BBC Sport Scotland to broadcast Scottish Esports League finals

BBC Sport Scotland will air the Scottish Esports League Finals, the broadcaster has announced.  In a first for the BBC’s Scottish broadcaster, the finals will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport Scotland website across the weekend of July 20-21 from the SEC in Glasgow.  The finals will see competitors play four games across PC […]

Twitch sees decline in viewers, but is still clear favourite for game streaming

Twitch saw its first record decline in viewership in Q2 2019, claims StreamElements. According to the latest StreamElements State of the Stream report, Twitch saw just over 2.7 billion hours of live streaming content viewed on the platform for the quarter, making up 72.2% of the total time spent watching live streams. While Twitch is […]

Riot partners with Nielsen for esports monitoring

Games publisher Riot has announced a partnership with Nielsen to better value the exposure of its sponsors and advertisers at League of Legends events. The companies confirmed that Nielsen will evaluate the League of Legends Championship Series in North America and the League of Legends European Championship, along with a select group of regional leagues […]

FIFA 19 breaks viewership records

FIFA 19 has ‘broken viewership records’, claims publisher Electronic Arts (EA). According to the publisher, the game’s esports component – the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series – generated more than 680 million minutes watched and 61 million total views. This represents an annual increase of 60% and 25% respectively. EA puts this growth down […]

ESPN takes EXP esports to the X Games

Esports are making a comeback to the X Games, ESPN has confirmed. Following a three year absence, the Disney-owned sports broadcaster said that the EXP Invitational qualifiers taking place on June 29 will lead into the Apex Legends event at the X Games, August 2-3. Twenty 3-player teams will be competing for a prize pool […]

SPI lands EBL rights

SPI International has acquired exclusive rights to the Esports Balkan League (EBL). The competition will be broadcast on SPI Filmbox’s Gametoon HD channel which is available internationally in English, with a Polish option to be added in the near future. EBL is endorsed by Riot Games, makers of League of Legends, one of the world’s […]

Twitch acquires Bebo for US$25M

Game streaming platform Twitch, owned by Amazon, has reportedly acquired the early social media network Bebo for a fee believed to be US$25 million (€22.32 million). According to a report from TechCrunch, the acquisition will help to build out Twitch’s esports business, with a specific focus on Twitch Rivals. The deal will see around 10 […]

Esports predicted to hit US$1bn by 2020

Esports revenues are predicted to exceed US$900 million (€803 million) in 2019, and will exceed US$1 billion (€890 million) in 2020. According to a new industry report from Futuresource Consulting, esports will continue its growth in the coming years, allaying concerns that pundits have had over a potential ‘esports bubble’. “Esports has been around for […]

ESPN ramps up esports focus as Riot appoints new LoL esports global head

Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced the launch of EXP, an esports event series. The company said that EXP competitions will be a mix of professional, collegiate and pro-am formats, with multiple game IP and genres featured across the series. Live event distribution will be via multiple digital platforms including the ESPN app, and a […]

Esports revenues to surpass US$1 billion in 2020

The esports market is estimated to surpass US$1 billion (€890 million) by 2020, and onto US$1.8 billion (€1.6 billion) by 2023. This is according to the latest “Esports Opportunity for the Broadcast, Pro-AV and IT Industries” study by Futuresource Consulting. The report claims that key events will start to attract viewing figures comparable to ‘tier […]

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