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eSports to become the “Biggest Sport in the World” according to Logitech CEO

Tags: Bracken Darrell, Counter-strike, DOTA, eSports, Logitech, Street Fighter, Tekken.
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by "T".

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:

Tekken 7

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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24 comments for "eSports to become the “Biggest Sport in the World” according to Logitech CEO"

 Mober8/14/2018 1:34:21 PM GMT
I believe they are right.
As the time goes, more and more people are getting glued to a screen, or a monitor.
Be it a tv, tablet, phone etc.
Kids have become so addicted to this, that you see so many parents here, trying to unhook,'their kids, to no avail.
And of course these kind of games, are targeting people from young ages.
The younger they are, the easier it is to hook them.
 CALICUL8/14/2018 2:59:38 PM GMT
I do not know if the NFL and the Super Bowl will ever compete with footbal in Europe or South America. A lot of money is spent with these sports in America but for they is something ordinary. They love these sports and the Europeans less. About this series Tekken looks interesting and 50.000 dolars is big money to attract new players
 pochui8/14/2018 3:01:20 PM GMT
I don't know, to be this is just crazy bullsh1t to be honest, e-sport, wtf? sure maybe I am an oldie who has no clue what is happening in the so called modern world etc., but I am not placing a bet on e-sport, unless it's a freebet of some sort
 Mysik868/14/2018 3:05:52 PM GMT
I know that the esports is developing quickly, but the quote about the biggest sport is overrated.

Let's compare some facts:
gaming shall become the biggest sector of media and entertainment with annual sales reaching up to US$145 billion.

Please, don't mess sales of games to the esport! It's like compare sales of oil to the automotive market...

worldwide monthly audience for eSports shall reach 167 million, and it will grow by 276 million come year 2022

Super Bowl - and it's single event bring more than 160 million viewers every year.
Final Match of the FIFA World Cup bring over 550 millions! And it takes 90 minutes only, not whole month Smile
And more, the esport is not spreaded acroos whole Earth. Did you know any famous esport player from Africa? Or India? Or Brazil? And tell about famous football player - you may tell many names easily.

The esport don't have big sponsors, like Coca-Cola, Nike, McDonald's, automotive, etc. And without that and without bigger prizepools it can't reach Top1 of the biggest sports in the world.
circuit that includes the Eleague Major, a contest with a $1 million prize pool

$1 million? Funny Big Smile Only Premier League from UK is worth more than $5 billion Smile



And of course, last but not least, once again
gaming shall become the biggest sector of media and entertainment with annual sales reaching up to US$145 billion.

And guess what is capable for more than 43% of this share? Yes, mobile games on tablets, and smartpones which aren't connected in any way to the esport Blink
 erru91078/14/2018 6:03:23 PM GMT
Somehow I'm not in the least bit surprised about this. E Sports has been on the rise for the plast few years and attracted more and more players and spectators. With all the money being put intro it as prize as well there's no wonder it's gained in popularity.
 shokaku8/14/2018 8:17:30 PM GMT
So the CEO of a company, that produces a lot of equipment for e-sports, predicts that e-sports will be the biggest thing since sliced bread. Not really a surprise. Its like asking guys from Adidas or Nike about football.
 bowie19848/15/2018 1:48:35 AM GMT
Posted by shokaku:
So the CEO of a company, that produces a lot of equipment for e-sports, predicts that e-sports will be the biggest thing since sliced bread.

Yeah, this is why these kinda statements needs to ne handled carefully. Honestly Fortnite is popular but the majority of people could not care less about it even within the gamer community. So this e-sports takeover is lightyears away, especially with the soccer world cup watching statistics we saw this summer.
 Gerimantas8/15/2018 6:52:08 AM GMT
I am old guy, do maybe this is because i not understand this esports and betting on this. I like to place some bets but only on sports i like to watch something like basketball or football, but not e sports
 doubletop7778/15/2018 7:37:21 AM GMT
I have no doubt that esports will become one of the biggest sports in the world. I recently watched the esports fifa world championships on t.v. and, to my surprise, thoroughly enjoyed it
 pajalnick8/15/2018 11:58:39 AM GMT
this is just a prediction .... in the world there are many sports events that are not at all covered by this corporation .. this corporation is certainly very large and of course it has a lot of money ..... but ..... if this happens sometime then not at the same time ..... my opinion
 Mober8/15/2018 2:18:42 PM GMT
You can say it is a prediction. One not far from the truth.
If it is a game that it is online, then it can be profitable.
Have you never seen tournaments with video games?
And some of them have big prizes.Check them out on youtube, there are plenty of them...
 Mysik868/15/2018 3:43:41 PM GMT
Posted by Mober:
Have you never seen tournaments with video games?
And some of them have big prizes.Check them out on youtube, there are plenty of them...

