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Hearthstone Esports to be Run by ESL Until 2022
"Digital media podcasting and video programming. Please reach out to e-sports network CEO Mark dimmick using the email in the bio of this show. The sooner we get a sponsor the song. I don't have to lead every single episode with that read so into the show. I'm a huge her Stone fan, but man the games Esports scene never really took off the biggest moment to compared to the events were probably firebat off the first championship back in 2015 and paddling book were RNG absolutely smoked amnesiac in a key matchup, but through many formats and different attempts at creating an Esports structure the Carfax from blizzard never really came together in the right way and it was kind of in danger of dying but now ESL is taking over blizzard has allowed ESL door on her Stony Sports through 2022 according to a, New Jersey. Log post this is kind of what blizzard does wouldn t Sports scene starts to falter in one of their games. It happened to both Starcraft and Warcraft in the past as well. The blog post honestly doesn't give a ton of info about changing the structure which makes me think they'll be keeping the grand Master's and her Stone Masters to her formats largely intact the post basically says it will impact both sections of her Stony sports, but not in what we do know that the total prize pool for each calendar year will be three million dollars. That's pretty large for any card game. Especially Hearth with her Stone now bring the total blizzard titles under esl's control to
SportQuake CEO on Launching EsportQuake, Getting Cristiano Ronaldo into Garena Free Fire
"Fire at freeflyer is actually one of my favorite games to focus out of the Esports gaming world right now due to its massive success primarily in Brazil, which also makes it a natural choice for football partnership home considering Brazil's love of football going back decades and this partnership centered around operation quota, which debuted in December and allowed players of free fire to play em as Cristiano Ronaldo the which is pretty cool deal Matt. How did that deal come about? What was the process like to bring one of the biggest names in the world? It's Sports in other entertainment and so like Liberty into a mobile Battle Royale greater freefire. Yeah, it was it was a really exciting project to work with the guys on Thursday from the whole kind of ideation and blueprint of the idea through to the the integration and Page the final execution both in terms of the in-game integration and and the marketing around the partnership I think life to start at the beginning. I set up sport Quake fifteen years ago, and I had a background in media and Thursdays soccer or football a depending on what we're calling it today, and I'd worked at a number of large advertising agencies and then moved into sport media page. With Sky Sports is the Premier League host broadcaster and then spent four years as commercial director at Tottenham Hotspur, which is one of the big three London football franchises wage. And when I set up sport quake in that time over the. I view is very much that we're in a world where they, you know Sports Media Tech and gaming increasingly are coming more and more together and we're seeing lots of really really interesting collaborations as a result of that and primarily right. It's about bringing these two different audiences together to create more impact and awareness. And so as you and and your listeners, no doubt will be aware or if not, you know free fire, which is owned. No, Karina which is part of the C group. We've worked with the c group to some time and we've worked with an e-commerce business they have which is very strong in Southeast Asia that offers a service similar to Amazon in those markets and see is actually the best performing Chef globally over the last twelve months. I think it's kind of five EXT over the last twelve months and is within that organization as the e-commerce business Sharpie. It has to read free flight and we're done some work with with Sharpie with Ronaldo in the fall of 2018 and it performed extraordinarily well and through that and then relationships with out throughout the group the guys that Greener thoughts. It could be something here to do something with him as well. But with their own sort of twist and that was really where the kind of Genesis of the idea came from to bring his audience and IP together with With Their audience and they obviously are the the number one game. If not, the number one guy one of the the very top games in the world. I mean, I think they have something like two hundred and fifty million downloads and a hundred million daily sneezes and and Ronaldo himself in terms of his social media following putting aside what he delivers through the TV platform around baseball games. He his social media follow me is is the biggest in the world or anyone right? So he's got over for bigger than the cardassians bigger than J Lo and a dog Oh force and he's got something like four hundred and fifty million plus followers. And so the idea was to bring these two giants together in Partnership. Absolutely. I pulled up the list of the most played mobile games by player count and you said four hundred fifty billion. That's exactly what grade at last reported. According wage is article it August 2019, but they were one of the most downloaded mobile games in the world in 2019 to your point and have driven just a pretty insane bout of viewership at my favorite example of just sort of how big Great a free-fire is is the Esports organization loud gave a down in Brazil. They launched in I think mid June 2018 and have crossed their one point seven billion views on their YouTube channel for comparison the FaZe Clan account, which has been running for ten years now and has numerous viral videos is that just over what billion views so two years loud gaming which focuses almost entirely a great a free fire has completely surpassed FaZe Clan's called Dead output. Yeah, really quickly that just kind of gives you an idea of hey, this is how popular this game is. And and I think really where their their their view was listen, and as the market leader, we really want to lead and and and set the agenda and you know clearly we have as you just said large choice, you know of of of of gamers in terms of you know, everything from Hardcore to get real Gamers, but there's something really exciting here that we think we could do to Delight. Both are are cool gaming fans while also bringing in even more mainstream players to the game and also just kind of Setting the agenda for the industry in terms of you know, this is how you do these collaborations. Absolutely, that's really crucial to and let's talk a little bit about that collaboration. We you mentioned how everything is coming together and free fire it off is actually representation of just how far Tech has advanced recently. What do you think about what mobile games were even four or five years ago to the point that there now seems reals which is the most server intensive Gabe that you could a badge it with 100. I'm not sure how many people actually drop into free-fire but you know, the typical number is 100 people dropping in at the same time as to do that auto mobile photo, but will technology and something that old he became possible in the last few years. And now you also see at the same time the ability to bring Cristiano Ronaldo into the game and that's something that you know, we've seen with games like FIFA in the past where they model people they model real athletes in those situations, but there's something different to bring home. Into a battle royale, I'd have the play a character this case kro. Do what had to happen on the back end to make this a reality. Was there any hesitation for any of the parties about potential free Christian although into a game like free fire? Yeah, so so obviously we've worked with Ronaldo and his people a number of times before the great relationship with them. And as I say, he had worked with us before with their e-commerce business shopping and so there was a relationship with the group home and we obviously talked him through the the opportunity. We Karina and very much felt that the worst some things to be aware of around the table game it was but that if we executed it in in the right way that it could be really amazing. And so, you know and and back to your point about the the quality of of tech and delivery nowadays, you know and and huge shout-out to to Garena, you know, they they they pull together this amazing kind of personality and character both conceptually and also graphically off and it was developed in conjunction with Cristiano and his team as well in terms of the various things that he could do and so forth and so, you know the exit the idea Asian execution that have been phenomenal when as you say that, you know, we wouldn't be able to do that if if take wasn't where it where it is where is today off? But yes, it's it's really it's really amazing and the thing that's so you
Professional video-gamer, 25, bows out over thumb injury
"Due to a thumb injury. Thomas Papa Rato, also known as Zuma announced he's taking a step back from competitive call of duty. Operator would played for the East sports team called the New York sub liners. He struggled with a weakness in his thumb and wrist a few years ago and had to have surgery since then. Pop. Arado says the injury has returned, making it difficult for him to compete at the highest level against some of the best players in the world. Little human. NBC NEWS RADIO The New
New Markets Interested in Call of Duty League Expansion Teams According to Report
