Believe it or not, eSports are a thing. Grown men and women from around the world dress in sponsored sweatpants, sit in massive rooms and professionaly click until one of them is crowned the winner. Recently, Wargaming’s popular title World of Tanks has experienced a rather surprising growth. At a press conference in Poland, Victor Kisyli, the CEO of Wargaming, discussed the different accomplishments of the title within the competitive circuit.
Accordig to Kisyli, World of Tanks has grown from 30,000 players participating in 120 tournaments, to 200,000 players in over 1000. As a result, the company has decided to amp up their strategy and inflate their development budget ever-so-slightly.
Wargaming has announced that they’ll be investing $10 million into assuring the company continues to expand in the eSports realm. This, of course, follows 2013’s $8 million investment. “In the beginning, it was not so much us who wanted to introduce World of Tanks to eSports, it was the players themselves who wanted to be more competitive,” said Kisyli during the conference. With over 80 million registered players, it’s hard to deny their success, and even more so their desire to continue expanding the medium.
For more on World of Tanks’ future, be sure to check our one-on-one interview with Kisyli.