Esports has grown with each passing year over the past decade.
In 2016 alone, monthly video game viewership through the Twitch.tv streaming service ramped up over 100 million views. As Twitch opens up their platform to extend their reach to around the world, that number is projected to breach new heights, with over half a billion viewers in 2021 alone.
With fans watching from all over the globe, players are dedicating a significant amount of time to improve their skills.
College scholarships for esports
The National Association of Collegiate Esports boasts more than 170 member colleges and universities and over 5,000 participating student-athletes.
Casual gamers became competitive with time, and now more than ever, players are capable of making a living from the scene. Professional players have been recruited from abroad to make their way to the United States or other European countries to join teams.
A global following
Followers will continue to accumulate, and as they do, players will advance in making strides to compete globally.
According to Duncan Thorin, eSports historian and journalist:
At their highest level, all competitive disciplines become vehicles for the expression of one’s human potential.