E-Sports has already made appearances on TBS, ESPN, CW, and Disney as a new and upcoming sport.
To put into perspective the amazing growth of E-Sports popularity, ESPN broadcasted League of Legends, which topped 2014 NBA Finals views. According to ESPN, 27 million watched the League of Legends final in Seoul, while 18 million tuned in to watch the San Antonio Spurs claim a victory over the Miami Heat.
Recent numbers say over 71 million people watch E-Sports (most viewing happens through Twitch) Market research performed by Newzoo and Repucom gathers that by 2017 there will be 145 million E-Sport enthusiasts. The industry itself made 194 million last year and by 2017 it is hoping to make upwards of 456 million.