The esports industry is growing faster than anyone could have predicted it would a few years ago.

Sure, games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and Starcraft II had already been around for a while, but they weren’t nearly as popular then as they are now.

More importantly, the professional esports scene was shabby and unremarkable back then. In these past few years, though, the industry has reached a point where it’s managing to sell out world-renowned stadiums. And, you know what? This industry is only going to keep growing — exponentially.

As more players discover and fall in love with the games, and as the professional scene continues to gain notoriety, this industry will begin to challenge traditional sports. It’s already happening. In fact, I’d wager that esports will overtake most traditional sports in popularity some time in the next ten years. Quote me on that.

Currently we’re seeing a massive increase in the industry’s market value and an increasing number of high-profile investors (like former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox, or famous Paris sporting club PSG) buying teams in prominent esports leagues. This isn’t misguided hype. It’s the real deal.

That’s where Obilisk comes in.

This industry is growing rapidly and it’s many needs are steadily being met. One of the essential features of any thriving media industry is news and analysis, and currently, the esports world is rather limited in this area.

That’s why I decided to create Obilisk Esports, a fully dedicated subsection of Obilisk — to give an honest, critical, and analytical look at the esports industry, as is the custom here at Obilisk.

So here’s to Obilisk, and here’s to esports: the future of sports entertainment.

— Moeen Eshraghi, Obilisk Founder