• NFL Media + EA = more John Madden
  • Houston Rockets move into esports
  • Capcom Cup airs on ESPN2

We talk frequently about how important and exciting it is to see esports getting recognition from major professional sports outlets and this week there was a trifecta of awesome. ESPN2 picked up the Capcom Cup broadcast, EA and NFL Media announced a partnership for more John Madden, and the Houston Rockets look like they’re making their bed in esports with the former Team Archon CEO. It’s yet to be seen where this will all lead, but without early adopters willing to take the risk this industry wouldn’t be where it is today. So that’s our take of the upcoming three stories but read on for more. It was a good week.

NFL MEDIA PARTNERS WITH EA FOR MORE JOHN MADDEN

TL;DR: NFL.com and The NFL Network will cover the Madden competitive league starting in December and going through April. In addition, there will be a “Madden America” TV show aired weekly. EA’s tournament is for $1 million big ones.

Full story: https://dotesports.com/nfl-media-joins-ea-to-push-...

HOUSTON ROCKETS SIGN FORMER TEAM ARCHON CEO FOR MOVE INTO ESPORTS

TL;DR: The Houston Rockets (NBA) have brought on Sebastian Park to head up esports development for the team. It’s unclear what this means right now, but the Rockets aren’t ruling anything out. Rockets owner Les Alexander has plenty of money and time to get it all sorted so this would appear to be a long-term play.

Full story: http://www.chron.com/business/article/Rockets-beco...

STREET FIGHTER V CAPCOM CUP TOURNAMENT BROADCAST ON ESPN2

TL;DR: ESPN2 broadcast the tournament from the Capcom Cup on December 4th, however it was also live streamed on the CapcomFighters Twitch channel. The tournament was worth over $350,000 and serves as the game’s pro tour season championship.

Full story: https://dotesports.com/street-fighter-v-to-return-...

OVERWATCH NABS TOP ESPORTS TITLE OF 2016 AT GAME AWARDS

TL;DR: Not to be stopped short, Overwatch also took the awards for Game of the Year, and Best Multiplayer, following six awards it secured at The Golden Joysticks last month. Maybe it's finally time I start playing the game...

Full story: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/overwatch-wins-big-...

RIOT GAMES NAMED INC.’S 2016 COMPANY OF THE YEAR

TL;DR: Following companies like Slack and Airbnb in years prior, Riot Games has been named company of the year by Inc. Magazine.

Full story: http://www.riftherald.com/culture/2016/11/29/13783...

SKT’S FAKER’S NEW CONTRACT VALUE LEAKED...WOW

TL;DR: Faker is reportedly getting paid $2.5 million in his latest contract with SKT. Clearly it pays to be #1.

Full story: https://pvplive.net/c/fakers-new-contract-value-le...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

This may not come as a shock to many of you reading this but tune in to virtually any female-hosted video game stream and you’re likely to notice a different chat experience than you would if it were a male-hosted stream. Say what you will about why this is the case, it’s difficult to argue against the fact that it’s happening at all.

The Network Science Institute at Indiana University conducted a study to put some data behind the theory. It comes as no surprise that the data does in fact seem to back up what many live stream viewers have already experienced first hand.

You can read a summary of the findings here, which also includes a direct link to the research paper if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s ok if you are, we won’t judge.

We’ll see you back here next week for more judgement free news and updates on streaming, esports, and John Madden, John Madden, John Madden.