While esports doesn't require a field, nets, or balls, there is still an initial equipment cost associated with participating in organized esports gaming events and competitions.
Each league and tournament will revolve around the selection of a specific video game title. All players are required to own their own personal licensed copy of the game and a compatible gaming device on which to play. Finally, the player must have an online subscription to their respective gaming console in order to access online gameplay. Specific details for the software and hardware required for our events is available on the registration portals for the league and tournaments you wish to participate in.
Unless otherwise specified, Global Digital Sports, LLC and your state association are in no way affiliated with the game software providers, hardware providers, or other game makers or their business services and do not participate or share revenue in the sales of the video games. While we are able to provide general support and instructions, we are not able to provide detailed technical support for these titles and are not liable for any malfunctions with the consoles or the games. Leagues and tournaments are operated under the appropriate Community Licenses granted by these game publishers and organizations.
To help you with your setup, here are the three key components you need in order to provide the tools your children need to participate in video game leagues and events.
A game console is like a personal computer (PC) built specifically to connect to a television or monitor for the exclusive purpose of playing video games and apps. For players to participate in the eCup league, players must own or have access to one or more of the following home video game consoles: Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch.
Game consoles are available at retail stores nationwide for a price point around $299-499. You can often find the consoles available used at retailers like GameStop or Best Buy. One console can play many video games. The differences between the consoles are mostly related to the games available for the console.
The gaming consoles are sometimes incompatible with one another, meaning that a friend with an Xbox One cannot play with a friend with a PlayStation 4. We recommend that you consult with your child and their friends to identify which console is the most appropriate for your child.
There are old versions of consoles from previous years which are NOT compatible with our leagues and tournaments. Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and some other consoles will not be compatible with gameplay in the league.
In order to play video games on your console, you must purchase a copy of the video game license. Video games may be purchased at most major retailers and come in a DVD case. Additionally, video games are available to be purchased within the digital online store of your video game console.
Please review the league or tournament registration page to get the specific information for which game you must purchase.
A single copy of the video game may be played on a single console. A friend can not share a copy of the game with another friend with both players playing at the same time.
Once purchased, insert the game into the gaming console of your choice, and the game will self-install. If you purchase digitally, the game will self-install.
Due to the way the software and hardware technology work, most leagues and tournaments require a single player to play on a single license for the event. For example, if your household has two children who wish to participate, you would need two Xbox Ones plus two copies of the game license for both players to participate at the same time.
Some leagues and tournaments may have scheduling options that can allow for your children to take turns, but this is not always possible if the league or tournament has a tight time schedule. Please contact the league administrator if you have any questions.
In order to play video games online, the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles require a monthly subscription fee for online access. These services are available for purchase directly on your gaming consoles.