According to market research firm Newzoo, around 205 million people watched eSports in 2014. eSports revenues are expected to reach a massive $1.1 billion by 2019. While these figures are impressive and show that eSports is growing at an absolutely incredulous rate, many still don’t see eSports as ‘legitimate’, saying that it has no business being compared to ‘real’, physical sports.
Something that may help eSports become mainstream (or, more mainstream, even) is new event eGames. At the London Games Festival, the British government’s culture secretary Ed Vaizey announced non-profit organisation International eGames Committee, also revealing that the International Olympics Committee would be on board to advise what could be the Olympics of eSports. Find out more after the break.