The Esports industry is experiencing an unprecedented rise in popularity with live audiences tipping the hundreds of thousands mark. To plug the gap created by the cancelation of physical sports, events such as the EA Sports FIFA-20 tournament, featuring Premier League players and guests, are drawing the crowds and keeping both players and fans happy.
A recent study from Syracuse University estimates that e-sports viewership could exceed physical sports by 2021. In line with increased interest in e-sports, tournament prizes are also taking a jump: in 2018 the total e-sports prize pool in the US alone hit $150 million, a 35 percent increase compared to the previous year.
The current coronavirus situation is driving Esports faster than ever anticipated. But it’s not just fans and players joining the movement, hackers are turning their attention to an increasingly profitable market.
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