Esports Needs No Introduction, The Decade Ahead

TOPSHOT - Richard Tyler Blevins (on screen), aka Ninja, speaks to the crowd at the start of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals - Round Two on July 27, 2019, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

Esports has been around for two decades but their popularity as a form of entertainment has only started to accelerate in the last few years, with the rise of events like the 2021 Free Fire World Series being the most viewed esport event of all time. Once deemed an underground activity esports has now been fully launched into the mainstream and viewing these events has never been easier.

You might have seen esports feature more on sportsbooks and have seen them on your televisions and thought to yourself. ‘This is another fad’. Well, on the contrary esports is not only here to stay, but also to launch off to heights very few could have predicted.

It is difficult to pinpoint one overall reason why esports has become so successful but one thing no one can deny is the promotion of YouTube and streaming sites like twitch have had a huge impact on this community. Sites like will cover several events held throughout the world and like with all sports will go where the love and desire for the games are.

Some gamers such as Ninja have millions of subscribers across multiple platforms, and this is before you consider the competition aspect of things. Before the world of competitive gaming would have been frowned upon and for many, this will still be the case but the status of some of these people makes them among the most popular entertainers in the world.

Will esports Continue to Grow?

Predicting the future is not a thing someone should do lightly, but the answer is a resounding yes for me. Over time the image of competitive gaming will grow to be the norm and the revenue of the industry will increase because of this. We already see evidence of many kids selecting people who play esports as their idols and this will, without doubt, spark into future generations who love esports and consider it to be their favourite type of sport.

From a betting point of view, this will translate into having more events to bet on and due to the popularity of the sport growing more and more sportsbooks will want to get involved. This is exactly what gambling and esports lovers have been waiting on for years. When gambling on esports you are more likely to have a connection with a competitor due to the way many gamers advertise themselves to their fans and this should make the gambling experience even more fun.

What Can We Expect to See in The Near Future?

Without getting into specifics the direction of any sports that garners a lot of attention is obvious. Lucrative contracts will be sought by players and the games will be shown more frequently on mainstream TV channels. 

The demographic for these games is very far-reaching although south-east Asia is where the majority of high-staked action takes place. In many ways, this part of the world was responsible for kicking off this phenomenon with many gamers in countries like Japan getting the rockstar treatment. Depending on your experience with esports this is likely to either surprise you or maybe delight you. 


In short, the future is very bright for esports, and the trajectory will look comparable to a rocket taking off in comparison to steady growth. A huge portion of society is into gaming and is no becoming used to the idea of esports as a credible venture. It is difficult to say just how big and mainstream esports can get but one thing is for sure. It is here to stay so it is worth checking out.