"Minutes. using the email in the bio of this show off. Let's get to the episode. Well the o w l expanded quickly and now is appeasing owners concerns over the lofty buy-ins. The CDL is apparently going in the other direction have the CDL off the original o w l timeline after the season which just wrapped back in August. The CDL would have added eight new expansion teams. Now that didn't happen and probably for a few reasons first and most obviously wage. There's the cold thing to deal with it's hard to explain in normal times and it doesn't make a ton of sense to start up a brand new franchise tied to a city that you will be able to compete in for a while, but the other issue is that 9 a.m. League really seems to be delivering on its investment and we've had a little time for the dust to settle the CDL is certainly closer and appears to be on an upward trajectory. Unlike the o w l but getting people to invest $25 million dollars or more in spots is only becoming a tougher sell as the years go on. Apparently the CDL at least has a few new suitors though. Although we haven't confirmed if those new exact spots will still be going for twenty five mil and those spots will not be added until after this upcoming season according to star in the rumor cities to possibly be getting teams are Las Vegas Washington DC from Charlotte. Although again, nothing set in stone there for Vegas. It would certainly fit as the city has recently added NHL W NBA and NFL teams and is in the mix for potential NBA team as well and has a cult fan. I'd be stoked to have a team based in my city for sure when looking specifically at the league structure the big difference between the o w l and CDL is where the franchises are located compared to the o w l Five teams operating out of Asia and another three Western teams joining them for this upcoming year. There's kind of a different dichotomy in where the teams come from, and that's mostly because Call of Duty is entirely different title, and I'm like literally it's completely different game made for the Chinese audience. So you won't expect any teens in Asia like you get with the o w l still Activision Blizzard head of leagues. Johanna fairies didn't confirm those enticing but said to stern quote, it's fair to assume. We're hearing interest not only from North American hotbeds even across the pond in Europe and Beyond and quote not exactly sure. We're beyond my referred to in this case as we've kind of ruled out Asia as potential growth sister, but maybe Soul could could happen. I'm not not entirely sure. It'll be interesting to see where that expansion ends up taking place or if it does end up taking place. And also what the buy-ins are rumored to be for those slots. That's Office episode of the Esports minute as always. I'll be back tomorrow at the top e Sports story today and just a few
The Gamer Hour - Chris Puckett Interviews NFL RB Nyhiem Hines
"Off enjoying the New York Gamers sick of Cold War cyberpunk yet. Well, no worries cuz we've got you covered. Okay, we don't but we're talking the games that will hello everybody. I'm Chris bucket broadcast out of the one and only Times Square New York City and Reuters studio with the power of Turtle Beach and Rocket backing us up again tonight. As you know with the New Year comes new games and that's right. We prepare another specialist for you this time without any bad eggs. Just the good ones all scrambled up developed to Perfection and here they are our very own top ten. Most anticipated game. games of 2021 coming in at number ten is got some nights in this game you play as one of Batman's allies years after his death got them as falling into the wrong hands and you are faced with making or breaking alliances along the way with a bunch of other moral choices. To be honest, though. I'm just pumped to be playing as the Riddler walking around and annoying Catwoman with stupid questions. Number nine goes to outriders this third person shooter RPG allows you to customize everything and when I say everything I'm talking about your character for separate classes weapon skills skins and your dog. No seriously Fido is getting a makeover next month. And number eight on our list is Monster Hunter rise staying true to the franchise. This game allows you to play as a hunter and hunt you guessed. It Monsters the world completely seamless and you'll explore new environments with different types of beasts 2 take on the game is set to release on March 26th, and all I can say is congrats which owners you can finally play something up an animal crossing at number seven is one bolt 3 if you took American football and the Warhammer universe and combine the two you get portable 3 instead of football players though. It's monsters and things took a little extra physical. We're talking about dismemberment and decapitations. Yeah. It's pretty gruesome stuff moving on at number six is a game that comes out this week sand of time Thursday we make sand of time is regarded as one of the greatest action games of all time that no one played the original game want Seventeen years ago and received critical praise for everything from combat some level design. And so unique mechanics in the ability to rewind time to perfect your combos. All I can say is where was this feature when I was learning Tech and all those years back coming in at number five is Resident Evil Village, the long-awaited sequel a Resident Evil 7 will continue the storyline where seven left off and introduced us to new characters in mechanics putting us back into that world. The question is do I should be put back into that world. He'll know I don't that game was terrified when Grandma came through the window. I lost my shit and my headset hitting number four on our most anticipated games of 2012 or on Wednesdays Far Cry 6 in this Far Cry you play as a Guerilla fighter on a fictional island in the Caribbean trying to topple a dictatorship. This will be the largest Far Cry game yet in the divorce has even said if you tried to walk from one side of the island to the other it would take over an hour. Wow bond hearing this new Skyrim Gamers replied with an hour. Try three hundred years. Number three on our list is Hitman 3 in case you were wondering Hitman 2 was number two on our list last year and the games. Well, they keep getting worse the further. They go into the franchise just like the Pirates Caribbean movies take that Johnny Depp on a serious note though Hitman 3 will conclude the current Trilogy and featured the same open-ended assassination gameplay that we all love. The only difference is the Thursday title will bring more maps costumes routes and content and most importantly the developer said this story is going to be even more mature and dark this time around. All right coming in at number two is Deathwish this FPS version of Groundhogs Day Has you play as an assassin caught in a Time Loop where you make multiple attempts to take out a Target and get this it gets even better with the multiplayer mode where another took his arrival assassin trying to keep that time group intact by killing the first player. Yeah. It turns out before the game was renamed death Loop. It was called tenet and the number one most anticipated game of birth. 21 goes to Halo infinite why cuz cyberpunk already released last year and who doesn't want to play free to put multiplayer. I'm all in are you bang still beats and rocket for sponsoring the show tonight? Our Guest is of running back for the Indianapolis Colts a man who can run a 4.38 40-yard dash which is faster than the speed of sound. Yeah. Don't quote me on that. But please give a warm welcome tonight him Hines
Riot Games Chooses Nerd Street Gamers to Run Valorant Champions Tour Stage One
"Is opportunities across digital media podcasting and video programs. Please reach out to e-sports our CEO marked in using the email address of the show The sooner we're going to sponsor the sooner. I don't have to lead every episode with that read. I know you all want that for Valor its first six months was a nice sport. The game has been led by E Sports organizations offering individual tournaments besides riots pretty successful First Strike series, the developer has been uncharacteristically hands off when it's come to valorous events. Well that's changing soon kind of off the 2021 Valor and champions tour was announced this morning. And even though it's the longest-running competition that ride games has ever announced for Valerie. Ain't it's going to be run in N A at least by nerd Street Gamers Club. Nerd street is a bit of a do-it-all Brandon Esports. The company has a media alarm. We're full disclosure. I've recently been publishing articles. They also have an abundance team and a network of facilities as well lately. They've been a major leader in N A Valerie the host of the first strike in a tournament in December and this month have also hosted two major tournaments won a partnership with complexity and the other the recently ran a winter championships, the new stage wanted the champions tour is much more expensive which is why we say that this is coming directly from Riot. This event will run from January 27th to mid-march the terminal be a mix of open and closed events culminating in a Master Series in March those open and closed qualifiers will take place over two weekends. The first Open qualifier will happen on January 27th. And then the the first closed qualifier will take place the weekend after that pattern repeats in mid February and again in late February into March the entire goal will be to reach these Masters Tournaments, which will take place on March 13th. March 14th, and then again on March nineteenth twentieth and twenty-first that Masters tournament will be the biggest stage Valerie Esports has seen so far in the games first year as an esport up until this point. It's been invitationals which have all been pretty big but nothing that's had the scope of this multi-month tournament that we're seeing here. That's all for episode of the Esports minute. It's Tuesday. So that means there's a new gamer are coming for y'all tonight. Be sure to check out this feed or the gamer our YouTube channel at 6 p.m. PT to see who Chris Buck is interviewing tonight. I'll give you a hint his NFL team was just recently eliminated from the playoffs wage.
Garena Free Fire Announces New Season, English Broadcast For the First Time
"If you haven't heard about Garena free fire, you aren't from Brazil the mobile Battle Royale title is actually pretty massive or a lot of the world but no place more so than Brazil as one of the most downloaded mobile games of 2019. Grain of free fire is built entire content Empire in the region loud a Brazilian Esports organization. Became the first Esports ordered across 1 billion views on their YouTube channel back in the summer. They accomplished the feat in just over a year. As of now FaZe Clan has also passed that Mark but not beat him to it and FaZe Clan started uploading a decade ago. Now allowed has one point seven billion views and their official YouTube channel, that should give you an idea just how popular this game is not greener the developer of the game announced new plans for the upcoming season of free fire Esports. The season will start on January 23rd being broadcast on YouTube and Booyah green has own streaming platform through a different partnership. The season will also be broadcast on traditional linear television as well for most of our listeners. Assuming we don't have a huge amount of native Portuguese speakers listening to the show. This will be the first time. I watch the top level of free fiery Sports on a consistent basis in English to British host will take over those duties and it's worth checking out because freefire really highlights two of the big trends going home. Word in the E Sports world as we look towards this new decade those two trends that I see are growing markets and the two biggest ones are India and Brazil. So this is a great chance to see hey, this is what Esports looks like in some of these growing regions and the other big story is that we're going to have a mobile esport be welcome to the top ranks of all e Sports titles and maybe surprisingly it looks like a mobile battle. Royale's maybe the Big E Sports winners both free fire and Pub G Mobile are running expansive Esports leagues this year in a way that no traditional Battle Royale has really introduced that same structure for that the closest but it's still sort of a combination of different tournaments.
