After a year of widely reported challenges, executives in the esports industry are striking a cautiously optimistic tone going into the new year.
In spite of the industry’s financial struggles over the past year, competitive gaming is not going anywhere. As long as people enjoy playing video games, they’ll also be interested in watching them played at the highest levels — and esports companies still believe there is money to be made in that white space. In 2023, esports titles like “Rocket League” managed to shatter viewership records, and industry leaders remain confident in the overall future of competitive gaming.
Confident or not, esports companies have once again found themselves in the position of having to re-prove the value of their entertainment products after years of unquestioned investment and growth. Here’s a look into the best-case scenario for competitive gaming in 2024.