We’ve covered, ad nauseam, the importance of eSports to the consumer electronics retail community. ESports is a global platform where gamers come together and compete in competitions that literally hand out millions of dollars. And this community of gamers is far larger than you might realize. It’s not just kids playing games for hours in front of their computer monitor or television. Oh, and they’re willing (and do!) spend boatloads of money per year on software and gaming accessories.
All the more reason for CE retailers to care about the gaming and computer accessories space. And all the more reason why we decided to highlight eSports during CE Week 2017 in New York recently. On the show floor, eSports had a major presence—especially at the Ingram Micro pavilion. There, companies like MSI, Intel, Cherry, Samsung, BenQ, and others showed off the products and accessories that they produce and that fuel this market.
But eSports also played a part in the CE Week 2017 conference program. A couple of those names listed above agreed to give us a few minutes of their time to take a deep dive into the world of gaming, the role they play in it, the role CE retailers can play in it, and where the market is heading over the next few years.