Esports and Video Gaming as a New Frontier for Sustainability

Sustainability-related problems and difficulties in the present world demand cooperation from members of all societal sectors.

People are relying more on digital technology generally, and there is a surge in both the number of E-sport players and watchers during the Covid19 pandemic. One cannot continue to live in ignorance about the growing significance of the gaming business in the globe and how it affects a person’s daily life. While various efforts have been made to address sustainability challenges, the video game industry as a new media frontier to advance sustainability has received little attention.

The Effects of Video Gaming and its Growth

Different game genres have an impact on the brain’s development in various ways. Age of Empire and StarCraft are two examples of real-time strategy games that can have a good effect on a player’s macroeconomic, microeconomic, and strategic management abilities. While multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy might affect a person’s growth in teamwork, leadership style and organizing people since most in-game features like dungeons and raids require cooperation to complete the mission. In order to survive in the difficult environment, a player must find specific materials to create defences and collaborate with other online players. Examples of these games are Minecraft and Rust.


Battle Royale games with large player bases, like PUBG, Fortnite, Apex Legend, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare, have existed for a very long time before the success of the well-known Squid Game Series.

The gaming industry is growing faster than ever and not only enhances individual skill development but also unites individuals from all over the world as a new universal culture. The video game industry is greater than the MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS in terms of viewer money, and by 2025, it’s predicted to be worth $300 billion.

Because of live streaming platforms like Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and even people submitting reel videos on TikTok and Instagram, video game and E-sport events have become extremely popular. In addition to these platforms, the expansion of mobile usage globally has helped the video game industry grow into a multibillion-dollar industry.

The Dark Side of the Gaming Industry

Even though the video gaming business is seeing tremendous growth, there is currently little focus on sustainability issues, and the industry itself has many social issues, including discrimination, sexual harassment and labour exploitation.

The Crunch Culture in the traditional gaming industry encourages game developers to produce unrealistically complicated video games in a finite amount of time. The long hours and pushing oneself to the limit can be detrimental to a developer’s physical and mental health. As in the contemporary video game industry, the crunch culture is getting worse.

The video game’s new economic strategy relies on in-game microtransactions rather than only on selling the game, which is giving the game developer the feeling of a never-ending crunch. For instance, games like PUBG, Apex Legend, and Fortnite use a free-to-play business model and rely on the sale of skins and emotes via microtransactions to generate revenue.

Additionally, sexual harassment and discrimination allegations have been documented in the gaming industry since its inception, both within organizations and on streaming services like Twitch.

Sustainability Through Gaming

This is a solid first step in the fight against the gaming industry’s issues with inequality and worker exploitation, but it is not enough to ensure the long-term viability of our future. Fighting against labour exploitation and inequality is just one of many challenges that the sustainable development objectives address for the peace and prosperity of people and the earth.

There are countless opportunities we may find by exploiting the video game industry given the advancement of the digital environment and the gaming industry. Additionally, given that the video game industry plays a significant role in the development of personal skills and is responsible for a sizable portion of the world’s population, video game streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube can be the most effective venues for promoting the sustainability issue.

Last but not least, because the young digital generation depends more and more on the digital world, solving the sustainability problem will require us to adapt to the changing environment. To achieve sustainable development objectives, we must welcome the video game sector as a new frontier.

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