38 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2018
Date Written: March 30, 2018
We analyze careers of eSports professional players. Professional video gaming is a fast growing spectator ‘sport’ with huge fan bases. The industry has been able to monetize this spectator demand to offer tournament prize money that now exceeds $100,000,000 per year. While tens of thousands of eSport gamers have earned prize money, only a few hundred earn enough to remain professional gamers exclusively. We examine three aspects of professional eSport player careers. First, we find a ‘superstar’ effect in which increases in prize money draws amateurs into the professional ranks. We examine the effects of age and experience on player productivity. We show that career exits reflect a quick resolution regarding the uncertainty a player has regarding his actual ability.
Keywords: eSports, Superstars
JEL Classification: J60, L96
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