ESPN, known American television channel specializing in all kinds of sports has had, on several occasions, some connection with making brief e-sports programs and even occasional live broadcasts of matches. A few days ago ESPN has published an article on its website based on a study of Newzoo who have entitled "Resistance is futile: The eSports are massive and growing".
The article is based on numerous data and performs comparisons of different variables with several conventional sports, all own US such as the NBA finals, the Super Bowl and Stanley Cup final of the Ice Hockey.
The article puts special emphasis on the power of electronic sports especially as a relay and number of followers is concerned, but also takes into account other aspects such as the money awarded in prizes or time his followers to invest in supporting their teams and favorite players.
Really no longer matters whether the classic debate eSports may come to consider a sport or not (like many we have seen and continue to see in the comments). The remarkable thing about this industry is unstoppable exponential growth, its undoubted future and also eSports, as stated by the ESPN, "is what any traditional sport wants, is young, global, digital and increasingly diverse. "
Traditionally video games and electronic sports have been (and still are) much more evolved in Asia than in the rest of the world, particularly in countries like China and South Korea, however this study shows that these differences are becoming smaller and currently North America and Europe provide 28 million fans, this impressive figure is growing by leaps and bounds, 21% a year.
E-sports outperform the NBA
They also talking about size, 205 million people watched or played esports in 2014. Which means that if a country were eSports would be the fifth most populous in the world.
In this graph we can see the growth we are experiencing eSports year after year. In blue the number of frequent viewers that during the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 visualized eSports games where we can see that this figure increased from 58 to 89 million. On the other hand, red is seen invested by viewers also increasing this from 1.3 billion to 3.7 billion hours time.
Finally, if we analyze the TV audience data again are highly surprising. On American television the great king is the SuperBowl, far from other sports with 112 million viewers. In second place the ESPN puts the world finals of the League of Legends with 27 million viewers thus overcoming the NBA finals, the Stanley Cup Ice Hockey Augusta and the Masters course.
E-sports outperform the NBA
It should be noted that these data are inaccurate or overly precise as they are limited. By the data of conventional sports only US audiences are collected, and by electronic sports are display data Twitch only, leaving out of them all large audiences of China and South Korea eSports. Anyway, it is clear: The growth of dota 2 betting is unstoppable.