This week in esports

Hauk Nelson

September 14, 2020

Hauk Nelson
Outside Contributor
@HaukNelson

Hauk Nelson is an esports professional based in Chicago.

Ninja Returns to Twitch

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has returned to streaming on Twitch. Blevins made waves last year as when he announced an exclusive deal with Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer. This follows the abrupt collapse of Mixer in June, where the company failed to take away meaningful market share in the streaming space.

Blevins was the first of many streamers to depart Twitch (owned by Amazon) for  exclusive deals with Mixer, YouTube or Facebook. Much like Netflix vs Hulu, streaming platforms look to sign streamers to differentiate their platforms

Chinese Bootcamps

Twenty-two professional League of Legends teams from across the world have arrived in Shanghai in preparation for the global championship, known as “Worlds”. All teams are quarantining and practicing in hotels. Riot Games has not ruled out playing the finals with fans at Pudong Soccer Stadium, which seats over 30,000 fans.

While most sporting events have been canceled, esports events have notably continued, albeit remotely. This has not been without challenges. The Call of Duty League struggled with players lagging out and disconnecting from matches as pros complained about differences in latency. In the middle of the LCS finals last weekend, a player’s power went out and he had to drive to his team’s headquarters to finish the remainder of his matches.

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The Newest Concert Venue

Fortnite continues to test the limits of entertainment. Dominic Fike kicked off the recently announced in-game concert series on Saturday night. Watch the performance here. This is not the first time Fortnite has held concerts - both Marshmello and Travis Scott have performed within Fortnite. 

 

Other Stories:

Esports Pros Have ‘Dream’ Jobs—but Game Publishers Have All the Power

Xbox Series X pre-orders go live Sept. 22

GameStop will close another 400 to 450 stores this fiscal year

Juked CEO on company’s crowdfunding campaign, future plans

David Beckham's esports team to be floated on London Stock Exchange

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This week in esports

Hauk Nelson

September 14, 2020

Guest contributor

@HaukNelson

Hauk Nelson is an esports professional based in Chicago.

Ninja Returns to Twitch

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has returned to streaming on Twitch. Blevins made waves last year as when he announced an exclusive deal with Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer. This follows the abrupt collapse of Mixer in June, where the company failed to take away meaningful market share in the streaming space.

Blevins was the first of many streamers to depart Twitch (owned by Amazon) for  exclusive deals with Mixer, YouTube or Facebook. Much like Netflix vs Hulu, streaming platforms look to sign streamers to differentiate their platforms

Chinese Bootcamps

Twenty-two professional League of Legends teams from across the world have arrived in Shanghai in preparation for the global championship, known as “Worlds”. All teams are quarantining and practicing in hotels. Riot Games has not ruled out playing the finals with fans at Pudong Soccer Stadium, which seats over 30,000 fans.

While most sporting events have been canceled, esports events have notably continued, albeit remotely. This has not been without challenges. The Call of Duty League struggled with players lagging out and disconnecting from matches as pros complained about differences in latency. In the middle of the LCS finals last weekend, a player’s power went out and he had to drive to his team’s headquarters to finish the remainder of his matches.

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The Newest Concert Venue

Fortnite continues to test the limits of entertainment. Dominic Fike kicked off the recently announced in-game concert series on Saturday night. Watch the performance here. This is not the first time Fortnite has held concerts - both Marshmello and Travis Scott have performed within Fortnite. 

 

Other Stories:

Esports Pros Have ‘Dream’ Jobs—but Game Publishers Have All the Power

Xbox Series X pre-orders go live Sept. 22

GameStop will close another 400 to 450 stores this fiscal year

Juked CEO on company’s crowdfunding campaign, future plans

David Beckham's esports team to be floated on London Stock Exchange

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The global League of Legends championship offers everything the Olympics does, and arguably even more...

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The music industry has found its springboard: gaming

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