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Future of Esports

Amazon 2019
Nov 4

I turn on ESPN today and the Overwatch World Cup was on rather than american football. Got me thinking about how that will be in the future compared to the likes of basketball, soccer, football, baseball, hockey, MMA, etc. What do you guys think the future is for E-Sports?

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  • Microsoft Moneyyyy
    I think it’ll continue to get bigger, but I don’t think that it will get as big or bigger than traditional sports are today. So I voted “other”.
    Nov 40
  • McAfee JohnMcPee
    I read that as “Future of escorts” and was mildly disappointed when I read it correctly
    Nov 41
    • Amazon 2019
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      You would, John McPee. I saw your documentary on Showtime 😂
      Nov 4
  • LinkedIn / Eng
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    There are two major problems with esports.

    The first one is that unless you play the game, it's not very interesting. I watched the league finals a couple of days ago and not being a league player, it didn't make much sense. Sure, you kind of get an idea that the goal of the game is to destroy the enemy's base, but it's hard to get excited about big plays if you don't play the game enough to understand them (or even notice them) when they happen.

    Second, the popular game of the day changes. A couple of years ago it was StarCraft, then counter strike, then league and DotA, and there's always been other scenes like Street fighter and other fighting games. There will probably be Fortnite or pubg at some point too, so it gets increasingly hard to get an audience that sticks around.
    Nov 43
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      YoTubemore
      This. You have to actually play it otherwise you don’t get the excitement.
      Nov 4
    • Amazon Chad_
      I think this is true for most games but a lot of fighting games can be entertaining to watch with out playing them
      Nov 4
    • Accenture ABHK1984
      How is it any different if I were to watch American football and have no idea what’s going on or the significance of a play
      Nov 4
  • Oath / Englol 😂
    esports are simply more accessible than physical sports. More people anticipate, more people watch.

    It’ll get bigger than physical sports
    Nov 41
  • Amazon 2019
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    I’m extremely curious about market segmentation. For example if I love the game of basketball I’ll watch the NBA. With gaming, new games come out every year, so I just think it would be hard to keep up with all the different games over the years.
    Nov 40
  • Intel Ai$-@&&
    Football causes brain damage - it will go away as a high school sport within 20 years, which means quality of professional play has peaked. Everyone can play eSports.
    Nov 43
    • Microsoft gfba68
      It won't go away, it will just change significantly. Most people don't find videogames interesting so I don't see how it will replace football anytime soon.
      Nov 5
    • Intel Ai$-@&&
      The percentage of the millennial population that consider themselves “avid fans” of eSports and traditional sports is the same (27%). From Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends.
      Nov 6
    • Microsoft gfba68
      Avid fans don't make the market. Pretty much everybody is a fan of real sports in at least some regard, even if it's just going to a super bowl party once a year. One doesn't need to actually enjoy sports to contribute revenue to the industry. Not true of esports. It's the casual fans that make the difference. Moreover, esports fans also tend to be fans of real sports but not vice versa.
      Nov 6
  • Sprint lxCy58
    I wonder why they were broadcasting it on espn though? Esports and sports are not the same thing.
    Nov 42
    • VMware / Eng
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      I mean poker was on ESPN
      Nov 4
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      Poker is interesting too. Pretty much everything on ESPN is hold em. So the market has kinda settled on “the game”. There’s not really segmentation across a bunch of different games.
      Nov 4
  • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
    Your argument is invalid. ESPN only has Monday Night Football for NFL. Tune in on a Saturday and you’ll see all day NCAA football.
    Nov 42
    • Amazon 2019
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      It’s not really an argument. I don’t really care to dispute ESPN’s contract with the NFL. It’s changed significantly in the last 20 years. I’m more curious as to the longevity of people’s growing interest in Esports.
      Nov 4
    • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
      It’s business. NFL contracts cost billions. ESPN also shows bull riding, crossfit, and poker.
      Nov 4
  • LinkedIn Pl51gf
    I am a fan of video games and a fan of sports, mostly NFL and basketball. But I don’t get esports. I tried to get into it in the Starcraft 2 days but I just didn’t understand the excitement over it. Can someone help explain to me plz?
    Nov 42
    • VMware / Eng
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      Did you play StarCraft?
      Nov 4
    • New / EngTY!
      The deeper understanding you have for the strategies that are being executed by the players the more excitement you will feel.

      Like watching grapplers on the ground in UFC. For most people it just looks like two people that are lying on top of each other. But for others there is a constant battle in positioning and planning for the next moves.

      The difference is that it is easy for a human to guess and comprehend the situation of two people on the ground and to be impressed by certain moves.

      While it is very hard to be impressed by a StarCraft strategy unless you know the risks, the options, the tiny details that made for this strategy to become viable etc.
      Nov 4
  • Microsoft gfba68
    I don't see it ever being nearly as popular as the big major league sports, but it will certainly grow from where it is today. Video games just aren't that interesting or relatable for a large majority of the population. It's a fairly large niche, but niche nonetheless.
    Nov 41
    • Facebook alt_qq
      Yeah don't know why this was an option

      It'll stick around but not be as big as the major sports overall in terms of revenue
      Nov 4
  • Amazon 2019
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    Do E-athletes get tested for adderall and other performance enhancing drugs?
    Nov 40
  • Microsoft TrumpWins
    I think there's a limit to the reach of esports. If you don't play the game it's often extremely difficult to understand what's going on. However people streaming games in general will still grow like crazy. The top streamers are making several hundred thousand per month
    Nov 40
  • Amazon 2019
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    I also want to see how quickly universities will begin to profit off of esports like how they do with physical sports.
    Nov 40

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