Wargaming CEO Victor Kisyli has pledged that his company will invest $10 million into improving and developing features that support eSports in 2014. At a press conference in Warsaw, Poland, Wargaming CEO Victor Kisyli said that there has been a huge upswing of interest in World of Tanks for eSports in the last two years. In 2012, 30,000 pro players took part in 120 World of Tanks tournaments, while in 2013 that number climbed to 200,000 players across more than 1,000 World of Tanks tournaments, according to Wargaming's calculations.
Wargaming says that it has dedicated an entire team to work on expanding its presence in the eSports scene, which it invested $8 million into supporting in 2013.
"With our eSports team we founded a company within the company," he said. "They take care not only about game features to cater to spectators, but also about the physical organization of the tournaments."
"In the beginning, it was not so much us who wanted to introduce World of Tanks to eSports, it was the players themselves who wanted to be more competitive."
Kisyli also said during the press conference that World of Tanks now has 80 million registered players worldwide.