ESports are moving into the mainstream. The immense popularity of survival-based games and the growing prize pools for eSports tournaments, the rise of live-streaming, and improving infrastructure for pro leagues have all paved the way.
eSports are at the cross-section of some powerful social connections being formed and maintained online through digital consumption of video to global growth in the gaming audience. As we look into the future, we see numerous public and private investment opportunities that we believe will benefit from the structural growth of eSports, both in terms of audience and, increasingly, monetisation, as the requisite infrastructure is built to transition eSports to a full-fledged professional sport.
The 3rd Esports Asia Summit will cover the following key themes:
Meet top game developers and publishers, eSports league organisers, media broadcasters, professional eSports team, endemic, non-endemic brands, venture capitalists to examine community expansion strategies and partnership opportunities in the ecosystem.
Esports has caught the feverish attention of media owners, sponsors and sports rights holders as its commercial growth rate zooms at the speed of light. And its live events, whether online or at sport stadiums, are worshipped by hordes of the young male consumers brands want to associate with. As the format prepares to go professional, MediaTainment Finance has interviewed legal experts; Tahir Basheer and Jonny Madill from Sheridans (UK), break down the potential rewards and pitfalls.
In 2017, there will be 565 million gamers in China spending a total of $27.5 billion. This makes China the #1 country worldwide in terms of game revenues.
By the end of 2015, the global Esports audience was estimated to be around 235 million viewers, contributing to total annual industry revenues of $325 million. By 2020, almost 600 million global Esports fans are predicted to be contributing to the growth of an industry with annual revenues of approximately $1.5 billion.
Welcome to your “everything you need to know” Esports playbook. From what it is to what’s driving its growth to why Asia now, this will tell you why Esports is something you will want to be involved in.
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In 2017, there will be 43.7 million gamers in Indonesia, spending a total of $880 million. This makes Indonesia #16 worldwide in terms of game revenues.
The esports market continues to grow on an exponential scale in Asia with a prediction of a 3 billion revenue by 2022, up from 655m in 2017.
Greater Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan/Chinese Taipei) is becoming a huge region for esports as the industry grows through tournaments, franchised leagues and increasing prize pools.
In this report compiled for us by market research and consulting firm Niko Partners, we explore the esports market in Southeast Asia, covering areas such as:
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“We’re currently witnessing the rise of an industry that has the potential to be bigger than most traditional sports in maybe 20 years’ time, so getting in at the ground floor and gaining a genuine presence is a very valuable outcome for HTC.” – Walter Wang, Head of Esports, HTC
Three years ago Walter pitched the idea of starting an Esports division of HTC and in that time has built up a significant presence in the industry through some excellent partnerships with various Esports players, teams and influencers. Read our interview with Walter to learn about HTC’s brand investment in the burgeoning Esports industry; how they broadened their brand presence and offering, their involvement in Esports content production and marketing, the ROI they’re already beginning to see and what advice they give for other brands.
As a consumer phenomenon, esports continues to grow its huge base of passionate fans across the globe. As a business, esports is now entering a new and critical phase toward maturity. Big investments have been made, new league structures have been launched, sponsorship budgets have moved from experimental to continuous, and international media rights trade is starting to heat up.
An industry survey performed by Newzoo late last year found that the majority of respondents from teams expect esports to take another five to 10 years to mature fully as a business.
In 2017, there will be 14.0 million gamers in Malaysia spending a total of $587 million. This makes Malaysia #21 worldwide in terms of game revenues.
As Esports becomes more and more mainstream, it is only a matter of time before physical Esport arenas become a permanent fixture. So how do we create world class Esports venues? What are the challenges and how do we overcome them? What are the differences from traditional sporting venues? In this article we explore 5 ways to create world class Esports spaces and why its time to jump on the bandwagon now.
The burgeoning Esports industry has the potential to be bigger than traditional sports with rapid expansion across PC, console and mobile.
To gain greater insight into how games developers can start this journey on the right footing, the Esports Asia Summit team interviewed two long-term veterans of the Esports industry; Chris Tran, South East Asia Regional Manager for Riot Games, developers of the world-renowned League of Legends and Taewon Yun, GM of Global Publishing for Super Evil Megacorp, developers of Vainglory, one of the earliest and most successful mobile Esports.
In 2017, there will be 29.9 million gamers in the Philippines, spending a total of $354 million, making the Philippines #29 worldwide in terms of game revenues.
In 2017, there will be 2.9 million gamers in Singapore, spending a total of $318 million. This makes Singapore #36 worldwide in terms of game revenues.
South Korea is #6 worldwide in terms of game revenues with 25.6 million gamers set to spend $4.2 billion in 2017.
Taiwan is #15 worldwide in terms of game revenues, with Taiwanese gamers set to spend $1.0 billion in 2017 and one-quarter of them playing on all three platforms.
In 2017, there will be 18.3 million gamers in Thailand, spending a total of $597 million. This makes Thailand #20 worldwide in terms of game revenues.
In 2017, there will be 32.8 million gamers in Vietnam, spending a total of $365 million. This makes Vietnam #28 worldwide in terms of game revenues.