Esports Glossary

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  • Analyst

    An expert that has a deep knowledge of specific esports title, the teams involved and current strategies. An analyst tends to feature on a panel (see definition).

  • Ban

    A ban occurs during the draft (see definition) stage of an esports event, teams ban which heroes/champions/characters they don't want the other team to play in that match.

  • Buff

    A gaming term for a spell, ability or effect that strengthens a character's abilities. Buff is a word commonly used in MOBAs, MMORPGs and RPGs.

  • Carry

    MOBAs (see definition) contain a role called the 'carry'. A carry is traditionally vulnerable early in a game but becomes the main source of damage. The phrase comes from carrying the team to victory.

  • Caster (also called a Shoutcaster)

    The gaming term for a commentator in a live event.

  • Circuit

    When referring to esports, a circuit is used as a word to discuss all the events in that year. For example, for Dota 2, there a circuit would include all Majors, Minors, charity events and The International.

  • CoD

    CoD stands for 'Call of Duty', a popular first person shooter.

  • Console

    Console refers to a piece of technology that is used to play games other than a Computer. It is primarily used to talk about an Xbox or PlayStation.

  • CS:GO

    CS:GO stands for 'Counter Strike: Global Offensive', a popular First Person Shooter (see definition).

  • CWL

    CWL stands for "Call of Duty World League", this is the primary League for Call of Duty esports.

  • Draft

    Certain esports titles have a period before a match called the 'draft'. The draft consists of two teams picking (see Pick definition) and Banning (see Ban definition).

  • Esports

    Esports stands for electronic sports. The word 'esport' is used to describe and video game that has a professional competitive scene. The most popular esports are League of Legends, Overwatch and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

  • F2P

    F2P stands for 'free to play'. Instead of making money on upfront purchases, the game publishers (see definition) provide the entire game for free with optional in-game purchases to enhance the playing experience.

  • FGC

    See 'Fighting Game Community' definition.

  • Fighting Game

    Fighting Games are traditionally 1v1 violent combat based game. Much like a boxing match, players control a fighter and try to knock each other out various using combinations and special moves. Games include Streetfighter and Tekken.

  • Fighting Game Community

    Fighting Game Community (FGC) is an umbrella term to cover everyone interesting in any of the fighting game titles. Popular games include Tekken and Streetfighter

  • First Person Shooter

    First Person Shooter's (FPS) are combat based games viewed through the eyeline of the character you are controlling. FPS titles include Call of Duty, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch.

  • FPS

    See 'First Person Shooter' definition.

  • Freemium

    A freemium game is one that is free to play up until a certain point, but to unlock addition levels/maps you will need to pay.

  • Game Developers

    The people that construct the game from start to finish.

  • Game Publishers

    The people/companies that are responsible for marketing and selling the games.

  • GG

    GG stands for 'good game', this is used after a game to acknowledge that a game was well contested from both teams.

  • IEM

    IEM stands for "Intel Extreme Masters", this is s series of international tournaments for multiple game titles held countries around the world.

  • Jersey

    The official t-shirt an esports team wears at an esports event; it contains sponsors and organization (see definition) logos.

  • Juke

    An in-game dodge or evasion that is considered to be difficult to execute.

  • League

    League refers to the game 'League of Legends'.

  • LoL

    LoL stands for the 'League of Legends', a popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (see definition).

  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game

    An evolution of the classic RPG. In this style of game players immerse themselves into the role of a character. The difference between MMORPG's and RPG is the interactive online component; players share an open world style of game with other people around the globe. These styles of games tend to include both cooperative questing and a PVP element. Games include titles such as World of Warcraft and Guildwars.

  • Meta

    A common word used across various esports meaning; the most dominate strategies, card combinations, champions/heroes and builds in online multiplayer games. The 'Meta' changes when game developers provide ingame updates and patches.

  • Microtransactions

    Microtransactions refer to small in-game purchases that either enhance the experience or cosmetics in a game title.


    See 'Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game' definition.

