E-sports are on the rise amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to boxing promoter Kalle Sauerland.



The real-life sporting world has been thrown into chaos by the global health crisis - but Sauerland has responded to the situation in creative fashion, launching computer-versus-computer simulations from the 2011 Electronic Arts game 'Fight Night Champion'.

He told the BBC: "It's been huge success so far and it's growing. We'll still be boxing promoters at the end of all this but I think now is the time to reinvent the wheel a bit to keep people entertained."

E-gamer Amy Bayliss - who is known by her fans as Bamyleaf - is similarly enthusiastic about the current trend.

Amy has noticed an upturn in viewer numbers, and she admits the pandemic is the main driving force behind the spike.

She said: "There's a lot of people turning to live streaming right now because they're home and bored and everyone's feeling isolated.

"But it's not just about tuning in to see decent gameplay, it's just as much belonging and community."

Many countries around the world are currently in lockdown due to the pandemic, meaning people are heading online in order to keep themselves entertained.