There is a new horizon for eSports, and that is the world actual sports.
Not to long ago, the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers bought out two big eSports companies: Dignitas and Apex, combining them into one team that will have rosters for many games. Those include League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter Strike: Global Offensive,and Heroes of the Storm.
Quickly following that, Magic Johnson, Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, and Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber bought out Team Liquid, a colossal eSports company.
Just a little later, Stephen Kaplan, owner of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, increased is stake on the eSports team The Immortals.
Why did they do this? The simple and only answer is money. eSports is a growing and booming industry.
According to Esportsforce.net, the eSports wager count is 10% ahead of Ice Hockey in 2016. That’s right, eSports are beating Hockey in betting, and every day that number seems to be increasing.
After the 76ers added eSports to their folder, CEO Scott O’Neil said that investing in eSports teams can bring “incredible value to an emerging industry”.
Why are NBA owners the only ones to start investing into eSports? Well, there are more billionaires in the NBA than in other sports leagues. The NFL had 19 and the NHL had 10 while the NBA had 20. Hopefully in the future other sports companies will look into investing into eSports teams, it’s profitable for everyone.