Revenge of video game nerds
IT could be the ultimate revenge of the nerds — video gamers are predicted to become the new sporting heroes by 2050.
Professional video gaming, or eSports, is already a $1.5 billion global industry but is projected to grow as much as 50 per cent by 2020.
A YouGov study last year found only 15 per cent of Australian adults had watched eSports but the number of 18-24-year-olds tuning in to professional video gaming — 23 per cent — points to enormous growth potential.
With technology continuing to advance, industry insiders said “the sky’s the limit” for eSports as big money investment in the sport begins to roll in.
“This thing is massive and it’s only getting bigger,” eSports Games Association Australia chief executive Mat Jessep said.
According to industry experts, by 2050 it could become an Olympic sport and will fill small stadiums with fans watching the events on giant screens.