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www.sportseventsmagazine.com August 2016 45 t SPORT Report It could be mistaken for any mainstream sport competition. Long lines snake around event centers. Crowds cheer big plays while wearing team jerseys and T-shirts. Fans take photos of their favorite players. Players compete for big prize money and shiny trophies. But there's a difference. These players are pressing buttons and the action takes place virtually, on a screen. Welcome to the world of esports. Projected to generate $1.1 billion in annual revenues by 2019, esports has busi- nesses scrambling for ways to be a player in the field. With games such as League of Legends — known as LoL — and Starcraft, esports entered the market in a huge way about 10 years years ago, mostly with local tournaments ago years ago, mostly with local tournaments mostly years ago, mostly with local tournaments with years ago, mostly with local tournaments local years ago, mostly with local tournaments tournaments years ago, mostly with local tournaments and small cash prizes. It generated revenues of $325 million in 2015. That number is projected to hit $463 million this year, according to the 2016 Global Esports Mar- ket Report by Newzoo. As esports has grown, so have the facil- ities that hold national and world champi- onships. The The Evolution Championship Series — Evolution The Evolution Championship Series — Championship The Evolution Championship Series — Series The Evolution Championship Series — — The Evolution Championship Series — Evo for short — a fighting game tourna- Evo for short — a fighting game tourna- Evo for short — a fighting game tourna- ment held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in July, drew 17,000 attendees. The 2016 LoL World Championships in late late September will have stops across the September late September will have stops across the will late September will have stops across the have late September will have stops across the stops late September will have stops across the across late September will have stops across the the late September will have stops across the country before the finals at the country before the finals at the ► Virtual Events... Real Life Dollar$ Welcome To The World of esports BY TAMMY LEYTHAM Competitors from 75 countries participated in the Evolution Championship Series semifinals at the Las Vegas Convention Center in July. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Two full teams of professional players strategized at the Gears of War Season 2 Grand Finals in Boston. In addition to showcasing the new mode, they also played for $2,500 in cash. Assembly Media

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