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Artificial Intelligence To Boost The Esports Industry

The esports industry is looking at AI support to help improve tournament organisation and player engagement

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Artificial Intelligence provides support in many industries and now it is becoming a pillar in the world of esports.

The esports industry has come a long way in recent years, however, the journey has not always been an easy one. Limited tournament infrastructure and a lower number of organisations have restricted some of the market growth. Recently the industry has been tackling investment and funding issues in this difficult economic time.

These limitations have resulted in fewer revenue streams for players and team owners, and while some are reaping the benefits of the esports industry, others are struggling. However, back in 2017 Riot Games created the League of Legends for the North American and Europe regions, and tournaments such as Worlds 2022 have shown the huge scale these events can achieve.

AI to support esports

Structured tournaments and securing investments are important aspects of a healthy esports industry. However, we are also seeing AI become more prominent in the space as it becomes a useful tool for gamers and developers alike. Many players are requesting coaching apps, which are powered by AI.

SenpAI is a popular example of a gaming assistant that aims to help gamers play better and climb the ranks in professional tournaments. It can be used to offer strategies for some of the biggest and most popular esports titles such as Dota 2 and League of Legends. It also offers in-game guidance by providing in-depth stats for players to analyse.

React Gaming Group has shared plans to enhance the capabilities of its online esports tournament and betting platforms through the use of AI. Electronic Arts recently spoke on its Frostbite Labs team joining in partnership with OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT. Various others across the gaming and esports industry are looking toward AI to further expand their ecosystem, even Sony recently filed a patent for AI music recommendations.

CEO of React Gaming spoke on AI in the esports industry saying “Esports is a large and growing market with revenues that are expected to reach $1.87 billion in 2025, according to market analytics firm Statista. As this booming industry grows, AI is widely seen as having the potential to bring about significant revenue opportunities in the next decade. AI’s ability to automate repetitive tasks, make smart decisions, and analyse large amounts of data faster than humans, makes it a valuable tool for businesses across various industries, including gaming and esports.”

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Paige Cook is a writer with a multi-media background. She has experience covering video games and technology and also has freelance experience in video editing, graphic design, and photography. Paige is a massive fan of the movie industry and loves a good TV show, if she is not watching something interesting then she's probably playing video games or buried in a good book. Her latest addiction is virtual photography and currently spends far too much time taking pretty pictures in games rather than actually finishing them.

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