In today’s edition of the evening round-up, we take a look at the latest gaming and eSports news including a report from eSports insights company, Newzoo, who have reported that half of the gamers in South Africa play the FIFA franchise. We will also take a look at the top 10 most popular games on Twitch in July 2020 and many others.
Half of South Africa gamers play FIFA
According to Newzoo, 57% of gamers in South Africa play FIFA, and this is not surprising due to the country’s love for sports (football). They also add that almost two-thirds of the urban online population watched professional sports in the six months before May 2020. To read the full report, please click on the link.
League of Legends lead top 10 most popular games in July
Esports.com has reported that the League of Legends franchise is leading a host of other games as the most popular game on Twitch for the month of July 2020.
The article indicated that “League of Legends continue to reign supreme on Twitch. As the Summer Splits draw to a close in August numbers will only go up again.”
Other games included in the top 10 are Fortnite, GTA V, Call of Duty, Valorant, and others. Please, click on the link for the full story.
Marvel’s Avengers Adds Even More PS Exclusives Besides Spider-Man
After announcing that PlayStation owners will get Spider-Man as an exclusive hero for Marvel’s Avengers, Crystal Dynamics detailed more console-exclusives coming to Sony’s console. Including timed-exclusive cosmetics and PlayStation community challenges.
In a new blog post, Marvel’s Avengers detailed Community Challenges, which are events where Marvel’s Avengers players work together to unlock rewards for everyone. Each month a new Community Challenge will become available for players to solve together. Please, click on the link for the full story.
London’s Platform gaming and eSports bar reopens and rebrands
When lockdown orders were imposed on the UK in March 2020, more than a week after several other European nations, bars and restaurants were some of the worst-affected parts of the UK’s services-dominated economy. T Platform, an independent gaming and esports bar-restaurant based in East London was no exception.
Blizzard Entertainment staff are revolting over pay after an internal study meant to ensure fair pay didn’t produce the desired results for workers. Employees began sharing an anonymous salary spreadsheet on Friday, encouraging people to share their salary and recent pay increases.
Bloomberg reports that most of the pay increases given after Blizzard’s study were less than 10%, significantly less than most people expected. Employees at Blizzard Entertainment have previously described having to skip meals to make rent, while one veteran claims they are making less now than they were with Blizzard almost a decade ago. Please, click on the link for the full story.
University of Roehampton introduces ‘Women in Esports’ scholarship
The University of Roehampton in London has announced that it will offer a ‘Women in Esports’ scholarship starting in September 2020.
Set in motion by Roehampton Esports, the university’s esports department, the institution will offer four scholarships to first-year students, each worth up to £1,500. The program is designed to increase diversity and inclusion in the esports industry, as well as “inspire the next generation” of female esports professionals. Please, click on the link for the full story.
Report Suggests That Asian Esports Revenue Was Upwards of $500M in 2019
A report by leading market research firm Niko Partners suggests that in 2019, eSports revenue in Asia was $519M USD, which is 50% of the global esports revenue. This number did not include any revenue generated by the games themselves but rather through sponsorships, licensing, franchising, ticketing, merchandise, and other revenue. The report also estimates that there are 510M esports fans in Asia.
An estimated 1.2B mobile gamers in the region contributed to a $39.5B USD yearly revenue in 2019 via mobile games. In fact, Asia contributed to 68% of the global revenue generated via mobile eSport titles which are estimated to be $13.3B. The popularity of the mobile platform led to a 244% growth in the prize pools of mobile esports titles. Please, click on the link for the full story.
Project xCloud Will Officially Support The PlayStation 4 Controller
Microsoft revealed earlier today that Project xCloud will launch with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th, and it’ll be compatible with various controllers – including the PS4’s DualShock 4.
Until now, the DualShock 4 has worked unofficially as part of the Project xCloud Preview (albeit with some issues), but Microsoft has confirmed it will be officially compatible when the service launches in September. Please, click on the link for the full story.
Chinese gamers will need to verify their names on all games by September
The Chinese gaming world is about to change forever as China is bucking the trend on real-name verification and plans to introduce a new feature by September 2020. The state-run scheme is trying to clamp down on kids playing too many video games, and from September, you’ll be required to log in with your real name.