– Leading mobile sports company launches first-ever dedicated, multi-game eSports app
TORONTO, February 4 2015 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today became the first major sports media company to launch a dedicated mobile app for eSports.
theScore eSports seamlessly combines mobile-first breaking news, live scores, stats, push alerts and links to video highlights and streams from across the world of eSports and competitive video gaming.
Available to download for free now in Google Play, theScore eSports delivers breaking news and live scoring coverage of League of Legends (Korean, North American, European and Chinese leagues) as well as real-time news coverage of Dota 2, Counter-Strike: GO, Call of Duty, StarCraft II and Hearthstone. Coverage of more games and regions will be added soon.
The popularity of eSports continues to show explosive growth, with its fan base now comparable to that of mainstream sports leagues. It is estimated that more than 71 million people now watch eSports around the world, with viewing figures of competitive eSports contests now surpassing those of some major ‘traditional’ sporting events. By 2018, total eSports viewing hours are forecast to reach 6.6 billion worldwide.*
“The many millions of eSports fans worldwide deserve a first-class, professionally supported mobile app, and that’s exactly what theScore eSports gives them,” said John Levy, Founder and CEO of theScore. “In our view, eSports should be treated as a fully-fledged sport and theScore eSports mirrors the same dedicated mobile-first approach we’ve taken with our flagship mobile sports platform ‘theScore’ by combining the core foundations that run through our company – a best-in-class development team working in tandem with an industry-leading mobile newsroom.”
theScore eSports’ news coverage will be spearheaded by a number of seasoned eSports’ writers and editors, including theScore eSports’ senior reporter Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau.
“The launch of theScore eSports is a huge development for the world of eSports,” said Breslau, a 13-year veteran journalist and broadcaster of competitive gaming and eSports. “Creating an awesome mobile experience like this is the natural next step in the enormous growth of competitive gaming.”
theScore eSports can be downloaded from Google Play now. theScore’s eSports coverage can also be found at http://www.thescoreesports.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, with theScore eSports iOS app coming soon.
eMarketer, June 10 2014: Competition Heats Up as ‘Esports’ Viewership Explodes.
Gamespot, November 19 2013: 32 million people watched League of Legends Season Three World Championships.
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About theScore Inc.
theScore, Inc. is an independent creator of mobile-first sports experiences, connecting fans to what they love through an addictive combination of comprehensive and personalized real-time news, scores, stats, alerts and daily fantasy sports contests via its mobile sports platforms ‘theScore,’ ‘theScore eSports,’ ‘ScoreMobileFC’ and ‘Swoopt.’
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