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ESports are coming in BBC Three channel!

Live esports is coming to BBC Three

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Big announcement. We’re going to bring you four hours of live esports coverage every weekend for the next six weeks.

n the first deal of its kind for the BBC (we like to be first), we’ve signed up the Gfinity Elite League Series One.

It’s based around a new league featuring Street Fighter, Counter Strike and Rocket League.
So here’s everything you need to know...

What is it?

One hundred and sixty pro gamers duking it out every week in front of a baying West London crowd for fame and fortune (£225,000 of fortune to be exact). Each competitor wears the livery of one of eight established eSports organisations and specialises in one of three games, representing a rough cross-section of the current competitive gaming landscape: a shooter, a fighter and... well, Rocket League.
After 10 intense weeks of clutch AWP plays, critical arts, and satisfying 'doinks', an overall franchise winner will be crowned along with three individual game champions.

What are the games?

Each game is granted its own day of competition. Fridays, from 9pm, are for the hectic team-format Street Fighter V bouts, and Saturdays are set aside for the slower, tense burn of tactical shooter Counter Strike: Global Offensive – from 9-11pm.
On Sunday, everyone kicks back and watches flying rocket cars play football for an hour in Rocket League from 5pm. Each game exudes its own appeal - from Street Fighter’s characteristic adrenaline-fuelled, highly entertaining 'pop-offs' between players to the marathon of concentration required for a CS:GO victory.

You can watch and follow it all live on BBC Three or on BBC iPlayer.

Who’s involved?

The teams themselves are a mixed bag - plucky up-and-comers rubbing shoulders with established orgs such as Method, Endpoint and the delightfully named Team EnVyUs. All are required to draft, at least in part, from Elite’s feeder competition: Challenger Series.
Challenger is a recurring season of free online knockout competitions allowing anyone to rack up points in the hopes of catching the eye of one or more of the Elite teams. Do well and you might get drafted. Get drafted and you’ll be mixing it up with the big boys on the Elite stage in the following season.

Who should I watch out for?

We’re three weeks in and personalities are starting to bubble up.
Endpoint’s unbeaten Street Fighter prodigy, JeSTeR PoWeR, likes to walk out throwing roses, wearing the imposing mask of his main: Vega.
Infused’s Rocket League captain, Doomsee, has been melting hearts on stream and in-arena, by gurning at the camera, spending time with fans and just being a generally all-round nice dude.
Each game’s commentary team and series presenters are also top-notch and outspoken. Street Fighter pundit/renowned grime DJ, Logan Sama, joins the panel on Friday…6

How big is it?

Conceptually, the series is shooting for something that’s never been done before - a pathway from pubstar to superstar. All players are contracted, some have quit their jobs, others have moved into org-owned team houses, some were Challenger contenders a matter of months ago. This is the real deal.
For a literal representation of the ambition on show here, you need only take a look at the arena itself. It’s got a player’s tunnel. How many eSports competitions have a player’s tunnel?

Who’s winning?

Team Infused (11-year stalwarts of the UK scene) are looking very strong - their Rocket League squad have dominated and the Street Fighter guys only just took their first loss this weekend. It was extremely dramatic. Poor old Reason Gaming are lagging behind a little, but they do have one of the best beards in the competition on the chin of Street Fighter: Undacuva - so it’s not all bad news.
Still early days for the Series though and, with some spicy match-ups scheduled for the coming weeks, everything is subject to change.

Want to find out more? Here’s all you need to know about eSports.

Tune in to Gfinity Elite League Fridays from 8.45pm, Saturdays from 9pm and Sunday from 5pm on BBC Three's website or BBC iPlayer. Talk about it on social using #bbcesports.

bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/item/...c-4a11-847e-d08e77537132
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ESports are coming in BBC Three channel!

Live esports is coming to BBC Three

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Big announcement. We’re going to bring you four hours of live esports coverage every weekend for the next six weeks.

n the first deal of its kind for the BBC (we like to be first), we’ve signed up the Gfinity Elite League Series One.

It’s based around a new league featuring Street Fighter, Counter Strike and Rocket League.
So here’s everything you need to know...

What is it?

One hundred and sixty pro gamers duking it out every week in front of a baying West London crowd for fame and fortune (£225,000 of fortune to be exact). Each competitor wears the livery of one of eight established eSports organisations and specialises in one of three games, representing a rough cross-section of the current competitive gaming landscape: a shooter, a fighter and... well, Rocket League.
After 10 intense weeks of clutch AWP plays, critical arts, and satisfying 'doinks', an overall franchise winner will be crowned along with three individual game champions.

What are the games?

Each game is granted its own day of competition. Fridays, from 9pm, are for the hectic team-format Street Fighter V bouts, and Saturdays are set aside for the slower, tense burn of tactical shooter Counter Strike: Global Offensive – from 9-11pm.
On Sunday, everyone kicks back and watches flying rocket cars play football for an hour in Rocket League from 5pm. Each game exudes its own appeal - from Street Fighter’s characteristic adrenaline-fuelled, highly entertaining 'pop-offs' between players to the marathon of concentration required for a CS:GO victory.

You can watch and follow it all live on BBC Three or on BBC iPlayer.

Who’s involved?

The teams themselves are a mixed bag - plucky up-and-comers rubbing shoulders with established orgs such as Method, Endpoint and the delightfully named Team EnVyUs. All are required to draft, at least in part, from Elite’s feeder competition: Challenger Series.
Challenger is a recurring season of free online knockout competitions allowing anyone to rack up points in the hopes of catching the eye of one or more of the Elite teams. Do well and you might get drafted. Get drafted and you’ll be mixing it up with the big boys on the Elite stage in the following season.

