From its humble beginnings, competitive gaming or eSports for short has become a mainstream stay. Regardless of are you or watching TV in Germany, entering a Business Class lounge in Istanbul, Turkey – you’ll see League of Legends or a similar eSports title playing on one of the screens, and even two gaming systems plus the consoles. Move to the United States, and you’ll see eSports players even being betted on, with services such as UNIKRN. Draftkings and Fan Duel need no introduction. ESPN today has an eSports channel… and yet, all of this pales in comparison to the destination I am currently heading to.
Virtual Reality Gaming isn’t coming, it’s already here. With the introduction of Google Cardboard and the Daydream VR platform, Oculus and HTC discrete VR headsets and GearVR headsets for even smartphones like the Samsung’s Galaxy S7, the first tentative steps towards virtual reality gaming are being taken. With Facebook announcing its buy-in of virtual reality technology for a whopping $2 billion, Google has responded with its own VR system, a simple piece of cardboard that can turn your Android phone into a neat virtual reality headset. This all proves that VR gaming is here to stay. Already, the range and quality of available games is encouraging.
In case you’ve missed it, HBO’s news show ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ ran a piece over Daily Fantasy games. The question are these games legal or not is something that both eSports and real sports and gambling industry will have to answer. We invite you to spend a bit of Friday by watching this 19 minute clip which would be amusing, if there wasn’t for a fact that the two largest players, DraftKings and FanDuel, aren’t estimated to be worth over a billion dollars each. Of course, just as with Uber, Airbnb and other ‘industry disruptors’, both DraftKings and FanDuel attracted serious, eight-