• The Big Ten and Riot join forces
  • Go to school in Toronto, get an esports scholarship
  • Beam sees major platform love from Microsoft

Riot was busy this week, announcing a new partnership for its collegiate league, as well as an entirely new international event. Taking into consideration the LCS kicked off the next championship season, that’s a pretty full week. Students in Toronto can now score an esports scholarship, and both Beam and Twitch rolled out updates to their platforms. This week’s ICYMI is something different but it’s topical and covers an important subject, so be sure not to skip it.

BIG TEN NETWORK JOINS RIOT GAMES FOR NEW SEASON

TL;DR: 12 of the Big Ten’s 14 schools (wut?) will be competing in a single season LoL league which will be broadcast on both the LoL esports site and the Big Ten’s BTN2Go outlet. Nebraska and Penn State are the only two schools not participating. The conference champs will go to the LoL College Championships in March.

Full story: http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/18508637/th...

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR ESPORTS SCHOLARSHIP

TL;DR: Introducing the first scholarship of its kind in Canada, a U of Toronto alumni has pioneered the program in conjunction with his employer, a wealth management firm. Applicants must be enrolled in the applied science and engineering college, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and partake in gaming-related activities outside of class time.

Full story: https://dotesports.com/business/university-toronto...

RIOT ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL EVENT

TL;DR: Details are a bit vague, but the new event will take place in July this year and will differ from the format of Worlds and the Mid-season Invitational. The report is coming out of China so it’s a safe bet this new event will take place there as well.

Full story: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/riot-game...

PRO SPORTS EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRM MOVING INTO ESPORTS

TL;DR: Prodigy Sports, one of the largest executive search firms in North America, has begun helping esports orgs find executives to help wrangle their business matters. Prodigy is making the move to capitalize on the historic expansion of esports that occurred in 2016.

Full story: https://dotesports.com/business/prodigy-sports-esp...

INDIAN BILLIONAIRE POURING $15 MILLION INTO ESPORTS

TL;DR: Indian billionaire Ronnie Screwvala, known for taking an ancient Indian sport and making it mainstream, is looking to repeat his success, this time with esports. The $15 million investment will create India’s first major esports league. Going by the name “UCypher”, the league will feature 10 teams competing across multiple gaming platforms.

Full story: https://dotesports.com/business/indian-billionaire...

MICROSOFT SHOWS BEAM SOME LOVE

TL;DR: The latest update to the streaming platform improves its existing low-latency by about five times, while also increasing max bitrate, and providing better FPS render speeds at higher resolutions. There were additional improvements to chat, the homepage, logo, and design aspects of the site. Cross platform login from XBox Live is now possible as well.

Full story: http://www.raplaying.com/2017/01/19/microsoft-upda...

TWITCH ROLLS OUT UPDATES TO CHEERING

TL;DR: In addition to pinning the most recent Cheer, it’s now possible to pin the top Cheer for a period of the streamer’s choosing.

Full story: https://blog.twitch.tv/updates-to-cheering-pin-top...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

You probably have never had to ask the question in a stream before, because almost every “successful” or up-and-coming streamer has addressed it at one point or another. It’s typically something along the lines of, “How do you make it on Twitch?”

The answer is almost always the same. The more time you spend streaming, the greater the opportunity for people to find you. It’s true with anything really. There will always be people that just get there more quickly for whatever reason, but for the vast majority of people it’s a combination of hard work and dedication.

This isn’t without its problems when it comes to streaming, and professional Twitch streamer Ben “ProfessorBroman” Bowman shared his thoughts on the matter with Polygon.com.

Stream discovery is exactly what we’re tackling at StreamKick, and if we can alleviate some of the stress involved in “making it”, then all the better.

You can read ProfessorBroman’s full take on the matter here.