Tencent: Chinese esports market expected to grow to $1.5 billion in 2020Country’s esports userbase projected to grow to 350 million, accounting for 59% of global esports usersRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 27th June 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleTencentChina is already the world’s largest games market, and its esports market is a growing presence all its own. According to a report from Tencent, China’s esports market is expected to grow to $1.5 billion in 2020, up from $760 million in 2017.China Money Network released the details of Tencent’s report on the state of the Chinese esports market and projections through 2020. According to the report, China was the second largest esports market in the world at the end of 2017, reporting $104 million in revenue (41% increase YOY) to the United States’ $258 million (45% increase YOY). South Korea followed, having generated $49 million in revenue in 2017.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Tencent’s report doesn’t note on how the China-US comparison will fare by 2020. It does, however, project that Chinese esports users will grow to 350 million in 2020 and will account for 59% of an anticipated 590 million global esports users. That large userbase is currently one of the major factors keeping China so far ahead of more established, but smaller esports markets like South Korea. Currently, China’s esports users account for an even higher percentage: 64% of the 390 million user global industry.The report notes the growing influence of mobile as a way to consume esports content, though 52% of users still relied on official desktop websites for information over streaming sites or apps. By demographics, Tencent reports that 29% of all esports users are parents, while 24% are female.Correction: An earlier version of this story represented China’s current global esports market as 390 million users, when that number is actually representative of the total global market.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTencent in talks with US Committee to retain Epic and Riot stakesThe CFIUS is investigating whether user data handled by the two studios could constitute a “national security risk” because they are Chinese-ownedBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoTencent’s Timi Studios reportedly earned $10bn in 2020The Honor of Kings studio is the world’s biggest developer, Reuters reportedBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.