Over the last decade, we’ve had the privilege of nurturing the rapid growth of esports. Once an unknown sport, esports is now quickly displacing more traditional sports and growing at rapid scale. Last year, viewers watched an astonishing 18.6B hours of content and, this year, the industry is expected to surpass $1B in revenue. This phenomenal growth is bringing significant job opportunities too, and not just for the players and trainers. We’re now seeing thousands of jobs being created for software engineers, content creators, data analysts, game designers, social media specialists, venue operators, accountants, lawyers and more.
This global phenomenon is something that Alienware and Team Liquid have been cultivating together for the last 10 years, which included opening two top-of-the-line training facilities across two different continents. But as we look to the future of esports, we see an opportunity to be more inclusive. Bottom line: everyone who wants to play should feel welcomed in the gaming community. This drive towards a more equitable society is a priority for us at Dell Technologies and a key component of our Progress Made Real plan that guides how we use our reach, technology, and people to create change within our company and a positive, lasting impact on the world.
So how does this manifest itself in the gaming industry?
Today, in partnership with Team Liquid, we are announcing our Good in Gaming initiative. Driven by a shared vision of a gaming community where everyone feels respected and included, Good in Gaming will follow the tenets of community, education, empowerment and competition.
Recognizing the power role models, those who have inspired us to dream big and work towards our goals, Alienware and Team Liquid will offer a breadth of opportunities for young gamers including mentorships, scholarships and internships. This will help individuals grow, giving them access to invaluable opportunities, resources and connections, especially in the often-insular world of esports and broader gaming community. So, whether your passion is to play on the battleground or drive behind-the-scenes action, the gaming world has a place for you.
Good in Gaming is going to make it easier for everyone to game. While the top esports pros regularly play in arena settings, aspiring champs need high-quality opportunities too. That is why we are planning a series of web events for not only members of the Alienware family, but open for everyone to participate in, with great prizes as well as opportunities to give back to the community.
And in the months ahead, we will announce specific programs: from mentorship,intership and scholarship programs; online resources for aspiring esports pros; and tournaments welcoming of everyone with the will to compete. We hope that, with the introduction of these programs, we c