Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of August 26, 2019
Nick Eh 30 is climbing the Twitch charts at a breakneck pace
TL;DR - Only a few days after the official announcement he’d be live-streaming exclusively on Twitch, YouTube star Nick Eh 30 is making his mark in a big way. In his first four days on the platform he amassed over 250,000 followers, earning him the second place slot for fastest growth on Twitch this past week, and making him the 46th most-watched Fortnite channel. And he’s in good company. Ahead of him is Fortnite World Cup champion Bugha, and just behind him is Twitch’s most popular Fortnite streamer, Tfue.
The largest esports venue in the southern hemisphere is coming to Melbourne compliments of Fortress Esports
TL;DR - Fortress Esports, a venue company out of Australia, announced it has plans to open the largest esports venue in the southern hemisphere next year. Located in the Emporium Melbourne shopping center, Fortress Melbourne will occupy nearly 30,000 square feet and house 160 PCs and streaming areas. Fortress has big plans for hosting tournaments, and so the arena will feature 200 seats along with production facilities. Esports enthusiasts can expect more info about events planned for the new facility in the early months of 2020.
Twitch record for most hours streamed broken a second time in less than a month
TL;DR - It was only two weeks ago that ItsArmand, an Old School Runescape streamer, set a new record for the most hours streamed in one month on Twitch. That record was broken this week by JayBigs, mainly playing PUBG and an assortment of FPS titles. Throughout August, JayBigs racked up an insane 569 total hours streamed, or about 19 hours per day, every day. In that time he managed to grow his follower count by over 1,500, and slightly nudged up his average viewer count. At the rate this is going, we’re rapidly approaching the cap for what’s possible in a month while maintaining some semblance of one’s personal health.
WoW Classic has clocked over 55 million hours watched on Twitch
TL;DR - Packed servers and long quest queues haven’t deterred streamers and viewers alike from flocking to WoW Classic. In the first week since its release, the legendary MMO has pulled in over 55M hours watched on Twitch alone. Last week we shared that over 1M viewers had tuned in at launch, and while that number has steadily declined, it’s managed to remain in the top three consistently all week. The various races for server firsts have likely kept interest high and it will be interesting to see what sort of longevity the game has as launch hype wanes.
ISFE Europe taps Twitch, Riot Games, and Epic Games to form new esports division
TL;DR - ISFE Esports will represent the efforts of the Interactive Software Federation of Europe as it relates to esports in the region. The ISFE, based in Brussels, was established to give the video game industry a larger voice in Europe. The esports division is a joint effort between the ISFE, Twitch, Riot Games, and Epic Games, to “promote an inclusive and diverse culture within esports”, and to promote the interests of the industry both politically and publicly.
Huya pumps $30M investment into ESL
TL;DR - MTG, the parent of ESL, has accepted a $30 million investment from Chinese streaming platform Huya. This brings the value of ESL, at least on paper, to $425 million. The investment gives Huya a minority stake in the company, but creates an interesting bridge for ESL to bring its esports events to the Chinese market.
Thursday Night Football returns to Twitch
TL;DR - The NFL’s week 4 - week 15 Thursday night lineup is returning to Twitch for another season. Beginning on September 26th with the Eagles vs. the Packers, Twitch’s PrimeVideo channel will broadcast every Thursday night match. Twitch has lined up more co-streams for this season as well, with the likes of NICKMERCS, AngryJoe, and several other personalities also streaming with their communities.
$700k Shanghai Masters tournament announced by Chinese government
TL;DR - The official announcement, shared by the Shanghai-Jingan government, confirmed a prize pool of $700,000 for the Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 event. The Shanghai Jingan Sports Center will serve as host, with participants from Japan, China, Europe, North America, and Korea invited to compete. The initial lineup of games includes Overwatch, LoL, Warcraft 3, and Dungeon Fighter Online. Each game will have its own selection of countries participating on an invitation-only basis. Bilibili Esports, Shanghai Unicom, and KPMG were announced as the official partners of the event, presumably to handle both traditional and online broadcasting. No streaming partners were mentioned in the official announcement.
BoomTV aims to expand collegiate esports with AVGL acquisition
TL;DR - BoomTV, producers of the bi-weekly “influencer event” CodeRed, have acquired the American Video Game League for an undisclosed price. The AVGL is best known for organizing collegiate esports events and works with over 1,200 colleges. With the acquisition, BoomTV has its sights set on deepening its involvement in the burgeoning college esports scene. The two companies are no strangers to each other, having previously partnered on CodeRed events.
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