Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of September 9, 2019
New Stream Hatchet report points to over 40% growth in esports live streaming
TL;DR - At the recent Las Vegas Esports Business Summit, Stream Hatchet unveiled its latest round of industry insights which pointed to huge growth in the esports live streaming market. According to the new report, over the last twelve months and across all streaming platforms, 746 million additional hours of live esports content were consumed - a 41% increase over the prior period. The Esports Business Summit ran from September 10th through the 12th at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
Twitch is bringing its app to the Apple TV ecosystem
TL;DR - For the first time, officially at least, Twitch is launching its own Apple TV app. This week’s announcement was actually for the public beta, but it includes most of the features users are likely accustomed to when using the Twitch app elsewhere. Since it’s a beta version, the app cannot be downloaded via the App Store. Instead, intrepid users must first install the TestFlight app through which they can then get the latest version of the beta.
Three new Call of Duty League franchises announced
TL;DR - The latest three cities to join the upcoming CoD League were revealed to be London, Seattle, and Chicago. The London team was picked up by ReKTGlobal, with NRG Esports grabbing the Chicago slot and the Aquilini Group and Enthusiast Gaming claiming Seattle. These latest additions bring the tally to 12 teams for next year’s inaugural season. The league stipulates that each team must have alternate players on its roster, and that each player receives a $50k annual salary and a cut of 50% of the team’s overall tournament winnings.
National Women’s Hockey League appoints Twitch as official streaming partner
TL;DR - The entirety of the NWHL’s season will be live streamed and available exclusively on Twitch. This includes the Isobel Cup Playoff, any “unique occasion” matches, and will run for the next three years. As is common with these deals, there are also provisions for additional, exclusive content for Twitch viewers. Any revenue resulting from the deal will be split down the middle between the NWHL and Twitch. The NWHL’s next season gets underway on October 5th.
Twitch, the Raiders, and Allegiant Stadium hope to score big in new partnership deal
TL;DR - Twitch has joined on as a founding partner of Allegiant Stadium, the new home for the NFL’s Raiders, based in Las Vegas and scheduled to wrap construction ahead of the 2020/21 season. The deal includes a Twitch-branded lounge complete with streaming stations, esports events, and just about anything else Twitch can throw in there. Allegiant Stadium is set to be more than just the new home of the Raiders. There are ambitious plans for other sporting events, concerts and, of course, esports competitions. Seating capacity will be 65,000, fully enclosed and under air conditioning. This also makes Twitch the official streaming partner of the Raiders, further entrenching Twitch’s integration into professional football.
A first look at TSM’s new $13M LA training facility
TL;DR - Discussing his plans for the next 10-20 years for TSM, its founder, Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh, shared details on the team’s new training facility. Dinh toured and drew inspiration from the facilities of local NBA teams the Lakers and the Warriors for inspiration before planning out TSM’s. In the plans are a streaming and gaming room, wellness center, coaching rooms, a fitness studio, and a sports psychologist Dinh claims it will be the largest such facility in North America at 25,000 square feet with a $13M price tag. Opening is planned for February 2020 with construction expected to begin this month.
Twitch Rivals to host Standard 2020 Constructed MTG Arena event
TL;DR - Forty streamers will compete next week in the MTG Arena Standard Constructed 2020 event hosted by Twitch Rivals. The prize pool hasn’t been announced yet, but players will have limited access to the new Throne of Eldraine set. Participants are permitted cards from four other MTG sets to fill out their decks including Guilds of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark, and Core Set 2020. The event can be watched on the Twitch Rivals channel Tuesday, September 17th at 3pm EST.
Collegiate esports national championship in the works thanks to the NJCAA
TL;DR - The National Junior College Athletic Association, the governing body for junior colleges, announced it’s working on establishing an esports national championship for all of its 2-year schools. The NJCAA has teamed up with sports agency CSMG and Legacy Esports to bring the vision to life. Legacy will be tasked with scheduling and operations, with CSMG addressing all commercial needs. Broadcast rights are yet to be sorted out, but it seems they’re open to all options. The championship tournament will take place next April, with winners taking home scholarships, gaming gear, and other enhancements for their schools’ esports initiatives.
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