ESports


Canal+ Polska launches esports version of national football league

Polish pay TV outfit Canal+ Polska is making the best of the absence of primetime live national league football from its schedule by launching an esports version. The pay TV operator has launched the Ekstraklasa Cup, played in FIFA20 with 16 Ekstraklasa clubs facing off against one another. The first match will air this Thursday […]

Valorant breaks Twitch records as interest in esports surges

Valorant, the latest game from Riot which is looking to be the next breakout esport, has broken Twitch’s “single-day hours watched record in a single game category”. In total, the game saw 34 million hours watched on its release day of April 7 and hit a peak concurrent viewer total of 1.7 million – second […]

Gaming channel Gametoon added to Molotov

French streamer Molotov has signed a distribution deal with SPI/FilmBox to add gaming and esports channel Gametoon to the platform. The channel features hundreds of hours of gaming and esports content and will be offered as a part of the Gamer Zone package. The channel bundle is available to users for €1.99 per month and […]

Twitch suffers outage

Amazon-owned game streaming platform Twitch suffered an outage on March 30. The streamer confirmed on Twitter that it was investigating issues, only to say they were fixed an hour or so later. Downdetector, which monitors the status of websites, showed that users were having problems with the website, the ability to log in and poor […]

Real Madrid launches channel on Twitch

Iconic Spanish football club Real Madrid has launched a channel on Amazon-owned video game streamer Twitch.  The channel was launched to coincide with La Liga’s esports tournament which attracted more than a million viewers and happened to be won by Real Madrid striker Marco Asensio. A sports team operating a Twitch channel is not a […]

More than a million tune into La Liga esports tournament

In lieu of traditional football, La Liga has taken to the digital realm with a charity FIFA 20 tournament that garnered more than one million viewers. With normal play postponed indefinitely, the league organised a tournament of 19 players from the league. Players included Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto, Real Sociedad’s Adnan Januzaj and Real Madrid’s Marco […]

League of Legends top of the pile in 2019 esports report

League of Legends has proved to be the top esports game of 2019, with users around the world watching more than 475 million hours of competitive play. According to the Viewership Statistics of 2019 Esports & Streaming report from Esports Charts, the game proved to be the most popular title with almost double the audience […]

YouTube-Activision Blizzard deal valued at US$160 million by report

The multi-year esports partnership between Activision Blizzard and Google’s YouTube has been valued at US$160 million. According to sources cited by Sports Business Journal, that value includes all of the esports properties involved (Call of Duty, Overwatch and Hearthstone) over three years. By contrast, the publisher’s previous deal with Twitch for the Overwatch League alone […]

Ronda Rousey signs exclusive deal with Facebook Gaming

Ronda Rousey, the former UFC and WWE champion, has signed an exclusive live streaming deal with Facebook Gaming.  The personality, who has over 11.2 million followers on Facebook, has taken a step back from the ring since headlining Wrestlemania in 2019. Instead, she has turned her hand to content creation, primarily focusing on a YouTube […]

Google signs exclusive YouTube deal with Activision Blizzard for esports tournaments

In a major esports coup, Google has entered into an exclusive multi-year partnership with Activision Blizzard, publisher of titles like Overwatch and the Call of Duty series. Along with Google acting as the hosting and technical supplier to the publisher, the deal will see YouTube be the exclusive streaming platform for Activision Blizzard’s esports tournaments, […]