I think we’re still on that trajectory where that rate of change is really high. So maturity means that through trial and error around the world we figure what this picture looks like. We’ll begin to solve some of the unknowns in this multi-varied equation and I think that we aren’t there yet.
That also seems to be where we’ve hit a plateau, and what’s interesting is that when a lot of new investors coming in who are used to NBA arenas or football in Europe and they say ‘should these things be played in a venue like [the] Staples [Centre] day-in, day-out every week?’ If that’s our future that’s a very distant part of the future. We’re figuring out the week on week live audience experience as well as international events.
That’s an open question. A lot of people say of course, go local, it makes all the sense in the world and there are advantages to that: local attendance, local fandom, local sponsors - it does unlock a lot of positives. But we have to ask ourselves whether we’re walking back into history.
And teams, and players. It’s organisations and groups that can help us run the league, help us fund the league, and help us make decisions on how things go forward. How this looks is going to be different from region to region based on the partners that are around and where the sport is. There’s not one singular league; there are 13 individual leagues trying to find their way with us also trying to maintain a degree of global consistency. There is no organisation out there that can just swoop in and wave a magic wand.
When it comes to equality, and the opportunity, eSports is a fantastic place for this to happen because everyone is equal on [the] Rift. If you look at whether diversity can work well in eSports, the answer is ‘absolutely!’ We don’t need to create a women’s league because on the Rift people are equal.