“[The] booming eSports space….. I think that is going to be the next ‘crypto wave’ for domains. I’m seeing so much action in that area.” – Drew Rosener on Domain Sherpa, Oct 2018
One of the fastest growing industries of our day is eSports. Startups in this space are spawning faster than Fortnite warriors and, more importantly, established corporations like Google, Sony, Microsoft, Doritos and Coca-Cola are investing at an increasingly rapid pace. Money is on the move. Just this week Epic Games announced it’s putting up $100 million dollars in prize money for competitions in 2019. The July, World Cup alone, will include $30 million in total prizes. But it gets better…..
According to the 2018 Global Esports Market Report and other sources:
- A 100,000 sq ft eSports stadium is being constructed in Arlington, Texas
- Tournaments can last up to 12 hours and are like marathon-style, pop concerts
- The eSports economy will grow 38% in 2019 to $905 million.
- The global audience will reach 380 million this year
- The industry is expected to reach $1.4 billion by 2020
- Brands and branding are expected to make up 77% of this financial growth
I smell opportunity here as some of this investment capital has got to be spent on domains.
Recent domain sales from NameBio:
- Esports.com sold for an undisclosed number of millions in 2018
- Esports.net $50,000 – 2017
- LiveVentures.com $45,000 – 2018
- Esports.io $40,000 – 2018
- Esports.co.uk $24,470 – 2016
- nGame.com $12,510 – 2017
- Esports.it $5,580 – 2018
- EsportsGuide.com $7,986 – 2018
- GameGift.com $7,848 – 2019
- EsportBet.com $5,000 – 2017
- GameWear.com $4,050 – 2019
- GameDayNation.com $2,288 – 2018
Existing eSport industry brands include:
Activision, Akamai, AstroGaming, BlizzCon, Caffeine, CodeRed, CriticalForce, DraftKings, DreamHack, DreamTeam, EdenGames, EngineShop, EpiCenter, EpicGames, eSportsHQ, eSportsify, eSportsMogul, eSportsOne, EvilGenius, FanAI, FemaleLegends, GameDigital, GameForge, GameInformer, GameLynx, GamerSensei, GamerWall, GamesBeat, GameSpot, GamesRadar, GameWorks, Glory4Gamers, GlobalGaming, GoodGame, GosuGamers, GreenManGaming, HackaDay, HackerBot, Hive, HiRez, Hyperice, HyperX, HyPixel, Newzoo, OverWatch, PopDog, RiotGames, SkillShotMedia, Smite, Steam, SuperLeagueGaming, TopGolf, Twitch, Ubisoft, WarCraft, WeAreNations and Zowie.
Some slang words and phrases from the eSports community:
Ace, Aggro, AutoAttack, Blink, Brush, Buff, Build, Burst Damage, Carry, Caster, Channel, Cheese, Clan, Cool Down, Dennis, Dive, Farm, Feeding, Flaming, Fog of War, Frag, Gank, Griefing, Inting, Juke, Jungler, Kiting, Laning, Meta, Minions, Nerf, Rekt, Rush, Salt, Shot Caller, Shutout, Skins, Smoke, Snowball, Spawn, Squishy, Strat, Streamer, Tilt and Zerg.
My dot-com acquisitions for the gaming and eSports space:
Rousted, Simucast, Certasport, Combatica, StreakLabs, InventCraft, Powerator, RivalChamp, PlayBrook, BattleKill, Fortifyy, Acticraft, ZenStrike, SquadGo, RivalPower, TeamReboot, TurboCrest, UserSkill, RivalShield, AstroChamp, Stealthish, GiantHit and SwiftAxe.
I’m also in the process of acquiring a sports betting domain that I have high hopes for. The deal is not complete so I can’t reveal it just yet.
Meanwhile, what gaming and eSports related domains do you own?
Let us know in the comment section below.