Is eSports A Sport?
Gaming isn’t just about games anymore. You may arguably, reasonably, consider talent and practice the foremost essential requirements for succeeding in the world of gaming. You may well be right, but in order to put in the practice to buff your talent and boss your opposition, just like in any other sport, you will need to put in the hours.
In order to make the most of those hours, you need to be at your peak potential. Autopilot won’t do at all. When training for anything – be it a physical sport, a marathon, a long gaming tournament or studying for an exam – training is about pushing yourself so that you develop. That may be physical, mentally, or pushing your limits so that you’re prepared for game day.
That’s right, gaming and eSports are about endurance and being fit and healthy enough to retain optimal mental capacity until you achieve that ace. You know your limits and your endurance capabilities and what it takes to get you in shape for a tournament.
How To Become An eSports Player
Preparation and nutrition come in many different forms. It is also where eSports and sports share common ground. Whether you are a gamer or an athlete, you may have the ambition but there comes a point when you need to take a serious look at the fuel you’re putting into your body.
If you think that keeping an eye on nutrition is a major difference between eSports and physical sports, think again. No matter your integrity and natural ability, when you’re hours into a tournament and fatigue grabs hold, without the right energy boost you may be running on empty – or worse – empty carbs that offer little in the way of nutritional value.
Here we’ve put together a list of energy products that are geared towards gamers in need of an energy reload.
Food For Gaming Marathons
Focus + Energy Capsules
Focus + Energy Capsules contain a blend of Caffeine, Taurine, Co-enzyme Q10 and B vitamins, which have been proven to increase your energy levels and reduce tiredness and mental fatigue.
DIET: GEL is a unique concentrated gel containing a range of ingredients including; Glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fibre that is derived from konjac root, Carnitine and Green Tea Extract. With DIET: GEL, we suggest you add a sachet to 250ml of water (or more water depending on the duration of your game).
Think of it as a way to lift your glucose levels when you feel them dropping and don’t want to risk a spike by eating sweets.
Myprotein Recovery Plus Elite
Recovery Plus Elite provides 15g of protein and 20g of carbohydrates,
BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), which make up 35% of all muscle tissue, alongside the addition of glutamine all in a convenient blend. Designed to sustain your performance abilities, these gels are accessible when you’re in the throes of a tournament and need a pick-up.
Endurance and strength are also maintained by ensuring your body gets the protein that it needs. With just over 100 calories and 0.1g of fat, Protein Gel is a guilt-free way to get your protein. In its yoghurt-like form, Protein Gel can either be taken consumed when you have no time to think as well as an ingredient in an invention of your choosing. Need some ideas? Add some slow-burning carbs by mixing in with oats and rest assured your body has what it needs to make it through the rest of the tournament.
Quick Energy Boosters for Late Night Gaming
This is Myprotein’s most recent energy gel invention. It contains a variety of essential carbs, electrolytes and B vitamins, designed to see you get the most out of your body when it matters most.
It comes in practical 50g sachet servings, meaning that you needn’t miss out on game time, or could even prepare it in advance so that you can get the fuel hit you need at any time.
Deluxe Energy is Myprotein’s smaller energy gel offering, designed to help give you a quick hit of fuel when your body and mind need it the most. Containing multiple carbohydrates, an electrolyte blend and a B vitamin matrix, Deluxe Energy has been formulated to ensure you get the energy you need when preparation time isn’t an option. Definitely handy when you’re playing into the early hours and you need something close at hand.
Energy Shots are Myprotein’s game-changing 60ml drinks, that give you the boost of energy you need in a healthy and safe way. Each Energy Shot provides 80mg of caffeine, over 1g of Taurine and 400mg of Glucuronolactone. Their vitamin content will help combat tiredness and fatigue as well as sustaining the normal functioning of your immune system. Energy Shots have also been proven to sustain normal psychological function.
Energy Shots are ideal for gamers in need of a caffeine hit in a healthier offering than an extra espresso.