While the debate continues as to why attendance and viewership for National Football League and Major League Baseball have been dropping the past few years, one thing for sure is that the popularity of eSports is exploding.
In its 2018 Global eSports Market Report, industry research group Newzoo reports that:
- In the coming year, the global eSports economy will grow to $905.6 million, up 38% YoY.
- The global eSports audience will reach 380 million this year, made up of 165 million eSports enthusiasts and 215 million occasional viewers.
The Rise of eSports
According to the global public relations website, the Holmes Report, the eSports industry is growing exponentially, with media rights, advertising, merchandise sales, sponsorship opportunities, and revenue streams all increasing by double digits each year—and they see no end in sight.
In a series of articles posted on its website, Foley.com, a global law firm that focuses on trending markets across numerous industries, cited the ongoing development of high school and college eSports programs and leagues as a sign of eSports entering the mainstream in a big way. In addition, a number of stadiums, arenas, and other buildings—from Hong Kong to Arlington, Texas—are being built to support and facilitate eSports programs and events. (Case in point: Blizzard Entertainment opened a dedicated eSports stadium in Burbank CA. It’s called Blizzard Arena and is located at the former studio of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.)
Consumer awareness of eSports is expected to continue to grow rapidly. A 2016 Nielsen study revealed that nearly 1 out of every 6 Americans over the age of 13 are active eSports fans, while Newzoo estimates that 1.3 billion people worldwide are at least aware of eSports. For comparison’s sake, consider how that latter figure rivals World Cup viewership (1 billion viewers) and dwarfs Super Bowl viewership (160 million).
More and more celebrities, professional athletes, sports team owners, and business leaders are expected to enter the eSports space as sponsors and investors. For example, in July 2017, New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft, chairman, and CEO of the Kraft Group, commenting on his recent investment of a reported $20 million in an eSports league run by Blizzard (of Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch fame), said: “We really believe this (eSports) is the future” because of the way, “millennials consume sports on their mobile devices.”
Viewing opportunities for worldwide audiences to watch eSports on television or stream it online continue to grow. Just recently, ESPN+, the Disney-owned sports programmer’s subscription service, announced that it is carrying Riot Games’ League of Legends live esports tournaments and events, which will continue to be distributed on Amazon-owned Twitch and other platforms. According to Riot Games, the 2017 League of Legends World Championship held in China drew a record peak of 80 million unique viewers for a single match, and a combined 1.2 billion hours of content watched during the event.
eSports is a Game Changer
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