Esports Insights outlines the fundamental characteristics, features, and structures of the rapidly growing esports industry and acts as the perfect primer for readers without any prior knowledge of esports.
Featuring international case studies in every chapter, this book showcases the contemporary nature of esports through illustrative, industry examples. By offering a concise and easy to understand introduction, it discusses the key components, stakeholders, and features of this commercially driven sector, which by its very nature is dynamic and highly complex. Exploring current regulatory and governance structures within esports, it unpacks the industry’s essential features by outlining the various genres, formats and stakeholders who are instrumental to the functioning of the esports industry. Adopting a critical but balanced analysis, the book discusses the social benefits of esports, outlining its potential as a tool for social inclusion and sport development, whilst acknowledging the potential impacts and risks of esports participation and spectatorship, related to health and wellbeing. Finally, Esports Insights also considers future developments and changes within esports, as the sector evolves and continues to professionalise.
This book will be of interest to any student, researcher, or practitioner with an interest in sport business, sport and society, event studies, esports or video gaming, or the wider media industry.
1. Esports Fundamentals
2. Esports Governance and Regulation
3. Esports as a Mechanism for Social Change
4. Esports, Health and Wellbeing
5. Esports Evolution
"The authors do well in highlighting some of the most important and contemporary challenges and opportunities in various areas of esports. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and I gained insight into new areas of esports, and the specific opportunities and challenges connected to these. I also believe that any reader wishing to increase their awareness and understanding of the complex esports industry will find this book to be an accessible and useful resource." - Egil Trasti Rogstad, Nord University, idrottsforum.org