eSports Week In Review | Hulu and ESL, eSports TV Ratings, My Week With Soylent

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | HULU AND ESL, ESPORTS TV RATINGS, MY WEEK WITH SOYLENT

eSports Week In Review (Photo: Pixabay)

eSports Week In Review (Photo: Pixabay)

TNL Take: This past week on The Next Level, we took a deep dive into Hulu and ESL's exclusive eSports content deal, top ratings for DisneyXD, The CW and TBS and another installment of the new feature, eSports Brand Test: My Week with Soylent.

 

MONDAY 10/09

eSports Brand Test: My Week With Soylent

eSports Brand Test: My Week With Soylent (Photo: Soylent)

eSports Brand Test: My Week With Soylent (Photo: Soylent)

Hulu and ESL's Exclusive eSports Deal (Photo: ESL)

Hulu and ESL's Exclusive eSports Deal (Photo: ESL)

2017 Nintendo World Championship on DisneyXD (Photo: Nintendo)

2017 Nintendo World Championship on DisneyXD (Photo: Nintendo)

 

 

THURSDAY 10/12

The Next Level was off

 

 

Have a great weekend!

Exclusive: 4 Of WME-IMG's eSports Team Leave

EXCLUSIVE: 4 OF WME-IMG ESPORTS TEAM LEAVE

4 Of WME-IMG eSports Team Leave (Photo: WME-IMG)

4 Of WME-IMG eSports Team Leave (Photo: WME-IMG)

TNL Take: For a while now, I've been hearing some rumblings about what's been going on at WME-IMG's eSports division, which they bought 2 1/2 years ago and most famously known for helping Turner create ELEAGUE.

Last Wednesday, I started hearing that major changes were taking place and 1/ To triple-verify this was true unlike other "sources" and 2/ out of respect for those potentially affected, I tweeted the following this past Thursday:

@mannyanekal Tweet On Thu Jul 20th (Photo: Twitter)

@mannyanekal Tweet On Thu Jul 20th (Photo: Twitter)

After speaking to multiple parties on Friday and Saturday morning, it was clear that this was true and I followed up with the following yesterday:

[Edit: Another reason why I wanted to triple-verify this is to avoid incorrect headlines like the one below. Notice any changes in the updated article?]

Bloomberg Article (Photo: Bloomberg Twitter/Bloomberg)

Bloomberg Article (Photo: Bloomberg Twitter/Bloomberg)

The list of those leaving: Tobias Sherman, Lillia Russo, Imari Oliver and Simon Abitbol.  First and foremost, I want to wish those leaving the best in their new endeavors.

[Edit: Just spoke with Tobias and more in depth next week.
"All positive vibes" - Tobias.  Let's just say this goes a whole lot deeper.] 

However, I also want to stress two very important factors:

  • This does NOT mean that WME-IMG is abandoning eSports. In fact, an upcoming The Next Level article talks about a recent major partnership that vastly increased that company's investment in the space. 

 

  • As I've mentioned a million times, the eSports "hype" is far from the reality of the current reality around infrastructure and more importantly that magic word, monetization. Every single "pure agent" type company I've spoken with usually begins with "So, how can I make my 10% fee?"

 

If you believe you can survive on that model within eSports currently, I wish you the best.