Re­venge of video game nerds

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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