Fortnite World Cup: the $30m tournament shows esports’ future is already here

The question is not whether esports is the future of sports entertainment, but whether theres any possible scenario where its not Nearly all established sports are going through some degree of hand-wringing over attracting younger fans as their older core ages out. The death of monoculture and explosion of entertainment options, many accessible without leaving ones bedroom, have seen attendance drops across the board. MLB and NFL teams have fallen over themselves installing the addition of skateboarding, surfing and three-on-three basketball to next years Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The demographic theyre so thirsty for could be found in droves over the weekend at New Yorks Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where three days of sold-out crowds turned out for …