Virtual reality esports
VR esports combine the best of technology, athleticism, and competition. The players are eager for competitive video games that require movement in addition to strategy, skill, and in most cases, teamwork. VR esports attracts players from all backgrounds and ages, then offers a level playing field.
Like electric scooters and vapes, virtual reality is a technological innovation that is incredibly easy to make fun of.
I associate VR — an interactive experience that transports the user to an artificial world — with gamers, the porn industry and people who ride Boosted Boards in the bike lane. This is why, when I noticed Black Box VR pop up on Market Street across from the headquarters of Twitter and Uber, it felt like the punchline to a joke only a San Franciscan could make.
Black Box is the world’s first VR gym. Founded in 2016 by Ryan DeLuca and Preston Lewis, the company plans to transform — OK, “disrupt” — the boutique fitness industry by combining two things Americans love: trendy fitness and video games. I don’t like either of these things, so I decided to try it.