The boom in popularity of eSports is continuing apace, with the genre showing no signs of its upward trajectory being halted any time soon.
The sector is already generating annual revenues of around $1 billion and experts have predicted it could reach $1.6bn by 2023.
eSports are now featured regularly on television, making them a hugely attractive proposition for sponsors. That factor is driving the current boom and is set to continue for the foreseeable future.
Read on as we take a look at some of the most exciting eSports events scheduled to take place during the second half of 2020.
Guerrieri leading the pack in the eSports WTCR Championship
Drivers from the WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup are currently competing in an exciting eSports version of their prestigious championship.
Broadcast by Eurosport over a seven-week period in June and July, it has been estimated that the event will attract a global audience of around 15 million people.
After the first three races Argentina’s Esteban Guerrieri leads the championship with six races still to come at circuits in China, Macau and Malaysia.
However, with just 10 points separating the top four in the standings, the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR driver will face some tough battles over the next few weeks.
EA SPORTS & FIFA team up for new Summer Series
EA SPORTS and FIFA have linked up to create a brand-new Summer Cup Series which will run from July 17 to August 9.
The competition will feature six online tournaments, with players from Europe, Asia, South America, Oceania, North America, and Middle East-Africa battling for a share of the $228,000 prize pool.
The Summer Series replaces numerous in-person events that have been cancelled including the FIFA eWorld Cup 2020, the FIFA eNations Cup 2020 and many more.
Football fans can also watch the UEFA eChampions League during August, with the event being transformed into a special one-off online invitational tournament.
First-ever eCricket World Series launched
The recent launch of the eCricket World Series could be a huge development for eSports in general, potentially opening up the genre to a massive new audience.
The online tournament, which will be played on Real Cricket 20, starts on August 1 and comprises a regular season followed by a two-week finals period which will be streamed live.
Organisers are eager to tap into the huge appetite for the sport around the world, particularly in India where it is estimated there are more than 900m cricket fans
The prize pool will be crowdfunded using tokens that enable players to enter the competition, creating the possibility of the winner receiving a life-changing cash prize.
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