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Gaming Influencers Are the Future of Esports – WIRED

Top players have left pro leagues to pursue streaming full-time as the industry veers more toward content creators.

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Publishers too are struggling to recoup their investment in esports. Riot Games head of esports Chris Greely told WIRED that Riot is approaching breakeven on its esports endeavors. And in an earnings document revealed during its trial against Apple last week, Epic Games said it overestimated its opportunities in esports by $154 million in 2019the year it ran its $30 million cash-prize Fortnite World Cup.
Greeley says that esports is not some stretched-out bubble ready to burst. However, he says,…

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