Where in the World is the Overwatch League Headed in 2021?
"Opportunities across digital media podcasting and video programs. Please reach out to e-sports and Eric Segal marked in using the email off of the show. Hey, the sooner we're going to sponsor the sooner. I want to lead every single episode with that read. So hit up Mark, please today. We're talking the OverWatch the end of all these Sports o w l had the hardest thing twenty already entering the year of plenty of questions. The year saw reigning MVP Sinatra jumped to Valour in the Vancouver Titans, the defending runner-ups dropped their entire roster do to covet and owners to report may ask for bargains on their massive by ends. Yeah. It wasn't good 20 21 might be better but the League's questions surrounding it only got larger this week blizzard announced the 2021 Ram. Schedule even though the Call of Duty League the o w l sister league in many rights is starting in mid-February the o w l won't kick off until April in that time three Western teams the New York Excelsior the Philadelphia Fusion and the LA Valiant all announced they'll be moving operations to Asia for the season due to covet thy that brings the division of to a split of 12 teams in the west and 8 in the East and speaking of the LA Valiant report from Aaron Halo speak in o w l Insider find that the LA Valiant have actually been sold to a company or owner in China. His report said that that new owner was a fully Chinese roster leading team will release of the entire team and coaching staff. The LA Valiant have denied that report for now. We don't know the truth, but Halo is broken plenty of stories in the past. Even if he shoots from the hip a little bit when it comes to some reports in many cases the massive binds that owners paid to get in the league are forcing them to cut costs on player salaries that's creating a really weird ecosystem or contracts are going down as Activision Blizzard game. Of an insane amount of cash the Paris a turtle are one such example as an expansion team Following season 1 the estimated price of the spot. They bought was absolutely more than twenty million volts SPN estimating that those parts are going between Thirty and sixty million each with Paris being a main International Hub. There's was probably on the upper end of that estimate range if ESPN's correct there back in November, the org released its entire roster. It's not like the Eternal were bad or anything last season. They finished first in the North Division and fourth overall. They did have a poor showing in the play-offs but this is clearly a cost-cutting measure from the management team in Paris quite similar to what happened with the Vancouver Titans during the season. So where does the league go from here the viewership breakdown points in a clear direction to me. The 2020 season had pretty bad viewership Esports chart said the average was about 46,000 viewers a decline of 60% from last season now part of that might be the move from twitch over. YouTube but still a 60% decline doesn't just happen out of nowhere The crucial thing about e-sports towards data though is that it doesn't include Chinese you worship and that's where things get a little bit interesting facts into the Nielsen am a data which does implement Chinese viewership d o w l finals the only event we have am a data for was watched by 1.55 million people. That's a 38% increase over the 2019 finals. So hey, that sounds like pretty good news. It's not League of Legends numbers, but it's still pretty good. If you can bind that little bit of knowledge with the three Western teams competing out of Asia and the one already reportedly having been sold to a Chinese owner and we see a potential exit strategy emerging or owners unhappy with their o w l investment prior to the season. The breakdown was fifteen Western teams and 5 Eastern teams that becomes 6 if the Valiant sale holds and then there are already those two are or there's already competing over there for twenty Twenty-One. Although neither am boxer Comcast have indicated. They have any plan to sell their mostly just moving over to Asia because it's a little bit easier. Logistically, I believe but going on as more owners are unhappy and more Chinese owners are actually willing to pay for these teams. I think we could see those scales tipped towards an equal split between divisions. If not favoring China eventually. There's certainly no shortage of cash for Esports in China these days. If you look at the type of Investments, they're
Esports Betting: The Major Products And Markets For 2021
"They may call me the prophet but in my life. Outside of the business of sports. I have worked on the investment side of the table for the better part of the last two decades. The single fastest growing area of gaming e sports is gambling. It's booming right now. You don't need to be profit like me to see that. Whoever as an investor. I have stayed away from gambling and betting companies because of the reputational risk and often shady nature of the companies involved. That was true. Until now. I have recently bought stock in a new public company called east sports entertainment group which is focused on e. sports and gambling. The big difference. That changed my mind. Is that ea sports. Entertainment group is a public company. Nasdaq-listed and fully regulated focused on east sports betting the regulatory and audit requirements of a public company are key in my mind to provide the needed transparency for players betters and investors. I had an opportunity to host the ceo of sports. Entertainment group on this podcast. A couple of months back and i was very impressed by his vision for the company. We have stayed in touch. And i'm delighted to announce that they've accepted to become an official sponsor of the podcast. If you're a family office institutional investor or investor of any kind ea sports entertainment group ticker symbol g. m. b. l. Might be one of the best ways to get exposure to the e sports betting space and gaming in general
G2 Partners with Adidas
"In late. October twenty Twenty-One. It will also be broadcast in 4k, which I'm really interested to see how that plays out despite all the attempts from various tournament organizers like blast e s l and Flashpoint to create major level events anything that comes directly from valve always carries just a little bit more wage. And our second story today G to announce the deal with Adidas the Athletic Apparel Brands pushing into Esports is one of my favorite ongoing stories in the industry. And even though I come from a Nike family whenever an athletic apparel Bridge joined a sports, it's always awesome to see mostly because they bring their creative teams with them G2 and audio release a commercial this morning and it was just absolutely sick. It's very similar to all these commercials focused on top soccer players. I tweeted out the commercial on my page if you want to watch I've linked my Twitter below the show. If you're not following please do jitu becomes the flagship Esports org for Audie the join deals with the team Vitality home team Heretics lying on and North clearly body has a focus
Top 10 Best and Worst Games of 2020
"Assembled our very own top ten list of the best and worst games of 2020. To kick it off. Let's start with the worst the truly terrible of last year at number five. The worst game of last year is bleeding edge. Do you guys even remember this game? It was a pack of sugar without being an actual shooter in a market already overcrowded by other hero Shooters. Yeah instead of guns. You want to given mainly weapons that being swords knives six years now, that's entertainment at number four is Cooking Mama Cooks car and this game is absolutely my favorite of the worst because this adorable animated cooking game not only sucked because it was so tedious and repetitive. It was also a scam. Yeah, the game was an unlicensed product that served as a mining platform for cryptocurrency number three on our naughty list is not Elder Scrolls blades the game that pretended to be Skyrim but wasn't even close the game had lengthy talk scenes and tried forcing you to buy upgrades for gear. That wasn't even valuable in the first place down. That it was so insanely boring. Our number two on the sucky list is Warcraft 3 reforged wizard infuriated their entire gaming base with this one by promising fans graphical updates and cinematics upon launch instead is only got minor texture upgrades and hostile user policies the game became so hated that it received the lowest use on rated score on Metacritic as the great big Norton pointed out. You really slapped us off base with this one blizzard and Now ladies and gentlemen, the worst game of 2020 is Crucible the game was so generic all around and offered nothing new Amazon's new gaming. I thought was so poorly received that Jeff Bezos D list of the game a few days after it's released and put it back into closed Beta And as for the server's well, those were shut down on November 2020 just six months after lunch. Now, let's switch to the Great Stuff guys the games that provided a sheer joy and happiness. And what was a troubling year number five on the good list is The Last of Us Part 2? Now I know what this game was divisive due to its pacing and users playing as the bad guy but there was a ton to celebrate here. The combat was richer environments were more immersive and the stealth sections for even more intense it honestly took me a month to beat the campaign and that's not because I'm a slow player. I just hiding in the grass from each of the guards for about two hours. Our fourth best game of 2020 goes to Half Life Alex. This game was a technical Masterpiece and raised the bar for VR titles capturing detailed environments at 60fps with an incredible story predating Half-Life two before then. I thought we are games were pretty silly. This one opened my eyes and my living room Number three on our list is Ghost of tsushima this amazing Samurai sword-wielding game. Not only had a compelling storyline, but also offered a multiplayer mode where you and your friends can fight together as Samurai. Number two goes to you guessed it Animal Crossing. This game helped us make it through the pandemic as we crafted our islands and invited Burns over 40 special events or whatever you're into some people recreated game shows others held their weddings in graduation ceremonies for me. I just love scuba diving for see stars with the screw the turn of game. It's all about the stars and the number one best game of 2020 goes to cyberpunk. Yeah, the reason for this one and finally came
Spanish Streamer theGrefG Shatters Twitch Records With 2.5M Concurrent Viewers
