Some new analysis questioning esports viewers on their pastime has produced some fascinating responses, together with the truth that there was a cut up determination amongst followers relating to whether or not esports needs to be thought-about as an precise sport.
The survey by Nielsen – the famend analysis agency’s first statistical dive into esports – requested ‘what the fans think’ throughout 4 international locations (US, UK, France, Germany), and located that solely 53% take into account esports to be an precise sport.
So it’s not far off a 50-50 cut up concerning that concern, a surprisingly even end result provided that this comes from the ranks of those that are eager spectators of professional players.
And when it got here to the query of whether or not esports needs to be an Olympic sport, solely 28% agreed with this assertion. As we heard again in the summertime, esports is still being considered for inclusion within the Olympic Games in France (Paris) come 2024.
All that mentioned, when the followers have been requested whether or not esports would turn into a ‘mainstream activity’ within the close to future, the bulk (71%) believed it might. That’s hardly stunning given the current unfold of esports TV protection, which within the UK has come to Sky, and of late BBC Three (on-line) and BT Sports.
The examine (noticed by VentureBeat) additionally discovered typical esports fan follows a minimum of 5.7 video games on common, unfold throughout 2.6 genres – in different phrases they’ve bought a fairly extensive sphere of curiosity, and aren’t fanatically centered on only one recreation.
So what’s the most well-liked esports recreation on the PC? In the US, the most-watched title is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (unsurprisingly), adopted by League of Legends, Dota 2, StarCraft, and Heroes of the Storm (the entire latter are MOBAs save for Blizzard’s veteran RTS).
Although relating to truly taking part in video games, the most well-liked title is Call of Duty which 61% of US respondents mentioned they performed. In the UK, the highest recreation was Grand Theft Auto, performed by 63% of these questioned.
As for demographics, 70% of esports followers are male and aged between 13 and 40. 66% of these surveyed mentioned they watched livestreams of esports dwell (versus later, or the highlights), however solely 37% attended precise esports occasions in individual.
Nielsen additionally seemed on the prospects of digital actuality esports, saying that it ‘could’ finally arrive as a power – though solely 5% of esports followers personal a VR headset at present. That mentioned, 37% of respondents mentioned they plan to purchase a VR system throughout the subsequent yr.
Intel is definitely attempting to provide digital actuality esports a giant push with its VR Challenger League, that includes dueling mages and a futuristic Tron-like zero-gravity group sport.