The esports industry is prone to technological development. Over the years, the gaming market has integrated new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality. The pandemic did not stop the introduction of innovative solutions.
“Thanks to activities that were largely focused on the Internet, we did not lose innovation, and even gained in some aspects,” Paweł Kowalczyk, president of the Polish Esports League, said.
The future of the industry is blockchain, which can bridge the gap between offline and online resources and affect not only the way players and developers interact but also access to digital resources.
“Polish e-sport can certainly be considered an innovative field of entertainment, if only because it creates much more opportunities for innovation than traditional sport. We have had the opportunity to notice it in recent months, when it comes to, for example, improving the quality of television production, showing players. This is one of those branches in which we have greater access to data about our recipients, we know what they need, and therefore we are able to meet their expectations,” he added.
According to the research company Grand View Research, the value of the global esports market will increase to $8.2 billion by 2027. It is to develop at a rate of 24.4 percent in the coming years. per year. The games attract millions of viewers regardless of the pandemic situation. An example in the Polish backyard may be the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in Katowice. Although it was closed to the public several hours before the start, and the competition was held in closed stands, the competition on the Internet was watched by nearly a million spectators.
According to estimates by Insider Intelligence, in 2023 the number of esports viewers will reach 646 million. All this means that e-sport is increasingly turning to modern solutions that improve the comfort of games and watching them. The pandemic was a period when technological development accelerated in the industry.