This weekend CNBC reported that over 10,000 “League of Legends” fans descended upon St. Louis, Missouri for one of the biggest annual esports events in North America: The League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split Finals.
UK video games market worth £5.7 billion
Ukie, the trade body for UK gaming, has released a yearly report showing the UK gaming market has had a record 10% growth in 2018 and was valued at 5.7bn.
Apple announces a new gaming service
The world’s biggest brand, Apple has announced the launch of their new service Apple Arcade, which offers new gaming facilities for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV users.
Google announces the launch of its own video streaming platform – Stradia!
Yesterday Google unveiled a new game streaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The platform will let players stream games from the cloud to phones, computers, and TV screens (via Chromecast dongles), turning almost any device into a console.
England’s first esports team to be launched
The FA and esports company ESL have partnered to form a national esports football team, which will be known as the eLions.
Nike moves into the esports industry!
Nike China and China’s League of Legends Pro League (LPL) have announced the establishment of a four-year partnership, which will see the global brand supply all 16 LPL teams with exclusive clothing and footwear.
Will the eSports industry continue to accelerate?
Over recent years, the eSports industry has grown at a rapid speed and it has no incentive of slowing down. According to Statistica, there has been a projected $776 million increase in competitive gaming revenue from 2012 to 2018. The industry isn’t stopping there and is expected to continue its growth to an impressive $1,650 million in 2021.
UK players win eSports tournament!
Two UK players, Spratt and WarsZ, have won the grand final of the KFC Royale Call of Duty: Blackout tournament, with WarsZ bagging up £15,000 from the £50,000 prize pot and Spratt claiming a lifetime supply of KFC.
UK eSports players predicted to earn £3m this year
According to new data made by How to Become an eSports Champion, British eSports players could potentially earn more than £3m from prize winnings alone in 2019.