The debate over whether video games have become mainstream or not is totally anachronistic. Video games are already part of our lives and their competitions are one of the mass sources of entertainment of the century. Both Forbes and Newzoo know it.
eSports worth over $1.1 Billion in 2019
Newzoo, the analyst firm of the video games and eSports market, has announced their report. According to their predictions, eSports will be worth over $1 billion in 2019. According to the North American group, the income during this year will grow 26.7% with respect to 2018, placing the figure just above a billion.
However, in spite of the numbers and the apparently buoyant situation of the eSports industry, the percentage growth in 2019 with respect to 2018 will be lower than last year compared to 2017; in those previous 12 months, the growth increased by 32%, slightly more than the 26.7% expected for this year.
More distribution in 2019
The $1.1 billion is expected to be distributed as follows: $456.7 million in sponsorships; $251.3 million in image rights; $189.2 million in advertising; $103.7 in merchandising and ticket sales; and $95.2 million in the distribution of games.
The highest percentage growth will be in the image rights. There has been an increase of 42.8%, a subject that so far has been both barely exploited and very restrictive. However, little by little it seems to be opening up. It is surprising to see the decrease by the distributors. It was the only link in the chain that would not rise, according to predictions.
Prophecy already made
Before the prediction by Newzoo, other platforms on the eve of 2018 also prophesized that the eSports market was going to suffer a downward correction due to being overestimated for some time. These predictions show that, despite a slight decrease in percentage growth, it is expected that the increase will be significant to the point of reaching the $1 billion income.
Only the passage of the months will offer a real version of the events within the eSports industry. With all the companies leaning their shoulders, and the spectators coming to the call, 2019 and the following years will be as good as or better than the predictions venture.
eSports Athletes on Forbes
Forbes has gathered several eSports protagonists in one of its classic lists. Traditional sports, video games, and eSports go hand in hand in the European version of the “30 under 30”, to the point of having eight eSports characters in that lineup.
The list includes Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, creator of PUBG. Furthermore, it includes Jason Levien, president and owner of the football club DC United, and Sam Mathews, co-founder of Fnatic. Resulting from the votes have come these 30 representatives of sports, video games and sports of the old continent.
In this list of talented young European personalities are the two CSGO players “GeT_RiGhT” and “GuardiaN”. Moreover, “Caps” and “Rekkles” from League of Legends are also on the list. The list includes an eSports club owner, Carlos “Ocelote” Rodríguez, who plays the role of an outstanding nominee.