Is the growth of esports having an impact on traditional sports?
With the end of 2019 fast approaching, it’s clear that the esports industry isn’t slowing down anytime soon. As the first 24/7 esports channel is already live, what does this mean for traditional sports? In the second annual Esports Survey, more than 200 sports executives were surveyed and results showed that 90 per cent feel that the growth of esports has already made an impact and will continue to do so. Digital media and live streams is a highly competitive area, with 24/7 viewing options available, 57 per cent of executives feel esports are getting more views than traditional sports.
As esports continues to grow, traditional sports are feeling the strain and are taking on the challenge to get involved in this lucrative sector. European football clubs including Ajax and Premier League champions Manchester City have even started to take part in major professional competitions. In the report, 88 per cent of respondents said traditional sports teams/leagues, athletes and celebrities will increase investment in esports to a "significant or moderate extent" over the next year.
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