MLG co-founder Sundance DiGiovanni believes pro gaming in Europe and North America is “well on its way” to becoming as popular as it is in markets like South Korea.
DiGiovanni revealed to Polygon that the growth and engagement pattern Major League Gaming has experienced shows competitive gaming is on the rise, and that eSports could reach “unprecedented heights” if leagues like their own can provide a proper platform for those interested to engage in events.
"I think that global competitive gaming and eSports is going to continue to grow," DiGiovanni said. "I think that you will see the same level of engagement and fandom that exists within markets like South Korea here in North America and Europe, and I think it's going to happen faster than a lot of people expect."
DiGiovanni added that if eSports continues to receive structure and stability for tournaments and broadcasts from leagues like MLG, the next generation of gamers will view it as a standard and help grow it further.
The MLG Winter Championship kicks off later this week in Dallas, with tournaments for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, League of Legends, and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm on tap.