Asian teams have long ruled esports, with South Korea — which established a national gaming infrastructure two decades ago — becoming particularly dominant. But with major investments in recent years, teams from Europe and North America are hoping to bridge that gap, OZY reports. They attracted an estimated $4.5 billion in cash last year alone, though analysts say that probably won’t pay off for another few years.
What else is needed? Observers say a more robust amateur system that gives players a clear path to going pro is the next crucial step for North America, already the world's largest esports market.