Gaming as a Spectator Sport
Talk by Michael Bister, ESL
The ESL was founded 15 years ago. Before ESL, people played at LAN Parties – they brought their own PCs and connected them together to play tournaments. Fun, but hard and no great prizes. ESL created a platform to allow sports to happen online. Their first event in 2002 – 30 people came to watch.
The number of events is growing – and a whole generation growing up with eSports. They’re going to be the players – and the viewers – of the future.