Who should I watch out for?

We’re three weeks in and personalities are starting to bubble up.
Endpoint’s unbeaten Street Fighter prodigy, JeSTeR PoWeR, likes to walk out throwing roses, wearing the imposing mask of his main: Vega.
Infused’s Rocket League captain, Doomsee, has been melting hearts on stream and in-arena, by gurning at the camera, spending time with fans and just being a generally all-round nice dude.
Each game’s commentary team and series presenters are also top-notch and outspoken. Street Fighter pundit/renowned grime DJ, Logan Sama, joins the panel on Friday…6

How big is it?

Conceptually, the series is shooting for something that’s never been done before - a pathway from pubstar to superstar. All players are contracted, some have quit their jobs, others have moved into org-owned team houses, some were Challenger contenders a matter of months ago. This is the real deal.
For a literal representation of the ambition on show here, you need only take a look at the arena itself. It’s got a player’s tunnel. How many eSports competitions have a player’s tunnel?

Who’s winning?

Team Infused (11-year stalwarts of the UK scene) are looking very strong - their Rocket League squad have dominated and the Street Fighter guys only just took their first loss this weekend. It was extremely dramatic. Poor old Reason Gaming are lagging behind a little, but they do have one of the best beards in the competition on the chin of Street Fighter: Undacuva - so it’s not all bad news.
Still early days for the Series though and, with some spicy match-ups scheduled for the coming weeks, everything is subject to change.

Want to find out more? Here’s all you need to know about eSports.

Tune in to Gfinity Elite League Fridays from 8.45pm, Saturdays from 9pm and Sunday from 5pm on BBC Three's website or BBC iPlayer. Talk about it on social using #bbcesports.

bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/item/...c-4a11-847e-d08e77537132

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Esports meets mainstream: Disney World's interest in esports opens the door to the esports tourism industry

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Disney is interested in esports. We've actually known that for a while, between ESPN's continued efforts in broadcasting professional Street Fighter and the recent moves from Disney XD into esports-related content, but a recent report from Forbes indicates that Disney is interested in esports beyond just broadcasting. It's interested in bringing esports to Disney World.

According to Forbes' Christian Sylt, Disney is considering using a new venue they're building at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Florida to host esports tournaments. Disney traditionally uses the complex to host youth sports events, with an aim towards increasing tourism to their parks. The idea is that if your kid plays in a soccer tournament at Disney World, you're likely to stay at the park for a few extra days and make a vacation of it.

What's interesting about this isn't so much that Disney World is building a venue that could be used for esports events, because to be perfectly honest, there aren't a lot of large, modern buildings that couldn't be used for an esports event in some capacity. What's interesting is that Disney effectively sees esports as something they can utilize to increase the amount of people attending their parks — they see esports as a tourist attraction, essentially.

There are two angles to this. One, Disney could believe that enough young people are invested in esports as an activity they take part in that hosting youth esports tournaments, maybe at a high school or collegiate level, would bring those kids and their families to the park. Alternatively, Disney could feel that those same tournaments could attract enough spectators that would want to stay in the park before and after the tournament. Either way, esports are bringing people to the park.

"We are trying to keep up with what sports are breaking and how we can be involved in them," Faron Kelley, Vice President of Sports at Disney World told Forbes. "Esports is a big one we are looking at and are very excited about it."

Semi-dedicated, physical spaces for esports as tourist attractions is a fascinating potential future for esports, and one it could share with virtual reality. VR is cumbersome, expensive, and demands both a high-end computer and a lot of space, which makes it perfect for VR arcades, which charge a fee for timed access to VR rooms. VR in general has yet to take off in a huge way, but VR arcades have been cropping up around major metropolitan cities in the West, where arcades have been dead for years, to fill demand for what is projected by some to become a $45 billion industry in eight years.

Similarly, people seem to want to attend esports events when they can. Major tournaments have strong attendance numbers: ESL claims that ESL One Cologne 2017 had 15,000 attendees, Evo recently said that they had 12,000 attendees this year and in 2016, Riot claimed that the Worlds Grand Finals sold out the 18,188 seat Staples Center. The core difference between the two industries is that people don't really have consistent access to esports events the way they could in a geo-located future.

The goal of the Overwatch League is to eventually have teams host home games in their home cities, which is an unproven model for esports. In the meantime, events like ESL Ones, Dreamhacks and even Evo serve as the basis of what is essentially esports tourism, and it looks like Disney wants at least somewhat in on that. People can't go to esports events locally very often, and there's a clear market for people who want to go to those kinds of events, based on the numbers mentioned earlier.

Now, before we go crazy on this, I'd like to couch this all by making it clear that Kelley said that Disney World is "looking at" esports. They haven't confirmed anything, they're just going to have a large venue that could be used for esports and they might be interested in it. While Disney's TV properties have started airing more esports programs, that doesn't necessarily mean that Disney's parks are suddenly jumping on board the esports train as well. They're very different parts of the same company, and much of this is speculation.

However, Disney's mild interest in the space as a part of Disney World speaks to the strength of esports as a tourism-driving industry. It shows that larger companies are looking at esports as way to drive esports dollars into theme parks and cities. It follows in the steps of Events D.C. partnering with NRG Esports earlier this year, and it's a good marker of the growth of the industry.

Grade: B- — No one is saying that Disney is suddenly going to open a "It's An Esports World After All" ride, but Kelley's statement that Disney is looking at esports is proof that these non-endemic brands are interested in esports beyond just selling a one-off product. Esports as part of the tourism industry is a very interesting and unexplored avenue, and while it has the potential to backfire if geolocated esports really takes off, it's a very interesting possible future for our scene.

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