CyberFed Announces Initiative to get Cybersecurity Competitions Recognized as an E-Sport

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As America celebrates its e-sport victory at The International Dota 2 Championship this month, the Cybersecurity Competition Federation (CyberFed) announces its initiative to get cybersecurity competitions involved. CyberFed provides five reasons why cybersecurity competitions should be considered an e-sport.

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As America celebrates its e-sport victory at The International Dota 2 Championship this month, the Cybersecurity Competition Federation (CyberFed) announces its initiative to get cybersecurity competitions involved. CyberFed provides five reasons why cybersecurity competitions should be considered an e-sport.

1. Cybersecurity competitions fit the definition of e-sports. Wikipedia defines e-sports as “a term for organized multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players.” The game scenarios of cybersecurity competitions are the same as video gaming.

2. Cybersecurity competition teams are growing. Just this month, esportsearnings.com lists 268 teams. At the same time, ctftime.org lists 4,220 Capture the Flag teams. If considered an e-sport, the increased awareness of cybersecurity competitions will only make the team numbers continue to grow.

3. Both cybersecurity competitions and sports require statistics. Aligulac tracks statistics and predictions for StarCraft competitions. CTF Time provides Capture the Flag team ratings and statistics. In both cases, everything the players and teams do is recorded.

4. E-sport competitions are entertaining. In August 2014, The New York Times reported that more than 70 million people watched e-sports worldwide. A spectator-friendly cybersecurity competition does not exist today, but some cybersecurity competitions are looking at ways to do so. It is fair to say that participants can be entertained by the competitive gaming action of both e-sports and cybersecurity competitions.

5. There are cyber athletes out there that should be recognized. Treating cybersecurity competitions like a sport expands the desire of organizations to help competitors become cyber athletes. In July 2015, a Government Technology article promoting cybersecurity competitions states “to use a sports analogy, if you can’t compete in the free agency market for top talent, refresh your “farm team” and grow your own talent starting at an early age.”

About Cybersecurity Competition Federation:
The Cybersecurity Competition Federation (CyberFed) is an umbrella organization that provides players of all ages and skill levels a point of entry into cybersecurity competitions. CyberFed focuses on communications, promotions and autonomy of competition creators, business models and does not interfere with funding sources. Each week, CyberFed produces The CyberFed Show that covers the world of cybersecurity competitions. To learn more, visit cyberfed.org

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