The owner of Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban has recently revealed that he is interested in getting onto the eSports bandwagon, reports reveal.
The reports coming in state that the billionaire from Dallas has made it very clear that he is “all in” on the eSports scene and said that he wants to be in on the next big thing in the world of sports. In the past, Cuban has been on the side of gamers and has been an active investor in the eSports industry since quite a while. Now, it looks like he is going to be the owner of a new eSports franchise very soon.
Speaking with TMZ on the matter, Cuban said that he is interested in owning a team for the popular eSports game, League of Legends. For those who do not know, the game is considered the most played around the world by many standards and is arguably the biggest competitor to the other popular eSports game, Dota 2.
TMZ reports that Cuban revealed to them that he is interested in starting a team for League of Legends and wants to be both the backer and the operator for the new project. What this basically means that he is going to fund the project and is also going to be doing what he does best, taking charge and managing the team and project on his own.
The eSports industry is on the rise and League of Legends has been in front of the pack with the game generating over $1.5 billion in revenues in the year 2015, according to a research report. Cuban said that while he is a “noob” at League of Legends, it is a fast paced competitive online game and he considers it a real sport. He said that people are going to figure out the game really soon and there is going to be a fan following for it in the near future. He added that this is the reason why he wants to be in on the scene and has shown interest in owning a team for the game.
As of January 2014, there are more than 67 million people who have played League of Legends. This translates to around 27 million users per day on average with around 7.5 million hours of gameplay in peak hours. Also, the 2014 and the 2015 World Championships for the game awarded a massive prize of $2.3 million to the winners which ranks among the highest prize pools for any competition in recent history.
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