Irvine, Calif.-based esports organization Esportz Entertainment Corp. is planning to build a state-of-the-art broadcast studio in Orange County to expand its base of operations. The new broadcast center, which will produce live and pre-recorded streaming content, is scheduled for completion at the end of the first quarter of 2020.
The company is currently evaluating available 7,000 to 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse/office properties in the area and has not yet decided on the final site.
There are over 400 companies within a 60-mile radius of the area that are involved in gaming culture, including Blizzard, Razer and Twitch that all have offices with a few miles of the location.
"The objective is to create a global broadcast studio that delivers high-quality professional productions, offers great flexibility and supports additional elements of our esports business including media training and apparel/merchandise design," said Mark Thimmig, Esportz Entertainment Corp. chairman and CEO.
Backed by more than 50 independent esports reporters, expected to grow to 100 around the world by the end of the year, along with as many as 200 photo and video freelance professionals, Esportz Network is currently the largest esports news network. The company plans to produce live and pre-recorded content, streamed through the most popular esports online channels daily, including YouTube, Twitch, Mixer and others. The range of programming will include global esports event coverage, industry insiders' top stories, talk shows with interviews of gamers, teams, creators, investors, industry executives, and reality shows.
"We will be utilizing the latest virtual set technology to give us the flexibility to rapidly change production sets to reflect individual subjects and games we're reporting on and bring more live-action information into our programming," said Thimming.
Reuters recently announced a strategic partnership with Esportz Network to offer the latest in-depth gamer-centric text, audio and video packages.
Through Reuters Connect, over 3,000 Reuters News Agency customers now have access to Esportz Network's professional coverage aimed at helping the most dedicated esports fans and competitors gain in-depth analysis on every angle of professional gameplay, as well as regular in-studio audio and video updates and interviews covering esports game development, tournaments, scores and industry drama.
There were approximately 380 million esports viewers in 2018, and that's expected to surge to roughly 557 million viewers by 2021, according to a recent report from Newzoo.
Esportz Network also provides media training for gamers, teams, and brands investing heavily in esports.
Thimmig stressed the focus of Esportz Network's media training program is teaching the next generation of esports professionals how to communicate and build a brand, enabling them to communicate more effectively through media opportunities and become more valuable to sponsors.
For more information, visit https://www.esportznetwork.com