CES 2018: "E-Sports will be the most watched and played sport in the next decade"By Elliot Bullman
Today more than 350 million people watch professional video games tournaments and that number is expected to reach 500 million in 2019.
Professional videogame tournaments, also known as e-sports, are already watched by some 350 million people around the world and that figure is expected to reach 500 million by the end of 2019.
Several of the largest companies in the world are involved in the business. Sony has seen a boom in earnings thanks to the PlayStation 4, Amazon bought the Twitch streaming platform in 2014 for almost $ 1 billion and there are more and more professional teams emerging around the planet. Even the International Olympic Committee is considering making it an Olympic sport.
"Esports will become the most watched and played sport in the next decade," said Frank Azor, VP and general manager of Alienware, Dell Gaming, the personal computing and software company founded by Michael Dell three decades ago.
"There are 2.500 million players in the world and the video game segment is growing exponentially, for Dell that boom has been 50% faster than the market in general," said Azor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
For two decades Alienware has been the leader in hardware for the segment, and has been part of Dell for almost 12 years, where it has consolidated its place among the players.
One of the main alliances of Alienware is the one with Team Liquid, one of the world’s top professional videogaming teams, which was also present during the conference.
Steve Arhancet, co-CEO of the company, shared his vision of the Industry: "Esports players are true athletes, and as such we need to give them a structure that supports their work and helps them to unleash their potential, they need psychological support and the best conditions so that they are in the best possible form."
Making a team more competitive is a business imperative. In 2017, Team Liquid participated in more than 110 events and sometimes competed for awards of more than 20 million dollars.
"Like professional athletes in other sports, these guys leave everything aside to win, their family relationships and sentimental attachments deserve to have all the support possible," said Arhancet.
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