A look into the Vancouver Esports Landscape

Esports as an industry has been growing at a fast pace in recent years and its growth doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon.

According to Deloitte, from 2017 to 2018, investments into the industry grew from $490 Million to $4.5 billion. Along with that viewership has continued to grow at a quick pace as well with the total audience growing from 335 million in 2017 to 380 million in 2018.

As esports continues to grow, Vancouver has led the way as one of the leaders of esports in Canada and North America itself. 

In recent years Vancouver has hosted major esports events and has made huge strides in growing the industry as the city looks towards becoming an esports hub.

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Since 2017, Vancouver has already played host to the likes of Riot Games for the North American League Championship Series finals and Valve for the International 8 in 2018

These events have provided huge economic benefits for the city with the International 8 injecting around $7.8 million into the local economy during the six days the event took place. 

While live events have been put on a pause due to COVID-19, the current esports landscape of Vancouver is in a great place and will only continue to grow and develop as the city works towards becoming an esports hub. This growth is thanks largely to these events putting an eye on esports for the rest of the city.

Vancouver has led the way in many ways thanks to the appearance of many new startups such as the Gaming Stadium. The first esports arena in Canada has provided community organizations like UBC and SFU Esports Association a perfect venue for events on top of events run by the Gaming Stadium themselves. 

Along with the Gaming Stadium, other organizations like Adamas Esports and The Home Key will also play a huge role in the growth of esports in the years to come.

However, one of the biggest additions to Vancouver’s growing esports landscape is the involvement of the Aquilini owned Canucks Sports & Entertainment and their acquisition of a spot in the Overwatch League. 

With the Vancouver Titans as a part of the city’s esports landscape, fans can expect more large esports events to be hosted such as the Overwatch League Homestands.