I personally don't watch or am interested in esports but its popularity can't be undermined. For Honor is the latest to take the plunge and many years ago, I wouldn't really have imagined a game of this sort taking off on the pro scene. I personally don't take an interest because I'm probably the least competitive player there is. I'll occasionally watch a match or two but that's about it. I don't actively follow but there are many who do.
I admit, I'm not a fan of eSports or any "competitive" gaming of any kind. I do watch entertaining YouTubers do weapon breakdowns, montages, but that's it. Actual matches lasting hours? Nah, not my thing.
The only competitive gaming I've ever watched was while waiting around at last year's CoD XP. If I have time to watch people play, that means I have time to just play the game myself! I doubt I'll ever start watching eSports any time soon.
I'm not personally interested in eSports but I'm glad that they've grown popular enough to get mainstream recognition. It's good for gamers to have the competitive side of their hobby legitimized by ESPN and other networks.
My younger brother is big into League of Legends so it's only through him that I have a small interest in the eSports scene. I think it's great, honestly. But for me, I'd much rather play a game myself than sit back and watch others do so.
I'm a big fan of esports and have worked in a variety of roles both in esports production and media. I've also competed as an amateur player in several scenes including FPS, MOBAs, and the FGC. I think the rise of esports has given individuals who have the talent, skills, and discipline to be at the top of the heap an opportunity to find a career that's both legitimately recognized and financially lucrative. Esports is still a long way from reaching the financial heights of traditional sports like basketball and football but the esports audience has grown enough to compete with that of traditional sports, especially during events like the LoL World Championships and The International (Dota 2).
I find esports to be fascinating. Competitive gaming can get extremely intense, with commentary and incredible players that can play games unlike anyone else. It's like a high school athlete watching a pro play, something they can only aspire to one day become. As fascinated as I am by esports, it's more of a passing fancy, and not something I devote any sort of time or energy into observing myself. I'm too busy hunting those Platinum trophies!
I often tune into a competitive match, as I like to watch and learn from the pros. This is mostly for shooters, as that's what I play. You can learn some great strategies by watching the best of the best.