Globe Games and Esports Continue to Thrive, Fuel Passion During the Pandemic
In every difficult situation, there is an opportunity. While the global health crisis forced people to stay in quarantine, it also opened the doors for digital Esports and new gaming content that help continue to fuel the passion of gamers and Esports enthusiasts.
Nikko Acosta, Globe SVP and Head of Content Business Group, said that from a minimal share of content traffic three years ago, Games and Esports went up to more than double in year-on-year traffic growth. This could be attributed to the availability of the proper device, strong connection to internet services, and an impressive portfolio of games to choose from today.
League of Legends Wildrift alone already reached 90% of its topline monthly target due to the wireless availability of the game, an area of access that was not available in the past.
“Enjoying your passion doesn't mean it will go away with this pandemic. The nice thing about being online is that as long as you have the time, you'll be able to invest properly. And since you're at home, you can also connect to your friends and community to be able to play together,” Acosta said.
He added: “The past year-and-a-half has been an opportunity for us. With the right distribution, with the right pricing, with the right infrastructure, we believed the players would come, and they wouldn't only come, they would stay. And that is something that we're proud of.”
For Esports, while the core experience of a tournament is being physically present to experience it with other players and supporters, Acosta said Esports remains resilient and easy to migrate online fully.
A global phenomenon even before COVID-19, Esports is currently slowly working its way back into the current environment as well.
According to him, Globe has created a digital community to allow fans to watch the tournaments right in the comforts of their homes but still be able to engage with other viewers through chat.
“We do the same with fervor and tenacity to set Esports up, but we do it online. And we have the promise that someday when things open up with the proper safety protocols, we can go back to including our offline events. Esports is thriving because we can create a community digitally. And someday it will be both digital and offline,” Acosta said.
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