The growth of eSports has been difficult to ignore. With a global audience of 380 million people, accounting for more than $900 million of revenue, the numbers speak for themselves. Yet, while the level of interest has long since warranted this being seen as a mainstream spectator sport we all know there are enough people out there who still don’t give them a fair hearing. There’s been a mountain of coverage making the case for why eSports should be taken seriously, but now it’s time to think more deeply about what the industry can actually do to win over the doubters. Ambassadors Think of golf and you think of Tiger Woods. Think of basketball and it’s LeBron James and Steph Curry. For soccer read Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis Roger Federer. And those are just the active stars. There are a great many more legends from the past who strike a chord and reach fans far beyond the faithful followers of their own … [Read more...] about What can eSports do to be taken more seriously?
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Its not easy being king. League of Legends, and the studio behind the hit MOBA, Riot Games have been a major leading force in the gaming industry for years. This week, the legendary studio finds itself under assault. One broadside against Riot Games is a lengthy investigative piece by Kotaku alleging rampant sexism at the studio's offices across the world. The other salvo comes from tech industry news source The Information which alleges that Riot's relationship with parent company Tencent has deteriorated over the past few years. Disagreements on a mobile strategy seem to have frayed relationships, especially after Rioters saw just how similar Arena of Valor was to League of Legends. More startling than accusations of sexism or fraying corporate relations, it seems the bloat at Riot Games has grown to large for even the League of Legends money-machine to keep up. Both former and current employees have told The Information that a company-wide meeting in March informed workers that the … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Riot’s Riotous Week
Over the last year, we’ve seen a ramp-up of high-level chatter about bringing e-sports to the Olympics. Last summer the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee told the AP that it was considering video gaming for the 2024 program in France. The International Olympic Committee then said “competitive e-sports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports.” Most recently, the IOC held a forum on e-sports to gather “gaming executives, players, sponsors and event organizers with a goal of building relationships between Olympic leaders and the esports industry” in Lausanne, Switzerland. That event was Saturday, and thanks to the Esports Observer, we have a good idea how the movement is coming along and how seriously some of the big online gaming companies are taking it. For example, during the World of Esports panel, … [Read more...] about Blizzard and Riot attended the International Olympic Committee’s e-sports summit this past weekend
Online gambling is a highly addictive and entertaining pastime that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Participants play on the road, from the convenience of their homes and even at work. They look for entertainment while they also try and win cash and prizes for their efforts. Today, you can enjoy an endless variety of online gambling, including casino games, games of chance, strategic games, word games and even puzzles. They are all showing healthy growth, but the fastest growing area of online gambling is betting on sports. And with recent laws in the US that make online sports gambling legal, the market is set to grow even faster. In fact now anyone who bets on sports know that esports betting is an option. With all of the excitement around online gambling many wonder what the future holds. Here are a few insightful predictions for the industry. Gambling Sites Will Become More Social The top gambling site have begun to integrate a social aspects into their … [Read more...] about This is the Likely Future for Online Gambling
The world of eSports has seen tremendous growth over the past few years and eSports are not just popular among those who participate in games and events, but they are also quite popular with those that spend time watching competitions. In 2016, the eSports industry generated over $636 million in revenue and players took home more than $120 million in prizes. These numbers increased even more in 2017 and are expected to soar in 2018. Predictions state that global revenue will surpass $1.75 billion by 2020 and the audience enjoying eSports will exceed 600 million. With some of the biggest names in technology now involved in eSports, it goes without saying that this industry is booming and will continue to see amazing growth over the coming years. Even professional athletes are getting involved in eSports and there are a number of online betting sites that offer competitive odds on eSports. With plenty of esports wagering sites, one does not have to be a player to be part of the eSports … [Read more...] about The Popularity Of Esports Around The World