Esports Technologies, the parent company of esport tournaments and competitions, has launched its own Esports Games app for mobile devices to be used by gamers watching live ESL tournaments. The new app from the leading Las Vegas-based maker of sports betting products enables fans to track real-time statistics and participate in live tournaments for a chance to win cash and other prizes. The free mobile app is part of an expansive program by ESL Games that also includes an ecommerce website, an in-game shop, ESL TV and other social media channels. The move into the mobile market by ESL comes as the organization enters a new arena with greater potential for growth. With over 20 million registered players worldwide and a passionate following among casual gamers, esport continues to expand into new markets.
The free app allows viewers to see live game stats, rankings and stream highlights for nearly every esport event. The interface looks similar to the popular Steam app, but it is designed primarily for mobile use and is optimized for use on smartphones and tablets. With a large variety of live events featured on the app including the ESL One tournament, ESL European Series event and the upcoming Cologne event, there are bound to be highlighted that can interest any fan. In addition to the game stats, the app allows users to add friends and leave comments about live matches.
Like many of the best browsers on the market today, the newest version of Chrome for mobile web browsing allows users to stream any of the more than dozen ESL esports that are featured on all gaming platforms. Streams can be viewed on the device by searching for “ESL Gaming” in the browser’s address bar. From there, a list of game titles, dates and times are available to browse through and choose the ones most suitable for playing on the commute, during breaks or while on a lunch break. The player can also connect with fellow fans and interact with events through the “ESL Community” feature. The availability of these extras, combined with the ease of navigation and instant score updates, makes ESL Games one of the most popular modes of transportation for collegiate gamers.
Other major tournaments such as the International Masters and World Series already make big waves with their massive viewer audiences. However, smaller European and Asian based events are beginning to attract even bigger audiences as well. In fact, the ESL now holds its own monthly CS: GO tournament and has also started the “ESL invite” program, giving invitees access to $250K in cash and other benefits. With the success of these events and the growing popularity of ESL Games, even small organizations and university teams are now looking towards the competitive gaming scene for help with funding and sponsorship opportunities.
As one of the most prominent and respected gaming brands in the world, the ESL has had to deal with several issues in recent months that have concerned its fans. Although the company released statements saying that it would not make changes to how the tournaments are run or offer new benefits to its players, word leaked that Valve, the company behind the popular video game, may ban the use of the ‘ggles’ system that players use to gain an unfair advantage over the other players. This controversy alone is already sending shockwaves throughout the gaming community and has scared away potential players who were planning to participate in any ESL
In response to the leak, the ESL released a number of statements defending its decision not to alter the system and stating that there will be no changes to how the matches are conducted. In addition, the organization promised to give compensation to any players who lose out on revenue due to the new system. For their part, the players have criticized the lack of clear details from both sides and the possibility that the ESL is only seeking to profit from the sport.
Regardless of what happens between the two entities, there are still a lot of positive things coming from ESL. For one, the league allows for much more exposure for its members than other tournament systems. Because of the way video gaming has grown in popularity over the past few years, it is not uncommon for certain game tournaments to gain millions of viewers from around the world. The large amount of television audiences and even film stars in attendance can greatly affect the amount of revenue that is generated by the tournament organizers. If the competition is fair, then the prize money, which usually forms a major portion of the entire payment, can easily exceed the costs of running the event itself. With this being said, the ESL
has proven themselves to be a lucrative source of income for many of its participants, which bodes well for the future of competitive gaming as a whole.
Another advantage of the ESL Games is that they allow newer players the chance to play against the best players in the world, something that most traditional sports tournaments do not allow. Through the years, there have been several great players emerging as legends in the game world and there is no telling if they will become a part of the ESL
someday. In fact, several players have gone on to become popular enough that they have encouraged others to take up the game and turn into sports celebrities. If you are a fan of any of the recent Immortals, Meet Your Legends or Ironclad Heroes games, you owe it to yourself to check out the ESL Games schedule, where you can find full schedules of all the competitions going on all over the world.