There’s been a resurgence is digital gaming with public equity valuations for digital gaming up by 150 percent over the last 3 years. That compares with 46 percent in music and 29 percent in film and TV, according to Bloomberg data.
The rise of e-sports as a mainstream spectator sport may be even more amazing. Goldman Sachs projects that it will become a $1.1 billion market by 2019 and Intel® Extreme Masters, an e-gaming competition, drew an online audience of more than 28 million. Just days ago, leading up to the Olympic Winter Games, Intel hosted the Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang tournament where 18 players from around the world competed for a $150,000 prize pool.
Mining for Gold
Gaming and e-sports are on the rise. That means there’s demand for technology—mobile and desktop devices, large screen displays, AR/VR gear, networking equipment, and a whole lot of bandwidth—and that’s the tip of the iceberg. In a recent report from the Game Developers Conference, half of developers said the last game they completed was released on a desktop platform and 60 percent reported that games in development are earmarked for the PC. The other leading platforms cited were smartphones and tablets, followed by PlayStation and Xbox consoles, VR headsets and Mac.
Virtual Games Add Up to Real Dollars
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- The gaming market opportunity including current and future trends
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- The potential in e-gaming and VR
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Do you get caught up in the excitement of e-sports? Check out this week’s iQ on Five Pro Gamer Tips For Winning Big In E-Sports.