This Week in Esports

Vancouver OWL Team Settles on Name: Vancouver Titans

During the second intermission of the Vancouver Canucks hockey game on Saturday, the official announcement of the Vancouver OWL team was made. The Vancouver Titans are co-owned by Luminosity Gaming and the Vanocuver Canucks. They have also decided to represent the Canucks by using the same color scheme: Blue and Green. According to Stephen Maidia, CEO of Luminosity Gaming, “We wanted to create a name that represented strength.” According to team staff, they believe when the Vancouver Titans host events at Rogers Arena (Vancouver Canucks home ice) that the excitement will reflect the same excitement of your typical hockey game. “You see the excitement when people come close to scoring a goal or score a goal, kind of that same feeling will be replicated at these Overwatch league games. When teams score a point everybody cheers,” said Titans team coordinator Harsha Bandi. If this past season is any indication on the popularity of live esports events, you can definitely expect thousands of enthusiasts packing traditional sports arenas to witness their favorite players and teams competing at the highest level.

Scott Wise Looks To Take on Esports

Scott Wise is the founder of Scotty’s Brewhouse and will now be opening Evolve Youth Sports in Indiana. According to CBS, “The Indianapolis-based organization will offer a video gaming league for kids between 9 and 14 with a registration fee of $150 for an 8-week season.” This will be interesting to watch as Scotty’s Brewhouse is currently going through a “reorganization” bankruptcy that will allow the business to stay open while they pay off creditors. He has been separated from the company for over a year as he sold the company in 2016. This shouldn’t affect him, nor his other endeavors. Evolve Youth Sports will officially start January 12th with an open house from 12:00–4:00pm. With esports becoming more of a career choice every day, opportunities like these that can be used as a feeder program for current and future esports organizations could prove to be viable in the long-term.

Ninja Rakes in Almost $10M in 2018

As 2018’s most popular streamer, it’s not a surprise that Ninja was able to make a killing this year. Rumors floated around earlier this year that he was making $500k a month ($6M annually) but after an interview with CNN reporter Dave Briggs, we now know even that was an understatement. According to DOT Esports, “The streamer also said he loses “tens of thousands of dollars” when he’s not streaming, and that he earns “a lot more” than $500,000 “on a good month.” What’s most interesting about this quote, in my opinion, is how necessary it is to continually be streaming. When most of your revenue comes from ads and subscriptions it starts to make more sense why she “loses” 10’s of thousands of dollars while taking time off. Streaming is one of the few professions that has absolutely no salary so it’s hard to take time off unless you’re okay with your wallet taking a hit. Not only do you negate certain revenue sources when you’re not streaming, but also your followers will shift to other popular streamers and when viewers pay anywhere from $9.99 to $24.99 per subscription, that’s the last thing you want to happen. Ninja has 10M Twitch followers, and 20M YouTube subscribers so losing a few doesn’t hurt, but when streaming is your main source of income you want to make the most of your popularity. Hence why he streamed over 4000 hours in 2018. The average person in America works 2080 hours a year which also includes taking the weekends off. If you don’t count weekends, Ninja works about 15 hours a day.

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