In the absence of traditional sports, it’s more obvious than ever that esports is a booming industry. Twitter has decided to jump onboard the esports bandwagon by adding an esports directory. The world is stuck indoors now, which means even more folks are looking for things to watch. This has prompted many organizations to seek out media to show to the public, which has increasingly been esports events. For example, iRacing with real NASCAR racers has been broadcast on television stations.
One directory to rule them all
But there’s a small catch when it comes to viewing esports events: it’s hard to know which matches are happening when you have the time to watch anything. Twitter believes the right solution to this problem is a directory. In a recent announcement, they shared all of the details regarding this new functionality.
What you’ll find
Twitch now offers a list of live matches, also including tournaments, in addition to a directory of professional players, and personalized recommendations of games and tournaments based on your viewing history. This directory also features a sub-directory of games within active competitive leagues.
The directory serves as a method of placing every event in one central location. This way, spectators can discover every esports event happening at any given time. Gamers now have an easy way to discover games to watch and also find the best players in each category of gaming. Examples of events that are showcased in this directory includes ESL, Rocket League Championship Series, Twitch Rivals, and the League of Legends World Championship.
The idea behind providing this directory is to give fans (and prospective fans) a method with which to stay afloat on the esports industry. While YouTube has signed over both Overwatch League and the Call of Duty League, Twitch still has the majority share of esports broadcasting rights. With the addition of the directory, this helps to support the argument to the public that Twitch is the true home of esports.