It’s that time of year again, everyone is discussing the Budget. On Monday, among the Government’s usual proposals, they announced that they are aiming at attracting eSports organisations and events.
From a business standpoint, for an island who’s main industry is tourism, you can see how this makes sense. Esports is one of the fastest growing industries, reaching close to $1 billion in revenue in 2018, a 38% increase from last year. The 2017 League of Legends World Championship, had a peak viewership of 100 million people twitch. And that is not counting the thousands of people who actually attended the event.
Apart from the business side, it’s also obviously great news for local gamers. They could soon be able to watch their favorite teams compete live. It could also help raise the standard, and potentially help Maltese esports teams compete at highest level. Andre Mizzi of gamers.com.mt, as you can imagine, was over the moon about the announcement.
In November we already have a taste of what this change could mean for the esports scene. In it’s first professional esports tournament, Malta will be hosting some of the biggest teams in Counter-Strike esports. To name a few; Virtus Pro, Liquid, and Gambit, all former champions at Counter-Strike Majors.
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