MTG reports growth despite eSports losses

MTG reported 83% profit growth for continuing operations in Q3, despite wider losses for its eSports operations. The Nordic company reported higher profits and margins for Nordic entertainment, international entertainment and MTG Studios. Meanwhile, its digital arm MTGx recorded lower losses on a sequential and year on year basis, thanks to the contribution from Innogames […]

Mediapro takes eSports strategy to Latin America

Spanish broadcaster Mediapro’s Argentinian arm has produced and is commercialising the rights to one of South America’s main eSports events, the Copa Latinoamérica Sur Clausura, as the latest stage of its strategic move into the eSports arena. The event, held in Buenos Airies at the weekend, was transmitted by ESPN+. Mediapro said that its entry […]

Twitch Prime goes global with 200-country launch

Amazon-owned Twitch has rolled out its premium Twitch Prime service globally, launching the service in more than 200 countries and territories. Twitch Prime first launched in October last year, offering ad-free Twitch viewing and other perks to subscribers of Amazon Prime and Prime Video. The new global launch extends the service outside of the US, […]

MTG launches VR platform Viareal

MTG has launched a virtual reality app, offering extensions from its linear TV shows and from sports and eSports events, as well as exclusive VR-content. Viareal is MTG’s first VR app and is available across the Nordic region for up-to-date Android and iOS devices, Gear VR and a range of other VR headsets. Viewers will […]

eSports viewing on the rise

Viewing of eSports rose by 19% to account for six billion hours of viewing across the globe last year, and the eSports video market is expected to deliver US$1 billion in advertising revenues by 2020, according to IHS Markit. According to the research outfit’s eSports and the Future of TV report, online video remains the […]

France turns on to eSports

More than a quarter of French internet users are interested in eSports, according to audience research outfit Mediametrie. Mediametrie’s data shows 45.2% of the public have heard of eSports, with 15-24 year-olds, the professional middle-classes – the CSP+ category in French marketing parlance – and 25-34 year-olds are, in that order, the groups most likely […]

Vivendi, Canal+ join the eSports game

Vivendi has struck a major strategic partnership deal with eSports group ESL that will see both groups collaborate to create the first official eSports leagues in France, based on ESL’s current Championnat National. Vivendi’s pay TV unit Canal+ will air ESL competitions on it channels and will become, according to the parent company, a major […]

MIPCOM organiser opens Esports BAR in Cannes

MIPCOM organiser Reed Midem can’t get enough of Cannes. The events firm is launching the Esports BAR (Esports Business Arena) in the southern French town next year. The Radisson Blu hotel will play host to the event. A three-day event (February 15-17) will attempt to facilitate relationships between mainstream investors and eSports businesses. Reed MIDEM […]

eSports scripted series set to launch

Lisbon-based digital prodco BeActive has created what it claims to be the first scripted series set in the world of eSports gamers, with the show set to broadcast on Portugal’s RTP. The Players has wrapped production in Portugal’s capital city, having taped in June and July, and will be made available in several formats, including […]

Twitch launches ‘social eating’ video category

Twitch, the Amazon-owned video platform for games enthusiasts, has launched a new category of video dedicated to ‘social eating’. Announcing the launch on the company blog, Twitch said that the content available on the service is inspired by community feedback and that eating broadcasts are already “very popular” in South Korea. The new category will […]