The fragility of the eSports industry has been exposed for some time by a long Kotaku article: huge investments with little return and inflated audiences permeate this universe, and it is likely that the Overwatch League will be the first major league to acknowledge these symptoms.
A large exodus of casters and presenters, along with relevant players retiring prematurely demonstrate that the million dollar league is experiencing internal difficulties. On top of all this, the third season of OWL promises to be the most ambitious so far: teams will travel between countries to play the matches. The movement is bold and brings the conventional sports scene closer, but it can have terrible consequences for the teams.
Millions of investment… no return?
With the gigantic Activision Blizzard behind it, the Overwatch League was a project that it longed for from the beginning. The championship adopts the franchise system: fixed teams, without relegation or promotion of the teams, ensuring long-term stability. In the case of OWL, that stability came at a very high price: a spot in the league’s first season would cost $ 20 million, according to some reports at the time. In the second, the value increased to between $ 30 million and $ 60 million, according to an ESPN article.
All of this would reflect in a league of immense structures, with a total prize pool of US $ 3.5 million – very high value for the world of eSports. Around this are typical elements of the franchise system, such as live matches and numerous licensed products for sale. Looking from the outside, everything looks very beautiful, but it is not necessary to go very deeply to realize that this investment may not achieve the desired return: in terms of audience, the OWL Playoffs in 2019 are far from the numbers of the World of League of Legends the same year.
To give you an idea, the data from Esports Charts show that Overwatch had a peak of 318,000 simultaneous viewers, with an average of 110,000 viewers; the World Cup beat 3.98 million people watching, and maintained an average of over 1 million.
Let’s face it, the LoL World Championship has been around for a long time, and it had more opportunity to consolidate itself. However, even compared to the newcomer Free Fire, Overwatch does not do so well on the tape: Battle Royale Mobile peaked at 2 million viewers, maintaining an average of 1.2 million viewers.
On top of that, there are accusations that Blizzard would still be inflating its numbers by incorporating OWL streams on game-related sites. Thus, any user who visited the site would be counted as a viewer. This had already been mentioned by Kotaku as a common practice in the middle of eSports, and the scenario gets even more ugly for Overwatch when it understands the whole context behind this claim.
According to the report, a company called Curse would be responsible for this silent distribution of transmissions. Coincidentally – or not – Twitch, which paid $ 900 million for OWL’s broadcast exclusivity, was once Curse’s parent company.
Amid low numbers and a huge conflict of interest, it’s easy to see that the Overwatch League audience is a mess. Unfortunately for the league, there are even more obvious problems.
Exodus of talent
Another weakness demonstrated by the Overwatch League is in the exit of its casters and presenters: Malik Forté, Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat, Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykkles, Erik “DoA” Lonnquist and Chris Puckett are the names that will not return for the third season of the tournament .
As much as some of these professionals were very discreet about his departure, MonteCristo was very vocal, making a thread of twelve tweets about the reasons that led him to leave OWL and his future as a professional.
MonteCristo goes so far as to say that creative differences were among the reasons for his non-renewal of contract. Regarding the next content to be produced, the caster says he will no longer make Overwatch content on his personal channel. The reason? There was not so much demand from the audience.
Unfortunately, my departure from @overwatchleague means that I will be suspending production of OverSight with my co-host @Thooorin and will cease creating Overwatch-focused analysis and power rankings on my personal channel. (10/12)
— MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) December 31, 2019
MonteCristo’s statement further indicates that the audience at OWL and the eSports scene as a whole are unsatisfactory, and there is still more to explore in that hole.
There’s still more
Amid so many internal problems in the Overwatch League, Activision Blizzard still has one more question about the game scenario to be resolved. Lack of live matches and little promotion of broadcasts are making the tournament economically unfeasible.
Overwatch Contenders, a kind of “cradle of talent” for OWL, is increasingly precarious and has already had relevant casualties in terms of enrolled teams: NRG, Gladiators Legion and Mayhem Academy – all linked to teams from the main division – are among the teams that left the tournament.
With so many problems, it is possible to say that international travel may be Activision Blizzard’s last card. The plan can work, enhancing and revitalizing the league; on the other hand, it can only increase the speed with which the tournament implodes. In one way or another, 2020 is a decisive year for the Overwatch League.
