IGN, the largest gaming publication on the globe, believe eSports is growing at such a rapid pace, that within five years it should become a mainstream sport.
IGN notes that games like Call of Duty are starting to feature eSports-inspired elements. IGN run the international eSports IPL, a videogaming league that has enjoyed a massive audience.
“It’s really just a matter of time,” said eSports general manager at IGN David Ting [as cited by MCV].
“We can’t know exactly when it’s going be accepted but if you look at the number of people watching, we believe that it’s going to be recognised as a sport by mainstream media in the near future, probably within the next five years if it continues this current trajectory.
“If you see more and more mainstream games like Call of Duty building it right into the game itself, it really does get the word out.”
IGN go as far as to claim that we could soon have a gaming equivalent to footballer David Beckham.
“It’s the YouTube effect. Ten years ago, people got a webcam and tried to broadcast themselves on the internet, and some people thought that was odd. But then they became the next generation of celebrity,” added Ting.
“It’s the same with games. Guys holed up in their bedrooms playing games and then all of a sudden, paychecks start coming in and it’s the YouTube effect. They will become the next generation of celebrity.”