Significantly, the pandemic offers an opportunity for Nigeria to build her e-sports. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been an alarming increase in the use of internet technologies in varying sectors, the sports sector inclusive.
These include e-payment services, video conferencing technologies, cloud services and video streaming platforms. In the sports industry, Over-the-top (OTT) and video-on-demand (VOD) technologies are allowing sports bodies to bypass traditional TV, live matches, and reach consumers directly on computer, mobile phones and their smart TV.
Additionally, boosting the gaming industry in Nigeria has never been more feasible giving the present world realities. The biggest winner in light of this pandemic is the gaming industry. Consumers’ interest in sports games saw a 1054% upturn following the outbreak of the virus. Virtual betting and gaming still have a long way to go in Nigeria; restrictive laws and the difficulties of engaging in gaming business in Nigeria is stagnating this sector.