Each week we bring you a taste of what is happening around the commercial world of esports. We will focus on advances in the Irish sector when there are some, as well as on some of the commercial deals which are taking place and fuelling the rapid growth of this area within the world of sport.

This week we look at the number who tuned into the World League of Legends Final this month, at the winners from the latest An Post Money Mate Legion ESports Series FIFA event, and at research into why esports remains a male-dominated space…

 

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VIEWING FIGURES REVEALED FOR LEAGUE OF LEGENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Riot Games revealed yesterday that the 2021 World League of Legends Finals in Iceland earlier this month had drawn a peak concurrent viewers number of 73,860,742.

That number represents a 60 per cent increase on 2020.

The explosion of interest over the last 12 months can be seen in the figures from the two years before that where growth was reasonably stable climbing from 44 million to 46 million.

The Finals were broadcast in 18 languages across 34 different platforms around the world.

The details were published as it was announced that the 2022 Finals would take place in San Francisco.

 

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GAMING TAX CREDIT ROUND TABLE EVENT

 

Sport for Business is working on content for a virtual round table event to discuss the tax credit for Gaming which was introduced in the Irish Budget for 2022.

The aim is to accelerate investment in the sector here and it echos tax incentives that have previously been used to good effect in other creative industries including the movie business.

If you are interested in being part of a select group to hear about the opportunities it presents, or use it to kick start your interest in esports, let us know in the form below and we will be in touch.

The plan is that the event will take place in the first half of December.

 

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ROWEEDITION CROWNED AN POST MONEY MATE FIFA CHAMPION

TheGaraShow on Twitch hosted the Grand Final of the latest FIFA 22 Tournament in the An Post Money Mate Legion eSports Series last night.

The Birmingham based Man United fan came through in the Grand Final against fellow English professional gamer DragonFIFA_

The tournament matches were streamed live throughout last week at 7 PM on Twitch, attracting thousands of viewers.

 

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STREAMING RELUCTANCE IMPINGING ON FEMALE ADOPTION OF ESPORTS

 

Research into gender differences when it comes to streaming sport has shown that while the difference now between numbers of men and women watching live sport or following sport on social media are broadly equal, there is a marked difference in diving into streaming content.

Among women who say they are sports fans, only 18.4 per cent watch live streams as opposed to 27.8 per cent among men.

There is also a gap in the use of dedicated apps for sport with the gap there at 14.2 per cent for women and 21.4 per cent for men.

Given that much of the esports revolution is taking place within a streamed environment this is a problem that, once it has now been identified, needs to be addressed so that a larger gap in interest does not become insurmountable.

 

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LOOKING BACK ON #ESI LONDON

Over 350 professionals from within and around the esports world gathered in London earlier this month for #ESI London.

We couldn’t make it over to be there in person but here is a great round-up of some of the thinking that was being brought to life in a host of discussions.

THE BEST OF #ESI LONDON

Ireland is perhaps still a little way behind in terms of getting to give enough credit, time and energy to this exciting sector but it is coming, perhaps sooner than you think.

 

 

 

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