It’s all in the game: The rise and rise of esports

With traditional sports intermittently shutting down during the pandemic, the burgeoning genre of esports – playing video games competitively – has filled the gap for huge numbers of people, and its appeal shows no sign of diminishing

Esports: ‘bigger than the global movie and music industry’

Eric Finn started to get into the video game Fifa competitively as a way to escape from reality. He was 20 years old, he’d just been through a break-up and he was stressed about college. Today, though, the 24-year-old esports athlete says: “It’s completely gone the other way. Now reality is my escape from Fifa.”

Finn is one of a number of players currently taking Ireland’s burgeoning esports scene by storm. Thanks in part to ...