This week in Esports: Facebook considering esports, Olympic ambitions and Daxe wins ESWC

04 November 2016


There’s never a shortage of news in esports and this week’s no different. The highlights from this week in esports include: Facebook considering adding esports to its platform, ambitions for esports to become an Olympic event, and Paris Saint-Germain’s Daxe winning ESWC.

Facebook considering bringing esports to its platform

It’s been revealed this week that Facebook are in discussions with Super Evil Megacorp, in a bid to bring esports to its platform. 

Facebook Live was launched last year, and Facebook is looking to extend its capabilities and introduce a streaming feature to the popular social media site. Super Evil Megacorp is the developer of popular mobile title Vainglory and Twitch/Amazon have recently outlined the belief that streaming of casual games will become increasing popular and it looks as if Facebook are prepared to launch their bid for a slice of the proverbial pie. 

As reported by The Information, Super Evil Megacorp COO Kristian Segerstrale said that nothing had been set in stone it has had “extensive conversations” with Facebook. 

Read the full article here. 

KeSPA and IeSF President reveals “biggest goal” – esports becoming an Olympic event

This week Jun Byung-hun, President of KeSPA and the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF)spoke to the Korea Times about his ambition to have esports in some form recognised as an Olympic event. 

Bung-hun said: “The IESF has been working with its membership countries to solidify the status of esports, alongside other sporting events like baseball and football. Our biggest goal is to secure membership on the international olympic committee (IOC) to make esports an official olympic event.” 

The Korean esports scene is by far one of the most developed worldwide, shown by SK Telecom T1 becoming three time world champions in League of Legends just last week. KeSPA are in talks with the Korean government in an attempt to rid the negative associations that mainstream society in the country has with on esports.

Read the full article here.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Daxe wins ESWC

In what seems to be the busiest esports space PSG’s new signing Lucas ‘Daxe’ Cuillerier has won one of the biggest FIFA tournaments, ESWC. ESWC is known as the ‘unofficial’ FIWC (Fifa Interactive World Cup). The Frenchman beat off competition from all over the world, defeating Wolfsburg’s Timo ‘TimoX’ Siep in the final. 

The Legia Esports Cup gets underway soon with several big name players competing. There’s a lot more FIFA competitions popping up now and more and more football clubs getting involved in what now seems a blossoming competitive scene. 

Read the full article here. 

Esports InsiderThe ESWC title deservedly stays with PSG. Daxe takes the title from previous champion, and PSG colleague August ‘Agge’ Rosenmeier with several resounding victories in Paris. There’s ambitious plans to have esports recognised as an Olympic event (which seems a bit odd to us) and also we could see Facebook stepping into the esports space shortly which will definitely cause a stir.