Telefónica to create dedicated eSports platform, partners with ESL

Telefónica España has signed a strategic agreement with electronic sports giant ESL to develop a platform with exclusive content for the Movistar+ premium pay TV offering. Telefónica is also investing in a dedicated eSports content platform and will also create a professional eSports club – Movistar Riders – in Spain. Telefónica said that the deal […]

French internet users tune into eSports

More than a quarter of French internet users are interested in eSports, according to audience research outfit Mediametrie. According to Mediametrie, some 45.2% of the public have heard of eSports, with 15-24 year-olds, the professional middle-classes – the CSP+ category, in French marketing parlance – and 25-34 year-olds are, in that order, the groups most […]

Immersive tech companies form VR coalition, Disruptive Reality

A coalition of five immersive technology-focused companies has come together to work on a category of VR content they have dubbed ‘immersive entertainment’. The collective, known as Disruptive Reality, consists of members: games company Revolution Software; AR and VR studio Amplified Robot and its health-related arm Medical Realities; VR software developer Spearhead Interactive; digital agency Augusto; and […]

Vivendi takes plunge into eSports with ESL alliance

Vivendi has struck a major strategic partnership deal with eSports group ESL that will see both groups collaborate to create the first official eSports leagues in France, based on ESL’s current Championnat National. Vivendi’s pay TV unit Canal+ will air ESL competitions on it channels and will become, according to the parent company, a major […]

UPC in Switzerland launches eSports portal

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Switzerland is jumping on the e-sports bandwagon by launching its own dedicated portal. Citing the statistic that over 750,000 Swiss viewers tune into live streams on leading e-sports service Twitch each month, UPC said it had taken a decision to invest in its own service. The Liberty Global unit […]

Cable Congress: eSports fastest growing phenomenon in sports

The rise of eSports has been the fastest-growing phenomenon ever in sports broadcasting but traditional broadcasters may struggle to tap into this market, Cable Congress attendees heard yesterday. Speaking on a panel titled ‘the future of sports content’, Mike Moriarty, managing director, AMC Networks International – Central Europe, Digital Media Center and UK – described […]

AMC creates eSports SVOD network

AMC Networks International Iberia and gamer culture MCN Machinima have created an SVOD network dedicated to eSports and gaming. The platform, billed as a “many2many service”, will be available on pay TV platforms, smart TVs and as iOS and Android apps in Spain and Portugal. Programming will include Machinima original productions such as Street Fighter: […]

Sky and ITV partner on eSports channel

Sky and ITV have partnered with video gaming TV network Ginx to relaunch what they claim is the UK and Ireland’s only 24-hour eSports TV station.  GINX eSports TV is due to go live on the Sky platform on June 23 and ITV and Sky are expected to take minority stakes in the business to […]

MTG upbeat after ‘cost transformation initiatives’

Modern Times Group (MTG) reported record sales in Q1 and an increase in operating profits before items affecting comparability (IAC) following “cost transformation initiatives”. The Scandinavian company said that a 3% year-on-year increase in revenue to SEK3.83 billion reflected high Viaplay subscriber intake, the addition of its new eSports and multi-channel network businesses, and continued high […]

Twitch, other eSports services to reach 310m viewers by 2020

Online eSports services such as Twitch will grow their audience base to more than 310 million by 2020, surpassing comparable NFL audiences, according to Juniper Research. The ‘Digital Games: eSports 2015-2020’ report claims that eSports is “on the cusp of significant growth” with tournaments and prize pools also expanding in size and value. Juniper estimates […]

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