The NBA and NHL are back….in video game form. The Washington Capitals/Wizards will play out their remaining schedule with one-hour simulations in NBA 2K20 and NHL 20.
Mr. Screens Bradley Beal has been playing a ton of video games, so the Wizards are in good shape!
Is this eSport’s big break? There is an obvious long term trend that may be accelerating due to the homebound population and a lack of live sports.
Evidence #1: Investors are paying up to $60M for 1 of 20 Call of Duty franchises.
Evidence #2: YouTube is paying $160M in media rights fees over three years to Activision Blizzard.
More #1: The Perfect Storm for eSports