Bryce and Darren Rovell (ESPN Business Analyst) discuss on OTL how unionizing esports players will play a big part of the franchising model future especially with how it pertains to the athletes getting a fair share of the revenue.
Catalyst Sports & Media has collaborated with Sports Academy to unveil the first training facility dedicated specifically to esports with the launch of Sandbox Esports Training Center. The facility features a 2,000 square foot space and can host up to forty gamers at at time. In addition to offering services to top professional gamers, it will host fantasy camps coached by the best League of Legends professionals in the world and amateur camps coached by top ranked players in each game. The initial offering at Sandbox Esports Training Center will focus on League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Overwatch and NBA 2K.
Catalyst Sports & Media today announced the hire of Avi Bhuiyan as Executive Vice President of esports. Since joining Catalyst on December 12 2016, Bhuiyan helps lead the esports division with Bryce Blum, Executive Vice President of esports, to further build out the company’s esports practice. Bhuiyan joins Catalyst from Riot Games, an American video game developer, publisher and esports tournament organizer, where he was an esports official for Riot’s League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS), Riot Games’ flagship North American esports league.
Bryce analyzes the announcement of Riot Games and Overwatch beginning to franchise the teams in their leagues and explains why this trend and additional investment means that esports are here to permanently stay.
Bryce explains why it is important that the general public, media and investors begin to recognize the individual entities inside of esports instead of treating them all as one entity called esports.
Bryce takes a look at the new ESL rules for CS:GO specifically pertaining to the 2 year ban for players found of cheating and analyzes the issues, benefits and possible future ramifications of the current ESL disciplinary system.
Bryce discusses the legality and ethics of Valve’s skin betting for CS:GO and discusses the ramifications of the current legal battle and how it is important to differentiate the gambling issues with CS:GO from other esports entities like LOL