eSports Week In Review | Biggest eSports On TV Weekend, Discord Valued At $700M+, Asia Beating US In Collegiate eSports

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | BIGGEST ESPORTS ON TV WEEKEND, DISCORD VALUED AT $700M+, ASIA BEATING US IN COLLEGIATE ESPORTS

eSports Week In Review (Photo: CC License)

eSports Week In Review (Photo: CC License)

TNL Take: I could probably leave this as the opening line to every Week In Review based on the current pace of eSports investment across the board "What a week."

This week we looked at Why Discord Is Valued At $700M+, 2 new Feature Writer's for The Next Level, the biggest weekend for eSports on TV and how Asian Collegiate eSports are dominating the US. 

 

MONDAY 07/17

Why Discord Was Able To Raise ~$50M At A $700M+ Valuation

Discord Raises ~$50M (Photo: Discord)

Discord Raises ~$50M (Photo: Discord)

The Next Level's New Feature Writers (Photo: The Next Level)

The Next Level's New Feature Writers (Photo: The Next Level)

EVO 2017 Finals (Photo: EVO, Robert Paul)

EVO 2017 Finals (Photo: EVO, Robert Paul)

Promotional Image for Tencent's 2015 Campus Series (Photo: Tencent)

Promotional Image for Tencent's 2015 Campus Series (Photo: Tencent)

 

Have a great weekend!

eSports Week In Review | 40 Colleges Giving $4M+ In Scholarships, ELEAGUE's Record Ratings

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | 40 COLLEGES GIVING $4M+ IN SCHOLARSHIPS, ELEAGUE'S RECORD RATINGS

 

ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational Winner Punk (Photo: Turner)

ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational Winner Punk (Photo: Turner)

TNL Take: Even with a short week - when did Memorial Day extend into Tuesday? - eSports still saw a lot of activity.  We looked at the massive growth in the Collegiate eSports space as well as ELEAGUE's fantastic TV ratings for Street Fighter.

Naturally the biggest news of the week was dropped on Thursday morning with Riot Games "worst-kept-secret" of franchising coming to NA League of Legends which The Next Level will cover next week.

Here's what happened this week:

 

WEDNESDAY 05/31

2017 Q2 COLLEGIATE ESPORTS REPORT: 40 SCHOOLS GIVING $4M+ IN SCHOLARSHIPS

TNL Infographic 041: 2017 Q2 Schools With eSports Scholarships (Infographic: The Next Level, Source: James Kozachuk)

TNL Infographic 041: 2017 Q2 Schools With eSports Scholarships (Infographic: The Next Level, Source: James Kozachuk)

TNL Infographic 042: 2017 Q2 US Schools With eSports Scholarships (Infographic: The Next Level, Source: James Kozachuk)

TNL Infographic 042: 2017 Q2 US Schools With eSports Scholarships (Infographic: The Next Level, Source: James Kozachuk)

TNL Infographic 043: 50 US Schools With eSports Scholarships, Programs, Courses (Infographic: The Next Level, Source: James Kozachuk)

TNL Infographic 043: 50 US Schools With eSports Scholarships, Programs, Courses (Infographic: The Next Level, Source: James Kozachuk)

TNL Infographic 044: 2017 Q2 eSports TV Ratings (Infographic: The Next Level)

TNL Infographic 044: 2017 Q2 eSports TV Ratings (Infographic: The Next Level)

TNL Infographic 045: ELEAGUE TV Ratings History -Total Viewers (Infographic: The Next Level)

TNL Infographic 045: ELEAGUE TV Ratings History -Total Viewers (Infographic: The Next Level)

 

NEXT WEEK ON THE NEXT LEVEL
 

  • LEAGUE OF LEGENDS FRANCHISING: WHAT'S IT MEAN FOR ESPORTS?
  • TNL ESPORTS GUEST PODCAST 005: PARIS-ST GERMAIN, HEAD OF ESPORTS W/ BORA "YELLOSTAR" KIM
  • ESPORTS TEAM BRAND DEALS: DR. PEPPER, VODAPHONE, RUSSIAN BANK
  • BUD LIGHTS 2ND YEAR INVESTING IN ESPORTS
  • MORE BRANDS THAT SPONSORED EA MADDEN'S CLUB SERIES
  • AND MORE....

