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  • This Is Esports (And How to Spell It)

  • An Insider’s Guide to the World of Pro Gaming
  • Written by: Paul Chaloner
  • Narrated by: Paul Chaloner, Sarah Ovens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents This is esports (and How to Spell it) by Paul Chaloner, read by Paul Chaloner and Sarah Ovens.

Pro gaming’s award-winning broadcaster Paul 'Redeye' Chaloner brings us the definitive book on esports, the fastest growing entertainment phenomenon in the world today.

Longlisted for The William Hill Sports Book Award 2020

'a triumph... a must-read for newcomers and veterans alike' – Forbes

Award-winning broadcaster Paul 'Redeye' Chaloner brings us the definitive book on esports, the fastest growing entertainment phenomenon in the world today.

From slapping coins down on arcade cabinets to the lights of Madison Square Garden, competitive video gaming has come a long way. Today, esports is a billion-dollar industry, the best players becoming stars in their own right, battling for eight-figure prizes in front of a global audience of tens of millions.

From Call of Duty to Counter-Strike, FIFA to Fortnite, a generation of players have turned multiplayer video games from a pastime into a profession. But there are questions. How did we get here? What exactly is competitive gaming – is it a sport? How much money do the top stars make? Do you really have to retire at 23? And just what the hell is Dota?

This is esports (and How to Spell it) addresses all of this and more, as award-winning broadcaster Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner takes you inside the unstoppable rise of pro gaming to reveal the bitter rivalries, scandals and untold history of esports, from origins to sold-out arenas. With his trademark wit – and unrivalled access – Paul delivers the definitive book on the fastest-growing entertainment phenomenon in the world today.

©2020 Paul Chaloner (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Paul has been involved with competitive gaming from its earliest days and his knowledge shines through here. This book is full of terrific stories and insights from the inside, not only of the booms and the busts, but the fascinating people who’ve grown the scene. It’s a must read not only for those interested in the rise of esports but gaming history in general." (T.L. Taylor)

"Paul Chaloner is a living legend in the esports space. He has seen it all, survived it all and helped build it all. His expertise has created global admiration and his faith and hard work in esports have played integral roles in building a digital sport for a new digital world." (Jason Lake, founder and CEO of Complexity Gaming) 

"You need this. Trust me, buy it now." (Weekly GG

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  • Tsouth2
  • 03-06-20

Very interesting content with great narration

If you’re even remotely interested in gaming I suggest giving this a listen. I loved every minute of it and think that the reader (and author) did a fantastic job. In my opinion, his shoutcasting skills translated very well into narrating. Going to give it a second listen very soon, my only complaint is that it didn’t last longer!

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  • zorlop
  • 28-05-20

Fantastic

Fantastic look into the world of esports. Love the detail and the old references. If you're new to esports or an old fan, this has it all!

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  • Daniel
  • 14-03-21

Well written, balanced and articulate

I thought it was excellent and I enjoyed it all. Gave a really good insight and I liked the fact that you had others “industry experts” in it too. Made it really credible. I knew nothing about esports so I liked that the book was well balanced and not all opinion based. It was well written and articulate.

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  • alexander
  • 28-06-20

absolutely fantastic listen

loves it kept me interested all the way through about the life and challenges overcome from this unique sport we know as esports

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  • Comanche
  • 21-06-20

The history of esports that I never knew of.

I didn't expect the wealth and depth of historical knowledge about esports to be hidden within this gem of a book.

I really only know of Redeye from DOTA 2, so was very pleasantly surprised to learn about a much more complex genre.

I also like how he translates the audio book to relate, often switching 'book' and 'reading' to 'audio book' and 'listening'. It's like he cares about and relates to his us, his Audible audience, on our platform.

My wife also enjoyed this book, and she cares little for esports, but loves a good story line, especially on a factual genre.

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  • JAY
  • 17-06-20

A must read whether you know esports or not!

If you understand esports and are in the scene I'd highly reccomend this book. It provides a greater insight into what goes on along with many of Redeye's anicdotes which are both insighful and entertaining.

If you've never heard of esports or what it is then I highly reccomend this book as it'll give you an understanding and guide you into the world of esports in an enjoyable entertaining manner while explaining it as you go along.

And if you're somewhere inbetween, be sure to give it a read (or listen) as it'll broaden your understanding.

It's fun! It's witty! And it downright entertaining! 10/10

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  • Kjell Hareland
  • 15-06-20

Loved it

A good book, for people who're not familiar with esports to get into it, aswell as a good book for "veterans" Loved it!

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  • Michael Lambert
  • 01-06-20

Very insightful!

Paul really brings fourth his years of knowledge & understanding of esports and breaks down it's esoteric nature to make it clear where it started, where it currently is, and what the future may hold. A must read for those who are in esports or don't quite get it yet. 5 Stars!