Fortnite: the top 5 players in Fortnite Chapter 2
After Season X and the World Cup, players wanted more. The World Cup set high expectations for the best players in the world. In the last update, it came with a complete review of what the players liked most during the ten seasons. That with the changes in the set of withdrawals, map and mechanics, the competitive scenario was well ahead. This was very evident in Fortnite Chapter 2.
Fortnite Chapter 2 saw a number of talents emerge that no one expected to see. Fortnite Chapter 1 provided a squad format, the second had a very similar doubles format. The soils remained a lasting pillar. The brilliance that players demonstrated in Season X was due to the different formats. However, some other popular World Cup highlights have disappeared. Only those who could maintain a level of success in Chapter 2, Season 1 and 2, could be considered one of the best players.
We at Gaming Net highlight some players that stood out last season. This list includes the results of Fortnite Chapter 2 of Season 1, and Season 2. We are based on the three FNCS competitions, offline tournaments and various Cash Cups. Check out the list of the top 5 players from the last half of Competitive Fortnite.
5 – ROCCO “SAF” MORALES
Saf is a former Ghost Gaming player, being one of the elites in Fortnite history. He and his partner Zayt, have achieved many achievements. Regardless of the circumstances, he is always in the finals of the best tournaments. This domain continued after Fortnite transitioned to Chapter 2 and a whole new scenario.
Saf teamed up with Zayt, Commandment and HighSky to form an excellent team for the FNCS competition. Of the four qualifying weeks, they won three. At the end of the first season of Fortnite Chapter 2, they finished in fourth place. After their dominant performance in season 1, Zayt and Saf remained virtually the same in season 2.
At FNCS Duo, from Chapter 2 Season 2, they got together again and it was flawless. In one game, the two of them were sanctioned as one of the best players of all time. Saf continued to play in top-level tournaments, reaching the FNCS Grand Finals Invitational and reaching 31st place. We can say that in the near future, Saf will find even more success in the competitive market.
- 3x FNCS Finalist
- 4th in Chapter 2 Season 1
- 1st in Chapter 2 Season 2
- 31st in FNCS Invitational
- 5x Solo Cash Cup Top XNUMX
- 29th at the Australian Open Summer Smash
4 – WILLIAMS “ZAYT” AUBIN
Zayt’s career can be defined with a lot of hard work and dedication. Just consider your history of success and everyone will know it. Zayt always presents his game at a high level, no matter what the competition is. His game is fluid, this makes him one of the greatest of all time in Fortnite.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 was fun for Zayt. He and Saf together with TSM Commandment and SEN HighSky won three of the four weeks of FNCS. In the Grand Final they took fourth place. The duo Zayt and Saf in the FNCS Duo did what they do best. At the Grand Finals they grabbed the victory and didn’t let it go. Zayt then went to ninth place on the FNCS Invitational. Success is the name of the game and Zayt is one of the best at finding it over and over again.
- 3x FNCS Finalist
- 4th in Chapter 2 Season 1
- 1st in Chapter 2 Season 2
- 9th at FNCS Invitational
- 56th at DreamHack Anaheim
- 24th at the Australian Open Summer Smash
3 – ALEXANDRE “ANDILEX” CHRISTOPHE
Frenchman Andilex consolidated himself in the European Fortnite competition in just a few months. In Fortnite Chapter 2 of the first season, he quickly became one of the best players in Europe. He joined forces with 4zr, Noward and DRG for FNCS. The four of them finished 11th in the finals, achieving two wins in four weeks. But that made Andilex continue to stand out in LAN performance. He first traveled to Sweden for the DreamHack Winter event and almost won the competition. Overall, he came in second and $ 15,000.
Andilex performed very well at DreamHack Anaheim. He finished in sixth place. After that the Frenchman dominated the FNCS of the second season of Chapter 2. He and Nayte won the entire tournament and US$ 35K each in the process. Andilex took seventh place in the Grand Finals at the invitation of FNCS. Andilex’s rise continues regardless of the season or goal.
- 3x FNCS Finalist
- 11th in Chapter 2 Season 1
- 1st in Chapter 2 Season 2
- 7th at FNCS Invitational
- 6th at DreamHack Anaheim
- 2nd at DreamHack Winter
- 1x Solo Cup Cup winner
- 4x Solo Cash Cup Top XNUMX
- 5x Duo Cash Cup Top Ten with Nayte
2 – BENJY “BENJYFISHY” FISH
The competitive world of Fortnite in recent years has seen the emergence of many European talents. Benjyfishy’s rise is one of the most extraordinary in the game. Some players had a comeback in their performances after the World Cup, but that was not the case for Benjy. He continued to make his name alongside other prominent players, mitr0 and Mongraal.
