Liam Thompson, gaming and influencer executive with brand agency Cake, picks out the most interesting recent stories from the esports sector…
- Konami links up with eFootball.pro to launch Pro Evo esports league
- Tencent working on PUBG-style mobile game
- Esports Industry Award Winners
Global Pro Evo league in pipeline
Konami, the video game publisher behind Pro Evolution Soccer (Pro Evo) is planning to create a global esports league for its football title. Konami has announced a new partnership with eFootball.pro which will see the two work together in building the global competition.
Details are limited for now, but back in September Konami also announced a partnership with Uefa to launch an esports competition around the Champions League. Headlines were made for eFootball.pro when it was revealed that Barcelona midfielder Gerard Piqué had created the project after briefly mentioning he was making a move into esports.
Konami has always had to compete with EA’s Fifa franchise and making partnerships has helped them build around their struggles when it comes to official licensing. Fifa has been dominating the football gaming scene, hosting many esports competitions – including the Fifa Interactive World Cup (now called the Fifa eWorld Cup).
However, with Pro Evo working with Uefa to gain exclusive rights of their own and with eFootball.pro to build a global league, it will really help the property to appeal to new and existing players who are looking to compete professionally.
Tencent working on PUBG-style mobile game
It’s been revealed that the Chinese internet giant Tencent is working on a new battle royale-style game designed for smartphones. Currently named ‘Glorious Mission’ it bears some resemblance to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), the multiplayer survival game that recently hit 20 million downloads since its launch earlier this year. Tencent has already launched a MOBA mobile game called Arena of Valor which is growing in popularity across Europe, while also building its esports arm. This next title could be treated in a similar fashion.
There are two big Battle Royale games on the market right now, PUBG and Fortnite. Tencent already owns a 40-per-cent stake in Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, but it’s been rumoured several times this year that the company has also been making investments in Bluehole (PUBG). While none of these rumours have been confirmed, Tencent has reportedly been wanting to buy stakes in Bluehole and potentially even take a controlling stake. With Tencent now looking to create the next big Battle Royale game for mobile, it will be interesting to see how the market reacts to this latest addition.
Esports Industry Awards winners
Monday November 13 saw the return of the Esports Industry Awards, a night to celebrate the achievements within esports over the last year. Held in London, the awards were given out after the esports community and a panel of expert judges voted for their winners. This is the second time the Esports Industry Awards has been held and it will hopefully continue to be a recognisable and yearly event to celebrate esports successes. Here’s a rundown of all the award-winners from the show:
Personality of the Year – Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere
PC Player of the Year – Amer ‘Miracle-’ Barqawi (Dota 2)
Console Player of the Year – Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper (OpTic Gaming)
Team of the Year – OpTic Gaming, Call of Duty
Game of the Year – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Play of the Year – OpTic FormaL on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Breakthrough Game of the Year – PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
Streamer of the Year – Dr DisRespect
Commercial Partner of the Year – G Fuel
Unsung Hero of the Year – Megan Cutrofello
Publisher of the Year – Riot Games
Streaming Platform of the Year – Twitch
Live Event of the Year – League of Legends World Championships
Broadcaster of the Year – Alex ‘Machine’ Richardson
Hardware Provider of the Year – Intel
Coverage Website of the Year – ESPN Esports
Journalist of the Year – Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields
UK Player of the Year – Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing (FIFA)
PC Rookie of the Year – Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khassenov (CS:GO)
Videographer of the Year – Davis ‘OpTic Hitch’ Edwards
Photographer of the Year – Joe Brady
Console Rookie of the Year – Victor ‘Punk’ Woodley (Street Fighter)