Why Real Sports Are Losing The Battle For Popularity With Esports

Published: Feb 26, 2019 - Last Updated: Sep 3, 2021

A fascinating new study conducted by broadband and communications provider Plusnet has revealed some rather disturbing figures for sports organizers.

The study, as reported in the Irish Examiner, gained the opinion of 1,000 people comparing and contrasting their attachment to FIFA 19 vs. real football.

The findings

Real-life football is ‘too tiring’

Let’s break down a few of these opinions. Those who wish to use this data as evidence against esports’ viability may well point to the self-perceived lack of fitness among one fifth of millennial players.

However, this means that 80 percent of those questioned did not feel that playing football was too tiring. Then, the majority might indicate esports can be enjoyed as part of an individual’s love for a specific sport or past time. It can be balanced with other areas of their life, including fitness.

61 percent want their clubs to have a representative esports professional

This for me is an interesting stat as it hints at how the players, rather than the organisers or software developers, would like to see the future of esports.

In FIFA esports at the moment, we have a mix of teams: those that have been put together mainly by esports organizations and those that have been brought together by professional teams to represent them.

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Does this mean that if more professional teams were to have official esports representatives that it would leave the esports teams without a huge following? This could well be something to consider, especially given the parochial nature of football fans. Rivalries, after all, can border on the obsessive.

What seems to be clear is who esports players than enjoy football also want their teams to be represented at these events by top-level gamers.

The old Olympic Games question

The issue of esports in the Olympics is one we have tackled several times in the past. It’s not going away either.

As with many things, this may well eventually boil down to money. In an industry predicted to generate over 1 billion in revenue in 2019, esports in the Olympics will eventually make more sense than not.

A word of caution

All this said, don’t consider these (or any) survey results gospel. It was a relatively small sample that used relatively rigid parameters in deciding who to interview. After all, if you interview only FIFA 19 players, you’re going to generate results that portray enthusiasm for esports culture.

Even so, the results shed light on just how popular esports is becoming.

Ian John
Ian John

Since: August 10, 2015

Ian is a regular contributor to EsportsBets. Ian is well-versed in the world of esports betting and casino gaming and has written extensively on the online gambling industry. Ian brings fresh insight into all facets of gaming.

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