New York Excelsior and New York Subliners parent Andbox today announced the launch of a new historic jersey collection created in collaboration with its partner United Airlines. The collection was announced ahead of NYXL’s first Overwatch League playoff match this weekend, and is intended to “celebrate the team’s greatest moments during its three-year voyage in the Overwatch League.”
With the shift to a full home event schedule, the Overwatch League and its teams were forced to pivot significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also impacted teams and their brand partners.
“At the beginning of this year we became a sponsor of the New York Excelsior with the goal of connecting to the team’s fans through incredible experiences and content,” United Airlines director of sponsorships Rahsaan Johnson told The Esports Observer, “as well as providing support to the team as they traveled to competitions around the world. With the onset of the pandemic and competitions moving to a fully online model, we worked closely with Andbox and the NYXL to develop new, creative ways to continue to engage and celebrate the team’s incredible fans and showcase the team’s accomplishments. We are excited to see the launch of the United Airlines x NYXL Historic Journey Jersey Collection, taking fans on a digital journey to see where the team has traveled for their greatest moments as a team since 2018 – as well as offer fans a chance to win these limited-edition jerseys.”
Published at Fri, 04 Sep 2020 18:18:47 +0000
Dota 2 publisher Valve has released a blog post responding to recent criticism regarding the state of the game’s esports ecosystem during the COVID-19 pandemic. In it, the publisher shares insights into its philosophy during the early stages of the pandemic, and its decision to delay The International and its corresponding circuit.
“While neither the cross-region competition nor the relative distance to The International are absolute requirements,” the blog post reads, “we felt the DPC as both a function of The International and also as a coherent product for fans would be better served by holding off on them for now. Given that, our plan was that we’d make the upcoming months open and clear for other leagues and events to operate.”
Valve goes on to say it hoped to allow third party leagues and events to “have an impact” in the absence of the game’s official circuit and its annual $30M+ USD championship. However, the company has received significant criticism recently due to a lack of communication on its official esports roadmap and the lack of support provided to third party events filling the void of Valve’s own multi-million-dollar events. More than any other game, Dota 2 and its teams and pros rely on these large prize money payouts, and their absence has placed a significant strain on the ecosystem, particularly for teams outside of the most elite and popular.
In the post, Valve acknowledges these communication issues and states that the upcoming competitive season will include “at least four third party events and leagues in EU/CIS events, three in China, and a few others that are still in the preliminary planning stages and are not able to commit at this time.” The post then acknowledges that these events will still not serve the many players, organizers, and fans in other regions, and Valve is reaching out to additional organizers to provide “help and financial support” to increase global Dota 2 coverage for the rest of the year.
Finally, Valve states that it is looking to early 2021 to resume its Dota Pro Circuit, which the company had previously announced will shift to a league format. The company also confirms previous reporting that the most likely scenario is for The International to take place in its normal slot in August 2021, ideally in Stockholm, Sweden, as that was the planned 2020 location. The post does not indicate how this will affect the 2020 TI prize pool, which now sits at over $35M.
Published at Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:32:59 +0000