Will eSports be the next phenomenon to tax gambling regulators?

From relative anonymity less than a few years ago, eSports has seen an explosion in popularity, fuelled by our seemingly insatiable appetite to be entertained. From community-based amateur game-playing to competitive tournaments, eSports encompasses casual leisure users through to professional video game players.

Ever since the first games consoles, we have seen the production of increasingly sophisticated video games, many of which have evolved into globally recognisable brands. Just as impressive is the fact that this industry has grown into a global spectator sport viewed by tens of millions, yielding tens of millions of dollars in prize money globally. The result of any rapid induction of the niche into the mainstream is that regulators begin to pay attention.

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