The ESTA promotes, protects, and advances the broader interests of the esports community.
We accomplish this by providing forward-thinking professional development programs, networking opportunities, relevant industry research, and valuable tools and resources to the membership. ESTA focuses on increasing the economic value of the esports industry by growing the number of participants, sponsors, products, and services, conducting primary and secondary industry research, and executing industry events.
Our mission is to unify, serve, and ethically advance the business interests and sustainability of the esports industry.
Our vision is to be an instantly recognized community with the talent, infrastructure, and investment that drives the success of esports businesses.
What is Esports?
If you’ve been to a conference recently, you’ve probably heard that as a question in an Esports 101 panel.
Simply put, esports is the professional video game playing industry.
The part often overlooked is that last word; industry.
Esports has grown to become far more than some kids playing video games. The last 30 years of competitive gaming has matured into a $1B+ per year juggernaut that is watched and played by people across the globe. Video games, like sports, bring people together and involve a heck of a lot more than just the players. Teams, leagues, venues, sponsors, hotels, apparel, you name it… the entire whirlwind of organized entertainment swirls around this incredible industry made up of genuine gamers.
Just like kids go out to play physical sports competitively, gaming has become a competitive pastime. The professional level aspirations are now parallel, and the field of talent is made up of millions of casual video game players. The fresh business opportunities that surround esports have been plentiful; and there’s still a long way to go. We’re glad to be part of keeping it all organized, and humbled that it still needs to be explained. That’s esports.
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