The professional video game industry (eSports) is a $1.5B business and is the fastest growing spectator sport.
Last year, 258M unique viewers watched live streams of other people playing video games.
Still not impressed? That is a larger audience than every NFL regular season game combined!
191M watch at least once per month.
Viewers for eSports championship vs. Super Bowl:
1) Super Bowl (2018) — 106M
2) Extreme Masters (2017) — 46M
Sanctioned sport? The National Federation of State High School Associations recently recommended that eSports be classified with other sports such as football. This would be the first new sport since lacrosse in 2000.
1) Club — 475
2) Varsity w/ scholarship — 50