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How long do you stay engaged on a typical Zoom call? If you’re like most, it’s probably no more than 15 to 20 minutes. Despite the benefits of using Zoom to stay connected with remote work and learning during a new digital age, the hassle of staring at the screen for yet another virtual meeting can be felt by even well-versed digital nomads. Even remote work evangelists will admit that, at a certain point, Zoom fatigue is very real.
For all the things it does right, Zoom is missing one core element that’s vital to work. It’s something so essential, Steve Jobs literally redesigned the Pixar offices to cultivate it.
The Spark is what happens when creativity runs free. It’s the lightning-fast exchange of excitement, ideas and innovation. Remote-work pessimists will tell you that The Spark is impossible in a virtual world, but that’s not quite true. Because there’s one virtual world that’s been creating sparks for decades: esports.
The esports spark
While the term “esports” only became general knowledge within the last few years, the first esports tournament actually dates all the way back to 1972, when five students competed in the game ”Spacewar” on the Stanford University campus. It wasn’t until the late 2010s that esports really took off with the rise of high-speed internet and the launch of video game streaming platform Twitch in 2011.