They entered the tournament, their first event as a team, and no one thought that they would even get past the group stage. They ended up placing second in the entire tournament. In their next event, in Copenhagen, they came in first place. Now, that same group of six females, performing under the Team Dignitas banner, are taken very seriously. They operate in accordance with the tag CSGO WOMEN, and happen to be fully comprised of ladies, but they have zero interest in being compared to anything less than the esports industry as a whole.
L.E.K. Sports Survey found that Professional sports leagues “officially have a millennial problem.”
- 40% of millennials prefer watching esports to traditional sports
- 26% of millennial eSports enthusiasts reported a significant uptick in eSports viewing over the past year
- 61% of esports followers said they spent less time watching TV over the past 12 months, and 45% said they had cut back on traditional sports viewing
- Together millennials — ages 17-34 — and Generation Z peers — age 16 and under — comprise 45% of America’s consumer base
Major League Baseball’s video streaming company recently paid $300 million for the right to stream League of Legends through 2023.
Former Splyce player Joshua-Lee ‘Joshh’ Shephard accusing his organization of “not paying” him in a TwitLonger post.
Marty ‘LazerChicken’ Strenczewilk, replied to the original post of Joshh’s TwitLonger on the official Call of Duty Competitive Reddit.
Calling the decision to bring back Josh under Splyce “one of the biggest mistakes we ever made,” LazerChicken said that Josh’s actions were “directly costing the organization” and that the organization “fined him from his salary (not his prize money)… to keep our team running.”
These fines came after the organization restructured their contracts to not “get screwed by players like Josh ever again who directly cost us money… as any sports team would do.”
Joshh claims the organization owes him “$5000+ from 3 events and 3/4 of a months salary” after Epsilon paid the fee to acquire him off Splyce.
He also claims that he was “told” from an unknown, unnamed member of Splyce management that he would “not [be] getting my money because they made a loss from selling me and buying Zer0.”
Joshh also qualified his post by saying that he was not “perfect when working for them, but who is?” Josh is currently is under contract with Epsilon, who is qualified for the 2017 Call of Duty Championship
The eSports economy is expected to grow to $696 million, a year-on-year growth of 41.3% and the global eSports audience is expected to reach 385 million in 2017. Total prize money in 2016 reached $93.3 million, up from $61.0 million in 2015. According to Sports Illustrated, in 2016, eSports events sold out Key Arena in Seattle, Nationwide Arena in Columbus, the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden in New York. The purse for the Seattle event, The International Dota 2 Championship, was $20,770,460, which Sports Illustrated points out is roughly double the total payout of The Masters. In 2017, major eSports competitions have been scheduled across North America, Europe, South Korea, and China, to name a few, making eSports truly international.
eSports is surging and whether or not esports professionals are appropriately considered “athletes” is hotly debated. One of the reasons this debate matters is because if they aren’t athletes, they don’t qualify for P-1 visas. And if they don’t qualify for P-1 visas, it can be very difficult for these professionals to travel to the U.S. to participate in major competitive events.
The 17 Teams Are:
- Boston Celtics
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Dallas Mavericks
- Detroit Pistons
- Golden State Warriors
- Indiana Pacers
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Miami Heat
- Milwaukee Bucks
- New York Knicks
- Orlando Magic
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Sacramento Kings
- Toronto Raptors
- Utah Jazz
- Washington Wizards
The league will draft teams of five players to compete in a five-month season, which will mirror the NBA with a regular season, bracketed playoffs and a final championship match to wrap it all up. Players will create their own avatars for competition, so no one will be using avatars of the recognizable basketball stars that appear in NBA 2K, like LeBron James or Kyrie Irving.
The NBA is the first pro sports league to co-own an esports organization in the United States. In Europe, several soccer leagues have signed on to participate in a FIFA esports league. Earlier this year, ESPN partnered with EA for broadcasting rights of these FIFA matches. FIFA has also been chosen as one of the esports games to appear as a medal event in the 2022 Asian Games.
When the NBA2K eSports league launches next year, it will be under the stewardship of a longtime NBA executive and with the participation of NBA teams. Donohue will oversee the league, which was formed between the NBA and Take-Two and is set to launch with its inaugural season in 2018.