"Network seal marked in using the email in the bio of this show. The Spanish streaming audiences are absolutely nuts as we're seeing right now as I write this midday on Monday January eleventh the grefg took a skin release in fortnite and absolutely destroyed all records for an individual stream on Twitch the peak and current number that I saw was two point five million viewers figure Paris in the record for an individual stream on an English-speaking channel is ninja stream with Drake that stream a peak and career and viewership about 630,000 Watchers the grip she is currently streaming to an audience of four times that amount and he didn't have someone like Drake to juice it to those numbers game. May not be able to understand what he's saying on the stream, but I definitely have some huge takeaways here 1 if you are paying attention to the Spanish dreaming slash e Sports Market, it's time to start Rubios another major Spanish dreamer had one of the individual streaming records over on YouTube. He once reached a concurrent viewership count of 1.2 million. Basically, if you're just a twitch viewer, then yeah focus on English audiences or whoever speaking the language that you speak off. But if you work in this industry, and I know a lot of you do the global nature of twitch and the major streamers in different regions are crucial to understand on Twitch metrics the top ten list of channels on Twitch by total hours watched the last Thirty Days breaks down like this 5 English streamers led by xqc one Portuguese streamer goals who sits in second overall trailing just excuse E3 Spanish dreamers, I pay and number three overall our own play and number seven and the graph G who is actually at number fourteen because the stream hasn't been counted yet. So I'm just going to take a wild guess and assume he breaks right into the top ten when this one's counted wage. It's a safe bet and finally one Russian channel in the Dota 2. Are you Hub which is at number four overall. We all know gaming is that our national moments like this just highlight the insane audiences available around the world. And also I love for someone who speaks Spanish to look into how Spanish rumors leverage audiences to get these insane numbers in one stream and the other key take away from this is that for tonight is far off a dead game, especially because they keep bringing in really cool Partnerships just because a lot of the English audience moved on does not mean the rest of the world did
Is chess an Esport?
"On this. Podcast we've said chess is definitely any sport it's so cool to see you know Gm ichuro streaming for tsm and playing chess and chess was invented. Today would definitely be any sport. you know. we've we've sort of back that narrative collectively. And then i saw this article and i'm like wait a second. Something's not right like this doesn't feel right to me as much as i believed streaming of chest feels like a little bit of any sport is magnus carlsen is he. The top e sports earner is this really as good for the sports industry as a whole to sort of make this kind of call Or are we sort of now trying to include too much in the definition and we only hurt ourselves like. Where are you guys on that on that on. That thought lindsey. I'll let you start okay. I talked about this on twitter a little bit earlier. I think it's great. So one of the things about these lists especially. I was looking at the top ten team earnings to i mean the amount of potential earnings that are out there are just around fifteen to twenty percent of what they were last year. Because of the pandemic so part of it is that chest was super easily translatable in a pandemic near still able to hold tournaments. It's still very familiar. People still wanted to watch it whereas some other tournaments games. Whatever with the line element. It's not as exciting. So we'll see his carries over into next year that would be an interesting trend but the other part is that. I still don't think it's necessarily a bad thing for this is a little bit. I mean this is where it gets a little bit to differentiate between these sports gaming and top earning streamers as top running eastwards competitive on and the the delineation between all of those is really murky unclear. Obviously he's not the most popular Twit streamer and i wouldn't expect him to have the most money made off of that or most money made off of endorsements or whatever. So when i look at it from that lens. I don't think it's a bad thing that he's leading in this. Very narrow niche category called e sports. Where we're only looking at tournament winnings that have been decimated during a pandemic so but like even non pandemic like even. If you go back he probably still would have made the top ten and half a million dollars. You're weirdo doda to the winning team. Each guy makes you know couple of million bucks. He still would be up there. And i think the bigger question is you know everyone seems gung ho to call chesini sport right but then you see a list. At least i saw list like this. And i go wait. A second at maybe. Have we gone too fast. Here right like manx. Carlson to me has never been an east sports competitor right and so it started trending downwards though if people kind of us chess has an introductory way of getting into it because it is familiar international and then got for like league of legends. Like watching chess. Yeah i i. I very much think that that kind of strategy play that people get into is easily transferable to other games and that it could be a way of just doing that choices. I mean just. Chess has the advantage of longevity. It's been around for thousands of ears. So i don't think it's a bad thing right now. Maybe in ten years. I would think that this would be a bad trend. Maybe even five years but for right now this year it's point even stronger. I feel like we're using chess at this more rate like being used in the dirty version of the word right like we're using it for sorta like clout right because it's cool to have chess as an e sport and chest is massively popular internationally right and then as soon as as soon as you have. Magnus carlsen at the top of the list. Everyone goes oh. No no not any sport like i feel like we're using it a little bit and chris brings up a good point here. Jeff maybe you want to comment on like when do we call poker any sport. Yeah that's a good point. You got a slippery slope at some point. Can you call you know anything. That's being played electric. You know it's just this other point at some point. Can you just call anything you play like you know like if we're flipping a coin and betting on the outcome is that an e sport if it's filmed than like you're in one place at other place i don't know
Despite Soft Launch, NRG's New Full Squad Gaming Brand Blew Up on TikTok
"Podcasting digital media and video programs. Please reach out to e-sports network CEO Mark dimmick using the email in the bio of the show the balance of power between competitive teens and gaming influencers is always interesting to look at four major sports organizations back in December energy brought out a new brand but the early growth happened naturally separate from the energy family. The first tick Tok on full Squad gaming page just says, hey, I'm Brady and this is Jennifer and Ben were on your for you page because this week we quit our jobs to start our very own gaming company. There's no mention of energy anywhere. It's also not mentioned in the bio or the logo of the tic toc Channel Energies. Is however the top comment on almost every single video on the page as they're always quick to it as you can imagine and I want to be clear. It's not like energy is hiding anything here. They just took a chance by not immediately incorporating them renamed to create a more authentic approach and it's worked out really well full Squad is over six hundred thousand followers in under one month Sports Business Journal is Adam Stern post an article yesterday and the connections between energy and full Squad gaming and that's the first major coverage in Esports. Although tube filter also wrote about this back in December energy. CEO Andy Miller said in a text to Adam Stern quotes are low-key soft large plans for FSG got turned on their head from day one. When our Tik Tok videos went viral and the full Squad account ballooned to six hundred and thirty thousand followers in the first weeks off instant audience discovering our other social platforms and our content is Off to the Races a link the article below the show. It's a good read and certain deserves credit for really highlighting these trends when other Publications were not on top of this page. Take away from this is just how insane Tik Tok is for gaming content full Squad also launched on YouTube and Instagram, but neither platform is crossed 100K yet. That's still good. Of course, but the insane following jump from Tik Tok is basically unmatched on other social platforms looking through their Tik Tok videos. There was one indication the new company had a big backer and that was the appearance of San Francisco 49ers starred in Eric Armstead scoducks. By the way, he appeared as part of a series called play yourself or big athletes do exactly what the name suggests they play as themselves in the sports them that they competed in real life that's going to suck a big
Roblox Valued at $30 Billion