What sets Benjy apart from the rest is his sense of play and fine mechanics. After Season X, Benjyfishy impacted solo competitions. In his solo career, he stood out with several wins in the Solo Cash Cup, in addition to the two consecutive wins in qualifying at the FNCS Invitational, 13th in AO Summer Smash, 11th in DreamHack Winter and 11th in DreamHack Anaheim. In addition, Benjy took second place in the FNCS of the squadrons of Season 1 of Chapter 1, with Mongraal, Wolfiez and Nayte.
At just 16, Benjy has an enviable track record. He maintains the mentality by making the game fluid and easy. It is a very big challenge to stay in the TOP 3, but Benjy can do it. Despite its age, benjyfishy is a household name in competitive Fortnite. It’s only a matter of time before Benjy appears when the spotlight is on him.
- 2x FNCS Finalist
- 2nd in Chapter 2 Season 1
- 56th at FNCS Invitational
- 2x FNCS Invitation Qualifier Winner
- 3x Solo Cup Cup winner
- 9x Solo Cash Cup Top XNUMX
- 1x Winner of the Duo Cash Cup with MrSavage
- 6x Duo Cash Cup Top Ten with Mongraal and MrSavage
- 11th on DreamHack Anaheim
- 11 on DreamHack Winter
- 13th at the Australian Open Summer Smash
1 – MARTIN “MRSAVAGE” FOSS ANDERSEN
Unlike most players, MrSavage has advanced skills in the game. He has remained at the top over the years even outside the European region. After the Fortnite World Cup, MrSavage reached all of the Fortnite Champion Series Grand Finals, except for the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 squads. His consistency is one of the good points that makes him the best.
At just 15 years old, the Norwegian won three Solo Cash Cup victories only in Fortnite Chapter 2. MrSavage won several War Legend tournaments, placed 15th with IDrop in chapter 2 of the 2nd season of FNCS and 15th in FNCS Invitational. At DreamHack Anaheim, he won a Victory Royale in the final match and won the title. He continues to impress, regardless of the format, scoring system or his teammates.
After an impressive performance in LAN, MrSavage joined the organization 100Thieve. He found Benjyfishy, both 15 years old. Regardless of age, he had an enviable competitive mindset. With all of those things added up and the DreamHack Anaheim victory, he reached the top of the Fortnite competition, where he remains today.
- 2x FNCS Finalist
- 12th in Chapter 2 Season 2
- 15th at FNCS Invitational
- 3x Solo Cup Cup winner
- 10x Solo Cash Cup Top XNUMX
- 1x Duo Cash Cup Winner w / benjyfishy
- 2x Duo Cash Cup Top Ten with Endretta and benjyfishy
- 1st at DreamHack Anaheim
- 14 on DreamHack Winter
League of Legends: Lillia, the new Champion of LoL
Lillia will be the next champion to be launched in League of Legends (LoL). The information was confirmed by Riot Games itself on Tuesday (7). The developer released an animated trailer introducing the new champion and launching the newest event, the “Festival do Florescer Espiritual”. His arrival had been speculated for a few weeks. Including leaks of your art and information about the route and more details.
Champion Lillia will be the first craft hunter to be launched at LoL since Kayn’s arrival in 2017. With arrival scheduled for July 22, next to the Festival of Spiritual Blossom with patch 10.15. It is worth mentioning that three champions were expected to be launched in the coming months, being a hunter, which in this case would be Lillia herself, plus a murderer and a sniper.
The new champion has the characteristics of a centaur, a creature present in Greek mythology that is the mixture of a human being with a horse. She is the second character with a similar appearance to arrive at LoL. The first was Hecarim, released in April 2012. In addition, many MOBA fans are making comparisons between Lillia and Neeko because of some similarities. In particular, the color of their hair and the relationship that both champions have with nature.
Lillia is a young woman who lives in a hidden forest in Ionia and has champion Ivern as her great friend. Ivern is another playable character in LoL. This forest, called “garden” by Lillia herself, has a different type of magi. It brings together the dreams of humanity within. The champion’s story has a beginning related to the so-called “Mother Tree”. Who develops a disease caused by the lack of dreams of the human beings around him. She discovers that she can harvest people’s dreams to feed her mother. So, Lillia decides to explore the world beyond her garden to help keep her alive.
