It’s one of the world’s fastest growing spectator sports, but for many sports fans in the UK, esports still remains something of a mystery.
That’s all set to change with regular esports competitions focusing on CS:GO, Fortnite and LoL all leading to an explosion of interest in the sport over the last decade.
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Esports Facts – Five Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Esports
- The popularity of esports shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, current trends suggest esports will reach an estimated global audience of 550m by 2021, with the industry set to be worth in excess of $1 billion by the end of this year. That’s mostly been powered by a marked rise in platforms offering extended live eSports coverage including YouTube and Twitch.
- It’s big business at the elite end of esports. Cloud9 are currently the world’s most valuable team, with Forbes suggesting the California-based outfit worth as much as $400 million. The team participate in LCS, Overwatch League, CS:G, Fortnite events, but are closely rivalled by League of Legends regulars Team SoloMid who are thought to be valued in the same region.
- The Dota2 International is currently the most prestigious esports competition in terms of prize money. The cumulative prize pool for the tournament already stands at over $20m and that figure only looks set to grow with the competition continuing to grow year-on-year – not bad for an event that only started in 2011.
- It could soon have the rubber-stamp of Olympics approval. The IOC have confirmed they are not opposed to esports being added to a future edition of the games. With Paris already familiar with hosting several high-profile esports events, an Olympics debut in 2024 doesn’t look completely out of the question, with host organisations now allowed to provide input in what sports make the cut.
- Some of the world’s biggest sports stars are getting in on the act. Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale is just the latest player to launch his own global esports team, while Man City and PSG are just two football giants to have made serious strides into the world of esports.
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