Move over, traditional professional sports: this is the decade of the eSports industry. In 2014, the prize pool for "The International," Valve's Dota 2 tournament, was more $10 million – making it bigger in terms of total payout than the Players' Championship golf event on the PGA Tour that year.
eSports revenues are on track to nearly double in just two years, jumping from $325 million in 2015 to an estimated $696 million in 2017. And eSports' biggest tournaments rival practically any sporting event: the League of Legends Championship sold out Staples Center in 2013, then sold out the 40,000-seat World Cup Stadium in Seoul a year later while drawing an online audience of 27 million.
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