- ESPN wins with Capcom Cup
- Milwaukee Bucks enter esports
- 2016 LoL Worlds by the numbers
Continuing the theme from last week, our industry made even more headway this past week with further interest from NBA ownership and viewing numbers for the Capcom Cup well aligned with ESPN’s “strategic objectives”, whatever that might mean (sounds good). In addition, Riot released some interesting stats for the LoL 2016 LCS world championship and, well, 14.7 million peak concurrent viewers ain’t bad. And with a prize pool over $5 million it’s really exciting to see what’s in store for 2017. Continue on for details on these stories and more and we’ll see you on the other side…
CAPCOM CUP PULLS 87K VIEWERS FOR ESPN2
TL;DR: Sounds good, right? Well, it’s a bit hard to say but ESPN is happy. The Evo finals in July pulled over 200k but this weekend’s broadcast was also an edited re-broadcast of the finals. So that could have had something to do with it.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS OWNERS BUYS ESPORTS INTEREST
TL;DR: Wesley Edens (co-owner, actually) is currently in the process of snagging Cloud9’s LCS Challenger Series spot for about $2.5 million. If the deal goes through, Cloud9 pockets $1.8 million for the spot itself, with the additional $700k coming from player contract buy-outs.
2016 LOL WORLDS BY THE NUMBERS
TL;DR: Riot, specifically LoL eSports, has put together an interesting glimpse into the recent LCS world championships. No point in summarizing a summary, just have a look for yourself.
Bonus: If you’re into events by the numbers, be sure to check out our TwitchCon 2016 keynote by the numbers.
BLIZZARD UNVEILS PLANS FOR 2017 STARCRAFT II WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
TL;DR: For 2017, Blizzard will be collaborating with the Global StarCraft II League, Dreamhack, and ESL, with top players earning a spot at BlizzCon for the global championship. There will be global events where others can earn a spot at BlizzCon, almost like a wildcard position. Blizzard is also allowing players to contribute to the prize pool through in-game purchases, similar to LoL and Dota 2.
OG TAKES DOTA 2 BOSTON MAJOR, ITS THIRD
TL;DR: OG (EU) knocks off Ad Finem (Greece) in the Dota 2 Boston Major to secure its third Majors title since 2015.
TWITCH ADDS CONTENT EMBEDS INTO CHANNEL FEED
TL;DR: Twitch streamers can now add embeds to their Channel Feed posts from Imgur, Reddit, Vimeo, Gfycat, and YouTube.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
We’re big podcast fans so we’re always looking for new shows to keep us further and further behind with everything else we’re doing. I recently stumbled across a brand new podcast called Host Alert that’s entirely produced by a dedicated group of streamers. They share insights they’ve gained as “small streamers” which could be really helpful if you’re new to streaming, struggling to grow your community, or haven’t yet taken the plunge.
So far they’re just two episodes in and you can grab them for free (of course) here. Happy listening and we’ll see you back here next week.
AND JUST ONE MORE THING
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