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Report: Viewership on Twitch, Facebook Gaming Up Over 50% in Q2 2020

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With the global pandemic forcing people inside, video game livestreaming platforms saw significant growth in viewership according to a report by StreamElements and Arsenal.gg.

Compared to the first quarter of 2020, Twitch viewership grew 56%, with viewership for the month of June growing 60% year-over-year. As shown in The Esports Observer’s weekly Twitch Top 10, StreamElements reports that the most popular category on the platform is Just Chatting. The category grew 94% since January. StreamElements also notes that the Music & Performing Arts category ranked 16th for Q2, growing 268% from January to June. 

Twitch has made a concerted effort to broaden the scope of its platform beyond video games, and viewers appear to be responding favorably to that push. Earlier this week, Twitch made another move to widen its reach, launching a dedicated category for traditional sports.

Facebook Gaming also saw a boost from the shelter-in-place orders and quarantines throughout Q2, growing 75% from Q1. June 2020 saw 200% growth year-over-year for the platform. Earlier this month, Facebook Gaming seized an opportunity to grow its streamer base, teaming up with the now-defunct Mixer to offer its streamers partner status once Mixer shut down. It is unknown how many streamers took Facebook up on its offer, but many have publicly announced their move to Twitch instead.

According to a release, StreamElements report did not include data on YouTube Gaming as it could not be completed in time, but the livestreaming services company notes that the platform “also experienced massive growth quarter-over-quarter.”

In that release, StreamElements also stated that it has seen an increase in its own monthly users, growing from 305K in January to over 680K in June, indicating a significant growth in the number of people who have become involved in streaming since the start of 2020.

Source: https://esportsobserver.com/streamelements-report-q22020/

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Tfue finally tastes victory in Fall Guys after 7 hours of playtime

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Fall Guys has shown to be an extremely difficult and competitive game, pitting sixty people against each other in a series of different mini-games to determine one winner.

Popular Twitch streamer and YouTuber Tfue has finally had his first taste of victory in the new battle royale-style game after seven hours of playing.

The win came on the Hex-A-Gone mini-game. This level pits the final contestants against each other on multiple layers of hexagons that will disappear shortly after they are stepped on.

In Tfue’s case, there were 14 players left heading into this final mini-game and Tfue outlasted them all, ending on the bottom level of hexagons to secure his victory.

In celebration, Tfue chugged a beer that he had earned outlasting all the other players.

The seven hours before winning included some close calls for Tfue. One of these near-wins came in the Find the Path mini-game. In this situation, Tfue had followed the correct path and even activated the final tile to the finish line, but he was unaware that he would be required to jump to the end and ended up walking himself right off the edge to be eliminated.

Fall Guys has seen overwhelming success since its launch last week and despite being forced to overcome server issues has remained one of the most popular titles on Twitch ever since.  

Source: https://dotesports.com/streaming/news/tfue-finally-tastes-victory-in-fall-guys-after-7-hours-of-playtime

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Dr Disrespect responds to Shroud’s return to Twitch

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Popular FPS streamer Shroud announced his return to Twitch today after his partnership with Mixer ended prematurely due to the platform closing.

Many streamers shared their reactions to the news with a majority praising the streamer for his decision. Former Twitch partner Dr Disrespect responded to the news with a short video skit taken from his livestream.

In the video, The Doc can be seen impersonating Shroud as he joins Dr Disrespect in singing along to his new theme music. After some encouraging words to himself, The Doc, impersonating Shroud says that he (Dr Disrespect) is jealous of him.

“I haven’t had to do shit except send three GIFs on Twitter and I’m already making millions, so what have you done,” Dr Disrespect said.

The Doc was likely just poking some fun at Shroud, who he has streamed with and spoken about several times. This does not look to be possible anymore, though, with Shroud making his return to Twitch, he will be unable to include banned players in his stream.

Dr Disrespect was banned from Twitch earlier this year and said that he does not know why the ban occurred. Since this, The Doc took some time away from streaming before making his return to now stream on YouTube.

Source: https://dotesports.com/streaming/news/dr-disrespect-responds-to-shrouds-return-to-twitch

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Blizzard removes 2-way restrictions in 2021 Overwatch League roster construction rules

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With the 2020 Overwatch League season nearing its end, Blizzard has given teams an updated list of rules for roster construction that will be put into effect for the 2021 season. 

The League Office has made several massive changes to the roster guidelines, including significant changes to contract lengths and guarantees, along with a few rules that are going into practice right now. 

Heading into the 2020 postseason, Blizzard wants to ensure all of its teams can continue to compete at the highest level, which means that if a team has a player retire, become unavailable for play due to COVID-19, or elect not to travel to events, they can sign a temporary replacement player. 

Those replacement signings will all have expiring contracts that end following the 2020 postseason, meaning all of those players will be eligible free agents heading into 2021. There are also two travel-related rules in place that make a player eligible for signing a replacement contract. 

  • The free agent must have citizenship for a country in Asia
  • The free agent must have an existing visa to travel to countries in Asia

This new signing period goes into effect on Sept. 14, while teams that have been eliminated from the postseason can begin discussing 2021 contracts with expiring players whose team options have not been exercised. The 2021 free agency period will run from Oct. 23 to Nov. 20, with a seven-player roster deadline placed on Nov. 23. 

There is currently no listed trade deadline for the 2021 season and players who were born on or before June 30, 2003 are now eligible to compete in the OWL. 

As for the contract changes, all teams must have at least seven players signed to season-long contracts by Nov. 23. A maximum of 12 players can be signed to any type of contract throughout the season. 

Players can be signed to season-long contracts, which last the entire 2021 season and can also have a team option that can be used to keep that player under contract for the following season too. Three seasons is the maximum contract length allowed, which would include any team option year. 

The two types of player contracts for the 2021 season are as follows:

  • Season-long contracts: These contracts have a minimum initial term of one season. They may include a unilateral team option to extend the term for one additional season. The maximum term of a season-long contract is three seasons, including any team option year. 
  • Thirty-day contracts: These can be used to test a player on the main roster, but after 30 days, it expires and that player becomes a free agent again and is free to negotiate with other teams if they are not given a deal. 

Season-long contracts are terminable by the team without cause, subject to payment of a buyout fee to be agreed upon by the player and their team. The minimum buyout fee will be equal to the salary owed for either the lesser of 30 days or the number of days remaining in the season, any earned but unpaid bonuses payments, and any earned but unpaid prize money.

Two-way players have also been reworked, as there is no limit to the number of players who may be designated as two-way players at any given time for an organization. Two-way players on teams with no academy team affiliate can also participate in Contenders competitions. 

Players who are signed to two-way contracts will still receive pay and benefits according to their contracts even when competing in Contenders, which will be required to at least meet the OWL minimum salary at all times.

Any two-way player that does not play in five consecutive Overwatch League matches for their team over a minimum of three consecutive weeks will be eligible to participate in Contenders or other non-league Overwatch esports competitions licensed by Blizzard.

Teams without academy team affiliates may agree to player loan agreements with a Contenders team, though each loan must be approved by the League Office. And up to four two-way players may compete together on the same Contenders team roster in any given Contenders match.

Source: https://dotesports.com/overwatch/news/blizzard-removes-2-way-restrictions-in-2021-overwatch-league-roster-construction-rules

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