Competitive electronic gaming, known as eSports, has taken off in recent years. Some professional gamers compete in large stadium settings with an audience, often plugged into large consoles. Others stay home and play from their desktops or home consoles.
But now, as with so much else, mobile is replacing these heavier setups as the platform of choice. eSports investors, developers and advertisers are betting on mobile competitions as the next big thing.
“With over 2.1 billion players worldwide, mobile is the most popular gaming platform in history,” said Andrew Paradise, founder and CEO of Skillz, a San Francisco–based competitive gaming company. “There’s no question as to whether mobile eSports will be a major driver for the industry.”