Since Esports have gained incredible fame over the year, many people question if Esports have overtaken real sports. The biggest names of Esports have grown so much with time that the value of these companies has crossed almost half a billion dollars. Some of the Esports giants have surpassed real sports franchises in terms of monetary value. The comparison between both is undoubtedly tricky, but the monetary value of the companies speaks for their own.
The infographic below shows a comparison between Esports and real sports from the data by Forbes. The top ten Esports companies are compared with the most significant four sports leagues, including NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. According to the graphic, TSM is currently the highest valued Esports company in the world, with a total value of $410 million. The tech giant has taken over around five of the NHL franchises. In addition, four Esports companies have a valuation higher than two of the NHL franchises, i.e., Arizona Coyotes and the Florida Panthers.
However, both the businesses differ in significant ways since Esports companies purchase various franchises as well as non-franchises teams across the games. For example, one of the major Esports organizations, Cloud9, owns the eponymous Cloud9 London Spitfire Overwatch franchise and the League of Legends franchise along with non-franchise teams too in games like Fortnite, Halo, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and a few more.
The Esports industry has evolved in a way beyond expectations. In 2018, only one Esports firm was valued at over $300 million whereas, as of 2020, four out of the top ten companies now worth more than $300 million.
Infographic by: Visualcapitalist.com