eSports Week In Review | Exclusive: 4 Of WME-IMG eSports Team Leave, ESL CEO Podcast, Dr. Pepper

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | EXCLUSIVE: 4 OF WME-IMG ESPORTS TEAM LEAVE, ESL CEO PODCAST, DR. PEPPER

Blizzard Reveals More Info About Overwatch League (Photo: Blizzard)

Blizzard Reveals More Info About Overwatch League (Photo: Blizzard)

TNL Take: This week's review was an unusual one as it started over the weekend rather than Monday. This past Sunday, The Next Level broke the news that I had been working on for a few days that 4 members of WME-IMG's eSports team was leaving. There is a much deeper story here and will have more on that once the dust has settled.

 

MONDAY 07/24

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

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

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

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 006: Craig Levine, ESL CEO North America (Graphic: The Next Level)

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 006: Craig Levine, ESL CEO North America (Graphic: The Next Level)

 

WEDNESDAY 07/26

The Next Level Daily Newsletter was off

 

THURSDAY 07/27

Beverage Brands Barge Into eSports - Part 1: Dr. Pepper

Dr. Pepper Signs Agreement with Mousesports in May 2017 (Photo: Mousesports)

Dr. Pepper Signs Agreement with Mousesports in May 2017 (Photo: Mousesports)

 

Wait, why is there a logo about Activision-Blizzard's upcoming Overwatch League but no info?

Because The Next Level is working on something unique that will be published next week that goes deeper into what has and has not been revealed.

Also, look out for some more interesting news next week 😉

 

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.