grow, but does he think that’s a bad thing? It’s becoming more of a normal sports thing with this generation about to have children and moving forward I feel like it might even become a staple. Might become as normal as sports are right now. I don’t think it necessarily has to be a bad thing. It is time-consuming though, so I feel like, if you do want to introduce anybody, especially children, into video games, discipline is the way to go. Neil: So, is the growth of eSports a bad thing? Sam: Not, according to Gabriël. He thinks that people having children now have grown up with computer games and these are beginning to be seen in the same way as traditional sports. In fact, he thinks they will become a staple. Neil: And what does he mean by that? Sam: Something that is a staple is a basic element, something we expect. For example, in the UK we talk about potatoes being a staple food and football being a staple of the school curriculum. Neil: But he does mention a disadvantage, doesn’t he? Sam: Yes. He speaks quite quickly but he says that it is time-consuming. It eats up a lot of time! Neil: Oh yes, I know that from my own experience. I can start playing a game then find that many hours have passed and it’s the middle of the night. Sam: And that’s why Gabriël goes on to talk about the need for discipline. This is having strict controls and restrictions and importantly sticking to them. So, for example, if you say you are only going to play for an hour every day, you have to stop playing after an hour, even if you want to carry on. That’s discipline. Neil: And he makes the point that this is important if you are introducing children to video games. Not everyone involved in eSports wants to be a player. It’s now possible to study the business of eSports at university where you can learn how to manage eSports events.These are the thoughts of a student on one of those courses talking about her response to seeing a big eSports event. When you look at the background of how it all comes together and the people that spend all that time getting into it, for me I would love to put something like that together, not so much to play it but to put that together and create that experience for other people and that was just my main aspiration really. Neil: So she doesn’t want to play, does she? Sam: No, she doesn’t. She seems more interested in putting together an event, which means setting up and managing an event for others to take part in. That, she said, was her aspiration, her ambition. Neil: Right, before we review the vocabulary, let’s have the answer to our quiz question. Approximately how much was generated by eSports and video games in the last year? a) $130 million? b) $13 billion? or c) $130 billion? What did you say, Sam? Sam: I thought $130 billion. Neil: And, for once, you’re right so well done. The actual figure was approximately $137 billion, which was more than the music industry when you include music sales and concerts. Right on now to remind ourselves of some words and phrases from today’s programme. Sam: Yes, we’ve been looking at eSports, the world of competitive video gaming. Neil: We heard that it was becoming so normal that it might become a staple, an expected basic activity in the same way sports like football are. Sam: But be warned, playing video games is very time-consuming. It eats up a lot of time. Neil: So you need to have discipline. That means you need to have and keep to restrictions such as the length of time you play or the time of day you play. That is particularly important for children. Sam: If you organise an event, you can say that you put it together. Neil: And your ambition, your hope for the future is an aspiration. Sam: And my aspiration is to beat my high score on my favourite game, so are we done now, Neil? Neil: Yes, it’s game over for today. We’ll see you again soon and don’t forget to look out for more from the BBC Learning English team online, on social media and on our app. Bye for now. Sam: Bye everyone!


  1. Firman Fadilah says:


    First ?

  2. BBC Learning English says:

    Do you want to know more about gaming? Neil and Catherine talk about the Fortnite phenomenon and teach you six items of vocabulary.

  3. NX C VTV says:

    Good ?? ??

  4. Ahmed Farraj says:

    Many thanks
    Although video games are dead exciting and fun,it causes obesity for some kids.
    So we have to control and monitor our children play on those computer games and let them to do exercises regularly.
    Your sincerely.

  5. Riveringot says:

    Nice accents.

  6. BBC Learning English says:

    Do you ever play or watch eSports? Use today's vocabulary to tell us about your experiences…

  7. Rovsen sadiqov says:


  8. Ronen R says:

    Great! Thank you ??

  9. Famous says:

    I really need your advice because I don't know how to focus. Since some years ago I began to learn by myself. I tried to learn economic, programming computer, electronic, I wanted to be a blogger but I just get +13k views. My native language isn't English and I have some years learning it by myself. Actually I'm deseperate because I'm studying engineering but I like programming and I need to improve my English but I'm studying engineering and I don't have enough time to learn programming and English together. Which one should I focus between programming or English thinking of my future. My career isn't related with programming but I like it.

