During an interview on US TV channel CNBC, Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell has predicted that eSports shall become the biggest sport in the world. Also, he said that the inclusion of the Olympics in eSports is "inevitable".
Darrell said that the company is in talks with the International Olympic Committee regarding when and how eSports could be introduced in the worldwide sporting event.
He said, "In 1965, 1968, 1969, I remember the NFL and the Super Bowl, how big it seemed then. Looking back on that, it was tiny. I think that's exactly where we are now in gaming."
"I think it's inevitable. I think it will be part of the Olympics. I'll make another prediction - I think it'll be the biggest sport in the world."
Colin Sebastian, an analyst of financial services company Baird, has estimated that by the year 2020, gaming shall become the biggest sector of media and entertainment with annual sales reaching up to US$145 billion.
This year alone, analysts have predicted that the worldwide monthly audience for eSports shall reach 167 million, and it will grow by 276 million come year 2022.
Here are some of the best eSports games that are popular right now:
Just like the past Tekken games before it, Tekken 7 is a saga of fathers and sons trying to deceive and kill each other in order to remove the Mishima family's Devil Gene, a mysterious DNA fragment that transforms some people into devil-like creatures with super powers.
Even though we all know that Tekken 7 is famous for its unique and intriguing single-player story, this game thrives well as an eSport because of its various fighting styles, 3D movement that creates new ways for dodging and attacking, and slow-motion effects that activate when both fighters' life bars are low and they make simultaneous close combat attacks.
The Tekken World Tour is where the best pros in this game come out, battling for prizes reaching up to $50,000.
Heroes of the Storm
Launched in 2015, Heroes of the Storm (HotS) is the youngest eSports game on this list. This multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game is from the developers of Blizzard, and thanks to that background, the game has been quickly rising to fame. The game features characters from previous and also popular Blizzard games such a Diablo, Warcraft, Starcraft and their latest title Overwatch.
Last year, the HotS Global Championship Grand Finals had a total viewership of 3.5 million, with Team MVP.Black winning $100,000 each for its 5 members.
Street Fighter V
Street Fighter V is a great game for those who grew up playing with this series. Being able to play your favorite Street Fighter characters once again in this fast-paced and beautifully stylized graphics is definitely a joy to behold, and let's not forget the feeling of nostalgia - those good ol' days when the characters have only had a few simple moves and you'd still win against your opponent.
Street Fighter V has many high-profile tournaments being broadcast on TBS, Disney XD and ESPN 2. Its popularity is boosted by the Capcom Pro Tour, a series with a cash pool of $200,000.
Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS: GO)
Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS: GO) by Valve was first launched in 2012, but having an impressive past history of multiplayer FPS titles including the original Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Source, this fast-paced PC game is a favorite amongst those who love tactical planning and the unpredictable circumstances which can happen in the battlefield.
Despite this game having already an established core gameplay and active community, CS: GO is beginning to show its age visually. But still, many people still love to play this game because of its highly-competitive eSports circuit that includes the Eleague Major, a contest with a $1 million prize pool.
Defence of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2)
When it comes to the colossus in the highest prize pool tournaments in the eSports world, that would be The DOTA 2 International. DOTA 2 is one of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games in the world.
This free-to-play MOBA allows you to choose one from over 100 playable Heroes to use in the battlefield, using your character's unique play style, abilities and attributes to help your team become victorious.
In the last 3 years, there are now 43 players who became millionaires thanks to DOTA 2's massive prize pools.
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