325000000$325 Million Global Revenue for 2015
463000000$463 Million Projected Revenue for 2016
Sports, but with Video Games
3600000036 Million Watch League of Legends' World Championship
18000000$18 Million Dota 2's The International Prize Pool
This is big
Just like there are dozens of traditional sports, there are similarly dozens of esports, and like sports, a handful of games capture the lion's share of viewer attention.
Each game requires a unique skill set to compete at a high level, ranging from strategic thinking under pressure (Hearthstone), to reflexes and muscle memory (Call of Duty), to a combo of both (League of Legends).
There are professional players and teams, and competitions take place all over the world with prize pools that are comparable to or larger than those of "traditional" sports.
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With 15 years of experience in financial services and management consulting, David brings a wealth of experience in marketing, communications, analytics and operations. He was most recently a Senior Director within AIG's data science and strategy team, and, prior to that, spent four years as a strategy executive within the Consumer Banking Division of JPMorgan Chase. David started his career at the management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, leaving as a Principal. David graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Economics and lives in New York City.
Jenn Falik is a veteran on-air style personality with a decade of experience creating publicity campaigns for many of the most sought after brands in the world at one of New York's top boutique PR agencies. Since 2005, Jenn has been a regular guest on shows including TODAY, The View, Rachael Ray, E! News and others sharing style tips, fashion trends and beauty advice. As a Vice President at Alison Brod Public Relations from 2001-2011, Jenn helped clients strategically develop their brands, secured top placements in digital, tv and print media, and worked extensively on developing creative programming with celebrities, tastemakers and digital influencers on behalf of lifestyle, beauty and fashion clients. Jenn's experience as both "talent" and "publicist" provide her with a unique viewpoint on the most compelling ways to build a personal brand that companies will want to sponsor as well as the best strategies for companies to engage talent to drive awareness and sell product in a way that feels authentic. Jenn graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Marketing and lives in Westport, CT.
Rumay Wang leads Flood Gaming's talent spotting efforts and is also a client herself, being of one of the earliest and most successful adopters of the Twitch platform. Broadcasting under the handle 'Hafu', Rumay streams regularly to her 350,000 Twitch followers and is widely considered to be one of the best Hearthstone Arena players in the world. Rumay has a long history within the gaming community, having played World of Warcraft and a number of other games at a top competitive level. Rumay resides in Santa Monica, CA.
Matt has over a decade of experience exploring the intersection of technology and design. As the founder and creative director of the interactive media firm Aphasiac Design, Matt worked on multimedia projects for clients ranging from pop icons such as Bruno Mars and Paramore to internationally recognized visual artists such as Glenn Ligon. Matt is also the co-founder and lead developer of the Axiologue project, a community-based project that leverages web technologies to empower consumers to make more ethical choices. Matt graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and from the California Institute of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Ed is currently an entrepreneur in residence for the Chernin Group. Prior to that he ran business development at Vulcun, the esports platform that has distributed over $10 million in prizes. Ed graduated from UCLA with a degree in Computer Science.