We don't deny, that esport is profitable for some people, and there are many tournaments. But calling it "biggest sport in the world" is like dream of drunk sailor Smile I doubt, that esport beat the most popular sports in the world: soccer, football, basketball, hockey, etc. It's impossible.
 Mober8/15/2018 4:48:06 PM GMT
It will become much bigger yes i agree, but biggest, yea, probably not.
Plus i do not consider this as a "Sport".
 T3ddyKGB8/15/2018 7:26:00 PM GMT
e-sport...*rolleyes*. calling something "sport" when some couchpotatos hitting some buttons is ridiculous. the olympic games lost their spirit long ago, after they introduced more and more such kind of wannabe sports like golf. the old greece would laugh about us...


 Haymore2778/15/2018 11:04:33 PM GMT
That would be pretty awesome if eSports could be introduced worldwide but why soccer ain't part of the games that are popular?
 bowie19848/16/2018 3:07:05 PM GMT
These things (soccer world cup, summer olympics, super bowl etc.) popular because the majority of people who watches it are not playing either soccer nor an olympic sport let alone american football, but they watching it despite not participating. Now show me somebody who watches e-sport but not having an X-Box or PS4 at home. This fact alone limits their potential outreach.
 Mober8/16/2018 3:21:36 PM GMT
The games from the organized tournaments, are ones that can be played in a pc also.
So you may say that not everyone has ps or xbox, but what about a laptop or a pc.
Gaming industry is a huge one, and keeps gaining ground by the time.
The more that every one connects to the net, the more it will grow.
 Gerimantas8/16/2018 8:46:56 PM GMT
I not think it is biggest sport in the world in any time really, it is no sport to me, it is something more like fantasy, or maybe he is just want to make some saying to create more news about his business.
 bowie19848/17/2018 7:30:14 PM GMT
Posted by Mober:
Gaming industry is a huge one, and keeps gaining ground by the time.
The more that every one connects to the net, the more it will grow.

Gaming industry is big but even if you play Clash of Clans you probably not watching others playing it too. There is no real incentive to do it as opposed to rooting 4 a team in the World Cup or the Super Bowl.
 Gerimantas8/17/2018 9:41:52 PM GMT
Yes i too think it is situation like bowie say, i personally not wwnt to watch people's play some computer game and this is call esport, i not think it is interesting to watch people play computer games, yiu have more fun to ppay yourself, not liie real sport liie football or basketball
 Mober8/19/2018 2:17:24 PM GMT
I believe you have no idea about gaming.
The same way some one is watching a world cup game in soccer for example,
the same way also there some others watching tournaments in esports.

It is a fact that it is a growing industry.

Besides that, there are also games, online ones, where you play for real money and you can win
real money also, cashing it out with many ways like neteller bank transfer etc.

Not the video games we used to know few years back... Things have changed...
 CALICUL8/19/2018 3:51:13 PM GMT
Things have changed and corporations profit of this two much. Corporations know how to make money and because of this hey manage to gather large amounts of sporting events. The amounts of money that are running in this area are very high. It is important that the spectators or tv viewers to be happy.
 bowie19848/22/2018 1:23:15 AM GMT
Posted by Mober:
I believe you have no idea about gaming.
The same way some one is watching a world cup game in soccer for example,
the same way also there some others watching tournaments in esports.

I am a millenial, I think I know more about gaming then what you envision for me.
You are not getting my side of the argument. You watch real sports because you made an emotional investment in it one way or other.
Now why would any grown man or woman emotionally invest to watch a teenager from Korea with oily hair and acnee on his face play Starcarft/Fortnite/CoD?
Those twitch and youtube streams you or the guy in the article reference and cite for the 'popularity' are consumed mainly by pre-pubescent children who does not do anything other than play XboX.
But once they grown up their priorities will change too since none of us has the same hobbies and interests we once have as children.
The gaming industry is a huge entity no doubt, but the article is about e-sports which is a still just a spectacle - a sideshow if you will. Never going to claim a real slice from the 'media cake' because it serves a niche market and that market only.
 misteriopj8/27/2018 1:53:18 PM GMT
Nowadays the Video Games competitions have grown in a way that the prizes to distribute are substantial, and the amount of people who follow them through social networks, when watching the tournaments is increasing.

In addition they are already including varieties in games and the most played distribute a great prize as Counter-Strike Global Offensive that distributes 1 million in prizes that great

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