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Results Are In: '19 Esports Survey Looks At Hot Topics Within Space

SBJ’s sister publication The Esports Observer teamed up with law firm Foley & Lardner for the '19 Esports Survey, and results were revealed to the audience at the Lagardere Sports Esports Rising conference. Foley & Lardner's Bobby Sharma, who is a Special Advisor for the firm's Sports & Entertainment Group, presented the data. Here are some of the key takeaways:

• There has been a rise in esports investments expected from private equity and venture capital firms over the next year.

• Respondents believe the growth of esports has affected traditional sports.

Advertising and sponsorships are expected to be esports' primary revenue driver.

In-game purchases have moved past media rights as the second-largest expected revenue source.

Increased M&A activity across several categories, including streaming and broadcasting, events and tournaments and franchised teams.

Many respondents believe cheating and match fixing pose a significant threat to the legitimacy and growth of esports.

Respondents are also concerned about the control that game developers exert over esports, and its potential to constrain the industry’s growth.

Staying current with legal issues and prioritizing compliance with regulations is a top priority for respondents.

The U.S. and China are considered to be the most promising esports investment opportunities over the next five years.

Check out the full report at