E-sports tournamentE-sports are tournaments where teams of video game players compete against each other for prize money. Traditionally, fans have watched in person and online on streaming services such as Twitch and BAMTech. As e-sports have become more mainstream, fans are able to watch the tournaments on television channels such as TBS and ESPN also. An estimated 258 million people watched e-sports in 2017, an increase of 20% from 2016, according to SuperData.

Today’s market size shows total revenues earned by e-sports in 2016. Most of the revenues were earned from advertising, ticket sales, and merchandise. According to the source, e-sports is a valuable marketing tool for selling video games. Worldwide video game sales—mobile, computer, and console—in 2016 totaled $83 billion according to SuperData.

Geographic reference: World
Year: 2016
Market size: $900 million
Source: “E-sports: Play Time,” The Economist, August 19-25, 2017, page 56; “eSports Market Report,” SuperData Research available online here.
Original source: SuperData
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Video Games

According to the Entertainment Software Association, 72 percent of households in the United States own a video game machine. Initially video games were targeted to males, but by 2010 48 percent of gamers were female. And, although nearly all children aged 12-17 play video or computer games, the average gamer is 37 years old. Nearly one-third of gamers are older than 50.

Data show the amount consumers spend on video games in the United States. To provide some perspective, in 2010, worldwide motion picture ticket sales totaled $31.0 billion. Figures for 2012 are projected.

Geographic reference: United States
Year: 2010 and 2012
Market Size: $25.1 billion and $70.0 billion
Source: Thomas L. McDonald, “Get in the Game,” The Catholic Times, October 1-7, 2011, page 6
Original Source: Entertainment Software Association
Posted on October 20, 2011

Video Games

The world of gaming is big and it is growing. Today’s market size is the number of video games sold annually. Leading video game publishers include Nintendo with around 19% of the market in 2010, Electronic Arts (12%), Activision (9.6%) and Ubisoft (7%).

Geographic reference: World
Year: 2000, 2005 and 2010
Market size: In millions of units: 43.7, 128.7 and 651.9 respectively
Source: “Worldwide Yearly Chart,” a report on the industry by VGChartz made available online here.
Original source: VGChartz Network

Home Movie Rentals

The ways in which people obtain the movies they wish to watch at home have multiplied and changed over time, altering this market greatly. In 2005 the video rental store still had a 74% share of this market but this share has declined in favor of companies that offer a mail-in form of service, like Netflix, as well as kiosk style retail outlets. By way of punctuating this transition, in late summer 2010, Blockbuster, one of the largest video rental store chains still operating, filed for bankruptcy.

The market size listed here includes the following categories of video rental outlet: Subscriptions, Kiosks, Traditional Video-on-Demand (VOD), Video Stores, and Internet VOD.

Geographic reference: United States
Year: 2010
Market size: $7.8 billion
Source: USA TODAY, September 23, 2010, page 2B.
Original source: Screen Digest

Motion Picture and Video Industries

This industry comprises the whole large group of companies engaged primarily in the production and/or distribution of motion pictures, videos, television programs, or commercials; in the exhibition of motion pictures; or in the provision of postproduction and related services.

Geographic reference: United States
Year: 2002 and 2007
Market size: $62 billion and $80 billion respectively
Source: 2002 Economic Census and 2007 Economic Census, October 30, 2009. The 2007 data on the Information sector is available online here.
Original source: U.S. Bureau of the Census