Esports is huge in China, and the numbers prove it.
Having been officially recognized by the Chinese government as a profession, the esports industry is set for a massive growth, with an expected 500,000 jobs to be filled in 2020, reports the China Economic Net.
The value of the market is expected to also hit 21.1 billion RMB (US$3.1 billion), up from 2018’s 8.48 billion RMB (US$1.2 billion). It’s growing so fast that esports companies in China are having trouble filling up jobs — there are currently about 260,000 vacancies for esports, with only 50,000 employed so far.
It’s not just about the professional gamers, of course, as China’s looking to fill up jobs in the supporting roles, with experts in China suggesting that e-sports curriculum should be focused on management, coaching, hosting or broadcast-related fields.
The report also suggested that schools in China are seeing an uptake of students looking to study in esports, though parents are still unsure of this career choice, associating esports as “just playing games”.