Esports are coming to (another) screen near you.
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Video-game streamer Twitch is teaming up with Turner Sports to create a talk show, “ELEAGUE Super Punch powered by Twitch and will be hosted by game-streaming pros Ify Nwadiwe, Kelly Nugent, J.D. Witherspoon and Alex Corea.
The move comes as esports continues to become more popular. The industry topped $1 billion in 2019, up 27 percent from the year before, according to a report in Rueters.
As the industry “continues tremendous growth, infrastructure and the creation of live, in-person experiences for gamers of all levels, [it] will become paramount to the ecosystem and communities being developed,” said Frank Ng, Allied Chief Executive Officer said in a press release. “Retail locations like shopping malls are the perfect foundation for this industry innovation and we’re excited to expand our on-mall presence.”
What’s more, Twitch came out as the top streaming platform for games in 2019.
The free Amazon-owned service logged more than 9 billion hours watched last year, which was a 20 percent increase year-over-year. That’s compared to YouTube Gaming, which logged just 2 billion streaming hours and Facebook Gaming, which racked up about 350 million hours, according to the StreamElements & Arsenal.gg's State of the Stream report.