At this point, we all know the sheer numbers surrounding esports, but it bears repeating: in 2021, the global viewership of professional leagues exceeded 474 million and generated over $1 billion in revenue. Professional players in the United States alone earned an estimated $169 million.
For these reasons I stopped asking my kids to read books and now encourage them to play more video games.
This is also the reason why I was so excited to speak with Greg Kim, who was recently named president of CLG, one of the largest esports organizations in the world, and CLG pro League of Legends Player Juan “Contractz” Garcia.
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CLG has won numerous tournaments throughout its history, including the 2015 Summer League of Legends Champion Series (LCS) Championship at Madison Square Garden, the 2016 Spring LCS Championship in Mandalay Bay, and the 2016 Halo World Championship in Hollywood, California. With League of Legends Lock-In kicking off, I wanted to know what it takes to become an esports champion (more hours of training than you can imagine), where the industry is heading (much more money), and whether to bet smart on CLG to win the title in 2022 (yeah). !)