Our gamer vocabulary acronym for today is “RTS”. RTS stands for real-time strategy.
Short for real-time strategy, it is a game genre. An RTS game is usually from a third-person perspective, and in these games you control vast numbers of soldiers (called units) in a tactical game scenario. Newer RTS games allow you to compete against others over the Internet or LAN, or to play allies against computer players with other gamers.
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RTS games are distinct in the strategy genre in that the action occurs in real-time. This requires the player to be able to think and react quickly. The player must be able to adjust his/her strategy based on what the other player (either another person or a computer controlled opponent) is doing.
The back and forth nature of an RTS match has helped e-sports develop. Starcraft 2 is one of the games featured by Major League Gaming (MLG). Here is one of the matches from a recent competition.