TEO Report: Esports Industry Sees Second-Best Quarter for Investments in Four Years

  • Q2 2018 was the second-best quarter for esports investments in four years, despite funding being down $1.57B quarter-over-quarter.
  • Chinese livestreaming platform Huya’s $180M IPO lead the quarter in disclosed funding raised.

The Esports Observer has published its Q2 2018 Esports Business Digest, which covers the biggest financial moves made within the esports industry throughout the last three months.

Notably, while the amount raised in disclosed funding rounds is down $1.57B quarter-over-quarter, Q2 2018 remained the second-best for the industry when measured by the amount raised in the last four years. This potentially distracting disparity is due, in large part, to the $1.6B worth of investments Tencent Holdings Database-Link-e1521645463907 made into the esports industry during Q1.


Investment Highlights

  • In total, $427M+ in capital was raised over the course of Q2 2018 from 75 investors.
  • Discarding Tencent’s significant investments in Q1, investments into esports slightly increased quarter-over-quarter.

Sponsorships Highlights

  • During the quarter, the NBA 2K Database-Link-e1521645463907 League and its teams signed 14 sponsorship deals.

Other Noteworthy Takeaways

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency are becoming increasingly significant in the esports industry through sponsorships, investments, and cloud gaming.
  • Many esports-related companies posted record financial quarters due to the impact of Fortnite Database-Link-e1521645463907.
  • Ninja and other Fortnite streamers have seen continued growth in viewership quarter-over-quarter.
  • NBA 2K League viewership grew 224.4% from week one to week eight of the tournament.

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Click here to download the Q2 2018 Esports Business Digest.