 

Have a great weekend!

2017 eSports TV Ratings: ELEAGUE Finals Reach 335K Viewers, #2 Show For 2017

ESPORTS TV RATINGS: ELEAGUE FINALS REACH 335K VIEWERS, #2 SHOW FOR 2017

ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational Winner Punk (Photo: Turner)

ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational Winner Punk (Photo: Turner)

TNL Take: This weekend saw ELEAGUE's Street Fighter V Invitational come to a conclusion with Victor "Punk" Woodley winning the inaugural tournament taking home $150,000. 

TNL Infographic 044: 2017 Q2 eSports TV Ratings (Infographic: The Next Level)

TNL Infographic 044: 2017 Q2 eSports TV Ratings (Infographic: The Next Level)

  • ELEAGUE Street Fighter: The Finals reached 335,000 total viewers and 183,000 in the 18-49 demo making it the top rated show for Street Fighter's season as well as the #2 show for the year.

For comparison, If the ELEAGUE Finals were on The CW on a Thursday night at 9PM vs. on TBS on a Friday at 10PM, it would have been the #1 rated show for the year.

When looking at ELEAGUE's TV ratings history, Street Fighter performed well when compared vs. Counter-Strike Season 1.

TNL Infographic 045: ELEAGUE TV Ratings History - Total Viewers (Infographic: The Next Level)

TNL Infographic 045: ELEAGUE TV Ratings History - Total Viewers (Infographic: The Next Level)

This isn't surprising as the Fighting genre is much easier for a casual fan to understand.

Here's what I said last July in The Next Level 031 after ESPN showed Street Fighter at EVO last year:

The Next Level 031 (Photo: The Next Level)

The Next Level 031 (Photo: The Next Level)

ELEAGUE announced the return of Counter-Strike this fall.

 

But there's another league that ELEAGUE hasn't announced yet and that could be even bigger than Street Fighter.

eSports Week In Review | Morgan Stanley's Joke Research, 17 Teams In NBA's eLeague and TV Ratings

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | MORGAN STANLEY'S JOKE RESEARCH, 17 TEAMS IN NBA'S ELEAGUE AND TV RATINGS

Activision-Blizzard's Overwatch League (Photo: Blizzard)

Activision-Blizzard's Overwatch League (Photo: Blizzard)

TNL Take: This week saw an explosion of rumors around Activision-Blizzard's upcoming Overwatch League and we looked at Morgan Stanley's ridiculous revenue research, 11 of the 17 teams in NBA's eLeague have already made eSports investments, Brand Deals and eSports TV Ratings update.

Here's what happened:

 

MONDAY 05/08

11 of the 17 Teams In The NBA's eLeague Have Already Invested In eSports

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick Announce NBA 2K eLeague (Photo: NBA/Take Two)

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick Announce NBA 2K eLeague (Photo: NBA/Take Two)

That's not anyone from Morgan Stanley. It's from "The Big Short" (Photo: Plan B Entertainment)

That's not anyone from Morgan Stanley. It's from "The Big Short" (Photo: Plan B Entertainment)

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 018: Burger King Spain and Playstation (Photo: Burger King)

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 018: Burger King Spain and Playstation (Photo: Burger King)

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 019: McLaren (Photo: McLaren)

TNL eSports Brand Tracker 019: McLaren (Photo: McLaren)

ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational (Photo: ELEAGUE)

ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational (Photo: ELEAGUE)

TNL Infographic 036: Q2 eSports TV Ratings: Street Fighter Falls, FIFA On ESPN2 (Infographic: The Next Level)

TNL Infographic 036: Q2 eSports TV Ratings: Street Fighter Falls, FIFA On ESPN2 (Infographic: The Next Level)

NEXT WEEK ON THE NEXT LEVEL
 

  • EXCLUSIVE: THE NEXT LEVEL AND WUNDERMAN ESPORTS AND MARCH MADNESS BRAND RESEARCH STUDY
  • EXCLUSIVE: 2017 COLLEGIATE ESPORTS REPORT UPDATE: HOW MANY SCHOOLS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS NOW?
  • MORE BRANDS THAT SPONSORED EA MADDEN'S PRO TEAM CLUB SERIES
  • ESPORTS AND POLITICS

 

Have a great weekend!