YouTube to Livestream All NBA 2K League Games This Season

2 months, 29 days ago

The NBA 2K League and YouTube have announced a new partnership that will see YouTube livestream all NBA 2K League games throughout the current season. YouTube will simulcast more than 230 games for the esports league across the regular season, tournament matches, playoffs, and finals.

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Games will broadcast on the official NBA 2K League YouTube Channel. As part of the deal, the channel will also distribute highlights from games throughout the 18-week season. The league’s second year tipped off on Apr. 2, and is comprised of weekly matchups and three tournaments, culminating with the playoffs and finals in August. The NBA 2K League did not disclose exact terms or length of its broadcast deal with YouTube in a press release sent to SportTechie.

Prior to the start of last year’s inaugural season, Amazon-owned Twitch signed a multi-year deal to broadcast every NBA 2K League game. All games this season will continue to broadcast on the league’s Twitch channel, though fans now also have the option of viewing games for free through YouTube. Twitch and YouTube are the top two live-streaming destinations for video games users in the U.S.

The NBA became the first professional sports league to launch its own official channel on YouTube in 2005. The NBA’s plan to add its esports league to its YouTube offerings is the latest partnership between the two. Last month the NBA launched a new YouTube channel that will stream live games to fans in Africa.

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Overwatch League to Play First Regular Season Games Outside Blizzard Arena in 2019

6 months, 7 days ago

As the Overwatch League prepares to enter its second season, the 2019 schedule revealed that select games will be hosted by three of its teams for the first time. That trio consists of the Dallas Fuel, the Atlanta Reign, and the Los Angeles Valiant.

In last year’s inaugural season, all Overwatch League matches were held at Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, except the Grand Finals, which were played in Barclays Center in NYC. The Dallas Fuel will be the first team to host a regular season event outside Blizzard Arena when eight teams come to North Texas to compete at The Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, on Apr. 27-28. Four matches will be played on both the Saturday and Sunday of the event.

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“It is an honor to have Dallas selected as the first team to bring Overwatch League matches into a home market,” said Mike Rufail, owner of the Dallas Fuel, in a press release. “I know our home crowd will want to be a big part of this experience and fans from all around the world will have a chance to make esports history with us in North Texas.”

The Allen Event Center can seat up to 6,275 guests. According to Dallas Fuel’s press release, the event is expected to draw the largest crowd ever for an Overwatch League live regular season match. Blizzard Arena seats just about 450 fans at maximum capacity. The weekend competition in Dallas will include autograph signings with Overwatch League teams and players, sponsor exhibitions, and family-friendly activations.

“This is going to be an incredible weekend on a number of levels. Local gaming enthusiasts are going to get a can’t-miss event in their backyard, Overwatch fans will have the opportunity to travel to North Texas for a historic weekend of matchups, and the streaming audience from around the world will get to join in on the excitement,” said Geoff Moore, president of the Dallas Fuel, in the press release.

The 2019 Overwatch League schedule shows the Atlanta Reign will be next to host a regular season weekend homestand Jul. 6-7, though a venue location has yet to be announced. On Aug. 24-25, the Los Angeles Valiant will host a weekend series at The Novo by Microsoft indoor arena in downtown LA.

SportTechie Takeaway

Having teams host games in local stadiums to create the feel of “home” and “away” games is one of the major changes coming to the Overwatch League in 2019. The league has also expanded from 12 to 20 teams and increased its prize pool from $3.5 million to $5 million.

The Allen Event Center was likely chosen over the new Esports Stadium Arlington since the stadium in Arlington currently seats about 3,700 less fans than the venue in Allen. However, the Esports Stadium Arlington is specifically designed for esports whereas the Allen Event Center will have to be retrofitted to meet the standards required for an esports event.

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