ESPN announced that they launch the dedicated e-sports section on ESPN.com today through eSports Twitter account.
ESPN eSports covers Dota 2, League of Legends, and Hearthstone currently.ESPN has covered Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm through streaming and the channel like ESPN2 before. Since MLG(Major League Gaming) was acquired by Activision Blizzard recently, could it be possible that the year 2016 becomes the first year of buckling down for eSports? Pretty much so.
Former NBA player Rick Fox said, “Everything that is happening in esports is starting to mirror the rise of pro sports.” On ESPN interview.
The move towards eSports is not entirely surprising for ESPN, as it has covered Dota 2’s The International on its streaming ESPN3 channel and has also broadcast finals for Heroes of the Storm and Dota 2 on ESPN 2. ESPN noted that there are up to 200 players who are making at least $40,000 in prize winnings as professional gamers. It is about what the 150th-ranked men’s tennis player and 330th-ranked golfer in the world gross a year.
Nexon reveals DOTA2 NSL (Nexon Sponsorship League) on 22th at the press conference. The press conference was held in Gangnam GOMTV studio. Nexon plans NSL as discovering amateur teams who want to go up pro level and supporting them from various perspectives to make them growing as pro teams safely.
NSL will be held from September and is consist of 3 seasons for 6months with the total sponsorship money $294,000. The champion team for each season will receive financial sponsorship for a year such as a team house, team operation fee, opportunities to compete in foreign events, latest equipment and introducing them to companies who want to establish own pro teams.
The champion for 1st season will receive about $98,000 sponsorship while the 2nd and 3rd season champions receiving $71,600 and $53,700 sponsorship. The champion teams cannot compete in the next season. From 2nd to 8th teams for each season will receive a proper amount of prize money and are seeded for the next season.
16 teams will be selected through the open qualifier. From the round of 16, NSL will be broadcasted at GOMTV live.
DOTA2 is now testing stage with NA, SEA, EU, RU, CN and Oceania servers. The evidence that Valve puts Korea on the list of the next testing regions has found within the latest update file. According to the file, Korea and Australia will be included sometimes in the near future for testing.
Since Nexon is the publisher for Korea, Nexon told “DOTA2 test will be operated like a normal Beta test and Nexon will support servers for it. However, Nexon only supports servers since Valve is doing test and operating DOTA2 through Steam. When the test will be is unknown.”
It is known that DOTA2 will be dubbed in Korean and the work is now going off well with Nexon. Nexon told “With the start of the dubbing work, localization for DOTA2 is ongoing now. The inspection for Korean localization will be started from March.”
Nexon announced DOTA2 service is on their schedule at the last earning announcement. Many estimated DOTA2 test in Korea is likely to start during the first half of the year.
NEXON announced 4th quarter revenue as well as revenue for 2012 on 13th through TSE(Tokyo Stock Excahnge). NEXON recorded $1.38 billion for 2012 revenue, which 24% is increased comparing to 2011. Revenue in Japan has been increased a lot since NEXON acquired Gloops, a mobile game company.
NEXON declared that they are going to approach to the Japanese mobile game market more aggressively with the acquiring of Gloops in last October. According to the announcement, NEXON recorded $130 million revenue during the 4th quarter of 2012 in Japan only, which 72% is increased comparing to the same period in 2011. Considering NEXON recorded $91.5 million revenue for the 4th quarter in Korea, Japan market’s revenue overtook Korean market’s revenue already. NEXON also acquired another Japanese mobile game company – inBlue. NEXON expects better revenue from Japanese market in 2013 because NEXON made a contract with DeNA who is operating one of biggest mobile game platform Mobage, in January.
NEXON will launch Warface from Crytek and Pro Baseball 2K from 2K Sports during the first half. DOTA2 from Valve and Counter Strike 2 Online will be ready for the second half. NEXON did not leave a comment on Maple Story 2 and Mabinogi 2. Cyphers is scheduled to launch at the end of 2013 in China.
DOTA2 from Valve is preparing for the service in Asia. Perfect World announced that the publishing contract for DOTA2 service in China was done on the 10th of July. Who will be DOTA2. Korean publisher? It is Nexon. Valve and Nexon have been in conversation over DOTA2 Korean service during the first half of the year. Nexon told that nothing is official because the contract is not made yet.
Nexon and Valve has been working together since they co-developed Counterstrike Online in 2007. Counterstrike Online is successful in China, Korea, and Taiwan. They announced Counterstrike Online 2 in February, 2012.
Nexon uses Source Engine to developed Vindictus and announced Dungeon&Fighter Online and Vindictus will be serviced through Steam as well.