When most people think of esports, what comes to mind is large arenas, professional tournaments, and big prize money. The reality of the industry is that this side of esports is only a tiny portion of what actually goes on in the space.
Esports runs on content creators, streamers, viewers, academic leagues, collegiate leagues, and amateur competitors. While the majority of esports do have amateur scenes as well as professional scenes, some esports simply do it better. Below is a compiled list of the six esports games with communities that do amateur esports the best.
Super Smash Bros.
The Super Smash Bros. amateur scene is one of the most casual out there. However, the game (throughout its various iterations) has developed an incredibly strong community around it. There are local Smash nights in bars in pretty much any city in the US, and you can find locally run leagues and tournaments almost everywhere.