The Weekly esports news
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Why esports ARE real sports: Video gamers' talents compare with those of athletes and their tournaments rival viewing figures of sport events
Esports are rising everyday as more and more companies, and people in general are realizing the true potential they bring to the table. Professional sports teams such a Manchester City and West Ham have signed players to play the popular game FIFA under there name, and American organizations such as the NBA and NFL have followed suit also signing players, teams, and creating their own tournaments. Esports tournaments are being held in some of the world’s largest arenas and selling them out quickly, which big name esports teams are reaching stardom. There is nowhere to go but up in the world of esports.
Overwatch League Franchise Holders Must Build New Team Brands, Blizzard Confirms
Teams entering the new Overwatch League (OWL) will be looking a little different than many might have planned. “Actvision-Blizzard has confirmed that all Overwatch League franchise buyers must create new, original team names exclusive to the league.” (Esports Observer) Popular and very well recognized teams such as Cloud9 and Immortals will have to dawn a new brand if they wish to stay active in the tournament. The company’s hope is to make the OWL brand big enough that it will be recognizable in and of itself such as the NFL and NBA. Which will continue to draw fans in.
Sliver.tv raises $9.8M to make esports spectating less passive
Sliver.tv is bringing new life to the viewing of esports. Although Twitch and YouTube have dominated the viewing crowds for years, Sliver.tv is trying to find a way to make the game more interesting and interactive for its viewers. The company has now given their streams the capability to be viewed from 360-degrees. This allows viewers to choose where they most want to be watching the competition from. The new technology could be bringing a major change in viewing for fans around the world.
Nielsen Launches Esports Vertical To Track Gaming Valuations
Nielsen, one of the worlds leading research companies has recently started a new esports division to look into the staggering numbers we are seeing coming out of the esports world. To no surprise they found that on many levels it is the worlds largest growing industry. From hopes to being entered in the 2024 games as a medal sport, to single tournament sponsorships being worth as much as $17 million the industry has take off and is not looking back.
Have an overview which events will take place in the next few weeks with our esports calendar below:
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