It’s safe to say eSports is going through something of a renaissance period, transitioning from its middle ages to a fervent modern era, expanding with the help of exciting global competition and impassioned audiences. What was previously considered by many to be a niche, poorer cousin of real sports competition, has proven itself as a serious sporting genre for the masses, here to stay and push boundaries.
2018’s spectacular global display of technological innovation, max entertainment and uber-zealous players secured this footing.
Here is Fanview’s not-completely-unbiased take on the most entertaining moments of eSports of the past year:
OG’s Miraculous Comeback at TI8 (Dota2)
Kicking off this list is OG’s Cinderella-style-comeback at this year’s Dota 2 The International 2018 (TI8). We’re including this moment, not just for the mega-talent within the competition itself, but the story of friendship and betrayal that came with it. It ticks all the boxes of an epic Hollywood blockbuster filled with real-life villains, heroes and underdog success.
Ninja and Marshmallow’s illustrious win at Fortnite’s Pro-Am
First create a live Fortnite event that brings together the world’s best players and Fortnite loving celebrities. Then match up eSport’s ultimate, and arguably longest-standing, gaming superstar with a so-hot-right-now techno musical genius and you’re guaranteed a seriously entertaining event.
With a legitimate and technically-impressive win from the duo that is Ninja and Marshmello, this visually-spectacular, four-hour live event delivered a total of 6 million hours watched and 5.3 million views. Not a small feat and a very proud moment for the Fanview team.
AR Gone Wild at the Opening Ceremony of 2018 League of Legends World Championship
It was the moment multi-reality industry folk involved both gasped in awe and nodded their heads in validation for their craft. That is, the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 League of Legends World Championships held in Incheon, South Korea.
South Korea’s famed K/DA Pop Group and the much-adored LOL characters cross entertainment borders in a perfectly coordinated dance off of epic proportions using augmented reality broadcast technology and just plain showbiz genius.
As one fan rightly points out, it’s "that awkward moment when eSports has the best opening of any sports event". Mic dropped.
PUBG’s 2018 Global Invitational held in Berlin, Germany
Finally our most epically entertaining eSports moment of 2018 goes to PUBG’s Global Invitational held in Berlin, Germany.
Basically, along with Childish Gambino’s “This is America” music clip – this event broke the Internet. That is, it broke the record for the most watched event on Twitch at the time with over 60 million peak concurrent viewers over the 5 days of competition.
Now Fanview did provide data (the game API), graphics, production and integration services for this event, so perhaps we’re biased, but Twitch’s global concurrent viewership record and its inclusion on the ESC’s 2018 Most Popular Esports event certainly seals the deal.
If 2018 is anything to go by – and with South Korean broadcaster and eSports broadcast innovator, OGN, entering the US market – 2019 is going to be an absolute cracker filled with technology and entertainment firsts. We can’t wait to support these gaming pioneers as they wow fans across the globe.
Check out the PUBG Arena Unveiling video that enamoured fans across the globe (produced by Fanview)