"Roadblocks raises five hundred and twenty million dollars led by ultimate or capital and dragonair investment group so They announced today that they raised their five hundred. Twenty million dollars in a series h a purchase price of forty five dollars per share. If you do the math and all that sort of stuff it values the company at twenty nine point. Five billion dollars. Let's call it thirty right. The i don't know why they priced it. So it's twenty nine point five thirty sound so much pathetic. Let's call it. Thirty billion dollar valuation House spot on where we kind of wish we could sort of You know splice in the conversation. We had honorable extra because not only. Did we say this would happen right. That they would do private round where they've announced that they're going to do a direct thing not an ipo. So this is essentially their ipo fundraise right. That's how it directly thing works you raise the money privately and then you avoid sort of the the raise you do. That's part of the ipo on there for you. Avoid the show you avoid having the price shares and things like that so the has now been priced. It's effectively an ipo. it's not publicly traded. Yet they're gonna do public listing but this is the financing and we called the valuation. Right now i think we said based on unity's valuation. I you know. I think we agree to was probably going to be in this thirty billion dollar bar ballpark and we have longer. It's insane how close they Called it. I'm also surprised at this point. They don't round it up like like i just weird like you could call it a thirty. It's twenty nine point five. You can bow out that up like what who thought that sounded better lake. Like what's half a billion dollars point by. We're joking around. But yeah. I mean this is humongous. It's humongous your particularly william the the quote from the ceo of one of the funds that invested. Because i think this is telling. And maybe you have some thoughts on this it listen to the subtleties in the language here. He says while once viewed as a gaming platform roadblocks has emerged as the definitive global community connecting millions of people through communication entertainment and commerce said. Brad gerstner ceo. Tim under if you didn't know better what would he be describing a social network right. Yes like you don't even have to wait. I was literally like an listening to you. I'm like this. Sounds like facebook like this and most social networks go through that branding period where they get past their initial audience. Right think of facebook. Facebook used to be just for college. Kids right am i mean literally it was supposed to be like this is common knowledge but be supposed to be like the facebook that you've got as a freshman to meet new people right like that's why it's called facebook And now it's now. And i'm sure at the time they were describing themselves as a great platform for college age students to discover each other and forge friendships. And it's the same thing here. They are talking about like they would have said previously were gaming. Now wear something. We've expanded where social platform and that's insane because it. This is first of all what i think. We said. We felt like i think should have done. Ns feels like messaging. That should have come from epic from. This is how they should have been describing fortnight. So it's very it's surprising to see it from rob blocks. it's refreshing because i'm glad somebody has this messaging. Somebody is looking at games as social networks and trying to turn a game into a social network which is really potential right. And i'll see this last like for longtime ever since. I wrote the harvard business school case or co wrote. I should say on world of warcraft. I felt games are social networks. I'm not alone. i mean pretty much. Everybody who's thought about it realizes they're pretty much the same thing Right but it's interesting. To see this. Crossover into an investment thesis with this much money behind. And i think given the success of this. It won't be long before we see other dame's and game companies realize their social networks. Still think it's gone too far right like i was. I'm i've been so pro. Roadblocks right called the valuation called. This move loved the big number here right. it's own good for the industry. There's there's really no downside to any of this right in fact now thirty billion dollars again in kind of the context we're talking in. The context of a social network is a pretty cheap social network. Right when you're talking about the facebook and the twitter like where you're talking valuations in the hundreds of billions This is a pretty cheap social network and so super cheap for the number of users. I'm sure it has in the monetization per user. I bet it's it's bargain-basement steel which is probably part of why they want to calm themselves again. Social networks but like. There's a question of does this go too far right. Where the investor says while once views viewed as a gaming platform as if the daming days are like ancient history when you walk into rox. You're not playing a game right now. Either to be fair. Like i think this is okay like i really think mrs okay. Because like it's fair to say that their social and commerce activity going on and that their primary drivers and i've always been kind of a believer that raw blocks was not and i don't disparage anything here. Blake pound for pound. It's not the best game out there right. I'm sure there are many young kids and fans. That would just be with me. But i think fundamentally the reason why it's been successful is a game is not that the underlying game or game mechanics itself for so incredible or so unique Was because it was a social and ecommerce platform hooked into a game and the game was fun to play because of the socialization features in the commerce hawks. So you don't think language goes too far. I don't think it does in this case. No no like. I and i'll put it this way like if fortnight were describing itself that way without some major changes. I'd say i appreciate the aspiration but that's reaching right now but it's really does have other hooks in it. You know it really does right. So i i mean it's death. Look it's definitely like definitely you know a vanguard language right like it's somebody trying to change perception of the business but as long as the strategy meets the attempt to change perception. I think it's good for them. You know what. Let me let me push this one step further because the article ends with you know. Typical of a press release about blacks about altimeter capital right. There's always like the about sections for the the companies mentioned in the press release. Right and roadblocks. Let me just read the first sentence again. It's like there's a question mark here is this to have we gone too far right and the and the sentence here is roadblocks mission is to build a human co experience platform that enables shared experiences among billions of users so no game gaming in that sense but experience twice human once shared once billions once. You know it's a lot of good word into a lot of good words. No i mean. Look i mean. Clearly clearly it will remain to be seen whether or not their messaging this way to get a great valuation or if they're messing this way because they generally believe the platform can grow into that mission right. I feel like borderline disingenuous in the messaging. I like i said i'm the biggest fan of roadblocks. I love what they're doing. I think they've achieved and probably will achieve what fortnight should have in terms of growing outside of being a game. It's just like when you don't even mention it at all. I would like. I would like somebody who say like most users download custom levels and it would be like reading. A tesla press release and the word car is not used or automobile. Like is why don't they read that way anyway. Toby start with. Tesla is the future of human transportation or something. But i actually really don't know. But i mean i agree but like i mean the end of the day like i'd rather i. I think it's great for gaming e sports. Because i know sometimes we got a little bit of criticized for doing gaming news on east but the reality is this is so core to what's happening in interact entertainment like we can't discuss this right so it's the first then. The second piece is like okay. So you know i get that flake i get. This might be reach. And i think probably internally they're going to say it's a reach but i again i appreciate the fact that the market is recognizing that games can be more than games right. The games can be a bridge into something and fundamentally what games are about like interactive worlds. Can be a lot more than just half life in street fighter. Rife and i think whether or not they execute this change so fully as to earn that mission. I think it's going to make it easier for the next business to message. We're gonna see more businesses messaging mess name as a result will see the games media mature into more
Epic Games Buys Out a Mall for New HQ, a $1.5B Esports Center Announced in Shanghai
"Not even sure I should have called this first one a facility. Once it passes 1 million dollars. I think it deserves a new name compound Arena. I'm not sure but regardless this one is called the international culture and creative e Sports Center the new center. Yeah, that's a good word for it is located in Shanghai and it's projected to cost one point five billion dollars behind. This ambitious project is super Jen group the page of Edward gaming better known the West sedg according to the press release the central feature in any sports teams Hotel an indoor skydiving setup and a break dancing facility among other attractions. The goal is not solely the host of the 300 competitions a year with a Max Capacity of ten thousand people. It's truly an incredible undertaking on pure scope and investment and it shows once again why China is going to be the most popular home of in turn off. Philly sports events for quite a while in America. There was another big facility announced and this time I think the word facility is probably more appropriate epic games paid 95 million dollars for a mall in North Carolina. It's just a few miles away from the current headquarters of Epic Ellen become the new home of the growing developer. It's going to be a slow transition over to this new place opening by 2024 according to Epic schools. This mall was always a tough spot prior to the pandemic after three of its maintenance pulled out and it was first bought in 2019 before epic stepped in to take the whole property. Ninety five mill is probably a good recoup on their lost at this point home while they will likely keep some of the structures in place epic was probably more after the land than the existing retail structure. But hey, it's still nice to pick and choose what are the structures you want to keep at least keep the food court, in tact, you know, Everyone likes good food court. I just hope epic does the right thing here and names the new headquarters retail row. It's only right
The Most Important Esports Business Deals in 2020
