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IBM has announced its debut into the esports arena through a multi-year deal inked with the Overwatch League. 

Esports is roughly described as competitive videogaming, team-based play, and digital tournaments. The industry goes far beyond a casual, friendly gaming session between friends, however, as professional teams have now formed to face other groups worldwide. 

Interest in the industry continues to grow, perhaps propelled further by the travel and social restrictions imposed by COVID-19. In August, for example, Singapore set up a new, official trade body dedicated to driving forward a “sustainable” esports ecosystem in the country. 

See also: Singapore looks to power esports gameplay with new trade body

As esports competitions and entertainment sessions are able to be conducted remotely with the help of cloud technologies, high-speed broadband, and analytics, technology giants appear to be keen to establish a presence in the emerging space. 

On Friday, IBM announced the new

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