Margin Makers: Guide to eSports accessories and merchandise

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Like any competitor aiming to be the best, eSports players need the right equipment to stay on top of their game. MCV checks out the picks of the pros

A few weeks ago, on BBC Radio 5 Live, former professional footballer Danny Mills argued that eSports could not be classified as a sport because “you don’t wear special footwear”.

While this may be true - pro-gamers are free to wear anything from slippers to brogues while competing - there is other specialist equipment that can undoubtedly help both professional and amateur eSports enthusiasts boost their performance.

From customised console controllers for first-person shooter masters to finely-tuned mice and keyboards for PC pros, there is a wide range of peripherals and accessories designed to offer an optimised gaming experience.

Of course, it’s not all about performing your best - looking the part is just as important in many ways. For eSports fashionistas, there are many branded products to make sure they stand out from the crowd.

Top players aren’t alone in being on the lookout for high quality products, however - up-and-coming pro-gamers aiming to showcase their skills to break into the sector often utilise livestreaming services to get their name noticed.

Putting on an impressive show for prospective employers and sponsors often demands devices such as gameplay capture kits, microphones and webcams - and by offering such products to gamers, retail can help to support the next wave of eSports stars.

“Over the next five to ten years, you won’t just see players streaming in front of their webcams: viewers will demand a much richer experience,” explains Steve Arhancet, co-owner of top eSports side Team Liquid.

“The early adopters that use better technology - whether that’s to do with sound, recording, video, overlays or graphics - and stream in creative, interactive environments will lead the charge.”

Razer DeathAdder Chroma

A popular choice among gaming’s elite, Razer’s Chroma version of its highly popular DeathAdder mouse adds integrated lighting that can display in up to 16.8 million colours. Players can customise the mouse’s glow using the included Synapse 2.0 software. The peripheral also features a 10,000 dpi optical sensor, five programmable Hyperesponse buttons and 1,000Hz Ultrapolling for speed and accuracy in fast-paced titles.