Top 5 eSports
- Dota II $28m
- League of Legends $19m
- Starcraft II $15m
- Counter Strike $11m
- Starcraft Broodwar $7m
Twitch Con Hype
Anyone who has been around the industry a while knows its an exciting time to be in eSports. With event after event blowing the minds of attendees and spectators alike there seems to be a storm brewing in the community that forums blogs and chats alone won't be able contain. One of the biggest catalysts for the way that video games at large are breaking of the cyberspace cage and beginning to take form in mainstream space and culture has been the influence of the wildly popular "live streaming" phenomenon. No more are gamers just closet nerds shut off from each other and world as they pursue their passions. Streaming has allowed the world of gamers to see and be seen in ways never before thought possible. One of the companies on the forefront of that development is Twitch. Twitch, now an amazon company, is currently one of the largest live-stream services on the web and predominately focus on video game and eSports broadcast media.
Twitch has been constantly trying to push the boundaries of their streaming service in new and interesting ways as they try to expand their business and influence in the gaming community. A notable mention including Twitch plays pokemon which as a viral success. On February 20th Twitch.tv announced its latest project:
[...] We're excited to host the inaugural TwitchCon in our hometown of San Francisco, CA, September 25-26, 2015! A celebration of all things Twitch, TwitchCon will be an interactive convention for broadcasters and viewers alike to meet each other, learn how to take your Twitch game to the next level, and play together.
HYYYYYYYYYPPPPPPPEE!!! If you are a twitch fan boy, either because you love to watch streams or you stream yourself, then the hype comes suddenly and uncontrollably. For those who only use twitch occasionally or use other streaming services preferentially the immediate response is to ask, "What exactly is a Twitch Con?" GOOD FREAKING QUESTION! It has almost been a month since their initial announcement and twitch has been slow to release any new information on what might be at said event, who will be there, who should go, what the objective is, or why anyone at all should care about this event. Comic Con? Okay there are only like a billion awesome comics. BlizzCon? Okay... I mean they do have a game universe that rivals the size of Marvel. TwithCon? Okay... hmmmm... Uh? As a company that specializes in enabling others to create and present content one would hope they have something big up their sleeves to justify them hosting their own convention.
You have to give Twitch some props though they do know how to entertain people. I mean, have you been to a twitch booth recently? And there is a reason the lines for twitch party entrance ago around the block. If these are any indicator of what TwitchCon is gonna be then maybe San Francisco should get ready to hold on to its butt. Not only does Twitch know the importance of entertainment and production quality but they have teamed with with ReedPoP, those are the guys that organize PAX, so they are going to have the event experience and expertise they need to pull it off right.
What is TwitchCon? Nobody knows what TwitchCon is, but then again no one knew what Twitch Plays Pokemon was either... and then they did.
Afrogamer is definitely gonna be at this event so be on the look out.
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Twitch Con 2015
First official Twitch community convention comes to Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA on September 25-26 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - February 20, 2015 - Twitch, the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers, today announced TwitchCon 2015, the company's first ever convention dedicated to Twitch's community of partners, broadcasters, and viewers.
The Ottawa International Game Conference 2015 (OIGC) showcases the innovations and emerging trends in the Ottawa and Canadian gaming industry. Keynote speakers will blow minds, dynamic panels may turn into shouting matches, exhibitors will give away tons of SWAG, and the parties are going to make us wish handheld cameras were never invented.
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