If there was any question about how much money there is to be made as an esports athlete, last month’s Fornite World Cup gave us an answer: a lot.
Sixteen-year-old Kyle Giersdorf, who goes by the gamer tag Bugha, took home $3 million of the $30 million total prize money doled out during the tournament, which carries the title as the world’s biggest video game competition. The million-dollar winnings are just the latest evidence that the billion-dollar global esports industry is booming.
This fall, the University of South Florida hopes to give aspiring professional gamers a peek inside the industry during the eSports Summit, which will bring together sports and entertainment executives, investors, technology leaders and students in the Marshall Student Center at USF’s campus in Tampa. The summit will pay special attention to promoting the esports ecosystem in the Tampa Bay Area.