Tencent to create US$10 billion esports streaming giant with merger of DouYu and Huya

Media giant Tencent wants to create a US$10 billion Chinese equivalent to game streaming platform Twitch by merging the country’s two biggest esports companies. DouYu and Huya have long been battling to become the top esports platform in China, but Tencent has announced plans to bring them together under one roof. Tencent is also an […]

Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming

Microsoft is shutting down Mixer, its ill-fated game streaming platform that failed to make a dent in a market dominated by Amazon’s Twitch. Announcing the news on Monday, Microsoft confirmed that Mixer will officially switch off on July 22 and that it will focus its streaming efforts through a partnership with Facebook Gaming. Announcing the […]

Virtual F1 attracts 30 million viewers 

The Formula One Virtual Grand Prix Series attracted a record audience of 30 million viewers across TV and digital platforms during lockdown. A collective audience of 30 million – 21.8 million on digital platforms including the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels as well as Weibo and Huya channels in China – watched […]

Almost 4 billion hours watched as live streaming industry benefits from lockdown

The live streaming industry is thriving amid the global lockdown, with the sector growing a full 45% between March and April. According to the latest State of the Stream report from Stream Elements and, “the pandemic-driven shelter-in-place mandates have supersized the industry.” The overall sector grew by 99% year-over-year in terms of hours watched, […]

BT Sports teams up with Gfinity in esports initiative

BT Sport has teamed up with UK esports business Gfinity to deliver a series of celebrity-led gaming entertainment shows and the live sports lockdown continues. Featuring sports celebrities including Robbie Savage, Joe Cole, Ugo Monye and Chelcee Grimes, the BT Sport FIFA Challenge series launched on Friday with a draft show and will be followed […]

Inaugural ePremierLeague Invitational nets 150 million viewers

The English Premier League’s inaugural ePremierLeague Invitational proved a hit with viewers, attracting more than 150 million viewers. According to Nielsen Sports, the final between Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Diogo Jota attracted three million viewers on Facebook and 394,000 viewers on YouTube. Overall, interest in the esports competition dramatically increased by 275% from […]

Twitch launches dedicated esports section

Twitch may be the world’s leading video game streamer, but esports – despite being one of the biggest draws for viewers to the Amazon-owned service – has mostly been underrepresented and can be difficult to find on the platform. The company is now looking to rectify that with the introduction of a dedicated esports directory […]

MTG esports outfits strike exclusive streaming deal with Twitch

Modern Times Group (MTG)-owned esports outfits ESL and DreamHack have struck a three-year streaming agreement with leading esports streaming service Twitch that will seeesports tournaments organized by the pair live streamed exclusively on Twitch in 2021 and 2022. As part of the partnership, Twitch will become a centralised hub for streaming ESL and DreamHack competitions, […]

Eleven Sports Portugal turns to esports

Sports channel Eleven Sports Portugal has launched a new esports racing Series format as the impact of the coronavirus continues to make itself felt on the world of traditional sports. The competition, which is delivered in partnership with the GTC Race Centre and the Autódromo Virtual de Lisboa, will consist of six heats and culminate […]

Ginx Esports TV teams up with Rize Gaming

Ginx Esports TV has teamed up with esports outfit Rize Gaming to provide coverage of its upcoming event, Final Boss. GinxTV will be partnering with the UK-based esports company as it holds a new edition of its Tekken 7 tournament. To be held online in the coming weeks, Final Boss will see eight players compete for a chance to take on […]