ESports has boomed during the global pandemic — here are the best platforms to help you get started – MarketWatch

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When I’m not writing articles on MarketWatch and designing websites and videos, I relax by playing Brawlhalla, a fighting game along the lines of Smash Bros.

Competing against twitchy teens and 20-somethings has put this 40-year-old guy’s reflexes to the test, but I’ve already invested over 1,900 hours in this challenge, so you could say I am serious. However, I need to get many more victories under my belt before I have what it takes to join one of many tournaments, which culminate in the 2020 Brawlhalla World Championship, a $200,000 event that brings together pros from all over the world.

If you think this is impressive, wait till you see what the rest of the competitive gaming industry’s been doing.

When the lockdown caught everyone by surprise, the eSports and game-streaming industry reaped the rewards. Both Twitch (owned by Amazon AMZN, -2.98% ) and YouTube (Alphabet GOOG, -2.12%   Source…

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