Before we get into the data a few HUGE caveats:
- The Magna Global/SBJ data is quantitative Nielsen data over time. The 32 median age for eSports is based on Nielsen's 2016 eSports report which is a survey. So while not a true exact comparison, it's the closest publicly released data point available.
- I won't even compare major Sports viewership vs. eSports - it's not even close
- While eSports viewers are almost 2 decades younger than an NFL viewer, the ad revenue is the size of an ant compared to the blue whale money machine of football
So how close can we get to accurate data?
Let's say...you may hear some news shortly. But there are a 2 additional data points I can add:
- There have been 50+ eSports programs on TV in the US from 2016 to today
- The average of those 50+ programs is ~55% within the 18-49 demo
While that still doesn't give us a definitive median age for eSports on TV, the current data falls closely to the 32 survey age.
However, I didn't include this point in the chart to avoid confusing digital and TV - please stop that already - but in terms of media and eSports future, I believe it's important:
While the median age of eSports on TV is ~32, the media age on streaming platforms is even lower at 25
TV is a $70B+ industry in the US. The NBA Finals draw 20M+ viewers - which has increased for the past 3 years. TV is not disappearing anytime soon especially with digital media mired in the "programmatic/DSP/SSP, it's-not-adtech-its-martech, brand safety, what's-a-view-exactly" mud.
But if your target audience is 18-49 and you believe that moving (1) :30 second commercial spot for $250,000 to eSports is not worth your time - your competitors will.