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What is E-sports and how does it work?
What it is
Activision Blizzard, Inc. is an American video game holding company based in Santa Monica, California. It was founded in July 2008 through the merger of Activision, Inc. (the publicly traded parent company of Activision Publishing) and Vivendi Games. It is traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol ATVI, and since 2015 has been a member of the S&P 500 Index.] Activision Blizzard currently includes five business units: Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, King, Major League Gaming,] and Activision Blizzard Studios.
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) is an American video game company headquartered in Redwood City, California. Founded in May 1982 by Apple employee Trip Hawkins, the company was a pioneer of the early home computer game industry and promoted the designers and programmers responsible for its games as “software artists.” EA published numerous games and some productivity software for personal computers, all of which were developed by external individuals or groups until 1987’s Skate or Die!. The company shifted toward internal game studios, often through acquisitions, such as Distinctive Software becoming EA Canada in 1991.
Valve Corporation is an American video game developer, publisher, and digital distribution company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. It is the developer of the software distribution platform Steam and the franchises Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead and Dota.
Valve was founded in 1996 by former Microsoft employees Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington.
Tencent Games (Chinese: 腾讯游戏; pinyin: Téngxùn Yóuxì) is the video game publishing division of Tencent Interactive Entertainment,] itself a division of Tencent Holdings. It has five internal studio groups, including TiMi Studio Group. Tencent Games was founded in 2003 to focus on online games. In 2021, it launched its international Level Infinite brand, which is stated to be operated from its Singapore office
Riot Games, Inc. is an American video game developer, publisher and esports tournament organizer based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in September 2006 by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill to develop League of Legends and went on to develop several spin-off games and the unrelated first-person shooter game Valorant. In 2011, Riot Games was acquired by Chinese conglomerate Tencent. Riot Games’ publishing arm, Riot Forge, oversees the production of League of Legends spin-offs by other developers. The company worked with Fortiche to release Arcane, a television series based on the League of Legends universe.
The top 5 esports orgs in the world in 2022
OpTic Gaming climbed over FaZe Clan to take the top spot in Nerd Street’s ranking after winning the Halo World Championship in October and finished the year there. OpTic have been the kings of FPS games in 2022.
FaZe Clan have been neck and neck with OpTic Gaming for most of the second half of the year in Nerd Street’s ranking of the best esports orgs in the world in 2022 .
It’s hard to think of G2 in 2022 without thinking about their former CEO Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez and the fallout from his partying with Andrew Tate, which reportedly cost the org a spot in Riot Game’s premier VALORANT esports circuit in 2023.
“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” is an apt descriptor for Team Liquid this year. TL have finished second at major Apex Legends, CS:GO and Rainbow Six tournaments this year: the ALGS Split 2 Playoffs, ESL Pro League Season 16, Blast World Finals and the Jönköping Major.
This Brazilian org has put up strong results in Rainbow Six: Siege, CS:GO, and Apex Legends in 2022. FURIA made the playoffs at the Rainbow Six Invitational and PGL Major Antwerp as the top CS:GO team from the Americas. In Apex Legends, they put up the most points in the finals of the ALGS Championship, ultimately coming in second.
What the Future Has in Store
Investing in E-sports startups:
E-sports is a rapidly growing industry that has made significant strides in recent years. From small local tournaments to international competitions with millions of dollars in prize money, E-sports has come a long way in a short period of time. With a projected annual growth rate of over 20% through to 2023 and the increasing mainstream acceptance of E-sports, now is a great time to invest in E-sports startups. As the industry continues to evolve and new technologies are developed, we can expect to see even more professional leagues and international tournaments in the coming years.
If you are an E-sports, there are many potential opportunities for investment from venture capital firms, angel investors, and other potential investors. As E-sports continues to grow and evolve, startups in this space may be attractive to investors looking to invest in companies with promising technologies and business models. As a startup, it may be helpful to actively seek out investors who are knowledgeable and experienced in the E-sports industry and can provide financial support, strategic guidance, and connections. Ultimately, finding the right investors can be a crucial step in helping your E-sports startup succeed and grow.