Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of January 20, 2020
Activision grants exclusive esports streaming rights for its entire catalog to YouTube
TL;DR - The new, multi-year deal between Google and Activision-Blizzard will bring all of the studio’s esports franchises exclusively to YouTube. Activision will also be shifting the network infrastructure for its games over to the Google Cloud. Initially this deal means that all officially sanctioned events for CoD, WoW, Hearthstone, OWL, Starcraft 2, and Warcraft 3: Reforged will stream exclusively on YouTube. Esports in general represent some of the most watched content on Twitch, with Activision’s games making up a sizable portion of that content block. The Jan 24 - 26 Call of Duty League launch event was the first broadcast as part of this new arrangement.
Twitch and Turner Sports join forces on new esports talk show
TL;DR - The new collaboration between Twitch and Turner Sports will be called “ELEAGUE Super Punch”, and will debut on Twitch on February 3rd, and then on TBS beginning February 21st. The show will run Mon - Thurs for three hours each night beginning at 11pm EST. Strangely enough, on Fridays the show will broadcast on Twitch for the first hour, then TBS for the second hour, and then back to Twitch for the final hour. Each episode will focus on various Twitch streamers, gaming and esports news, and will incorporate some interactivity for the audience as well.
Riot Games announces LCS co-streaming expansion and unveils new Twitch channel
TL;DR - Riot has expanded its co-streaming pilot to allow any League Partners in the NA and OCE regions, as well as LCS pros and Academy players, to co-stream official broadcasts. Also announced, the LCS Academy program will receive its own Twitch channel, and will be more deeply integrated into the over LCS ecosystem.
StreamElements partners with Wizards of the Coast on launch of new brand-influencer platform
TL;DR - StreamElements has launched its own “creator activation” platform it’s calling SE.CAP, and is partnering with Wizard of the Coast to make a big splash. WotC will use the platform to deploy its Magic: The Gathering Creator Program where it will use “streamer-directed challenges” to promote the game and enhance viewer and audience engagement. NA and EU streamers can apply now for a chance to participate in the open beta. SE.CAP was designed to make it easier for brands to manage the myriad of tasks required for successfully deploying these kinds of creator programs.
Riot names HUYA as official Chinese broadcaster for the LEC and LCS
TL;DR - With this deal, HUYA adds the LEC (EU) and LCS (NA) Chinese streaming rights to its already secured LCK (Korean) deal. Moving quickly, HUYA began streaming content from these two leagues last week. Riot is hoping to get more exposure in China for the western teams, and vice versa.
Full story - https://esportsinsider.com/2020/01/huya-lcs-lec/
PlayVS leverages Fortnite for high school and college expansion efforts
TL;DR - PlayVS is adding Fortnite to its competitive high school circuit, and launching an official collegiate format complete with a national championship. This is PlayVS’s first move into collegiate competition, and Fortnite will lead the way for the platform. These Fortnite high school competitions will be separate from existing NFHS and state-sanctioned partnerships with PlayVS.
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