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Infographic: Esports 101

Electronic sports are the world’s fastest-growing sport

In the age of digital revolution, the world’s fastest-growing sport is competitive video gaming also known as eSports. Electronic sports are a form of competition that is facilitated by electronic systems.

eSports have gone from an industry mostly featuring amateurs to an industry with professional players, and now even includes the creation and maintenance of professional teams. So forget football, e-sports are the world’s most fastest-growing sport is video gaming. In fact, the eSports industry has been experiencing double-digit growth for several years.

According to the research group Newzoo, the eSports industry broasts a global community of 148 million enthusiasts, and that number is projected to hit 2015 million by 2019. Professional gamers on teams may receive a salary, tournament prizes and team sponsors sometimes cover travel expenses. In 2016, Li Peng has become the highest earning pro-gamer with £1,561,306 of a total prize money earned from 13 tournaments.

The history of eSports goes as far back as the early ‘1970s. That’s when the earliest known video game competition took place on 19th October 1972 at Stanford University for the game Spacewar.

In the 1990s, many games benefited from increasing internet connectivity, especially PC games. That’s when eSports truly started to come into its own after the turn of the millennium, with the rise of both popular tournaments and the games that now make up the backbone of the eSports world.

ESports consist of a variety of video games, but the most played competitive video game of 2016 is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The number of professional players reaches 6071, and the prize money awarded is £18,988,810 from 1946 tournaments. Amongst other popular eSports games are League of Legends, Counter Strike, Dota 2 and StarCraft II.



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