DISCLAIMER: Now I am not a certified ESports person, I just have some knowledge of previous ESports models and how they became successful
Now from what I’ve seen from this game so far (I’ve been playing this game since the original alpha last August) it has potential to amount to become a very large ESport.
Evolve mechanics include a high amount of teamwork and a moderate amount of skill; and while people may argue that an ESport requires a high skill window, they cannot doubt that an ESport requires players, and you don’t get too many players through having a difficult game to get into. Having a moderate skill window also allows potential for viewers to become interested and not be drawn back by the difficulty of the game.
While Evolve has many positives to it’s ESports potential, it also has some negatives:
No open spectator system of any sort (The spectator is system is under development)
To have any successful ESport, the game MUST have a reliable spectator system. It gives people availability to view the game and promote it as a spectator sport.
No dedicated servers
The benefits that dedicated servers provide are difficult to list accurately. They are not required, but they are very beneficial.
I am NOT screaming anything at the devs. Just throwing mild suggestions in case they wanted Evolve to become some wort of ESport, which can definitely be done!