01/06/22: EEG lands new deal with NBA 2K League; eMLS diverts; LCS turns 10
| Thursday January 6, 2022 Good morning! It’s Thursday and this is your early morning Esports brief. Esports Entertainment Group is going another round with Take-Two and the NBA 2K League, delivering talent analytics and scouting technologies to the league and teaming up for the new edition of the NBA 2K League Draft and Combine. “We are extremely excited to continue our relationship with the NBA 2K League. EEG Labs has continued to put together a product that is best-in-class,” said Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group. “The NBA 2K League is widely recognized as one of the most competitive leagues across the country and we look forward to another successful year in our partnership.” COMPETITION Major League Soccer revamped is schedule and details for the 2022 season of eMLS: League Series 1 and League Series 2, announcing that play was moving to an online format to ensure the safety of players and fans. eMLS Cup remains scheduled for Austin as an official event of SXSW on March 13, however. The season will feature 27 professional EA SPORTS FIFA players, each representing an MLS club and will be played exclusively on PlayStation 5. Play begins on Jan 11. For the first time, all participating clubs will stream each of their season qualifying matches on their respective official social channels, providing clubs with new competitive content representing up to a record-setting 350 hours of live coverage and offering fans more opportunities to watch eMLS players compete at every tournament stage.|
Call of Duty League will reportedly revert back to all 12 teams for its Major tournaments in 2022. Dot Esports reports that the league had a change of heart after announcing that only eight of the dozen franchises would be able to qualify for the four tentpole events.
The LCS turns 10 with 2022 on the calendar, and the league is lining up a slate of celebratory initiatives to mark the occasion as the new season gears up for play. In honor of our 10-year anniversary, the LCS will be offering a variety of activities and content across the 2022 competitive season. According to the announcement, “Old faces will appear on broadcast as we look back on iconic LCS moments, and expect special episodes of our LCS shows to air throughout the season. Our programming will culminate at the 2022 LCS Championship Weekend — location and date to be announced in the coming months — a perfect domestic capstone as all eyes turn to Worlds 2022 in North America.”
Speaking of which, the LCS preseason kicks in on Jan. 14 with the LCS 2022 Lock In tournament as 10 LCS teams compete ahead of the regular-season start. The first weekend will have games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with each day offering a total of five games.
Mission Control and Xfinity are teaming up for a new esports tournament docket called the Xfinity City Series. Events will take place in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington DC across a span of of three months and will feature Fortnite, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. with month-long events. STREAM HATCHET INSIGHTS With talk of Metaverse and Crypto dominating headlines, games like Axie Infinity have started to gain traction with content creators across the top streaming platforms. Axie Infinity, a monster battler adventure game, enables players to collect NFTs valued with an in-game crypto currency, Infinity Shards (AXS). The game has already amassed 2.8 million daily active players, and in December generated nearly 6 million hours watched. Here are the key stats on Axie Infinity:
· Facebook Gaming dominates the Axie Infinity Metaverse: 77% of the total December Hours Watched for Axie Infinity were generated by viewers on Facebook Gaming.
· Hezelya pulls ahead as the top streamer: A female streamer from the Philippines affiliated with pro esports team Bren Esports generated 266k hours watched in December, a 92% uptick from the previous month (139k).
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Shopify Rebellion is getting into the Halo Infinite scene. The team, which is owned by the website Shopify, inked a quartet of Call of Duty and Gears of War players to compete in its new roster, which will debut in the HCS NA Open Series, which begins on Jan. 9.
Riot Games agreed to a $100 million settlement over a sexual harassment and discrimination suit from the state of California. That figure includes a payment from a pool of at least $77 million to all women who worked at Riot Games after Nov. 6, 2014, while the remainder will be earmarked for legal fees. Meanwhile, any unclaimed funds will be donated to charities supporting women in technology. The agreement settles claims brought by both the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing as well as the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Activision Publishing filed a lawsuit against EngineOwning, “a company that advertises and provides players with cheats across multiple Call of Duty titles,” according to multiple reports. Activision is mandating that EngineOwning cease distribution of cheats and is seeking relief for each law violation, which includes aimbots, wallhacks, radar, etc.
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