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eSports Receives Big Profile Recognition

eSports Receives Big Profile Recognition
We're all aware of the continued growth of the eSports industry, but we're still fighting prejudice and stigma on many fronts. Well, there's good news - and a lot of it, in fact. Here's some industry events that happened recently to pushes eSports that bit more towards the mainstream.

Blizzard and Facebook team up for eSports livestreaming

First things first is the news that Blizzard has teamed up with Facebook to implement a streaming API into its games. The new Facebook Live initiative, which has seen the social media giant looking to take on Twitch, YouTube Live and the likes of Periscope, has now been adopted by Blizzard as part of this partnership. What this means is that it'll be much easier to stream your games than ever before. You'll soon be able to sign into your Battle.net games via Facebook - everything from Overwatch to World Of Warcraft - giving you immediate access to sharing your gaming exploits with the world. The Live API is yet to be implemented into the selection of Blizzard's games - and currently Overwatch is the only named target - and there's no date on when it will be available, but the partnership has already seen Blizzard host livestreams of Heroes Of The Dorm over on Facebook. It's a pretty important move since it will make eSports far more visible across social media. Expect to see Bastion-based Play Of The Games soon...

TBS's E LEAGUE increases its viewership, competes with NFL

There's much talk surrounding E LEAGUE, the first television broadcast eSports tournament, but despite initial concerns surrounding broadcaster TBS's investment it seems the growth is incredibly positive. Well known eSports and media figure Manny Anekal Tweeted that E LEAGUE's second week increased viewers by 51% to an average viewership of 386,000 - not an inconsequential number. According to the Tweeted chart, this puts E LEAGUE beyond the numbers that NHL would receive on ESPN during 2015 (349,000) and below MLS across all five channels, also in 2015 (686,000). This is positive news not only for TBS - whose success of the E LEAGUE will be directly associated with viewer numbers - but for eSports as a whole. Many - ourselves included - were sceptical that a televised eSports event might not reach a broad enough audience due to the dominance of Twitch and Video On Demand services. Perhaps more will sit up and take note of eSports now...

Bing counts eSports among searches for sporting news

Spotted by xfortune over on Reddit, it seems that Bing now includes eSports news in and among physical sports, too. It's a subtle change, perhaps, but one that proves eSports is becoming more and more widely accepted as a sport in the media. Okay, sure, it's Bing - let's face it, no one uses that - but it's a start at least.