How Esports Are Fueling the Data Economy

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn hosts professional basketball and hockey games, WWE Friday Night Smackdowns and concerts by headliners like Cardi B. But when 65,000 fans piled into the arena a few months ago to see the world’s greatest esports stars face off, they found Barclays transformed into a palace of cutting-edge technology.

Electronic sports, or esports, have become much bigger than the professionals who play video games for a living. Esports are a global phenomenon. Worldwide, some 380 million people attended eSports events in the past year, rooting for champions in games like Fortnight, Dota 2 and League of Legions.

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Story excerpt provided by Forbes.

Written by Bill LeVoir-Barry.

Originally published January 8, 2020.

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