Video games has always been big business but until recently selecting the playing of video games as a career in anywhere outside of Korean and Japan was unheard of. Now being a professional video game player or esports professional is a potentially highly lucrative career choice for the world’s top players.
Real world virtual sports is now a billion-dollar industry that’s both threatening to disrupt and inspire and the real-life sports industry, with a global audience in the millions who are increasingly willing to travel and pay big ticket money to watch their legends playing live.
As an example of the sheer scale of eSports the most watched egames tournament of all time was hosted at the Intel Extreme Masters in Poland attracting an awe inspiring 45m+ viewers worldwide with 170K+ in attendance to watch live at the Spodek Arena in Katowice.
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Like all successful sports a sub-category of egaming getting has emerged in a classic example of how an eco-system is created and becomes self fulfilling. Naturally the UK with it’s legal, established and highly successful gambling industry has been quick to have a presence with major high st bookkeepers now having a presence in eSports including William Hill, Sky as well as general new challengers and niche specialists.
This phenomenal growth in eSports into a mass market entertainment category that may be included in the 2024 Olympics means that a whole eSports industry has developed almost as explosively leading to a bonanza for the esports executive search recruitment firms who benefit from being in a talent cluster for four overlapping industries (Event Management, Games and Finance) while London itself is already host to a well established and global esports executive search and recruitment industries.
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