Fiber Connectivity: the Wheaties of E-Sports
Fiber Broadband Association, , 3/27/2019
Video games are no longer 8-bit side scrollers played on a living room television. Today, they are online, played by millions of gamers across the globe -- including my son. Online gaming also launched the phenomenon of competitive organized gaming known as "e-sports," and it's quickly become a billion-dollar industry.
Players across the globe compete at Fortnight, Madden, Call of Duty and many other games, via their residential Internet connections. Investors, broadcasters and brands want to get in on the action, something they see as a major opportunity. But one overlooked piece of the e-sports puzzle is the infrastructure required to transmit all this data while simultaneously creating a seamless experience. Because gamers demand uninterrupted connections, they need ultra-fast, symmetrical access with low latency and high quality of service. Right now, only fiber really delivers.
Who is watching? Who is playing?
Fan favorite? Fiber
Fiber connectivity -- both in the home for gamers, and in stadiums and convention centers for e-sports athletes and spectators -- is necessary to grow the e-sports industry to its full potential. Our research with RVA shows fiber is faster and more reliable than cable, DSL and cellular. If fans want to play or watch their favorite competitors live without lagging or buffering, they need a high-speed fiber broadband connection.
Fiber's All-Star future
Fiber: It's the Wheaties for e-sports and our entire connected future.
— Lisa R. Youngers is President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA), the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas. Follow them on Twitter @fiberbroadband.
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