eSports is making a big leap into the College Athletics scene. Beginning this coming Fall, eSports will be televised on the PAC-12 Network. PAC-12 Comissioner Larry Scott mentioned, “eSports is a natural fit for many of our universities located in the technology and media hubs on the country.” While the details remain unclear, there will be a mix of tournaments and various head to head matchups.
The UK is going to receive its first 24 hour eSports TV channel. Dubbed Ginx, it will be distributed to over 37 million homes, making it the largest eSports TV channel in the world. You can get more info about the channel at ginx.tv.
Research firm Newzoo had some interested numbers to report on streaming platform Twitch based on the last 10 months of data:
- Over 800 million hours of esports content was watched on Twitch (of that over 71 percent of that content comes from tournament organizers such as Riot Games and ESL)
- 231 million of the 800 was rebroadcast content, therefore most content on Twitch is consumed when it is live
- All that traffic makes Twitch the fourth largest website in the United States which certainly makes Amazon happy about their investment
Motherboard recently featured an interesting article about Buffalo Wild Wings. Calling it the ‘battleground for the acceptance of eSports’. The classic clash between nerds and jocks comes to mind.
Facebook signed Stephen Ellis, aka Snoopeh, to its Facebook partnerships team as a way of bolstering its eSports vertical. HyperX signed NBA player Gordon Hayward; he will be featured in marketing campaigns, product giveways, and even regularly streamed gaming sessions.
Turner’s two prime time broadcasts of their new ELeague averaged more than half a million viewers. That puts it at roughly 5 times as many viewers of the Heroes of the Storm matches that ESPN2 broadcasted in 2015 and 2016.
- More information about Quake Champions will be released at QuakeCon convention August 4th.
- The Last Guardian is coming to PlayStation 4 October 25th
- Skyrim Remastered is launching in October for all platforms.
- Resident Evil 7 finally got an official release date: January 24th, 2017.
- The Wooting One Keyboard aims to change PC gaming with its new Flaretech switches.
- Turtle Beach launched the Elite Pro line and recently signed the FaZe clan to their roster of partnerships.
Microsoft has been a very busy bee lately. The big LinkedIn acquisition for $26 billion isn’t the only thing Microsoft has been focused on. A plethora of recent gaming related announcements shows that Microsoft is serious about continuing to innovate in the gaming space. The Xbox One S (a 40% slimmer Xbox One with 4K Video Support); Xbox Play Anywhere (Buy once and get the game on both PC and Xbox One); and Xbox Design Lab (Design your own custom controller). Sprinkled in there was more information about Project Scorpio, Halo Wars 2, and Minecraft Realms. Kudos to Microsoft for