The advent and growth of eSports

ESports, also known as electronic sports, are organised video game competitions that are broadcast to millions across the world. Even though eSports gained serious popularity largely in the 2000s, it is said that the first organised gaming competition took place way back in the US in 1972. Today, eSports professionals are gaming to win millions in front of a constantly growing viewership. Gumtree tells you all you need to know about eSports:

  1.     The major eSports gaming and tech companies in the world are Esports Technologies, DraftKings Inc., Super League Gaming, Elys Game Technology Corp., and Rush Street Interactive, Inc.
  2.     With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic drop in sporting events, eSports filled the gap and gained a massive following.
  3.     In 2020, it was determined that the overall viewership of eSports was 220.5 million (occasional viewers) and 215.4 million (eSports enthusiasts).
  4.     The most popular eSports team is G2, which has been crowned champions of the European League of Legends a total of 8 times in video games such as Fortnite and Counter-Strike.
  5.     Projections suggest that eSports events will surpass the $1 billion mark in 2021 and will touch $1.8 billion in 2022.
  6.     The top markets owing to this huge popularity are North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
  7.     According to TechCrunch, there was a 20% boost in eSports and gaming sales in 2020, resulting in the creation of over 20,000 jobs.

Now that you know how significant eSports is, especially in a pandemic-driven world, Gumtree outlines how you can strive for a career in it:

  1.     Sign up for gaming courses
  2.     Choose a niche based on skills and experience
  3.     Search for opportunities online or by approaching contacts in relevant tournaments and players
  4.     Practice every chance you get
  5.     Stay focused

If you are not looking to be a gamer, there are several other jobs in the eSports field that you may be interested in. These include eSports journalists, product managers, game/QA testers and eSports admin or referees.

 

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