In League of Legends, Lillia promises to be a hunter who will have a very large initial learning line. Needing more effort from players to truly master their entire skill kit.
Your skills focus a lot on increasing your movement speed and decreasing your opponent’s. In addition, she can literally put her enemies to sleep. Taking advantage of this to wreak havoc with his staff.
Passive – Lillia’s abilities apply Dust of Dreams, dealing a portion of the target’s maximum health as magic damage for a period.
Q – Lillia swings her branch in the air and deals magic damage to nearby enemies. The attack deals real damage to those at the outer edge of the circle. When she can attack with the ability, Lillia also gains movement speed.
W – Lillia sets up a huge attack with her branch, dealing magic damage to enemies. Enemies at the center of the impact take more damage.
E – Lillia casts a “Swirlseed” overhead, dealing magic damage to enemies and slowing them for a period. If Lillia’s seed fails, it will continue to roll until it hits an enemy or collides with the ground.
R – Lillia performs a lullaby about her enemies and those affected by her Dream Powder get slower and slower before falling asleep for a period of time. When awakened by damage, enemies take additional magic damage.
Hyper Scape: the new Battle Royale from Ubisoft
Ubisoft this week revealed the launch of Hyper Scape, its new free Battle Royale. The game was created by developers of Rainbow Six: Siege, the company’s successful FPS. Still in the testing phase, the title was released to be broadcast by some personalities from Twitch and YouTube. Reaching half a million viewers in less than thirty minutes, the event was a success. In addition, keys to the test were being dropped during Twitch broadcasts.
Based on the futuristic scenario of New Arcadia, Hyper Space is scheduled to launch its open beta on July 12 on PCs. For PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, no date has been specified yet. – “We know about the hype of gamers by our newly announced Hyper Scape! Rest assured! VERY soon we will have news for all of you to play! STAY CONNECTED!” said the statement.
Built from the ground up as an interactive streaming show, Hyper Scape promises to change the way we watch video games, allowing streamers and content creators to interact with audiences like never before. The company says that every battle and every victory will be unique thanks to the participation of fans around the world.
So far there are two modes available in the testing phase: Crown Rush Squad and Dark Haze Solo. In the first, teams of three members battle for the domain of the Crown that is in the center of the map or for the elimination of all opponents. The solo mode is in the best style, each one for itself. The producer promises two more modes until the beta is released.
Meet the team behind #HyperScape, and discover how we’ve been building a free-to-play battle royale experience that’s built for players, streamers, and viewers alike.
— Hyper Scape (@HyperScapeGame) July 2, 2020
Battle Royale also shows a new approach with players eliminated. After being shot down, it is possible to roam the map in a way that does not allow combat. However, it offers the possibility to feed your team with information until a respawn point is made available.
According to the official website, Contenders (game characters) will be able to use HACKS. It will be a set of lootable skills that create powerful options for different play styles. From the establishment of MINES looking for their enemies, to the use of INVISIBILITY for a stealthy approach. This stealth can be to propel yourself in the air before hitting your opponent with SLAM. Hacks not only change the way you play, they also offer the necessary advantages to win the competition.
At all times, the AI Game Master figure will play cards from global events during the match, affecting gameplay with many bonuses. Meanwhile, the map itself, NEO-ARCADIA, will succumb to DECAY by excluding entire districts.
Minimum and Recommended Requirements
The game is not yet available in all countries, however, Ubisoft has already released the minimum and recommended requirements. On the official battle royale website, the company promises to deliver an optimized game that will run on “various hardware combinations.”
Below, you can check the requirements disclosed by Ubisoft to run Hyper Scape:
Minimum Requirements: (Low settings, 1080p @ 60fps)
Intel Core i3 3220 or AMD FX-4130 with 6 GB RAM
Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 with 2 GB of VRAM
Recommended requirements: (High settings, 1080p @ 60fps)
Intel Core i7 4790 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X with 8 GB RAM
Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 4 GB of VRAM
High performance requirements: (Ultra High settings, up to 4K @ 60fps)
Intel Core i9 7900 X or AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3600 with 16 GB RAM
Nvidia 2080Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 11 GB of VRAM
More news about Ubisoft games will be revealed on July 12, the day the Ubisoft Forward presentation will take place. In addition to Hyper Scape, the company is working on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters and Beyond Good and Evil 2.
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