7 June 2021
According to Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid football club president, even champions league football isn’t safe from losing fans to esports.
"Proof-of-work has the nice property that it can be relayed through untrusted middlemen. We don't have to worry about a chain of custody communication." - Satoshi Nakamoto
During the recent Super League
debacle, Perez claimed football clubs needed to find new ways to attract fans
because people are “no longer interested
in football” due to“a lot of poor
According to Perez, a lack of young fans is of grave concern to football clubs, as they have “other platforms on which to distract themselves”. He was, of course, referring to Twitch and other gaming platforms that give young fans round the clock, never-ending entertainment.
Additionally, recent research indicated more than 400 million people watched esports events in 2020, which was a considerable increase year on year.
While football’s decline is sad news for the oligarchs and billionaires who own football clubs, it’s excellent news for the gaming industry, esports especially. Viewership numbers are increasing every year, and new and exciting developments are announced weekly.
This article covers the newest developments in the Esports industry, including a new app to view the most popular esports events as a group, esports mental health programs, and the first Olympic virtual event!
Optic Gaming has teamed up with
a drinks company called Ab InBev to launch a rebrand of ‘Mylocalesportsbar’
called Cooldown. The service will bring esports fans together for esports
viewing parties in bars and other public venues, giving esports greater
The app lets users suggest different bars or venues that could live stream esports events or set up their own events. The Cooldown team can contact the venues and help them set up one-off events.
Cooldown’s services will significantly benefit hospitality venues that are unsure of which events to stream or how to promote their first esports event. Additionally, it will give fans an excellent opportunity to meet other local fans of their favourite games.
Bars are already signing up to Cooldown, and the company is planning an enormous giveaway of gaming merchandise like PS5s and gaming chairs to entice fans to help spread the word.
While Cooldown is a new business, it could prove to be one of several apps that help grow the esports industry.
Have you ever been so mad at
losing a game from lag that you’ve thrown your controller or keyboard across
the room? Maybe you punched a hole in a wardrobe or howled at the moon so
loudly you woke up your neighbours.
Most of us have been there, especially if you played online multiplayer games before fibre optic internet became available - being booted from a lobby because of a weak connection was a daily occurrence. The stress of playing some games can be severe enough without millions of dollars on the line, and pro players have started dropping out of esports, citing mental health issues as the principal cause. Trying to improve the situation, the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association has partnered with a Danish online mental health service called We.Care to offer players specialised psychological support.
The service includes one-on-one video calls or messages with a qualified psychologist, which will help pro gamers adopt healthier practices and better attitudes toward their livelihood. If you’re an amateur gamer needing some relief from toxic player pools or lousy internet, then help could soon be on the way for you too.
Although the service is only currently available to frazzled professional CS: GO players, it’s likely that We.Care and other companies will start offering their services to players from other games, both pro and amateur, to help them cope with mental exhaustion.
Best known for its smash-hit
multiplayer games League of Legends and Valorant, Riot Games is starting to
focus on player’s mental health issues. The company has partnered with Public
Good Projects to create mental health guidance for streamers, content creators
and moderators in North America.
The guide aims to show people how to support viewers, friends, or fans who aren’t doing so well and need a helping hand. You can find a copy of the guide here.
The Great Push is the first
one-off World of Warcraft competitive event of 2021, where more than 2,100
teams compete to secure a $20,000 prize.
The teams were tasked with completing all six Shadowlands dungeons in any order they choose. Each team had five hours per day to achieve the highest score they could.
Unsurprisingly, the competition was ferocious, and the teams were neck and neck until the last few minutes of the tournament. There were tens of thousands of live viewers, which was unusual for a game that isn’t known for large live audiences on Twitch or YouTube. Considering the tournament’s success, Blizzard will likely organise more esports tournaments in the future.
On a less than positive note, the government of Bangladesh recently indicated they might ban some esports focused mobile games.
Citing concerns about childhood
addiction, the government of Bangladesh stated they plan on banning two of the
most popular mobile games; PUBG Mobile and Free Fire.
Player numbers in Bangladesh aren’t currently available, so we can only speculate on the damage this will do to each game’s earnings, but it’s still bad news for the industry in general.
The Bangladeshi home and education ministries announced the ban in a local newspaper on May 29th, stating the ban will “safeguard” young people’s mental health.
When questioned about evidence for the ban, a minister admitted there aren’t any statistics to support the government’s claim about games being harmful to young children, but they plan on researching the topic at some point.
Despite many questions about the unusual nature of carrying out a ban on something before doing any research, it seems the Bangladeshi government is undeterred and is pushing on with the ban regardless.
In a massive step for esports,
the Olympics are hosting and promoting virtual events. Playstation has
announced that on June 23rd, the debut Olympic Virtual Series Motor Sport Event
will take place.
It’s not just motorsports that will enjoy a virtual Olympic event; cycling, rowing, sailing and baseball will also enjoy virtual editions.
The International Olympic Committee expects the new digital events to draw in new, younger audiences. The baseball, motorsport and sailing events are taking place through video games; the cycling and rowing events will involve tracking participants physical workouts from wherever they are based.
Fans can catch all the digital Olympic events live on Playstation’s Twitch channel.
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