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Esports to become a billion-dollar industry in 2021

Vyom Chaud
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The eSports industry is growing and at a tremendous speed. Over the last few years, video-gaming enthusiasts have witnessed eSports emerge as a full-fledged industry. And this trajectory of growth doesn’t appear to slow down anytime soon.

According to figures presented by SafeBettingSites, the eSports industry becomes a billion-dollar industry for the first time in 2021. Following a period of stagnation due to Covid-19, the yearly revenue of the eSports industry is set to witness a year-on-year growth of 14.5% in 2021.

eSports yearly revenues to cross $1 Billion in 2021 

eSports industry revenues

As shown in the above chart, based on a report from Newzoo, the eSports industry is set to grow by 14.5% in 2021, from $947.1 million in 2020, and cross a billion dollars for the first time. This growth is set to continue at a healthy CAGR rate of 11.1% in the coming years. The report estimates that yearly revenues from the eSports industry would be around 1617.7 million in 2024. 

Another interesting observation from the report is the stagnation suffered by the industry in 2020 due to COVID-19. The general consensus has been that the pandemic hasn’t had much of an impact on the eSports industry. However, the industry failed to grow in 2020, and in fact, it shrunk by around $10 million in terms of yearly revenues.

The report further states that China is expected to contribute almost one-third of the yearly revenues in 2021.

China continues to dominate the eSports industry 

Geographical- eSports revenue

It has been no secret that eSports is enormous in China, and the Asian country has been driving growth in the industry. In the early 2010s, the success of games like League of Legends and Dota 2 led to the birth of game-streaming platforms such as Huya, Huomao, Douyu, Zhanqi, and PandaTV in the country. The east-Asian country was an early mover in the industry, and it is not a surprise that it has continued its domination to this day. In 2020, the eSports industry had an audience of 185.5 million in China.

In 2021, China is set to generate $360.1 million in revenues, making up 33.22% of the total figure. The North American countries should generate a total of $243 million (22.41%), and Western European countries should account for $205.8 million (18.98%).

Vyom Chaud
Vyom Chaud

Vyom Chaud left his IT job to follow his love for soccer. He has been writing about the beautiful game for the last 6 years contributing articles to The Daily Mail, Vocal, Fan Sided and many other publications. He can spin stories with numbers and thinks data is beautiful. An avid Arsenal fan, he spends most of his time dissecting the nuances of the game. He has played football, cricket and badminton at an amateur level.

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