"Look at the biggest Esports business deals from a tumultuous year. I'm a dreams and this is the Esports minute from E Sports Network. We're going to start with the business world today and move to the biggest stories over off tomorrow. Our top three biggest Esports business stories begin with BMW under the banner United and rivalry, which is transcended ties to the BMW brand the luxury carmaker partnered with five major Choice dogs all with top-tier League of Legends teams fun Plus Phoenix, then the defending world champions represented China Faker and T1 represented Korea Cloud, 9 wrapped n a and both G2 and thought it represented EU across-the-board top-tier teams with huge fan bases at the time Christopher Koenig a spokesperson for BMW said to me for an adweek article quote. We are professionals when it comes to marketing to our sales funnel and our traditional marketing group, but when it comes to younger Target group Generation Y Millennials, we only have partial answers on how to reach them. Then there's the even more important the future table. Group of Generation Z we have almost no answers on how to reach them. He sports for us is a channel to reach this group and quote and I think that really sums up the value of Esports four Brands thought you switch will continue to become a central part of smart Brands marketing strategies going forward. Number two in our list YouTube gaming acquires the broadcast rights for the OverWatch and Call of Duty leagues in a year that was marked by competition between streaming Giants and we'll talk about mixer tomorrow. Trust me YouTube's acquisition of two major Esports properties was a key moment in the sights growth into live viewing now thanks to the pandemic neither pows or CDL were able to Showcase their true potential but YouTube's investment in coming for Twitches Esports market share was a huge moment and finally the most controversial brand deal of the year the LEC and blasphemy are partnering with a futuristic city planned by Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has a poor record on human rights issues, especially for any member of the lgbtq family considering the LEC is closely tied to that Community Thursday. Casting Squad and audience the resulting controversy for strike games to pull out of the deal while it was happening blastomere avoid a lot of the public-facing controversy despite also partner with me on at the same time still page pulled out of the deal a few weeks after right games pulled out in all it was a crucial moment when moral choices of the audience and cast members came in direct conflict with what had to be an absolute boatload of
Sony Confirms At Least 10 Movies and TV Shows Based on PlayStation Franchises In the Works
"The headline here. Sony has seven. Tv shows and three movies in development based on playstation games. No word on if the uncharted movie and the last of us tv series are included in that count So this came directly from sony pictures chairman and ceo where he revealed that his studio is developing seven tv shows. Movies based on playstation games They didn't name any names. Which i thought was interesting They didn't name any dates. Either i mean it's it's interesting right. The big headline. It's a catchy headline. It goes back to sort of a common theme here which is disney. Everything becoming disney The question is what seven tv shows and three movies are going to. Are they gonna make like the you would think they would have less than a little bit. I with the slate of tv's shows and movies sort of being hit or miss on the gaming front. Why not name specific so that they could get some kind of audience feedback and reaction guys. Think i'm particularly interested in these. Tv shows a lot harder than you know. Hour and a half to our movie like a lot of how are they going to agreed entire development but like for example last of us just as as an example. I see that much more as a series tv series than a movie way that one. Either you know. Like uncharted awesome movie. I would watch the movie in a second. But i'm charted obvious here right. Yeah so it out. It's like fixed indiana jones. It's like deanna jones but good. Now let potlucks i. I should say indiana jones. That came out rock. Indiana jones was always incredible and the first three movies are amazing. I mean the margin just to be very clear yes. Indiana jones is amazing. Don't worry paul. We still agree on that. I was about to go after. There is no joy in my heart. I do not like any film harrison. Ford what's that other big zombie series. I wife walking dead right won't wouldn't the last of us tv series feel like a lot like walking dead walking very successful true. True that is shockingly popular like however pushes won't feel and look very much the same. I don't know well. I could say that about every zombie movie ever doesn't days later feel like dawn of the dead. Feel like i don't know you know. Heart of darkness feel like our army of darkness. Like i mean there's zombie thing. Apparently we can have infinitely many of them. People still watch them martin's comments maybe the best here god of war movie would be incredible. I agree but let me come back to the original question here. Why why not announce what they're going to be. I think sony's like. Ip slate is clear. What sony actually owns either man part of that interesting. I think everybody tamargo. Marvin moons But i think there was something with. Sony had movie rights now marble makes the movies but sony distributes it but i think the characters owned by marvel but don't you agree that sony's ip is not crystal clear at least to me well especially without announcing what these shows are. I had no idea what that would make a. you know. I mean uncharted. And last of us were legitimately the only do that. I thought of has a theory why they would announce this without naming names might still figuring out pregnant prematurely sony and william. You might have better with this. But they're i think they're they're video game department way more higher class than their their movie studio and their production studio. I don't think sony pictures is particularly You know they're kind of like the fourth or fifth player. I think in the in the studio in the movie. Production game Obviously sony entertainment on the video game side is very well respected as developer. So i don't know if they can actually execute on this plan. We kind of talked about the riot. How we thought riot would actually which is ironic because ryan has never had anything to do with movies. But i think. I personally feel more confident riot. Being able to make a movie slash. Tv shell about league of legends. Than i am about sony which actually is in the business of making movies. Is it going to be able to have that magic s word. Synergy to in the movie and entertainment. That's so interesting. Because i have a much higher confidence in sony than riot and i'll i'll just i'll just be very simple. It's like. I actually think. Sony has blueprints or more coherent blueprint for what to do like the uncharted movie. They could literally take dialogue and scenes from the game and it would be a good movie. Like i think of uncharted. Moore's movie than a game right like they literally at the equivalent of the marvel comics story board like they can just take the game and take out the like. they're good. they're i think lee has a harder goal there because what is like. What's the story of league of legends. Jeff do you know who's the protagonist like i. I'm sure there are answers to this. And i think i might go no. I don't think anybody really does raise. Like the reality is they. Were pretty complicated. I'm taking crazy. Maybe those riots berretta blizzard and other Do i think riot can pull it off. Yes yes this is not like right. It's gonna make it. I think they're make a great movie. But i think it's much easier for sony because sony literally needs to pick an uncharted game. Get this got the script descriptive at cut it down to two hours and film it and it will be just fine. The games are designed to be like movies. They're set piece moments witty banter reasonably sharp characters and interesting relationships between them like they're gold. You know what i mean. And i think the same by the way of god of war i legitimately think than this last god of war probably might have been better as murphy in some regards like i enjoyed the story and the setpiece moment so much and the camera work was cinematic. Like half of let me the last god of war good was like how beautiful it looked and how it drew you into the narrative with immersion and and that was all i think it was all camera camera lights like perfect for though so
College Esports Takeover - Harvard Med Publishes Article on Health Impacts of Gaming
"Published by dr. Peter grinspoon. The article is titled the health effects of too much gaming and I'll link the article below before get into the article and my critique of it. I believe a key part of that title. I want to reiterate is too much gaming has plenty of cognitive benefits as we've discussed in the segment for the last two months, but doing anything all the time, especially sedentary activity like gaming is going to cause some health issues the article first mentions some of the studies and the benefits of gaming before diving into the potentially harmful downsides. The first downside is repetitive stress injuries particularly in the hands and wrists carpal tunnel is usually to go to example of this it's a potentially serious condition, but most Gamers know to do hand stretches while they play these days and that really is important every Thursday. Answer so it's been a few minutes doing some hand stretches and you'll generally be fine here. Just listen to your body. If your hand sort then stretch it it could cause issues but with a little bit of proper care, it probably won't them to mention obesity in the article. And this is where I have a critique as we covered last week Studies have actually found the competitive gamers are healthier than the general public but most Gamers aren't top-level Esports players and that's what that study was looking at home still this author cites a study from the journal of clinical nutrition and that study states that male adolescents Associated video game session with a higher rate of food consumption. But if you're wondering why I haven't covered that study it's because it was published in 2011 and the total testing group was just 22 people. I think it's fair to say the gaming has changed quite a bit since 2011 and that a study of twenty two people is not enough to back up this paragraph that Associates gaming with obesity and that's what the authors claiming here. He says straight out that obesity in teens is tied to video games dead. And that claim is certainly Up For Debate multiple studies found that the link does not exist until adulthood and even then it's pretty marginal a link a competing study below which disagrees with Vinings the author finishes up by mentioning that moderation is the key here, which I of course agree with but I think in this case, even though this was published by the Harvard Medical School a doctor had a conclusion in my mind and search for the studies to back it up. Now Harvard is of course a very prestigious school, but that does not necessarily mean that the author is completely without Folly here.
