The Weekly esports news
Quote of the week:
Blizzard Signs Six Overwatch League Esports Teams
Blizzard has taken the leap and begun the process to organize their very own Overwatch esports league. Recent news has announced the company has very recently signed 6 organizations to participate in its upcoming esports league. The organizations so far come from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Shanghai, China, and Seoul, South Korea. Although exact prices for the deals have not yet been announced it is presumed to be around $20 million USD per spot. Blizzard however will not stop with these 6, the company will continue trying to expand the esports league, before the 2017 start date.
Pandascore is a data provider for your favorite e-sports competitions
Pandascore is the company currently bringing live statistics into the esports world. Like when watching professionals sporting events such as basketball or football the company aims to produce live stats for viewers to keep track of. This has not yet been seen in esports, however the company has been working with games such as League of Legends, FIFA and DOTA 2 building the popularity. Pandascore uses screenshots of games to calculate what is happening. As of right now they use the human eye to input the numbers. The company has stated, as long as the human eye is better than a machine then they will continue this practice.
Gears Esports plans to host North American and European grassroots tournaments
Gears of War Esports will be hosting two grassroots tournaments in both North America and Europe. Thesummer tournaments will be hosted by Casual Misfits Gaming and Multiplay, in Corona, California and Nottingham, England. The 16 teams in California will be battling it out for pro points and $5,000 USD while the teams in England will have their eyes set on pro points and the 4,000 pounds set for the first place winners. The tournaments will be the first high-profile Gears grassroots open LAN events since 2015, and they play a large role in keeping the game alive in esports.
University of California Irvine adds Overwatch to esports scholarship program
Esports at universities continues to grow as the University of California Irvine has just announced their Overwatch team will now provide students with the opportunity to earn academic scholarships comparable to other sports at the college. The Overwatch team will join the League of Legends team as the second esports program on the campus to be awarded with scholarships.
Have an overview which events will take place in the next few weeks with our esports calendar below:
Click on each event to get more information about it such as price money, location and more!