Making an esports game successful is no easy task, let alone designing one. There are several important elements that can make a game to be an esport. Some of it are already mentioned in the previous article, this article will be discussing the other remaining elements of esports game design.
To make it an esports game, it needs to have an element of wide appeal in the design. Your game will need to appeal to average players, competitive players, and professional players. The game may lose popularity if it is only catering to one type of players.
Apart from that, audiences will also have to be considered to make the game a wide appeal. For a competitive and fast-paced game, it could be fine for the players participating, but it may be hard for the audiences to keep track of the match. Then audiences may not watch the game if the pace is too fast for them to enjoy. While slowing the game down may upset the existing player base. Thus, designers will need to ensure the game appeals to all players and spectators to enjoy the game.
It is also noted that you can’t just design a game soley for esports. You will need to make the multiplayer game fun to begin with, while keeping esports in mind from the beginning.
Ease of Spectating
Besides making sure the game is fun to play, the game must also be fun to watch. When the game has a lot of things happening on the screen, spectators might fail to keep up with all the action. Ensure that the game is not overwhelm with actions on a single screen. You could also add a different custom camera angle to ensure it.
Especially for FPS (First Person Shooter) games, the camera angle is limited to each players’ point of view. The action may also be fast and overwhelming to spectators. You could offer a third-person camera that oversee the whole game space to give a glimpse of what is happening to the audience. Or else you will risk the audience will not know what is going on and churn out of spectating.
Besides making sure that an esports game has good mechanic, it is also important the game has good graphics and aesthetics. Some might still argue that art and aesthetic is not important, but a game with better aesthetic is more likely to be watched than a game that looks bad. Don’t be confused, games that has good aesthetic does not need to have a high definition AAA graphics. Even games that used cartoonish art or retro sprites can still be aesthetically pleasing to the players and audience.
One example can be seen in Fortnite, the visuals of the game is not AAA graphics that has realistic game models. Instead, it uses a cartoonish art and it is aesthetically pleasing and distinctive to everyone. Thus, good aesthetics can be seen in every good esports game.
Focus on the professionals
To have a good esports game, developers will have to focus on the professionals that is playing the game. Although some developers focuses on the amateur players too. By focusing on the professionals, developers could make the game to meet their demands. Then the game will only be more valuable and worthy for them to continue progressing. If they reach a level that can’t progress anymore, they might stop playing and shift to another game. You will need to design and create more content for the game primarily for the professional players while ensuring it is still playable for amateur players. Gradually, the professionals and amateurs alike will start to form communities around the game.
These are some of the important elements that most good esports title has, although there are still many other factors that also contribute to it. We understand that designing a game for esports is extremely challenging since the game has to be well-designed right from the start , so let us help you by reaching us at Gameka.
If you missed the first part of this article series, you can read it here.