ESPN plans to expand its esports coverage with a new “EXP” series that will introduce competitive gaming to its line-up of broadcasted events. The network aims to include all levels of play, from collegiate to big-stage professionals and everything will be streamed live online with follow-up analysis shows aired on ESPN and other ABC channels.
As covered by Engadget, the first event lined up for ESPN will be a pro-amateur Apex Legends tournament during the week of ESPYs awards on July 11. A subsequent invitational Apex tournament will be held at the X Games Minneapolis between August 1 – 4. Gamers who wish to have a go at the ESPYs event will need to make a donation through eBay between June 13 – 22.
New MotoGP season brings some changes
The third MotoGP Esport Championship is about to go underway and numerous changes will be applied. Competing across multiple platforms using MotoGP 19, participants will be competing against one another for a chance to win a BMW M135i xDrive and Yamaha YZF-R3. The championship commences with six challenges, putting through the top 72 players.
After progressing into a Pro Draft, just 12 will be selected to advance to the Global Series where each player will represent a MotoGP team. As reported by Esports Insider, the inaugural online challenges will kick off on June 19 and run through August 1. The grand final will take place alongside MotoGP’s final event at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
After entering into a multi-year partnership with Lenovo in 2018, the manufacturer is providing computers, monitors and other peripherals and equipment for the MotoGP tournament.
Farming Simulator esports DLC sows competitive seeds
One could say Farming Simulator is taking a humorous approach to esports, because it’s … well, a farming simulation, but the developer is serious about dipping its toes into the competitive scene. A recently released DLC for Farming Simulator 2019 allows gamers to compete against one another in a new FSL mode. Two teams of three can pick and ban tractors, before heading out into the fields to harvest crops and utilize dirty tactics to impede the progress of the opposite side.
Strategies will include dedicating one team member to barrage enemy tractors, overload and jam their conveyor system, and even perform a “tractor rush”, which sounds like a Farming Simulator meme using AOE2. This is all in preparation for the first Farming Simulator League tournament at FarmCon 19 in July.