- All NA LCS teams sign 2017 contracts with Riot Games
- $100k Overwatch Winter Premiere tournament
- Twitch comes to Bungie.net
RUMOR: ALL NA LCS TEAMS SIGN RIOT GAMES’ 2017 LCS AGREEMENT
TL;DR: As reported last week, there had been an ongoing dispute and supposed “negotiations” with Riot and the 10 NA LCS teams around the terms of the LCS agreements going into 2017. It’s being reported now that all teams have signed after Riot proposed some rather aggressive terms if they did not.
The StreamKick take: This is entirely rumor and speculation at this point; however, given the circumstances surrounding the negotiations reported next week, this development does seem odd at the very least. It seemed clear that the LCS team owners were seeking to create a league environment more conducive to doing profitable business whereas Riot may have been treating the LCS as a marketing vehicle. These two interests can exist in harmony but it will most certainly require compromise on the part of both parties. We’ll eagerly stay tuned for more official developments on this story.
$100,000 NA OVERWATCH TOURNAMENT IN THE WORKS
TL;DR: Next Generation esports (NGE), known for its Rocket League Championship Series, is running a $100k Overwatch tournament along with Blizzard Entertainment. The tournament is being billed as the Overwatch Winter Premiere and open qualifiers will begin December 10th. Qualifiers are open to all NA teams.
The StreamKick take: One of our mottos has always been that esports are real sports and anything that helps to bring more positive visibility and validity to this incredible industry is all good in our book. Overwatch has taken off at ludicrous speed which isn’t just a testament to Blizzard’s ability to craft engaging games, but is also indicative of the massive upswell in popularity that these sorts of games are seeing in just the last couple of years. Streaming is clearly a massive influencer in this trend and we like that too!
TWITCH NOW ON BUNGIE.NET
TL;DR: Twitch and Bungie have completed an integration that will allow viewers to watch streamers through Bungie.net. Taking it a step further, viewers will be able to filter streams based on what’s happening in-game, and view the streamer’s in-game equipment set among other things.
The StreamKick take: We’re on the cusp of some really interesting streaming / game development integrations. In our blog article on the games featured at TwitchCon, we cover new titles that directly integrate streaming into the games themselves. Bungie’s similar but slightly different approach is encouraging and also very healthy for the industry and the community as a whole.
TEMPO STORM ENTERS LCS CHALLENGER CIRCUIT
TL;DR: Tempo Storm has purchased the NA Challenger Series team slot previously owned by Dream Team. No roster has yet been confirmed but Tempo Storm is expected to compete in the 2017 season.
CS:GO CLAIMS 6 ESPORTS INDUSTRY AWARDS
TL;DR: The awards included “best esports title of the year”, “esports personality of the year”, and “best esports broadcast personality” for Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat, among others.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Just announced and nearly already expired, the Twitch 2016 holiday shirts are now on sale. Now typically a t-shirt going on sale wouldn’t be big time news but official Twitch merchandise is only available sporadically and for very short periods of time.
The sale ends on Dec. 2 so, like, hurry.
We’re still powering through (and thoroughly enjoying) the Psychology of Games podcast we introduced you to last week. If you haven’t checked it out yet, have a listen.
Until next week...
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