Esports Insider is excited to announce ESI Network, a collection of podcasts encompassing the esports industry.
Covering the business side of affairs, ESI Network provides a comprehensive means of staying up to date with the latest happenings and key stakeholders in esports. Launching on July 13th, ESI Network initially contains ESI Digest, ESI Focus, and ESI Insight.
ESI Digest breaks down the weekly happenings in the esports industry, making sense of things so you don’t have to. A new episode will be released every Friday across YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other major podcast platforms.
ESI Focus delves deep into key sectors that concern esports, from marketing to investment and more, consulting with subject-matter experts to paint a fuller picture and instigate debate. A new themed episode will be released every Monday across YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other major podcast platforms.
ESI Insight provides in-depth conversations with major stakeholders, key players, and exciting figures from esports to explore the key trends and major challenges. A new episode will be released every other Wednesday across YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other major podcast platforms.
To stay up to date with every episode that’s released, feel free to subscribe to Esports Insider on YouTube! Otherwise, you can subscribe to the individual podcasts on your platform of choice.
cogu joins MIBR as manager and coach
MIBR have announced that they have secured the services of veteran Raphael “cogu” Camargo, who becomes the manager and coach of their team. The announcement comes at a delicate moment for the Brazilian squad, who are racing against the clock to find three players before next week’s BLAST Premier Fall Series.
More to follow…
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Among Us stream peaks at over 400,000 concurrent viewers
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her debut on Twitch on Tuesday with an Among Us stream as a way to encourage people to vote on Nov. 3.
AOC is the junior congressional representative for the 14th district of New York and is well known for her digital literacy and using technology to communicate with her constituents and the American people. Her stream on Twitch is the latest example of her use of social media for political activism.
“Make sure you hit up www.Iwillvote.com,” AOC said at the start of Tuesday’s stream. “Make a voting plan. Let me tell you why a voting plan is important. What we are seeing from data, and past studies and behavior, people who sit down and make a voting plan are more likely to get their ballot cast than people who don’t. . . please make sure to make your plan to vote.”
AOC was joined by fellow U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is the junior congresswoman for Minnesota’s fifth district. Omar is a key ally of AOC, and both politicians are part of an informal group on Capitol Hill known as ‘The Squad.’ The congresswomen were also joined by Twitch personalities like Pokimane, Myth, HasanAbi, Gus Johnson, and Disguised Toast, among others. At one point, Omar’s daughter, Isra, also joined in on the fun.
The stream peaked at about 439,000 viewers, which makes it the third most-watched stream in Twitch history, behind Ninja’s collaboration with Drake and Shroud’s return to the platform. For further context, when Dr. Disrespect, one of the most popular streamers in the world, returned to streaming in August, he returned to more than 500,000 viewers. The congresswoman rivaled his numbers on her very first stream, and those viewership statistics don’t even take into account the viewership of the streamers who joined her on Tuesday evening.
Playing Among Us with Twitch stars was not AOC’s first foray into gaming. In 2019, the congresswoman made headlines when she hit Silver 4 in League of Legends.
She also made waves in Washington earlier this year when she introduced an amendment to block funding for military recruitment on live streaming platforms, like Twitch. That move followed the U.S. military using fake giveaways to trick Twitch users, including minors, into handing over their personal information to the U.S. military. That amendment was ultimately rejected.
With Twitch becoming a more mainstream platform, it would not be surprising to see more politicians utilizing it to connect with their own bases. AOC showed that you can reach a significant number of people by just playing games with popular streamers and having a good time.
Hikaru Nakamura challenges President Barack Obama to a game of chess
Popular chess streamer Hikaru Nakamura has challenged President Barack Obama to a game of chess.
In a tweet, Hikaru said any money made from the chess match between himself and President Obama would be to raise funds for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s victory fund and Act Blue, a Democratic nonprofit organization.
The offer comes after U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez started her own Twitch stream by playing games of Among Us with some of the larger streamers on the platform. The stream was a part of a campaign to get people out to vote in the upcoming United States presidential election on Nov. 3. AOC’s stream pulled in more than 400,000 viewers, making it one of the most-watched streams in Twitch history.
Hikaru, a Grandmaster recognized as one of the best chess players in the world, rose to fame on Twitch after collaborating with xQc, one of the platform’s biggest names.
Since then, chess has become a popular title to stream on Twitch, even sparking tournaments between streamers of all backgrounds. Hikaru has also since signed to TSM.
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