Esports in Asia has been blowing up, and we now have the numbers to back it up. Statistics show that from 2019 to 2020, revenue, viewership, and the number of gamers involved in Asian esports grew exponentially. In 2020, revenue from gaming in Asia surged 4.9% from the prior year, generating $543.8 million despite the “challenges of COVID-19.” This number represents a strong course for 2021’s totals, which could be a bit higher.
Additionally, esports viewership in Asia grew from 2019 to 2020. In 2019, Asian esports had 510 million spectators. However, in 2020, that number grew to 618.4 million — a 21% increase. Finally, the number of gamers in Asia increased 7.3% from 595 million in 2019 to 658.5 million in 2020.
These numbers show esports becoming more and more mainstream and intertwined with sports and popular culture in the region. This year will see esports featured as official medal events in the 19th Asian Games. As many as 45 Asian countries will participate in the games. With the ever-increasing popularity of esports, it is likely that more events like the Asian Games will be including competitive gaming.
(All information was provided by TheGamer)