Versus Sports Signs Liverpool Based eSports Athlete

Versus Sports Signs Liverpool Based eSports Athlete

(Disclaimer: The Next Level is the Media division of Versus Sports)

TNL Take: Europe clearly gets the opportunity of eSports.

Pro Team eSports Investment (Graphic: The Next Level)

Pro Team eSports Investment (Graphic: The Next Level)

Yes the US has made some recent eSports investment - 76'ers and Axiomatic - yet still not nearly close to what Europe has. Why?

So Versus Sports is excited to announce the signing of Liverpool based eSports Athlete Dean Coombes.  Dean was the the winner of the UK Final in 2015 and qualified for the FIWC Grand Final two years consecutively.

Let's also chat about EA FIFA and eSports for a minute.

I wrote in August about how EA is killing Konami in eSports.

But I think that may change soon.

From the many EA eSports FIFA Athletes I've spoken with, it takes almost 20 hours of play time in 48 hours to qualify for EA's FIFA eSports Major.

Let me repeat that - 20 hours of gameplay in 48 hours. Some have cancelled family plans to do this.

As I said on SiriusXm eSports last week - there's a reason for that.

On my top philosophers list is a rap group called Wu-Tang Clan and in 1993 they released a song called C.R.E.A.M - Cash Rules Everything Around Me.

EA made $650M from their Ultimate Team revenue last year. - which is essentially what's driving their FIFA eSports revenue.

Yes, multi-billion companies need to make money.

Konami, here's your chance.

Konami eSports: Too Little, Too Late


FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 In NYC (Photo: FIWC)

TNL Take: At the end of this year, I'm going to compile a list of everything I've written which was then followed up by some very timely news.

Last Friday August 19th, I looked at "EA KILLING KONAMI IN SOCCER ESPORTS" and there had been no news on Pro Evolution Soccer 2017's plans.

Until this past Tuesday August 23rd.

Even then there were no details and only a quote that told you everything you needed to know:

“As the PES series continues to go from strength to strength, we are exploring a number of ways to build its reputation within the eSports sector.  Later this year we will be integrating the hugely popular PES League element as a dedicated mode within PES 2017 and future iterations, allowing organised competitions to become easily accessible to absolutely anyone owning a PES title.”

-Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director of Brand and Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V

I've highlighted the key words.  Having been around the Gaming space long enough, those words are deadly.

Game development is extremely difficult. 

Game development on a yearly basis like Sports titles are even more difficult.  

And it's not like Call of Duty which switches developers every year - EA Tiburon puts out Madden every year. 

Every. Single. Year.

I can probably take a guess on what happened here:

Senior Exec: We need an eSports plan.

Pro Evo Soccer Design Lead: We're halfway through development.

Senior Exec: We need an eSports plan.

Shoehorning in features or not thoroughly testing risky new features can be a game's death.  EA themselves know this all too well. 

EA cancelled NBA Live 11  - after it had shipped to stores. We don't live in a time anymore where you can bury bad games in a desert.

Now we have YouTube:

If you believe in these five things:

/01 eSports has a long term future potential

/02 Soccer intrinsically is easy to understand

/03 The Global audience potential

/04 The opportunities with traditional Soccer

/05 You make a lot more $$$ being a Publisher

You'd be crazy not to invest further into eSports.


I won't even try to outline potential ways that Pro Evo could have placed their eSports stake.  Whether EA or Konami release the better game, plenty of people will pontificate.

On the eSports side, it's Game Over and the EA team can celebrate with a pint down the pub.

Or six.