Ultimate Gamer Brings Esports to Times Square for New Years Eve
"We are talking video games on New Year's Eve while Time Square will be packed with people excited to bring out this hellish year. The Times Square spirit will still come through with a virtual event through a partnership between Ultimate Gamer and Global real estate firm. Jamestown Ultimate Gamer is an online tournament Palm like community. And today we're talking to Steve Suarez ultimate gaming CEO Steve, welcome to the show. Thank you so much for having me Mitch. It's an honor to be here. I'm excited to talk with Steve primarily about New Year's Eve event. And then also talking about Ultimate Gamer In general first at this mie event Ultimate Gamer will host a variety of straights including ones from a sports organizations Furia and misfits gaming you'll have appearances from Hip Hop dong. Gamers well, he's a friend of the show and they will host tournaments in fortnite Apex League of Legends and Valor and there's also a charity element as a Christopher & Dana Reeve foundation will run educational content and fundraising to support people living with paralysis starting December 19th fans could download the virtual New Year's Eve app called v n y e or visit vnyl to find streams and giveaways. We're going to get discussion about what Ultimate Gamer is and how this event came together. But first Steve Woodgate was here and why he gave a celebration they first think of ninja trying to do a fortnite dance in front of a crowd of less than enthusiastic New Yorkers boss wants you to targeting this day for another gaming event. Why did you feel like gaming fits so well for New Year's Eve? Well Mitch, look Times Square New Year's Eve is probably one of the most iconic events of the year, you know with my background and and events and production. That's kind of the mecca of all events, right? It's Washed by they have over a billion Impressions every year and it's televised by stations all around the world and this year, you know, unfortunately due to the pandemic New Year's Eve in Times Square is going to look a little bit different. So so we thought that it was a great idea to partner with the folks at Jamestown and create a virtual experience, which is very interactive and and and allow this gaming generation to experience virtual New Years Eve New Year's Eve in Times Square, but virtually, it's actually kind of the way I'd rather odd experience New Year's Eve in Times Square. I've heard horror stories from attending that event on the ground that like, you can't find a bathroom or it's just like you you sort of just stuck in a line for home. The hours until the ball drops. So I've always felt like it's a vet better experienced either on my TV or virtually impossible. Listen, I don't disagree with you. But but you know virtually issue what's really cool about it is that you actually going to be it's it's so interactive through our virtual New Year's Eve app you download the app or you do it on your desktop and and you experience it as a guitar and you get to dress up as the Ultimate Gamer Avatar or as you know, five different types of avatars and you get to walk around Times Square meet people, you know, look at three three different concerts live you can play games you can go into into stores and to the Ultimate Gamer lounge and visit some of our partners and and and and special deals that we have with them very unique experience that I think people are really really going to enjoy so take us to do a little bit about what this event looks like. We do. Would you describe it? I'm thinking my my braids going towards like VRA are almost laughing. Walking around with these different portals of different entry points. How does this event look and play out on the app you are in Times Square. It is Time Square virtually. So when when you when you download the app and you register, you are an avatar and you get to walk around Times Square go into the stores a go into live concerts at the one Times Square building you jump in the elevator and you go up, you know, the second floor of the third floor and watch these live concerts and and you get to also play games. There's three games in the virtual New Year's Eve app and then through Ultimate Gamer, you can play so you could come participate in some of our competition some more gaming competitions to win prizes from some of our partners are really cool prizes. Yeah a ton of big brands on this event as well. It's like you mentioned massive Impressions on the New Year's Eve event every single year this year looking a lot different people are still going to be really excited to ring. This year in particular but they're also going to be at home. Hopefully not partying. Please don't party under usually that should go without saying our audience is smart enough to know that out so long, uh, but it feels like something that people are going to be kind of at a loss for what to do on New Year's Eve, you know, I think about all the past ones. It's usually a party of some sort and this year I won't be home. I don't know. What I'm going to do on New Year's Eve. Are you expecting to see if even higher rate of Impressions on this night than we would see in the past because of how many people are just not wrong to have plants. Well, my first opens that people are going to you know, the app is absolutely free. So, you know, you lose Nothing by trying it out and experiences. I think everybody gamer a non-gamer will enjoy the experience and and a lot of the features at the app
College Esports Takeover - CSL Chairman Moves to Vindex, More HBCU Esports Initiatives
"It's almost Christmas and we're well into the holiday season, but this is the most packed episode of in the news we've had in months. I'm at dreams and this is the ecology Sports quick take from E Sports Network e Sports network is looking for sponsors. If you work for a company looking to expand its reach any sports e Sports network has opportunities across digital media podcasting and video programs. Please reach out to e-sports network CEO Mark Timothy using the email a bio of the show. Now, where should we start? How about with wind stocks? The longtime leader of Collegiate star league is officially out as chairman to move to a new position with vindex. You should be able to hear from him and from Mike sepso the founder of Windex on the E Sports Network podcast in the last few months this finalizes the shift in direction for CSL as when was the last key voice from the previous decades leadership. It's now in the hands of play Fly Sports and we haven't seen the new organizations plans going forward just yet. Although we've gotten a hint of something will cover that in a little bit vindex. Meanwhile is poaching execs from around wage. Keep your eye on the company as the section will oversee belong gaming Arenas as a vice president begin to open up around the nation. Also this week the high school Esports league is hosting chess tournaments and partnership with Chesney, just was already taking off on Twitch over the summer and the release of Netflix is the Queen's Gambit has kept the energy really high and Now jazz is coming to the high school sports circuit now back to that CSL news briefing. You've been covering the HBCU Esports Alliance or hea last week. They partnered with Gillette. It's a new sponsor for the yard a Madden competition series Ram by Collegiate star league featuring HBCU universities. So that's really the first CSL partnership. We've seen come out of the new leadership and it's a pretty good one. So we're happy to see where that's going also in the HBCU world hitmarker the leading Esports and gaming job board has part of the black Collegian gaming Association or bcga to help HBCU students find jobs in Esports and gaming hitmarkers how a lot of people found their first jobs in Esports, including myself and this partnership job. The BCG a will directly help Foster diversity in Esports hiring something the industry definitely needs in addition to a built-in feed on the BCG a website of Esports opportunities hitmarker will also help with resumes and cover letters interview preparation and highlighting students on their own social media channels. That's
LIVE After-Show (#115B): Allied Esports Dead, Pro Gamers Broke, Adidas Media Deals, Gaming Hardware Success, Razer Profitability, Gronk vs TFue, Fortnite Marketing Spend
"For the vast majority of people who came. And look if you look at the gaming market. The dollar in revenue the hundred and thirty seven billion dollar global gaming market seventy billion that his mobile seventy billion for those guys. This is a revolution revolution. Thank you for tuning in every week. Thank you for leaving those five star ratings and reviews. We really appreciate it. I'd be hiring some of the best talent away from facebook not from other game developers. I actually think they should have a fire sale right. Sell the company at rock bottom price. Because it's going to zero. And i think the natural interesting acquirer would be apple and they would convert them literally. Apple are want people to funnel one everyone in the audience. Ready to go and all hyped up. Let's see idea doing says. The livestream is the best by far. And i for one. Welcome the fact that anything that gets you to stop playing candy. Crush is good for us. As a william. And i went on a bit of a tangent world award little bit of a tangent misses the first interesting thing i've seen from a competitive level to what which is doing. I mean let's start with a big story. It's impossible to ignore Joined today by my friend in college the out we got more down to offer one from the keyboard room. This is the business of eastward after show livestream. I'm joined today by my friends. And co host in this casting baheren bigger every week friends and coast william lindsay posture co and victoria tail. Taylor all of you guys welcome for those of you who are new to the after show. Welcome to the official after show vs sports. What we do here. Is we cover all the stuff. That didn't make it into the pie all the stuff. All the arctic will all the topics ashton over business least four but just everything that we couldn't fit into the one hour podcast that we do every week. We'll cover the most pressing gaming topics news of the week. We still look at all of it through a c. suite lens but it's just the stuff that didn't make it into the podcast and the best part. Is you guys get the participate. You get to be a part of the show. You get to ask us questions challenges. This
