What’s new in the gaming world?
There have been news that caught my attention last week. Firstly, Twitch announced and implemented a new automod-feature for streamers to regulate their chat. And then there was the deal of Riot Games and MLB.
Let’s start with the changes on Twitch: The chat on the popular streaming website is, as I stated in my opening article, a complete mess, because of spamming and useless/inappropriate comments. Hopefully a mix of machine and natural language processing can fix this problem. Streamers have various options on severity of the automod-feature and now have the ability to make their chat perfect for their audience. It is currently available in English, but also in other languages, like German, Japanese and Korean, although only at a beta-stage. I am looking forward to seeing if this feature will be used frequently and if it makes the Twitch chat a bit less chaotic.
League of Legends is, as you all know, one of the most viewed Videogames online. Of course the ever increasing number of spectators of big eSport events doesn’t go unnoticed by other giants in the sports industry. MLB (Mayor League Baseball) and Riot Games made a $300 million deal to develop their streaming possibilities. Combining advanced technology and the fascinating gameplay of League of Legends will result in big revenue for both companies, as it is expected that “roughly 10% of U.S. sports viewing by 2020” will be of the popular game. You can find more details about the deal and its consequences here.
I am very optimistic about this collaboration, as I am sure that other video games and the whole business will profit from it. As more and more money comes into Gaming, it is possible to develop new technology and invest in special services, such as streaming or something that we have never seen before. Gaming (and I am talking about real Gaming and not CandyCrush) has worked its way into mainstream culture for the last ten years, as in being recognized as a sport. I hope someday my parents, too, will recognize it for what it is: Time well spent.
This article was written by Sebastian Prieler, a free writer and gaming enthusiast who shares his thoughts with the public on bobmob.gg – guest authors are welcome to send in articles about their opinions on the current state of eSports, Gaming & the Streaming landscape.