In anticipation of ‘Titanfall 2’, Respawn Entertainment has announced a new video series for called “Inside Development” which will be a video series where developers speak directly to fans about the design decisions and the reasons behind those decisions.
“This isn’t anything other than actual game developers telling you how we’re doing our job,” Producer Drew McCoy said. “We learned a lot during Titanfall 1; there’s a lot of experience gained there, a lot of lessons learned, and we’ve been rolling a lot of that into Titanfall 2.”
McCoy spoke about the goal to improve the servers, aiming to handle them better than they did in the original ‘Titanfall. McCoy also eluded to improving the multi-players gameplay in the next edition of the series.
“We’re changing a lot of our matchmaking systems so you can find better games quicker,” he said. “We’ve added this awesome new thing called Networks that lets you make groups of friends and play together a lot easier.”
U.S. Soccer Federation Announces Search for First eNational Team
The United States Soccer Federation has announced that the search is underway for it’s first ever eNational Team to compete in the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup set to take place from April 13th to April 14th in London.
The upcoming tournament is looking to become the premier esports competition for FIFA members association and will see six esports teams from all six of FIFA’s regional confederations in action with each side competing for the bulk of a $100,000 prize pool ($75,000).
The first members of the United States national team will be selected via the 2019 eMLS Cup which takes place in PAX East on March 30th. The winner and the runner up will qualify for the team.
“The U.S. Soccer eNational Team will provide a unique platform for the best players in our country to represent the United States in a global competition” United States Soccer Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer Jay Berhalter said.
Argentina, Australia, China PR, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden will join the United States in the tournament, and will likely be broadcast on Twitch streams and potentially Mixer streams as well.
Major League Soccer, Twitch Ink One-Year Partnership
Starting in March, MLS will start streaming the second season of their eMLS Cup, their esports league in conjunction with EA Sports’ FIFA franchise.
“FIFA is one of the main generators of the fans that we have” MLS Digital Senior VP Chris Schlosser said, via an official statement. “If you look at it historically – radio built baseball, television built the NFL and NBA, and the internet is building soccer.”
The partnership between Twitch and MLS could also include content outside of the eMLS Cup, featuring highlights or media produced by MLS teams, or clips of MLS games moving forward.
“We are looking to do some esports events – this is something we are taking a hard look at” DC United Chief Executive and Managing General Owner Jason Levin said, via an official statement.
“All of esports is a dramatically growing industry. It’s an opportunity to engage our current fans and connect with some younger sports fans who don’t know as much about DC United. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to grow our fanbase more than anything.”
It’s an exciting time for streaming, particularly on Twitch, as live sports such as the NBA’s G League, and MLS are starting to develop Twitch streams to help tap into the streaming market, diversify their digital content, and get more involved with esports teams and esports organizations.
NBA G League Back on Twitch
The NBAGLeague’s official channel on Twitch, stated the following about their renewed partnership with the popular streaming platform:
“Thanks to a new partnership, you can now watch and co-stream any NBA G League game that is streamed on Twitch on your very own Twitch channel! So bring your hot takes, play-by-play, stat breakdowns, and fan rants because it’s your chance to put your unique spin on the broadcasts”
The news means even more attention will be put on the Twitch marketplace, and one would assume that there may be interest in the future in leveraging Mixer streams as well, if there isn’t already talk of that occurring.
The focus on co-streaming is particularly interesting as it brings a new level of interaction to NBA G League action, and a way for fans, and other Twitch streamers, to get in on the action like never before via a new co-streaming element.
Per an official press release: “Co-streaming is a feature unique to Twitch which allows a streamer to share another channel’s video feed, but with their own commentary and community. The result is a more personalized social experience. If you’re a streamer and want to give co-streaming a try, you can find a commentary-free broadcast to use on your co-stream”
This could be, potentially, a big tool for Twitch streams featuring NBA G League content to get incredible exposure, and a way for the NBA to market G League action on other Twitch channels, and via other niches, such as IRL streams.
Furthermore, it presents a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on female streamers who have a passion for broadcasting, or sports commentary.
On the surface, it seems like a win win for all involved.
Everything kicked off, officially, on February 8th, but here is the remaining schedule of games.:
UPCOMING TWITCH SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ET)
Saturday, Feb. 9 — 8:30 PM — Memphis Hustle vs. Texas Legends
Friday, Feb. 22 — 8 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Wisconsin Herd
Saturday, Feb. 23 — 8:30 PM — Iowa Wolves vs. Texas Legends
Friday, March 1 — 8 PM — Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. Wisconsin Herd
Saturday, March 2 — 2 PM — Capital City Go-Go vs. Raptors 905
Friday, March 8 — 8:30 PM — Raptors 905 vs. Austin Spurs
Saturday, March 9 — 7 PM — Windy City Bulls vs. Greensboro Swarm
Friday, March 15 — 8:30 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Texas Legends
Saturday, March 16 — 7 PM — Erie BayHawks vs. Canton Charge
Friday, March 22— 10 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
Saturday, March 23 — 10 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
Viewers can watch the original broadcast at on the NBA G League’s official Twitch channel, or they can choose to watch Twitch Partners and Affiliates who are planning on co-streaming the NBA G League this year.
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