The astronomical rise of esports in the last few years is reshaping the industry and is visible through its increasing worldwide fanbase and new trends, especially in 2021. Key trends that will most probably affect the growth of the esports industry in 2021 are:
- Mobile Esports
The introduction of lite apps has seen a surge in mobile esports especially in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia and Brazil. With new regions, more events, and a huge prize pool, mobile esports tournaments across Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia can enjoy a larger fanbase and popularity.
- Virtual Reality
Virtual reality (VR) has revolutionized the esports world and has yet to bring new possibilities in 2021. Groundbreaking VR technology is going to be vital to the future of esports as players seek greater immersive experience. VR developments and adoptions among gamers will increase as players try to express their own personality during virtual gameplays.
- 5G Networks
5G looks to transform download speeds, streaming capabilities, and real-time gameplay experiences. This in turn lets esports enable gamers to bolster their experience without installing new infrastructure.
5G networks foster virtualization and creation of network slices, allowing each slice to be designated for a specific purpose. Network slicing allows spectators in tournament arenas to enjoy smooth 3D augmented reality experiences, receive instant replays on their devices, and enjoy 360-degree views on their gameplays.
- PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S
PCs are leading in esports participation, but with these next-gen consoles, the use of consoles is expected to increase and rapidly close the gap. Bigger, sleeker, brighter, and better than ever, the next-gen consoles will definitely encourage developers to develop esports titles supported by these platforms.
- 2021 Esports Demographics
Market research shows that esports demographics will increase by 14% by the end of 2021 and there will be more than 550 million esports fans across the globe.
While the majority of esports fans are young, male, and affluent individuals, these demographics will likely change slightly in 2021. More females and young adults are expected to join the increasing fanbase as gamers recognize it as a professional sport.
Convergence between virtual and physical sports will continue to draw close as esports adopts these trends and features previously dominant in the physical world of sports. Growing sponsorships, advertising revenue, and betting will help develop the industry in 2021.