Gambling Studies Program

E-sports and gambling convergence set to ignite business boom

Dr. Brett Abarbanel spoke at BC Lottery Corp.’s (BCLC) New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference on February 2. Dr. Abarbanel spoke of the convergence of these gaming and gambling components. E-sports are continually growing in popularity due to the hospitable environment, technologically and otherwise, it’s creating. Dr. Abarbanel talks about the similarities between e-sports and the traditional major sports leagues in this article. “These industries are meeting, and they’re absolutely exploding. We have multiple gambling variants, we have multiple gaming variants. We have combinations of crossovers: the gaming components are in the gambling games, the gambling components are in the gaming games.”