On a Sunday January 18, 2016 there were two major NFL games that was considered a “must watch” if you are an NFL fan, Steelers (16) vs Broncos (23) and Seattle (24) vs Carolina (31). Both games have high caliber players from Peyton Manning, Russel Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton. But, there are other events that are taking some interest in the new generation, eSports. The North American League of Legends season 6 week 1 had began and eSports fans are excited to watch their favorite teams for the year.
This year’s 2015 League of Legends Worlds viewership surpassed the previous numbers from their own viewership by 33%, from 27 MM (2014) to 36 MM (2015) unique viewer count.
In 2014, League of Legends saw a slight dip in viewership in comparison to 2013. This was due to the timezone difference between east (Asia) and west (US & UK). With the numbers 33% up in 2015, this shows the the general interest in eSports is growing.
The Salt Mines held their inaugural Super Smash Bros Wii U tournament in Chelsea, New York City at the Stepping Out Studios on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The group is a New York City-based that aims to be an accessible, social gaming nexus for casual and competitive players alike in the tri-state area.
Players’ Lounge is a video game social startup founded on October 2014 by Zach Dixon and Austin Woolridge. It started as a simple social video game sports league meetup. Today, it has expanded into a premier social eSports league, focusing on FIFA tournaments. Their roots started in Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn, NY where they held their very first tournament.
Jeremy Lin aka “Linsanity”, an NBA player had an interesting comment about Dota2 and MOBA eSports.
“I always say it’s just like basketball” “You can tell the higher level you go, its all about teamwork, guys doing their role” “exactly what it’s like in the pro’s (NBA)”
– Jeremy Lin at Dota2 International 2015