A Brief History of Esports [Infographic]

With gaming set to evolve again over the next few years with the introduction and growth of augmented reality and virtual reality gaming, we decided to take a quick look back at just how far esports has come.


The past decade has seen a surge in the popularity of esports. Millions of people tune in to watch different tournaments each year, with the number steadily rising year over year. And its not just the players and fans that benefit from the growth, the huge industry surrounding gaming in general also continues its upward trend.


Just a few years ago, there wasn’t enough demand and there weren’t enough professional players for world tournaments. Today, new tournaments are routinely announced that are almost guaranteed to overtake their predecessors both in terms of number of players and prize money pay-outs.


Counter-Strike, League of Legends and Dota 2 are some of the biggest esports games in the industry right now, all published by Valve Corporation. Some players of these games even receive salaries to cover living expenses, and these, too, are forecasted to only increase over the next few years.


The next decade in esports is set to see the industry come into its own, with more growth and professional players able to base careers in esports.

For more information about the dramatic rise in popularity that esport has seen along with some fascinating facts and figures, check out the following infographic put together by Computer Planet.

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