Here’s how you play fantasy esports: Thousands of esports fans build an eight-player fantasy league lineup of professional video gamers, working to stay under a demarcated salary cap in hopes of earning the most points based on said players’ performance in the totally real, not fantasy video game tournament.
If the concept leaves your head aching — or seems a bit depressing, given how far removed esports is from what’s traditionally thought of as actual athletic activity — you’re not alone. But, apparently, you’re either old or straight-up out of touch. The esports revolution has arrived, and it’s not going away.
In a matter of years, gaming and esports has gone from hobby to niche professional sport to full-blown movement, disrupting the sports industry at large and redefining the traditional framework of a career in pro sports. Not only will gaming surpass $1 billion as an industry in 2019 but experts have noticed that the global esports boom is spawning substantial action in daily fantasy sports and sports betting.