Overwatch League Audience Profile

October 17, 2018

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Categories:analytics, Insights, eSports iQ

Esports growth is being fueled by its audience. See: A quarter of the world’s population will be aware of esports by 2021 (Newzoo research). In turn, understanding this growing audience is central to unlocking commercial opportunities. So, in light of continued investment into Blizzard’s Overwatch League (OWL), we used our eSports iQ analytics engine to transform social … Continue reading “Overwatch League Audience Profile”

eSports iQ – Version 2.0

June 20, 2018

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Categories:analytics, Insights, eSports iQ

Last month marked the debut of our esports audience analytics dashboard. And, based on generous user feedback, eSports iQ version 2.0 features some key improvements. Including:  OpTic Gaming team fans are now included in the audiences  European football fan measurement  Purchase insights for all audiences (see below)  Updated influencer numbers  Video explanation of eSports iQ technology   Purchase Insights Several users requested more detail around esports consumer spending. And while purchase data is incredibly important – it’s not straightforward to come by using social media data.     The first … Continue reading “eSports iQ – Version 2.0”

eSports iQ – Open Beta Version 1.0

May 16, 2018

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Categories:analytics, Insights, eSports iQ

“Moving at the speed of social.” One year ago, we set out to shed light on hard-to-reach esports audiences. Why? Because survey and viewership data does not provide actionable insights into the unique dimensions of esports fandom. So, we developed an analytics platform – engineered around social media data. Since, true commercial success in esports is found by … Continue reading “eSports iQ – Open Beta Version 1.0”

A Close Look at Sports and Esports Fandom

April 18, 2018

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Categories:analytics, Insights, sports

“There’s a generation of sports fans growing with esports as their primary sport of choice…They’re not dipping in and watching basketball, hockey or football. This is a generation that really focused in on this as their sport.” — Whalen Rozelle, Director of Esports at Riot Games [source: USA Today] The convergence of digital and traditional sports continues. … Continue reading “A Close Look at Sports and Esports Fandom”

Overwatch League Sponsorship ROI

March 14, 2018

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Categories:analytics, Insights, Marketing, Sponsorship

“The most pivotal moments in people’s lives revolve around emotions. Emotions make stories powerful.”     — Brandon Stanton  Esports is a bona-fide opportunity to connect with the passion of fast-growing, but hard-to-reach audiences. And the prospect of building an emotional connection with digital sport fans is moving more brand marketers into action.    In that light, we previously measured brand engagement among Team SoloMid fans. This time around, let’s analyze how Overwatch League (OWL) fans feel about the brands they engage with.    The goal is a data-driven approach … Continue reading “Overwatch League Sponsorship ROI”

ELeague Audience Insights 101

February 21, 2018

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Esports continues to grow as a disruptive force. Case in point: 420M will be watching competitive gaming by 2019 (Newzoo estimate). While game titles like League of Legends and Overwatch dominate headlines with multi-million dollar franchise values and media deals, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) quietly remains an esports powerhouse. Exhibit A: Turner Sports’ ELeague … Continue reading “ELeague Audience Insights 101”

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