Manny Anekal Breaks Down Why No One is Watching Venn
"We are going to be talking about vent and for people unfamiliar Fen is a new network started in part by Ariel horn. He's an experienced producer who is a leader in some of Riot games broadcasts including one that one of a sports Emmy for the 2017 League of Legends world's finals before that. He was a producer on Olympics broadcast for major networks like NBC, I believe where he also won some sports happens. So to say he's got who knows what he's doing. He left Riot to start vet and experimental new broadcast channel filled with original programming and it hasn't worked Manny recently published a newsletter titled why no one is watching a vet. And we're going to look at some of the reasons for the channels lack of success. And before we get into that conversation, I think it's important to say that we are traveling in this failure by any means so my friends and really good p.m. The industry are hosting shows over there, but the fact of the matter is your ship is not just bad. It's abysmal recording this on Tuesday December 15th, and you'll be hearing it on Friday riding. Guess not much has changed right now invents YouTube with fifteen thousand subscribers the video posted six hours ago has 42 views for two. That's it videos for the day before have eighty-eight and eighty-nine Views took me one events last 30 published videos from the last week and a half cracked 1,000 views in total. I pulled up twitch and they're alive with a rebroadcast. So it's not new life content. But only eighteen people are watching currently to be honest. My brother's friends get more being bad at Call of Duty. So so I guess that's the best place to start Manny. Can you summarize? Why does you think no one is watching found that you laid out in that newsletter. Yeah. I mean, you know, I mean think there's you know many reasons for that. You know, I think I'd also like to start off with you know, how you did in terms of, you know, we're not obviously, you know, reveling in failure and wishing. You know bad things other people in the industry. We all want to see you know gaming and he Sports content, you know, not only survive but actually Thrive, you know, so it is unfortunate when something comes along, you know, great promise and and doesn't deliver and you know, as I had laid out in the article in in newsletter is I think there's a couple of different areas that you can look at into why the production of been hasn't really succeeded you mentioned, you know, some of when you look at you know, they're Wednesday live show which broadcasts on Twitch and different Ott platform. Well, you know, the viewership is absolutely low, you know, I've checked multiple times since I've even posted that article and sometimes I don't see more than you know, a hundred people watching. So how is that really possible in today's day and age and also during a time of covid-19 Americans really consuming more content than there ever done before so I think you can break it down into a few different ways off. First and foremost is competition, you know again going back, you know me a decade ago, you obviously had things like G for TV and things that were kind of new relatives space but you know fast forward to 20 obviously with the explosion of gaming e Sports content starting about five years ago. Everyone in the mother is played the space. So you have you know, dedicated media channels specific to gaming any sports like a jinx TV and watch TV some of those are based in Europe as well and carried on satellite channels. So you have dedicated channels there. Then you have your traditional Sports media coverage. For example, like ESPN or the score bar stools obviously had a great year as well. You know, they have Barstool gaming Hooligans and you know, they're obviously playing the space then you obviously have your dedicated, you know, e Sports coverage like daily XR know and then all the TV networks as we talked about earlier this year such as you know Turner's had a lead for a while ESPN's had many many events on there as well as Disney and then what we saw with Fox Sports with NASCAR earlier this month You know, they had a really great job. So that's just from like a media perspective and then you then you're not talking talking about for example watching League of Legends world. You content operators like ESL all the numerous events that they put out and then finally furthermore even teams like hundred thieves or phase plan which do their own tournaments obvious released tons of content. So starting off that you're entering into a completely crowded market. So I think that was going to be very challenging to start off.
Episode #115: CoD GOAT, Bilibili Esports, Streaming Record, PlayStation & Xbox Hunting, Final Fantasy & Sony Divorce
"Tell your friends. This is how we've grown also make sure go by williams book. The book of sports on got to do that and go by at least a pair of socks represent your phantom of the business of sports your knowledge of this industry by wearing business of sports merch. I mean there's really no better way. I don't know what else you could thank you. It's amazing william. How's it going. It's going so well paul so well busy time busy life. You know not. As not as many video games as i would like right now Hold us have played in a while. Well yeah it's like i. I have games. I've actually like got in my steam library that i'm like intending to start that i haven't actually started and they're starting to pile up. It's actually a problem. I don't know. Do you think you will like are you so far behind. You think you may never catch up. Is that you know. i do. Keep a list of like classics. I've missed right. You know what. I mean like i try to keep pretty thin. Think of myself as like know somebody who's like a literature aficionado. Keeping their list of like. Oh i have yet to read one hundred years of solitude you know like i've gotta like gotta get that as my life like. Oh i have yet to play. What is one is on that list. I'm curious and is there anything. Recent on that list now. A lot of it is like playstation stuff like older. I've been alive. I know. I know which is also not very appealing era back. Honk deeming. yeah. Yeah like nintendo sixty four rpg on my list with or the gamecube rpg with your game cube. Exactly yeah exactly. It's like an unrealistic list. You know. I mean to like to go back to like. There's no way i'm gonna. I'm ever gonna do it but i don't know i. It's kind of nice though to to keep track of like because he stirs into a glut. Where you're like. I have nothing to play right now. And it's i find it useful to maintain lists like that but anyway i mean i find in some ways how busy i mean i know you are but i am as well and like how busy i am coinciding. Sort of very nicely with the fact that basically other than wow there are no good games out there just none. There's none zero like i. There's only so much call of duty. You can play that all. They're all the stop. Stop liking wow so much i just. I can't deal with basically dead right like what's left. What even if. I had all the time in the world. What would i go play judge list. All the great games should be playing. Riley was a total disaster rainbow succeed. I i don't mind cyberpunk. I still playing at a little. I honestly don't mind it. it it's not. It's not what it should have been. But i don't think it's a bad game i will tell you i have. You is a beast right like. It's the real literally. The best pc money can buy. And so i have gobs of storage right like i never run out of storage i actually uninstall cyber. I have no reason to other than other than the symbolic uninstall. It's like hoping the developers feel it a little bit. your your bidder. You're a bitter person symbolic on all who are just so it doesn't count in the steam stats or whatever else you know i. I don't need the space. I'm not sure it on space but i- uninstalled it. We'll see we'll see we'll see it's getting patched it's going to get fixed we'll say i i'm hopeful i'm hopeful. He wanted the eternal optimist. My friend and i love him. That's why we get along. I see the bright side. You you see the dark side. A c realities i. M per city is Still the best game out there. Donate me it really is starting stuck asked him i'll tell me about the clone armies that you're breathing all right. Let's so speaking of games. 'cause i think this is a perfect segue into our first story. We are a business of e sports podcast after all. Let's talk about the business side of games for a second here and this was an article that the headline definitely very catchy william and. I think you will agree. It's from forbes. And the headline here was college. Duties dominance in the gaming industry is unrivalled the article specifically i will say quote. Npd npd's a a research organization like gartner. Whatever they do research reports on various industries. And i think is very focused on historically fashion and media and things like that and and they were looking at some. Npd's statistics are pd data. And what they found was interesting in in twenty twenty the two top selling games of the year in the us.
NFL Exec Joins FaZe Clan
"This week. We cover two new major hires in to ride games and vindex today FaZe Clan poached a big exact Bill McCullough has signed on as Executive Vice President of content for FaZe Clan off during content is what phase does best. That's a huge role those previously working for the NFL as a vice president and head of content development for the most popular sports league in America. We've talked a lot about how Sports leaders are moving into Esports, but to see people in such high positions like that choose to join any sports organizations says so much about where this industry is