Global esports revenues will hit $1.1 billion in 2019, up 27 per cent since last year amid ballooning revenues from advertising, sponsorship and media rights to competitive video gaming, a report said on Tuesday.
Brand investments through those three avenues will make up 82 per cent – or $897 million – of total revenues. In all, brand support will have nearly triple.
D since 2015, according to data from Newzoo, a gaming industry analytics firm.
Esports is a form of competitive video gaming with multiple players battling against each other usually in
teams, often in matches that are streamed live to throngs of young fans.
Esports has burst into the mainstream, with its own superstars and leagues, celebrity athlete owners and tournaments
that sell out stadiums and award prizes worth millions of dollars. League of Legends, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are some of the most popular esports.
Early investments by big brands are now taking root, Newzoo CE.
O Peter Warman said.
“This is not preliminary budgets. This is for the long term, and it’s good amounts of money,” this said. “It’s what the ecosystem needed and what investors wanted to see.”
For instance, Activision Blizzard Inc’s Overwatch League named Coca-Cola Co as its official global beverage sponsor for non-alcoholic drinks on Friday.
The game developer, which runs the professional esports league, also inked sponsorship deals with carmaker Toyota Motor Corp, wireless provider T-Mobile US Inc, computing companies HP Inc (HPQ.N) and Intel Corp.
North America will generate $409 million of esports revenues in 2019, the most of any region, Newzoo’s report found. China will produce 19 per cent and South Korea 6 per cent, with the rest of the world comprising the remaining 38 per cent
While advertising is the bulk of revenue, merchandise and ticket sales are also expected to grow 22 per cent to nearly $104 million, though game publisher fees will likely drop 3 per cent to $95 million, the report showed.
The total audience – comprised of both enthusiasts and occasional viewers – is expected to grow 15 per cent to 454 million.
Newzoo does not include prize pools, player salaries, capital investments in esports organisations or betting in its revenue projections.
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