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The Future of E-Sports

The Future of E-Sports

They say the stars can tell the future. But could they predict what will happen to eSports? Do these games have a bright future?

Consisting of various video games, eSports requires quick thinking skills and agile fingers if you want to have a taste of victory. Just like any other traditional sport, there are teams, fans, matches, cup finals, and favorite stars coming from around the globe in eSports. Today, there are over 600 tournaments in the world and numerous games such as Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Call of Duty.

Sales from eSports

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Want to know how much the sports make? In 2012, it had a revenue of USD 130 million! The income is also expected to rise to USD 465 million this 2017, according to an eSports data expert called Newzoo. The international audience was also expected to reach a total of 385 million this 2017, which is made up of 191 million regular spectators and 194 million occasional viewers. Esports stars are also beginning to earn more than expected. For instance, Faker, a South Korean player, already receives £2 million annually, excluding the bonuses and the sponsorship, and he just turned 21!

Professional eSports companies, as well as players, aim to collect a large sum of money from the games, and sponsors attend in matches to have a glimpse of what could happen in the future if they invest today.

What the Future Holds

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According to Chris Rossbach, the chief investment officer at J. Stern, his team has just been stimulated by a current trend which could help them harvest huge rewards. He says eSports are the future which could most likely leave the pro-sports in the dust, especially for their investors.

There’s no doubt that the audience of eSports is becoming larger and larger by the hour, encouraging those who weren’t previously interested in gaming. More and more sports teams are also investing in eSports recently.

Even though eSports are still a bit far from the achievement and influence of pro-sports, it’s normal to compare the two types of endeavors especially with the size of the audience that eSports are trying to create now.

With the popularity of various electronic sports, we can be sure that they’ll stick around for longer, attracting more and more players, spectators, and investors.

5 Fascinating TED Talks about Astronomy

5 Fascinating TED Talks about Astronomy

Want to learn more about stars and other celestial bodies? Here are some of the most fascinating TED Talks about astronomy that will make you fall in love with the universe and its mysteries.

Carrie Nugent: Adventures of an asteroid hunter

Discovering cosmic objects and learning more about what’s out there is just part of the job for scientist Carrie Nugent. In this talk, she shares information and facts about how asteroids have shaped this planet.

Curtis Wong and Roy Gould: A preview of the WorldWide Telescope

Taking images from some of the best telescopes and satellites, Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope creates a magnificent interactive view of the universe. Here Curtis Wong and Roy Gould provide a preview of this awesome technology.

Henry Lin: What we can learn from galaxies far, far away

Intel Science Fair award winner Henry Lin delivers a talk about galaxy clusters and shares thought-provoking insights on what our own galaxy and world may teach us.

Jedidah Isler: How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe

“My first love was for the night sky.” And with that astrophysicist Jedidah Isler begins her talk that will take you to galaxies far, far away. She will then introduce you to objects you never thought existed and will leave you filled with wonder about the universe.

Natasha Hurley-Walker: How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies

Astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker talks about radio telescope and how, with the use of a special technology, it can help in discovering what may be previously unseen.