    The little English I know is because I have learnt by myself by apps. I want to change the world, I want to do something useful like a movil or web app. When I was studying economic by myself, I learnt somethings like GDP, inflation and others things and I read some books like The Richest Man in Babylon, Wealth of Nations, Rich Dad Poor Dad and others books.. I am studying an engineering that I don't like but assuming it's late to give up and I need to finish my degree. What I really like is programming but I can't give up my engineering degree now so I want to learn programming by myself, I know basic concept about it because I was studying Java but I gave up, I was studying Python but I gave up, I was studying HTML5 but I gave up. I'm 19 so I think that I have enough time yet. I'm going to take it seriously because my dream is to get a job as a programmer and if it's abroad better. To make reality my dream, do you recommend me to learn English or programming first?

  10. Jalil Karbalai says:

    Thanks followed a every day English?

  11. The Guds Production says:

    I used to play eSport a few months ago because it became a staple in my neighbourhood. Every young people plays it every day. But in February 2019, I determined to end it due to time-consuming and I wanted to put my goal together. I have to discipline myself in order to achieve my goal. I have an aspiration to become a successful person for my parents.


    Thanks I join everyday English conversation. I feel proud

  13. Gayu Madhu says:

    I play several e-sport games but my favourite are PUBG and cloudnine. Especially PUBG is staple among the Asian people. Even though I play many e-sport games, I'm a disciplined player who only play for 1 hour per day because I need to workout in order to stay fit. My aspiration is to become a best gamer in the word, I know it takes a lot of effort but I will make it one day by putting it together all my time and energy.

    Thanks BBC Learning English ♥️

  14. Sergio says:

    Oh give me a break! That can't be called a "sport".

  15. Nawar Nawar says:

    Thank you, I used to play " PlayStation" with my friends.
    We would start playing at 7pm until 4 am every single day.
    Although they're competitive and very interesting games, they're absolutely time-consuming.

  16. Nasrullah Achakzai says:

    Nice Niel. I am very excited to lesson bbc every day

  17. Emmanuel Ged MBALOULA says:

    oh yes, I used to play Nitendo when I was a teenager but currently I no longer have the time for it. But I think it's a good activity, it allows to think quickly and have some fun moments with friends

  18. Mohamed ELTahir says:

    Nice one , I would love to play esport

  19. 이예원 says:

    I can't understand why I haven't had any notice for like those kind of helpful video! Fortunately, now I know this video so I'm gonna watch this video every single day to improve my speaking and listening skill. I want to suggest this video to everyone, especially the student who wants to good at English. THANK YOU BBC LEARNING ENGLISH! (Of course I subscribed your channel!)

  20. Alice Xzequte says:

    I really like to Play Games because I can learn new English vocabularies.

  21. tgchan says:

    Thank you, BBC. ?

  22. Ferreira says:

    Very, very interesting.

  23. Mëmø Sy says:

    very nice ?

  24. Anh Phong Vlog says:

    so many new word with me :((..
    How want talk English with me, Please contact with me haha Love you &&^^

  25. sanjay singh says:

    Thank you Sir/Ma'am, for your amazing videos. Please clear my doubt as to this sentence i read in a newspaper. It reads as….

    Perhaps, the ruler himself also COULD NOT HAVE HAD SEEN the future valour, achievement and foresight of his own self.

    Please tell are those capitalised words grammatically correct? What the HAD is working as in this sentence? What does it mean? I am confused. I want to know how those two third forms of verb are used together in the sentence? shouldnt it have been written as Could Not Have Seen instead of Could Not Have Had Seen?

  26. yigit says:

    i started to learn english with 6 minutes english and thanks BBC.

  27. Vy Hoang says:

    I'm reading about esport on Wiki and it states that "In 2019, it is estimated that the total audience of esports will grow to 454 million viewers and that revenues will increase to over US$1 billion". Then, how I should understand the question "Approximately how much was generated by eSports and video games in the last year?" What does it mention about in the question? Please help me. Thank you.

  28. ELF - English Learning Fast says:

    nice Video

  29. Bui Sang says:

    Great! thank so much

  30. Jakkrapat Khiawdee says:

    eSports is a big business, a multi-billion dollar business. Many people want to be part of this; gaining new experiences and importantly, making money!

  31. Tuấn Anh Phan Nguyễn says:

    Always concise and comprehensible

  32. Hoạt Hoàng Văn says:

    Discipline is the way to go

    E-sports will become a staple

    Time-consuming => eat up a lot of time

    Put together an event

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