ESports, the name given to professional competitive gaming, is a booming business. Research firm Newzoo estimates that eSports will generate $1.1 billion by 2019, and the International Olympic Committee is considering eSports for inclusion in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Esports has adopted elements from traditional sports leagues, such as sponsorships, teams, and training camps, but it has thus
The deal sees Twitch gain exclusive streaming rights to more than 20 Blizzard eSports events over the next two years. Twitch Prime members get special loot and deals. In order for Twitch to survive and thrive in the shadow of the behemoth that is YouTube, it needs to secure exclusive content everybody will tune in to watch. And today, Twitch
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it’s commonly known, is a trade-show-meets-convention that relishes in unadulterated hype. Nearly every big-budget title is presented as an industry-altering product (until its sequel emerges a year or two later), and celebrities are paid a nice chunk of dough to feign cringe-worthy hipness and gamer cred at a major press conferences. But shrewd
When I was 18 years old, I dominated all challengers in Street Fighter II. (Well, most challengers.) I came as close to ruling the arcade roost as one can do without being the big bird. Two younger scrappers—Frank and Jose—reigned as the fighting-game gods at Coney Island’s legendary Faber’s Fascination, my local video-game venue. They had incredible reads. They had
According to a release, ESL will bring 5,500 hours of esports content to Facebook, with about 1,500 of that exclusive to the platform. That content includes the elite Rank S Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches as well as ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters events, all of it streamed in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and German. The network has also
According to the announcement, the park will include a “gaming university, cultural and creative park, animation industry park, creative neighborhood, Tencent cloud technology business community, Tencent cloud data center.” There are even talks of developing am on-site theme park and holding national esports tournaments there once construction is complete. Wuhu isn’t the only place Tencent is looking to build in.
The esportsTV channel will broadcast video game competitions 24/7, though you’ll have to be a subscriber of the pricey PlayStation Elite package to get it. PlayStation Vue subscribers who enjoy watching professional video gamers strut their stuff will soon have access to a dedicated channel from esports company ESL that will broadcast game competitions
The Blizzard eStadium, as it’s named, seats up to 250 fans. Our Engadget colleagues got a tour of the event center, which the company will use to host both local matches and international tournaments for the Asia-Pacific region. While we only managed to snag photos of the company swag up for sale at the venue’s shop, it’s a good bet