Esports Showing No Signs of Slowing

Over the past two decades, gaming as a whole has only continued to grow on many of the biggest platforms available – whilst mobile leads the way with the largest number of players, boasting over two billion active mobile gamers around the world with many of the biggest favorites games of chance like those found at for example, but the biggest success story has certainly been in the growing world of esports. Whilst there has been huge growth throughout this period of time, the past two years in particular have seen the most growth, so what has changed?


The cancellation and postponement of major sporting events early on certainly led to the growth of some platforms, with traditional sporting fans seeking out popular alternatives that mimic something more familiar and it saw some smaller esports that do this grow, the likes of FIFA and NBA esports managed to gain significant viewership throughout this period of time but have waned in success since. There has been another market see continued growth however, notably in online motorsports with 24hr races, F1 esports, and similar options too – with professional motorsport athletes becoming more involved in this space it has allowed for these games to grow quite considerably, and whilst they won’t be rivalling the biggest esports any time soon, show plenty of promise.

Throughout the most difficult period of the pandemic, a new esports title did emerge on the scene from Riot Games as the tactical agent-based first person shooter of Valorant has managed to catapult itself to become one of the most successful games on the market currently – it helps that there had been a gap in the market created by the mismanagement and eventual decline of Overwatch, and perhaps the desire for many players in Counter-Strike to see something new after two decades of success, either way the game has managed to take many of the hallmarks which made the publishers other game of League of Legends so successful, and apply them to this new title to find the same widespread success.

As the streaming platforms that esports rely on, most notably Twitch and YouTube, have only grown and implemented further change too, and interest for other platforms to move into this space, there’s only a bright future ahead and seemingly no signs that the growth of esports will look to slow, with the opposite being true and markets in both the east and the west continuing to embrace this new favorite online option.