Level Up! Gaming and Esports Trends in 2021

In Partnership with Voices of Wall Street

As live sport events screeched to a halt due to COVID-19, television networks scrambled to fill their programming gaps. Enter gaming and esports companies like Activision Blizzard, Newzoo, and Electronic Arts.

Esports is, at its core, competitive video gaming. And while competitive video gaming has been around for some time now, the rise of live-streaming platforms such as Twitch and Youtube helped esports grow into a billion-dollar industry by the late 2010s. In 2018, more people watched Riot Game’s League of Legends World Championship than that year’s Super Bowl. The prize for the 2020 Dota 2 international tournament was over $40 million. These trends are projected to continue into 2021 and even post-pandemic life.

Public.com is teaming up with Voices of Wall Street to invite several gaming and esports experts to share their insights on where they see their industry going and answer questions in a live Q&A session.

This session is the first of our theme-based virtual event series. You can explore more themes on the Public Themes page.

*Just a talk. Not investment advice. See Public.com/disclosures/.


Hope King

Hope King is a business journalist based in New York. Hope has interviewed some of the top business leaders in the world, including Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella. Hope is currently Host and Multimedia Editor at IPO Edge and Voices of Wall Street. She’s also the founder and publisher of ‘unemployed together,’ a news project tracking the pandemic-induced economic crisis. Hope was previously a news anchor with Cheddar, where she led daily breaking news coverage from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and a reporter with CNN, where she covered Big Tech, startups, consumer electronics, and telecoms for a global audience.

Prior to her career in journalism, Hope spent seven years on Wall Street. Hope was vice president of business development for Merrill Lynch’s $200 billion discretionary investment management group before she left for grad school at Columbia Journalism.

Talk Partner: Voices of Wall Street

Voices of Wall Street is a video-first financial media company focused on stock news, industry trends, and insights from the sharpest minds on Wall Street and in business. The company believes everyone should have access to quality financial information, not just hedge funds and investment managers. VoWS has interviewed industry experts and executives from innovative publicly traded companies including fuboTV, Lemonade, General Motors, Jumia, Fisker, Desktop Metal, and more.