Rise Of The
Pro Gamer

eSport Stages an Economic Surge

Who says video games are a waste of time?

Pro Gaming is an estimated $1 Billion industry1 — and the full force of its economic explosion is yet to strike.

Big Tournaments.
Big Audiences.
Massive Business.

Competitive video gaming has has evolved into a global phenomenon involving pro leagues, contracted players and millions of dollars in prize money. Here are the facts surrounding the eSport revolution.

What are eSports?

eSports are competitive video game matches or tournaments. Competitors make millions through:

Prize money
Revenue from streamed matches

What are the biggest eSports games?

The biggest eSport games are formatted for multiplayer online battle arenas. Booming games include:

Dota 2

Highest prize pools of any eSport: $11 Million won by team OG in 20182

League of Legends

Most played game in US and Europe3 Up to 7.5 million people playing concurrently at any one time


Fastest-growing game of all time: Amassed 125 million players in a single year4

eSport V Sport Players

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How is the eSports audience growing?

Twitch online channel:

Bought by Amazon in 2014 for $970 million. Analysts say it could be worth $20 billion by 202011

More than 100 million viewers watch video game play each month — leaving the Super Bowl in eSports’ wake.12

If you don’t know anything
about eSports ㅡ you will soon

By the end of this year, 1.6 billion people — one fifth of the world’s population — will know something about eSports:14

Projected revenue:

Forecast to rise 144%
$655 million (2017) to $1.6 billion by 202116

Virtually a Real Sport

If these insights don’t convince parents that eSports are a legitimate pastime or possible career path — reports suggest that gaming may be featured at the 2024 Olympic Games. Hit the keyboard and start training!17


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  2. 2.https://www.theflyingcourier.com/2018/8/25/17782550/dota-international-2018-winner-lgd
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  8. 13.http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/15508214/427-million-people-watching-esports-2019-reports-newzoo
  9. 14.https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/27/us/esports-what-is-video-game-professional-league-madden-trnd/index.html
  10. 15.https://www.si.com/more-sports/2016/05/11/esports-427-million-viewers-projected-future-gaming-growth
  11. 16.https://newzoo.com/insights/articles/global-games-market-reaches-137-9-billion-in-2018-mobile-games-take-half/
  12. 17.https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/09/esports-2024-olympics-medal-event-paris-bid-committee

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