Students and business professionals flocked to the USF Muma College of Business atrium Wednesday to listen to eight panels of speakers talk about none other than video games.
More specifically, the industry of esports and how it has the opportunity to surpass the traditional sports industry in terms of revenue, coverage and fans.
The esports industry is approaching $1 billion in revenue for 2019, according to Newzoo, the global leader in esports analytics. The industry is also rapidly growing at 30 percent a year.
The numbers are there to back investment into the industry, which is exactly what Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik did.