Why the Future of Esports Is Tied to Cryptocurrency


At the League of Legends World Championship Finals in South Korea last year, 100 million viewers tuned in to watch Invictus Gaming defeat Fnatic 3-0 and collect $2.4M in prize money. With its young, passionate and tech-savvy global audience, esports shares evident similarities with cryptocurrency. Not surprisingly, many predict great things for the twin industries whose future may lie intertwined.

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The $1 Billion Nut to Crack

With a 33% compound annual growth rate, the $1 billion esports market is highly lucrative. Hundreds of millions of fans regularly watch their esports heroes battle it out in games such as DOTA, League of Legends, Halo, and FIFA at live streamed events whose prize money can run into the millions. To its global audience of digital natives, accustomed to having everything they covet on demand, esports is to entertainment what cryptocurrency is to cash: the natural order of things. Most esports fans are too young to recall the before time, when games were played offline and money was physical.

Why the Future of Esports Is Tied to Cryptocurrency

Already, there are signs of a blossoming bromance between the esports and cryptocurrency industries, with an inflow of investment fueling the projected wave of cryptocurrencies focused around esports and blockchain gaming. Esports team-building platform Dreamteam recently closed a $5M seed round with Mangrove Capital Partners and has secured partnerships with major industry players including last year’s League of Legends finalists Fnatic. David Waroquier, partner at Mangrove Capital Partners, told “The massive growth in esports popularity mixed with the fact that gamers eagerly accept the newest types of technology is creating the perfect storm for blockchain. Using smart contracts for tournament winnings, player salaries and sponsorship money creates the fraud-proof environment esports needs in order to sustain its growth.”

Gaming and Cryptocurrency – the Perfect Pairing?

In addition to esports, the gaming industry at large has been aligning closely with the rails that run the cryptoconomy. Ripple turned heads last month when it was revealed to be the backer of a new $100M fund dedicated to blockchain-based games. “Gaming is a $140 billion global industry driven predominantly by digital microtransaction economies, which we believe will benefit immensely from the integrity and resilience of blockchain technology,” said Brett Seyler, the chief platform officer at Forte, the San Francisco-based startup that inked the deal with Ripple. As with esports, the similarities between gamers and cryptocurrency users are manifold.

Effective monetization is critical to sustaining video content creators, most of whom don’t boast the same numbers as the top esports professionals and Youtubers. Pewdiepie made headlines last week for joining live streaming platform Dlive, which accepts cryptocurrencies such as BCH and ETH for purchasing its native tokens. His actions have spawned an array of smaller creators to follow suit.

Why the Future of Esports Is Tied to Cryptocurrency

It remains to be seen whether crypto-friendly platforms such as Dlive last the course or prove to be little more than a flash in the pan. What’s less debatable is that the marriage of cryptocurrencies and gaming, in all its many forms, is inevitable. In case more evidence were needed, on April 15, $1 million puzzle game Satoshi’s Treasure launched, promising a bounty-laden bitcoin wallet whose keys have been divided into 1,000 fragments, spawning a global hunt for the prize pieces.

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Bitcoin Cash Milestones and Liberland’s Merit in the Weekly Video Update From


Cashshuffle mixes transactions worth millions of dollars, merchant locations listed on surpass 1,000, and Liberland’s Merit token, which is built on bitcoin cash, captures $1 million market cap. The video news update shared on’s Youtube channel covers these and other interesting topics this week.

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2,000 Cashshuffle Transactions

Since its launch in March this year, the bitcoin cash mixer Cashshuffle has seen a total of 8,625 BCH shuffled outputs and almost 2,000 Cashshuffle transactions. The platform’s developers have been able to maintain and improve the protocol thanks to donations from the community.

BCH developer Jonathan Toomim recently revealed progress with the Xthinner block compression protocol. The platform was tested between two Bitcoin ABC full nodes on the BCH main network with a 363 kB block being compressed down to 1,660 bytes, or 99.54% compression. An alpha version of Xthinner is in the works.

Meanwhile, another milestone in bitcoin cash adoption has been reached. The number of physical locations accepting BCH listed on has reached over 1,000. Merchants are grouped in over 40 categories including accommodation, food, entertainment, education, and crypto services.

Merit (LLM), the token minted by Liberland, has gathered a market valuation of $1.1 million since it was added to the Altilly exchange. Each of the 1 million LLMs was trading for over a dollar this week. The token, which is built on top of the Bitcoin Cash chain, was issued on March 11 using the Simple Ledger Protocol.

Finally, Youtube star Pewdiepie has announced he is joining Dlive. The video streaming platform supports cryptocurrency payments, including bitcoin cash, for the purchase of its native tokens. Dlive focuses on content creators and takes no platform cuts from users’ donations and subscribers.

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