Activision Believes eSports “Could Be A Big Part of Gaming”
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg believes eSports could become a big part of gaming and wants to ensure that Activision doesn’t miss out on the opportunity.
Speaking with Forbes, Hirshberg expressed his belief that the eSports industry will continue to grow separately from the games industry, and that it’s up to publishers and developers to bridge the gap. He said:
“I feel like eSports is happening with or without us. Games have become the biggest unofficial sports league in the world right now. There’s a massive unofficial ecosystem of content, whether it be on YouTube or Wikipedia pages, dedicated to the world’s most dedicated gamers.”
A question many people ask when the topic of growing eSports arises is whether or not we’ll one day see video games played competitively on TV just as often as conventional sports. Hirshberg doesn’t believe this to be likely or even optimal, saying:
“I feel like there’s an organic thing that’s happening. I’m more interested in supercharging that thing that’s already happening organically than transforming it into an existing ecosystem like television, because they’re not always compatible. It would be like saying what are the opportunities for YouTube videos on television.”
Hirshberg concluded by saying that eSports “is something we’re curious about and we believe that it could be a big part of gaming because we invested a lot of innovation into it.”
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via GI International