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Qualcomm: esports viewers in US beat MLB, NBA, NHL -- closing on NFL

In the US, Qualcomm says esports will have more viewers than EVERY professional sports league BUT the NFL by 2021.

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Published Wed, Dec 4 2019 4:36 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:46 AM CST

Qualcomm may have launched a trio of new SoCs at its annual Snapdragon Summit, including the new Snapdragon 765, 765G and flagship Snapdragon 865 -- but mobile gaming and esports are a huge focus, too.

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Let's start with the fact that gaming accounts for a gigantic 43% of all smartphone use, but an even larger (and more eye-opening) 74% of all app store spend. ThIs is serious business, and there are tens of billions of dollars per year to be made -- and it is all continuing to grow.

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When it comes to esports, Qualcomm noted during its Snapdragon Summit that they expect 518 million esports viewers in 2020, which is a huge deal.

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More specifically, esports viewers in the US is really growing with Qualcomm expecting to see more viewers in esports than every single professional sports league -- except for the NFL -- by 2021. This is another crazy statistic, something I wish I could jump into a time machine and show my teachers and parents when I was growing up.

Note: Qualcomm flew me out to the Snapdragon Tech Summit, covering my hotel and flights. Many thanks for the geek out in Maui, Hawaii!

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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