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This 2020 Trends to Watch report provides a guide to trends over the next 12 months in esports, as well as giving recommendations to a range of industry players as to how best to capitalize on the opportunities identified.


  • 2020 will see ever-greater interactivity between live sports events and their virtual counterparts, in turn placing ever-greater demands on networks.
  • Telcos will make esports a central plank of their 2020 5G strategies, accelerating their 5G investments to compete more effectively in the esports ecosystem to reap the rewards of its engaged, high-spending, and youthful base.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the best opportunities for diverse market players in the current esports landscape.
  • Highlights fastest-growing esports revenue lines and how they can be capitalized on.

Key questions answered

  • How will the worlds of esports and sports converge, and what opportunities does this provide?
  • How will telcos respond to the evolving esports world in the new 5G reality?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers and platforms
  • Recommendations for technology vendors

Sports and esports

  • Esports and sports will blur the line between each other
  • "Virtual and connected" – the new demands for tech providers

Telcos and esports

  • Telcos will make esports a central plank of their 5G strategies
  • Investment and innovation are required to entice the esports audience

Esports as live experience

  • Esports attendance growth will greatly outperform other live events
  • The pull of the live event can be tapped by multiple sources


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author