Esports News Roundup

7 June 2021

Cooldown’s launch could bring esports tournaments to your local pub 

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 exposure.

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. 

We.Care is helping pro gamers through their most challenging moments

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.

Riot Games is another company giving gamers mental health support.

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.

WoW’s biggest esports event of 2021 was a huge success. 

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. 

Bangladesh esports ban

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. 

The first Olympic virtual series event is just under three weeks away! 

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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