- After decades of growth, the video game industry finally edged past Hollywood for revenues in 2010 and is only gaining momentum. Global sales in 2013 were in the neighborhood of $90 billion.

- Not only are the biggest game studios raking in cash hand over fist, so are the world’s top players. While pro video game players were oddities once upon a time, the top players can now make a very good living at it. With prize money and sponsorships, top players can now earn $300,000 or more a year.

- Prize money varies, but one game – League of Legends – had over $5 million in prize money up for grabs at tournaments in 2014, including $2 million at the championship. Major League Gaming is the main sanctioning body for tournaments in North America but there are other “e-sport” leagues out there.

- While the U.S. is a hotbed for competitive gaming, South Korea is also big and some of the top Starcraft tournaments there have prize purses of a million dollars.

- The audience is also increasing. League of Legends is one of the top draws, and the One World Championships event alone drew over 32 million viewers in 2013. Millions more turned in for all of the preliminary games.

In-Car Video: A Moving Experience

In-car videoWhile catching up on the latest season of The Walking Dead isn’t recommended on your commute to work, there are a lot of good reasons why you should consider video in your vehicle.

In-dash systems are great for people who spend a lot of time sitting in their cars; overhead systems are great for large vehicles with two or more rows of seats to keep the soccer team happy; headrest-mounted systems are ideal for vehicles with one or two kids in the back. With the right setup you can even have two different shows going at once, or add a video game console into the mix!

Most AV Receivers have built-in DVD players, some of which have multiple disc changers. Some of the more advanced systems can stream digital video from smart phones, USB drives, Flash memory cards and other devices. Audio playback can either be through the vehicle’s speaker system or directly to headphones – wired or the wireless variety. Kids can listen to Sesame Street while you listen to music or sports.

The costs vary with the options that you would like — screen size, audio options, DVD options and more. Whatever your needs, we’ve got you covered.  For long drives and happy families, drop by the store to find the right system for you!

Some reasons to consider in-car video:

  • An average of 15 people die each day in the U.S. from distracted driving; kids can be very distracting unless you distract them first!
  • With airfare going up, more North Americans are choosing to take vacations near home, which means long drives that can be made shorter with a few videos.
  • Video is such a popular feature for parents that many minivans already come with at least one screen or already have the mounts in place so video can be added later.