Call Of Duty rules global eSports audience

The numbers are staggering. Over 70 million people watched eSports in 2013, as video game companies gave away over $25 million in prizes to professional gamers. According to video game research firms Newzoo and SuperData, the United States has 31.4 million eSports viewers and participants, while Western European territories account for another 16.3 million eSports enthusiasts. Half of Western European gamers aged 10 to 50 and 56 percent of American gamers in that demographic are aware of eSports. (Additional research in Turkey, Poland, China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam is currently underway, which will add more data to the global picture.)

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jagiii1869d ago

ESports continue to get new entrants with lots of games at PAX East wanting in on pro gaming.

randomass1711869d ago

It would be really interesting if pro gaming ever became as big as physical sports. Something akin to the scale of the Superbowl for example, would be amazing.

randomass1711869d ago

I think it would. Seeing people compete through a video game, in my opinion, is no different than seeing people compete by beating the crap out of each other over a football.

pompombrum1868d ago

Providing pro gaming matured somewhat it would be pretty cool. The thought of spotty teenagers screeching insults at each other constantly (COD) being seen as one of the major sporting events would be a huge step backwards for sports.

YellowTempes1868d ago

Honestly, I'd rather watch the LoL LCS than football games. It is really much more enjoyable because it is way more complex.

OrangePowerz1868d ago

In South Korea it is already.

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ArbitorChief1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

Call of Duty... eSports... *Facepalm*
I miss the days of competitive Counter Strike, Halo 2 and Quake when FPS actually required skill.

TRD4L1fe1868d ago

not that i like cod but if it doesnt require skill then you should have no problem being the best pro cod player in the galaxy right.

Every fps competative shooter requires some skill to be better than the rest.

I for one ould LOVE to see unreal tournament come back. Now that was a fun shooter

ArbitorChief1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

Every game requires skill to an extent, but Call of Duty is a still a casual pick up and play FPS with no recoil weapons. I want to see competitive players master games that have huge skill gaps like Street Fighter, League of Legends, Starcraft 2, CS, etc.

randomass1711868d ago

Those should definitely be included in any pro gaming network. Are there any newer games you feel could make the cut though?

OrangePowerz1868d ago

If you want to be on top you still need skill. To just play some games online and win you don't, but to get anywhere in tournaments you still need skill.

MrCrimson1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

I hate to say this but i'm pretty sure LoL rules the esports audience (I don't know why.) I'd say starcraft comes in a distant second with COD.

Just look at the twitch/internet streams of the events.

Master-H1868d ago

Let the luckiest noob win!

matt1391868d ago

Wouldn't a more appropriate title be simply 'Call of duty has ruined e-sports'

Acadius1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

All I see is the majority of malleable Call of Duty players trying to imitate the "pros" and then scream when they fail. It's all about their stats which punishes everyone else in objective games. For example, on Saturday, I was playing Domination, this guy on he other team went 82 kills and 3 deaths but ZERO caps. His team lost. If he had actually played the objective, then maybe they would've had a chance. But instead, he played it like TDM and hid.
Then I got the final kill in Search and Rescue and the player was SCREAMING at me. He was standing in a window and I happened to shoot him in the back. Whatever happened to saying, Good Game and moving on?
And no, esports won't ever become a Olympic event letalone a publicly accepted sport. Real athletes scoff at the notion.

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