Bloomsbury has snapped up the "first and definitive book on esports" by by Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner.
Matthew Lowing, commissioning editor at Bloomsbury Sport, acquired world English language rights from Nick Walters of David Luxton Associates. Publication of This is Esports (and How to Spell It) in May 2020 will be supported by a significant publicity and marketing campaign. Bloomsbury Sport will publish the book on the 28th May 2020 in trade paperback at £12.99
Over 500 million people worldwide watch esports—a type of competitive gaming—a figure that has more than doubled in the past five years, said Bloomsbury Sport.
"Millionaire champions, packed-out arenas, celebrity-backed teams, and tens of millions of viewers at any given moment, esports is an astounding subculture little known to many," reads the synopsos. "Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner, an award-winning broadcaster described by ESPN as the ‘voice of esports’, brings us the first, definitive book on the fastest-growing entertainment phenomenon in the world. This is Esports (and How to Spell It) contains fascinating facts, stories and insider insights that will appeal to those already immersed in the scene as well as readers looking to understand basics."
Chaloner said: "I've spent the best part of 20 years helping to build an industry I love and it brings me great joy to see more discover it daily as it bursts into the mainstream. In Bloomsbury I could not have been more excited to find a partner and publisher that shared my vision and excitement for a book that is not only fascinating to those that are new to esports, but also the hard-core fans; this book will demystify and lift the lid on all aspects of the world of esports."
Lowing added: "Entering and understanding the fascinating world of esports can at first seem daunting, and that is why Bloomsbury Sport is delighted to publish this definitive guide. Written by an esports broadcast legend, and the most prolific and recognisable face in esports, there is no person better placed to deliver such a book than Paul. Written with accessibility, insight and humour, Paul has delivered a stunning text which will make anyone who reads it a complete esports convert."