There are 400 million players of multiplayer online games in the world. This compares to 500 million fans for Formula 1, the #2 worldwide sport (behind soccer).
While the NFL or NBA don’t need to worry about their place at the top of the US professional sports landscape, don’t be surprised if you turn on ESPN sometime soon and find eSports coverage. The expanding number of broadcast outlets focused on sports (FOX sports 1, NBC Sports and Al Jazeera Sports are all ramping up to compete with ESPN), the popularity of video games, and the increasing value of live sports content to broadcasters all bode well for the future of eSports as a spectator sport in America.
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