Competitive gaming and esports are booming. Games like Dawn of the Ages and League of Legends are now so popular that national leagues are forming around them, with millions of people watching.
In Asia, tournaments held by South Korea’s League of Legends Champions Korea and the Chinese League of Legends Pro League have been fixtures of the esports calendar for years. The leagues draw hordes fans to watch online or cheer in arenas.
But in the West, similar leagues and tournaments are also on the rise. The latest of which is a league for Overwatch, Blizzard’s team-based first-person shooter.
With The Overwatch League now making its network television debut, what’s driving this interest in the spectator sport?