Not long ago, it was inconceivable that video games would be anything more than a niche pastime, let alone a path to a lucrative career. Yet e-sports now attract millions of fans and major brand sponsorships. How did they come to rival to traditional sports? And can they achieve mainstream success?
Long written off as an obsession particular to Korea, China and Japan, professional gaming is now making itself known in Europe and the U.S. Following China’s Chongqing Energy College, in 2015, two US universities are introducing the nation’s first esports gaming scholarships.
PewDiePie is the most subscribed channel on YouTube, and its creator makes more than £2 million a year on ad sales. He's one of YouTube's elite – a new generation of hyper-influential media moguls. But why are 30 million teens watching a stranger play video games?
With all the talk of mobile games, home VR and augmented reality, it can often seem to non-gamers that the PC would be forgotten when it comes to gaming. But recent research shows this isn’t the case – people still love to game on a computer. How is PC staying so relevant?
As internet-connected video devices become more widely available, there's a growing trend for live-streamed gaming. Platforms like Twitch are creating peer-controlled channels brimming with engaging user-generated content.