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Head of Esports at Riot Games Says Fortnite ‘Has A Long Way To Go’ To Become an Esport

Published: 5/May/2018 14:26 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:53

by Calum Patterson

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The boss of North American esports at Riot Games says battle royale games like Fortnite are on his radar, but have a long way to go to become esports.

Chris “RiotChopper” Hopper, who heads up the NA LCS and esports division of Riot Games, discusses the viability of games like Fortnite and PUBG, and if they are threats to League of Legend’s dominance.

League of Legends is, arguably (depending on the metric you use), the biggest esport in the world, with established franchised leagues, guaranteed player salaries and much more.

But, as ESPN notes, back when it first started out it was seen as “too casual” to become a proper esport in comparison to the likes of Starcraft II – the biggest esports game at the time.

And of course a very similar criticism is being made of Fortnite currently, and so despite its massive viewing figures on Twitch and YouTube, which is an imperative for any esport, many think it isn’t fit for the competitive side of things.

Hopper, speaking to Forbes, says he does not currently see Fortnite, or PUBG for that matter, as a ‘threat’ to the current dominance of League of Legends, saying it has a long way to go.

“As a gamer, I love to see new titles like [Fortnite] which explore and push the boundary of genres like FPS or survival, but in terms of their viability as an esport, I think it’s yet to be proven.

Some early tournaments have certainly been exciting, but there’s a long way to go to turn a title from a Twitch favorite into a permanent esport. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with a title throwing a few tournaments and burning bright before failing to establish a sustainable esports scene, and it’s yet to be seen whether Fortnite or PUBG will be able to make that step.

But until they become consistent, accessible, sustainable leagues, they’re more on my gamer radar than my esport radar.”

Developers of Fortnite, Epic Games, are majority owned by Tencent – the same company which owns Riot Games, developers of League of Legends.

Tencent recently invested a massive amount of money in order to bring Fortnite to China. Half of the ¥100 million ($15.8 million) investment will be used on “pushing the game as an esport”.

With Tencent’s experience with League of Legends, they can undoubtedly take such a popular game like Fortnite and with the right planning and investment, it could be the next LoL.

Source: Forbes

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100 Thieves join Dr Disrespect & Ninja on CAA talent agency

Published: 21/Oct/2020 10:25

by Adam Fitch

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Entertainment company and esports organization 100 Thieves have signed with talent agency Creative Artists Agency, better known as CAA.

As per a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the signing will see 100 Thieves work with CAA across areas such as digital content, talent, film, television, and podcasts.

It’s clear that the organization is looking to bolster the content arm of the business, which is one of three pillars alongside apparel and esports. On the competitive side, they just announced their departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Other gaming and esports figures who are signed to CAA include Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who recently joined from Loaded, and Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV — better known as Dr Disrespect.

100 Thieves with Ariana Grande
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100 Thieves is now represented by the same agency as Ariana Grande.

Since the launch of their YouTube channel on October 18, 2017, 100 Thieves have amassed almost 950,000 subscribers and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The organization has signed creators such as Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, Jack “CouRageJD” Dunlop, Brooke Ashley “BrookeAB” Bond, Nicole “Neekolul” Sanchez, Mohammed “Yassuo” Abdalrhman, and The Mob to grow content efforts.

Series created by 100 Thieves so far include League of Legends docuseries ‘The Heist,’ ‘Run It Up’ hosted by Yassuo, ‘TBH with JHB’ hosted by intern JhbTeam, and Crash the Compound based out of the organization’s Cash App Compound in Los Angeles.

100 Thieves BrookeAB, CouRageJD, Neekolul, Nadeshot, Valkyrae
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Neekolul is the newest content creator to join 100 Thieves.

They also have podcasts like The CouRage & Nadeshot Show, Selfmade with Nadeshot, and The MobCast.

100 Thieves are not the first esports organization to place a huge emphasis on content, with the likes of OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan starting that trend over a decade ago, but with business moves such as signing with CAA they’re certainly looking to push the envelope.

With a new emphasis on film and television, we could see 100 Thieves follow a similar path to FaZe Clan, who are gearing up to release their first movie on October 29.