  • MOBA Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBA) are singular map action games, usually consisting of 5v5, 3v3 or 2v2. They are fast paced and team oriented; each player on a team plays a specific role. The major objective of MOBAs are to destroy the enemies base before they destroy your team's. MOBAs include League of Legends, Dota 2 and Smite.
  • Multiplayer Online Battle Arena

    Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBA) are singular map action games, usually consisting of 5v5, 3v3 or 2v2. They are fast paced and team oriented; each player on a team plays a specific role. The major objective of MOBAs are to destroy the enemies base before they destroy your team's. MOBAs include League of Legends, Dota 2 and Smite.

  • Nerf

    When the game publishers provide a game update, often items/characters/skills get tinkered with to create an even playing field. A nerf occurs when a certain item/character/skill was considered too strong, the word 'nerf' refers to something being reduced in effectiveness.

  • Noob

    Noob describes a player that is new to a certain game title.

  • NPC

    NPC are 'non playerable characters' that are controlled by ingame artificial intelligence.

  • OCCG

    See 'Online Collectible Card Game' definition.

  • Online Collectible Card Game

    Online Collectible Card Games (OCCG) are much like traditional collectible card games. Players collect, trade and battle using a vast range of strategies and card combinations. Popular titles include Hearthstone and Magic Online.

  • OP

    A term meaning 'overpowered', this is used to described a item/character/skill in a game that is too strong and needs to be changed/nerfed.

  • Organization

    Organization refers to an umbrella company that houses teams (see definition) over multiple game titles.

  • OW

    OW stands for 'Overwatch'. OW is a character-based first person shooter, each character has unique skills and abilities as well as a weapon.

  • OWL

    OWL stands for 'Overwatch League', this is the primary North American competition for Overwatch.

  • Panel

    Before and after an esports match a group of experts, called the panel, will discuss all aspects of the of the match.

  • Pick

    A pick occurs during the draft (see Draft definition) stage of an esports event, teams pick which heroes/champions/characters they would like to play in that match.

  • Pro

    A pro refers to a professional esports player.

  • PUBG

    PUBG stands for 'Player Unknown Battle Ground', a popular shooting game where players start with nothing and have to search the map finding guns and killing each other.

  • PvP

    Pvp stands for 'player verses player'. PVP refers to a game that has an element of fighting against other players online. 

  • Real-Time Strategy

    In Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games, players control entire armies rather than singular characters. These are played through birds eye view allowing the player to have a complete oversight of the terrain, buildings and units they control. Most RTS games are war based such as Star Craft 2 and Warcraft 3.

  • Region

    Esports competitions/leagues tend to group countries based on geographical locations (North America, South America and Eastern Europe etc.).

  • Rekt

    A colloquial word used to described the act of beating someone with ease.

  • Role-Playing Game

    A single player game in which players immerse themselves into the role of a character. These are usually adventure style games which a large element of character progression. Games include Fallout, The Witcher and Skyrim.

  • RPG

    See 'Role-Playing Game' definition

  • RTS

    See 'Real-Time Strategy' definition.

  • Strat

    The word 'strategy' shortened. It is used to describe a play style that is used in a game.

  • Streamer

    A streamer is someone that plays games and shares their screen online so others can view them playing. This is a massive aspect of the gaming community. Popular streaming platforms include Twitch, Facebook and YouTube. 

  • Support

    The term 'support' is featured in various esport titles; it refers to a play style that is very self-sacrificial for the good of the team.

  • Tank

    The term 'tank' is featured in various esport titles, it refers a play style that is very aggressive. A tank is a durable character that is used to absorb large amounts of damage and aims to shield other team members. 

  • Team

    A team refers to the group of professional players that compete together in an esports title.

  • The International

    Dota 2's main event, it traditionally occurs in August every year. It holds the record for the highest tournament prizepool.

  • Twitch

    The most popular streaming platform for gamers, it is filled with amateur streamers (see definition) and professional esports events.

  • WCS

    WCS stands for "StarCraft II World Championship Series", this is the premier circuit for StarCraft II.