The Booming e-Sports Industry Nears an Inflection Point

If it surprises you that video game contests are attracting as many viewers as the Super Bowl on a global scale, you probably haven’t been paying close attention to the dramatic rise of e-sports in recent years.

By William Burns

Three years ago, 100 million fans around the world tuned in excitedly to watch the final of a major sports tournament. But it wasn’t the World Cup final or the World Series; it was the League of Legends championship, which highlighted 24 video gaming teams battling it out in South Korea for a coveted trophy and $2.4 million in prize money.

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