- Lockdown has fuelled short-term growth for esports, while devastating real sports
- But the video-gaming boom is likely to continue after the pandemic, as traditional sports leagues invest in esports to draw in younger fans
Ibai Llanos is not like other football pundits. The 26-year-old social media star has little professional experience in the sport; instead, he rose to fame commentating on video-game tournaments, known as esports.
But Llanos was the voice that Spanish football fans heard when they tuned in to last week’s clash between local rivals Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, the first La Liga match to be shown live on Twitch – an Amazon-owned (US:AMZN) video-streaming platform that usually broadcasts esports competitions.