In an effort to provide some insight into the state of esports and the upcoming expansion of League of Legends to North America, NBC’s “Today” show guest, Zac Powers, joined the show to talk about the ongoing story of the esports phenomenon and what’s going to happen in the near future.
“This isn’t a problem that’s going away,” Powers said.
“It’s not going away.
It’s not something that we can stop.
The problem is that there’s a huge, massive disconnect between what we think of as esports and what we see as actual esports.
That disconnect is happening right now.
I don’t know what’s causing it, but I know that people are not willing to have the conversation about the actual esports scene.”
As Powers continued to talk, he spoke to two esports personalities who have been on the frontlines of the industry, Riot Games esports talent, and the creator of League, Brandon “Hiko” Johnson.
Powers and Johnson discussed the ongoing problems within esports, as well as how these issues are likely to affect the future of esports in the long run.
“When you’re talking about the esports industry, the problem is it’s still in its infancy,” Powers told Powers.
“We have a lot of talent in the game.
We have a few thousand people in the league, but the real esports industry has tens of millions of people that are actively involved.
That’s what’s holding the industry back.
I think that the problem that we’re having right now is that we haven’t had enough people willing to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to play esports.
I’m willing to do this for a living, and I’m doing it for a lot more money.’
We’re not getting enough of that.”
The show also touched on the ongoing controversy that is surrounding the League of Legend World Championship, which is scheduled to take place in August.
Powers said he doesn’t think that League of Legendary players are the only ones that are concerned with the event, but he does think it is the most significant one in recent memory.
“I think the biggest issue in the world right now for League of legend players is that it’s kind of been going on for a while now,” Powers added.
“I think it’s not just going to stop anytime soon.
If anything, it’s going be going on at a higher level.”