It’s all about eSports with ESNC, Montreal’s dedicated gaming channel
ESNC, Montreal’s dedicated gaming channel – The rise of new technologies and digital advancements has given birth to many new forms of entertainment which challenge the mainstream. Online streaming has reshaped television as we know it; every day millions of people all around the world are logging in to watch live streaming content which allows audiences and streamers to interact with one another on a personal level whilst enjoying the broadcast. Just a few short decades ago, we would never have dreamt that something like this was possible, and now we have streaming capabilities right at our fingertips. It’s no surprise, then, that eSports has taken the world by storm. Just as mainstream sports have been hugely popular for decades, eSports is set to become a serious player in the world of competitive video gaming.
What are eSports?
Firstly, let’s explain what the term eSports actually means. Simply put, eSports are online video games which are played competitively and streamed to audiences worldwide. Beginning in the 2000s, eSports has gone from strength to strength and has now become part of a multi-million dollar industry which generated a whopping $696 million in 2017 alone. What started off as a fun way to play with your friends has now become a career option for some, with sponsorships offering a hefty sum for successful eSports players.
Streaming sites such as Twitch.tv have changed the face of eSports gaming, as they have made broadcasting and watching eSports competition an easy and seamless experience. All kinds of gameplay are streamed, with Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs) such as League of Legends and DOTA 2 being some of the most popular games to watch. Just like any other popular sport, there are eSports players who are highly talented and are literally, at the top of their game, with German pro Kuro Takhasomi having amassed a total of over $3.5 million playing Dota 2 professionally, for example.
It’s no wonder, then, that Canada is getting involved in the lucrative world of eSports too. In fact, 2018 is predicted in an article on RedBull.com to be a fantastic year for Canadian eSports players who are ready to shake up the whole game. Huge Canadian players such as Wildturtle, Biofrost and TheOddOne have been big players at competitions such as the North American League of Legends Championship Series and DreamHack Montreal, and they are going from strength to strength. Competitions like these are even seeing attention from mainstream platforms, with popular sports betting companies including Betway offering bets on competitions focusing on eSports such as League of Legends and Starcraft 2. In the wake of the massive success of the eSports community, it makes sense for Canada to have it’s own eSports Network where fans and players alike can join together to stream and make the most of the community.
All About ESNC
ESNC is a new eSports channel which aspires to become one of the most popular streaming networks in all of Canada. They currently have a Twitch channel. However, the team are expanding and have plans to broadcast in other, more innovative ways which make sense for both players and audiences. As detailed in the company brief, ESNC launched their channel with a mission “to create an environment in which talents, leagues, organisations and partners can mutually help flourish.” The channel aims to expand the eSports world by offering more than simply online streaming. They want to create a network where everything eSports related can be developed in an entertaining and creative way.
The focus is on three main programs for ESNC: eSports Programming, Gaming Programming, and Video Game Entertainment Programming. This means that anyone who is interested in online gaming can find something they enjoy on this platform, whether they are eSports enthusiasts or not. Rather than just providing a streaming service, ESNC is looking to expand what is possible with eSports content. They are looking to offer a range of different entertainment formats, from podcasts to variety shows, streaming to documentaries. In many ways, this channel is set to dispel the myths of video gaming and change what is possible with eSports in Montreal and Canada.
The future of eSports is an exciting one. eSports streams and competitions have an audience of over 385 million worldwide, and it is estimated to be worth up to $1.5 billion by the year 2020. With the successes of huge Canadian players along with the upcoming launch of Canada’s very own eSports content network, we are due to see big advances being made.