It's prime time for the geeks playing online games. Turner Broadcasting is bringing ELEAGUE, a live competitive gaming tournament to viewers every Friday night at 10:00 Eastern from this week. And if you wonder, who's gonna watch that? Well, fair question. Eight years ago, a similar attempt already fizzled. Reuters Curtis Skinner says, this time, it's different.
>> So e-sports has gone through an explosive growth. Around the world, it's estimated that there's a e-sports audience of about 200 million people, and that's only expected to grow. A lot of them are young men between the ages of 13 and 34. One of the factors that the league is gonna have to navigate is, a lot of the fans of e-sports are young people, millennials.
And these are also the same people who are abandoning cable TV for other platforms like online streaming services.>> Ventures like Twitch TV, an online platform dedicated to broadcasting online games, have sprung up, and it's been one of the drivers behind the explosive growth of video games as a spectator sport.
Video games are a huge industry, but the spectator side of it is also estimated to bring in about $750 million a year, and that's projected to grow to $1.2 billion in the next three years, that sponsorship ticket sales and selling branded stuff. As for the 24 team ELEAGUE, they'll be competing in the massively popular action game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Teams of five clash as terrorists and counterterrorists with an arsenal of modern weaponry. So if you find yourself stuck at home on Friday night channel surfing, you can stare at your screen as other people attempt to virtually annihilate each other on other screens.