In your bi-weekly eSports roundup we’ll check in on one professional athlete gamer and other key news from the eSports community:
Super Bowl Champion C.J. Anderson Starts Twitch Stream
I'm exciting to stream and game and chat with the fans 2nite tune in will being giving away some gifts tune in 2nite
— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) April 27, 2017
I'm streaming now come coin https://t.co/GgPNncjERH giving some cool stuff away
— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) April 29, 2017
For an NFL veteran, the offseason has to feel like an eternity. Denver Broncos’ running back C.J. Anderson is passing the time by streaming on Twitch. So far, Anderson has streamed games like Madden NFL 17, MLB The Show 17 and NBA 2K 17. He also intends to stream on Call of Duty and Overwatch.
The way Anderson streams is especially cool for a couple of reasons: first, any money he raises through the streams is donated directly to charities that he supports. Second, he’s constantly offering prizes to players like autographed pictures and even two tickets to the Broncos’ season-opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Anderson also interacts a lot with fans during his streams. On his stream yesterday he briefly talked about how his team signed a new running back, Jamaal Charles. “Yes I’m excited about JC28 [Charles] man, I’m super excited,” Anderson explained.
You can check out his Twitch account here.
2022 Asian Games Adds eSports
It’s official — competitive gamers can now compete for medals in the same way swimmers and track athletes do. The Olympic Council of Asia announced recently that eSports will be an official sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China.
— GamesIndustry (@GIBiz) May 3, 2017
This is huge for the legitimacy of gaming as the Asian Games are regarded as the second-largest multi-sport event behind the Olympics. It will be featured in the 2018 games, but only as a demonstration sport where the competitors cannot yet win medals.
Varsity eSports At The University Of Utah
Utah has become the first power-five conference school to form a college-sponsored varsity eSports team. Funding will come from the Entertainment Arts & Engineering department.
— Utah esports (@GamerUesports) April 5, 2017
The initial plan is for the program to offer partial scholarships and eventually have over 30 full scholarships. To start, the team will participate in Riot Games’ League of Legends, according to Bloomberg.
Utah’s esports program hopes to offer 30+ scholarships & could have implications for amateurism in NCAA athletics https://t.co/6v1cCiDdl9
— Peter Adultman (@Pete_Volk) April 19, 2017
It doesn’t need to be said, but this is a gigantic leap forward for the gaming community. It won’t be long before other schools follow suit and create their own varsity programs. Don’t look now, but down the road we will be seeing athletes battle it out virtually, similar to how they do it on the football field or baseball diamond.