Video Games in the Olympics isn’t as Crazy as it Sounds

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the_international_2014Video games have come a long way since being a hobby you could enjoy playing on your couch with friends. They are now a 109 billion dollar industry. While a lot of that money is coming from mobile games, the 52 billion dollars made by console and pc games is quite an accomplishment.

This rise in popularity of video games has lead to a huge following for esports, in other words professional gaming. Esport events attract crowds that fill sport stadiums to watch the best video game players face off. League of Legends a very popular esports game brought 40,000 fans into Koreas World Cup stadium. The winner of that tournament won a prize of $24 million.

Video games may be an olympic event come the 2024 olympics in Paris. Tournaments for video games are held in sports stadiums and typically sell out. League of Legends saw a live viewing number of 44 million people. To put that into perspective game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals saw an average of 31 million viewers.

Video games have grown in popularity ever since they were created and continue to grow. The gaming industry is a great industry to challenge yourself and excel your career. It’s crazy to think that professional gamers could win olympic medals in the near future. Putting it in the Olympics would bring a whole new crowd of people to watch the olympics.

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