What parents need to know about esports

Average salaries for elite esports players tend to be around $50,000 USD (circa £40,000), with similar-sized prize pots for actually winning a tournament – plus the potential for money-spinning partnerships with the likes of Red Bull, Coca-Cola and BMW (all among esports’ major sponsors). Little wonder that many young people believe the route to esports stardom to be paved with gold. Sponsors may pay generously, but they are getting involved in esports to make money, just like any other commercial venture. The esports playing field, therefore, can be an unforgiving, high-pressure battleground for unwary young hopefuls, with unwelcome consequences for their physical and mental wellbeing. The NOS WakeUpWednesday guide tells trusted adults what they need to know

British Esports describes ‘esports’ as “competitive gaming, human-v-human, usually with a spectator element to it”. In recent years, the esports industry has grown significantly – and is expected to reach an overall worth of $1.2 billion, with around 30 million monthly viewers, by the end of 2022. This rapid evolution has presented even more opportunities … but, of course, opportunities usually come with a risk. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the potential hazards within the esports industry and suggested ways to help young people stay safe so they can make the most of this exciting space.

In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as in-game purchases, inappropriate content and possible exploitation.

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