Esports scene is on fire right now. Major events are bring held all the year round, millions of dollars are up for the grab as prize money, thousands of dedicated spectators are crowding up at the stadiums to watch those elite players, trying to outplay each other. A larger segment of the audience is tuning into the events online through Twitch, MLG or YouTube Gaming, equally hyped and passionate as the live audience. Esports is undoubtedly the fastest growing entertainment segment out there, and that day isn’t far when International Olympics Committee will included esports in the Olympics, as the organizers are on a permanent quest to draw younger audiences, and esports along with its millions of engaged, digitally-connected video game fans is just what they need at this moment.
Now, it is obvious for entertainment media houses to jump the bandwagon with all sort of livestreams, content creation, updates, breaking news, dedicated esports sites and blogs. Daily Dot, TheScore, Red Bull and Yahoo, all came up with esports content, though most of them are engaged in written content. If one wants to enjoy video content, you would have tune into online video portals. But still, there were two problems; firstly, the world of esports is too diverse, and there isn’t any single source to all the esports news (no matter how much “diversified” each of these media houses claim to be), and secondly, esports hasn’t reached mainstream TV yet (there might have been a few halfheartedly attempts by few, but most claims esports viewing is meant to be online only), as any layman needs to be fluent with the esports vocabulary, to make sense of what is being shown on the screen.
This is where Arena Esports comes in. With a highly experienced and professional squad of broadcast TV’s finest, they have taken the risk of venturing into mainstream television. Instead of trying to reproduce or copy streaming websites, they are an offline news feed aimed at younger individuals and sports fanatics with small knowledge or interest in the esports space. Each weekly episode features top headlines, clips from the present esports events or recap of recently concluded past events, and highlights from the global esports sphere.
With the vision to be the number one go-to for offline esports news, updates and stories, Arena Esports is really a show like none other. With beautiful and passionate narration, explaining everything going on the screen,the show provides a snapshot of the competitive gaming scene for all, no matter the audience is familiar or unfamiliar with it, without exploring the topic in too much detail.
For the uninitiated, the show is divided into segments: Main Segment, eFeed, The Metagame Shakeup, Focal Point, and Around the World.
The main segment deals with a current ongoing event or a just concluded event, showcasing all the highlights and starting from the bracket playoffs to the grand finals, from games like Heroes of the Storm to Hearthstone, from DoTA 2 to CS:GO, from League of Legends to Smite or from Trackmania to some serious Tekken. This segment may also delve into the serious discussions about any particular role or game, such as the best DoTA 2 teams right now or who are the best mid-laners in League of Legends in the current season. The eFeed section deals with all the changes in the pro-gaming scene, roster changes in pro-teams, and revealing of new sponsors for the pro-teams. The Metagame Shakeup discusses the latest game balances, patches or updates, and new hero/champion reveals. This is undoubtedly the most interesting section for a casual player, who is interested in a game, but not much into competitive gaming. New titles being released are also mentioned here, in this section. Focal Point talks about the some other major gaming events (other than the one being discussed on the main section) or take us back to an recently concluded esports tournaments featuring their most highlight-worthy moments with a narration accompanying the actual in-game commentary to provide context and hype to it.And finally, Around the World acts as the directory of the upcoming tournaments, listing their dates and venue cities, along with the prize amount and the honorary mentions of the top star-studded teams, that would be a part of the event. This list of events, lined up for the next few weeks, would help you to schedule your timings, just in case you want to attend any event being held near you, or you want to watch it live online.
Aiming to be recognised across the board when it comes to developers, event organisers and teams, Arena Esports has assembled an amazing group of editors, sound engineers, colour graders, producers, script writers, researchers and graphic artists, to give us a true experience of all the joy, excitement, disappointment, desire to be the best and feeling of winning, that is in the world of esports. So, don’t miss this amazing show, if you are truly in love with competitive gaming.
Arena Esports is broadcasted on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD every weekend (as per the information we could gather). Please check your local TV schedule for the exact channel and timings, as the timings seem to vary every weekend. You may also watch the episodes on the official links of Arena Esports.
[Editor’s Note: It’s saddening to see that ESPN isn’t promoting the show much, and this show falls in their ‘Filler’ category, as the channel prefers to broadcast the show inbetween the other ‘more important’ live sports events. We request the channel to show some more love for the show, as esports will be the beacon of Olympics games in the near future.]