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The eSports industry is booming, experts say that the industry will exceed 1 billion dollars in 2019. But do you truly understand the phenomenon that has millions of fans worldwide glued to their screens, brands such as Coca-Cola, Visa, Intel, and Comcast Xfinity signing on as sponsors for eSports leagues and investors who are salivating at the investing possibilities. Let's start by explaining what eSports really is, some of the leagues that make up the industry and more.

eSports is competitive video gaming where teams or individuals play against each other for prize money in front of millions of viewers watching online and in physical arenas....and professional esports players can make some serious dough from it.

Epic Games' Fortnite leads the global esports market in terms of prize money with a $100 million cash prize. Some other big names in the eSports space include Riot Games' League of Legends and Activision Blizzard's Overwatch.

Newzoo expects that over 450 million people will watch an eSports event in 2019 and over 200 million of those viewers will be eSports enthusiasts. The study also suggests that the eSports market is on track for additional growth in the coming years as it continues to attract more gamers and it estimates that esports will reach nearly $2 billion by 2022.

The eSports industry clearly continues to show signs of growth, and players in eSports aren't the only people who can make some serious cash from this sector...investing in eSports companies, or even companies that have a footprint in eSports could make investors a pretty penny.

 

eSports, also known as electronic sports, is competitive video gaming where teams or individuals play against each other for prize money in front of millions of viewers watching online and in physical arenas. 

Just how big is it? According to Newzoo, a marketing intelligence firm covering eSports here are some facts you should know:

  • The eSports industry will top $1 billion in 2019
  • 450 million people will watch eSports in 2019
  • 200 million of those being eSports enthusiasts
  • The global eSports audience is estimated to reach 453.8 million this year, representing a year-over-year growth of 15%.

Bottom line, the video gaming industry is in growth mode, presenting a big opportunity for investors. Here are a few:

Game Publishers.  EA (EA - Get Report) or Activision-Blizzard (ATVI - Get Report) (creator of eSports favorite Overwatch) and tech firms like Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) , which owns Twitch, are staking their positions in the booming eSports market -- whether it's through game licensing, broadcasting, or orchestrating events around the world.

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Sponsorships. Companies like Coca-Cola (KO - Get Report) , Visa (V - Get Report) , Intel (INTC - Get Report) and Comcast Xfinity (CMCSA - Get Report)  are signing on as sponsors for eSports leagues.

And there is so much more to esports. Watch the video to find out who just signed a $4 million dollar deal to play eSports.

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