Esports — video gaming organized into amateur and professional seasons of play and capstone tournaments — has exploded in popularity over the last several years. A report from Newzoo predicts that casual audiences will grow to some 307 million viewers by 2021, while Deloitte found that industry investment grew 837% between 2017 and 2018. Generation Z is the gaming generation, with 91% of children between ages 2 and 17 enjoying video games in some form.
Given the huge popularity of video games, the rise of esports should not be surprising. Many schools are now embracing esports, as students form clubs and begin to participate in organized leagues. A growing number of universities even offer esports as a varsity