Console gaming becoming a springboard for professional PC gaming
Some of the world's best eSport players are on Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, or Starcraft 2 as these are currently some of the hottest titles to watch. As we reported before, professional gamers have the potential to earn millions from prizes and sponsorships. The ever-increasing hype of eSports is a positive feedback loop as it attracts fans, new players, and global investors alike.
Market Inspector has produced an interesting infographic summarizing some of the exciting figures in the world of professional gamers. According to analysts from Superdata Research, only about 40 percent of professional gamers actually make enough from their career to make a living. Platforms such as TwitchTV and YouTube provide other avenues for revenue including Let's Plays.
Regardless of the legal issues with console Let's Plays and streaming, both are economically successful. The prime example is Felix Kjellberg, aka. Pewdiepie, who now has over 10.3 billion YouTube views and over 41 million subscribers.
Streaming platforms like TwitchTV are booming with approximately 11 million video broadcasts and is currently the fourth biggest traffic hog in the United States. At any one time, there are at least a million simultaneous viewers using the service. The number of eSports fans has grown from around 89 million in 2014 to 134 million in 2015. The trend appears to be rapidly increasing as well.