E-Sports is definitely growing, and its growing fast, according to ESPN, The 2016 League of Legends World Championship finals were the longest series in Worlds history and were seen by 43 million people according to Riot Games in a release on the League of Legends e sports website. The peak concurrent viewership for the final match up was 14.7 million, on par with the number reported for last year’s tournament by Riot.
Let us now compare this to the amount of people who watched US President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Friday’s coverage of Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States amassed 30.6 million total viewers, That tally — which accounts for live coverage from approximately 10 am to 6 pm ET, across ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Galavision, HLN and MSNBC.
Looking at the two extracts above, it can be clearly seen that the world of E-Sports is growing steadily, an event of such a huge magnitude, the inauguration of the President Of The United States, the most powerful man on Earth, still falls short behind an annual gaming tournament.
This acts as a reminder that the days when professional gaming was considered taboo is over, it is not an unorthodox practice now for someone to pursue a career in gaming, rather it should be encouraged if the person is talented and actually has a shot of going big. Since tournaments such as these and many others now boast huge prize pools which can change the lives of the team who has won the tournament.
Moreover, E-Sport teams now function as actual sports teams, and players in these teams are considered as athletes and are granted any benefits an NBA Player would have, such as a different kind of a VISA reserved only for athletes.
E-Sports teams have managers, coaches, training rooms, players are provided with housing and are given a salary, just like any other job. Taking these numbers into accounts, one thing can be said for sure, E-Sports is definitely taking the world by storm.