Stockhead: Global lockdown drives big demand for esports

The esports sector entered 2020 with aspirations for a good year ahead, similar to many others. But where it differs is that COVID-19 has not destroyed its aspirations.

With hundreds of millions of people globally now confined to their homes for anything non-essential, the demand for Esports will likely take off.

iCandy Interactive (ASX:ICI) is one of the handful of ASX stocks that are in the esports sector.

Chairman Kin Wai Lau says his company too has a big few weeks ahead. iCandy will launch two major games in the next month, one of which already has 500,000 pre-registered users.

“People are spending more time on computers — whether that translates into additional revenues is too early to tell. But across the industry everyone is saying there are a lot more gaming sessions and time spent online,” he told Stockhead.

“People are looking for ways to socialise with their friends online, particularly people in isolation.

“We have tried to push forward the product launch as soon as possible because the market is looking for these –>

iCandy develops games and publishes them on an online library, which already holds nearly 300 games. The company has headquarters in Malaysia and Australia, where it is listed, but operates globally.