Now we know for sure eSports has arrived.
Legal Sports Report writes that “DraftKings announced the launch via its “Playbook:” “We’re launching an esports section on DraftKings, where you can play fantasy esports and win big money, just like you do now with football, baseball, and all the other sports we cover.”
“And, damn it, you should be excited about it. Fantasy esports are incredibly fun to play, and there’s always a big tournament or league happening at any given moment. There are dozens of different games being played competitively, and the players, games, and tournaments are constantly changing. It’s a fantasy lover’s heaven, where there’s always something new to look into, watch, and make picks for.”
DraftKings explains the venture here, making clear why they’re jumping into eSports: “Already this year, an estimated $45 million has been paid out to pro gamers in esports prize money over almost 3,000 tournaments— a 25% growth over 2014’s total prize money. That’s almost 10 tournaments happening every day, on average.”
“The money is here. The players are here. The audience is here. It shouldn’t surprise you that DraftKings is now leading the charge to bring fantasy games to esports.”
CEO Jason Robins further explains the venture during the RotoGrinders Daily Fantasy Podcast with Dan Back.
A video has already been posted that explains how to play League of Legends on DraftKings: