Multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA) games like League of Legends have provided a whole new way to competitively play online games. This year saw the official release of the similarly made but hugely polished Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) released completely free from developer Valve.
All that players need to be competitive is a reasonably new computer and an internet connection and lots of time to practice. This hugely lowers the gate of entry for anyone who wants to try their hand at the title. Not that everyone is going to master the massive subtleties of gameplay and become pro gamers overnight but the fact that more gamers are playing means more appreciation for the pros.
Getting through the first few hours of DOTA 2 will definitely game a gamer appreciate the awe-inspiring organization of the next DOTA 2 International match.