Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of November 18, 2019
Facebook Gaming signs Twitch streamer Disguised Toast
TL;DR - The popular Hearthstone and Teamfight Tactics streamer is hoping to take his 1M+ followers from Twitch to Facebook Gaming. He announced this week he’d signed a streaming arrangement with the social platform due to its ability to help him better engage with his viewers. Earlier in the month, Toast made news when he told his viewers to stop subbing to his channel and put those dollars towards smaller streamers. His move to Facebook comes on the heels of the signing of popular Spanish-speaking Fortnite streamers NexxuzHD and Lolito FDEZ.
New Mixer update gives streamers more control over who can clip their content
TL;DR - Mixer streamers are now able to restrict clip creation to viewers who’ve reached a certain level within their channels. The new feature is limited to partnered streamers only for the moment. An update to the clip editor has also been released, making it easier for viewers to trim and review their clips before publishing, similar to what’s available on Twitch today.
Twitch-integrated cloud gaming service expected from Amazon next year
TL;DR - Based on a series of job postings found on Amazon’s website, there’s speculation that Amazon’s cloud gaming service could launch as early as 2020, and will most likely include some form of Twitch integration from the start. Several news outlets have been keeping an eye on job listings for what Amazon is calling its “New AWS Gaming Initiative”, referencing “Cloud Games”. One such posting hinted that there are plans to incorporate Twitch into the new service, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Douyu has landed the streaming rights for Alibaba’s esports league
TL;DR - The popular Chinese streaming platform Douyu has acquired the streaming right to Alibaba Sports’ World Electronic Sports Game league. The deal covers the 2019-2020 season, and will be shared with Youku, another Chinese streaming platform owned by the Alibaba Group. The first event scheduled is the WESG Douyu online qualifiers which will take place between November 25 and December 3, and will feature an $8K prize pool for games likes CS:GO, Starcraft 2, and Dota 2.
Full story - https://esportsobserver.com/douyu-wesg-2019-2020/
Upcoming YouTube policy changes will aim to address gaming content and harassment
TL;DR - A number of policy changes are in the works over at YouTube, as communicated by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in her quarterly letter. Included is an update to how the platform will handle harassment, and violent gaming content. A big motivator behind these changes is the recent $170M settlement YouTube reached with the FTC regarding a violation of COPPA. Viewers and content creators have pushed YouTube to better differentiate between violence in video games and real world violence - specifically reducing restrictions around in-game violence. Also in the works is a plan to pair up advertisers and marketers with channels that produce content that may be appropriate only for older audiences.
Blink and NODWIN Gaming join forces to bring real-time automated clip-generation to esports
TL;DR - Blink and NODWIN Gaming have paired up to create an AI application that will generate highlights from esports events in real-time. Those clips will be packaged and distributed as the events are occurring in the hopes that viewer engagement will increase, and more viewers will be drawn in. The two companies tested the idea at the recent PUBG Mobile Open in India and “produced literally thousands of hours of content” as a result. NODWIN Gaming is known for producing shows such as Esports 360, and The Cosplay Genie Show. Blink brings to the table the technology and IP to identify and select the best moments from these events, and then to create and package those clips.
Misfits Gaming announces $10M fund dedicated to gaming and esports
TL;DR - Misfits Gaming Group is the organization behind the esports orgs Misfits Gaming, Florida Mayhem (Overwatch), and Florida Mutineers (CoD League). The parent company announced this week it was deploying a $10M seed fund to help stoke innovation and development in the esports and gaming space, specifically in North America. The fund will sit under the MSF.IO moniker, and will be supported by the others brands within the Misfits family.
New Cleveland Ohio esports facility to serve the public and the Cav’s NBA 2K League team
TL;DR - Lit by TCP is an Ohio-based lighting company that will share the namesake of the new Legion Lair Lit by TCP recreational esports facility. It will serve as the new home for the Cavs Legion GC, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA 2K League team, and also the newly established Cleveland Rec Esports Club. The facility will feature 26 gaming stations with top tier setups and equipment from the likes of MSI, Alienware, SteelSeries, and Raynor.
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