TheScore Launches Sports-Style eSports App
Canadian sports media company TheScore may no longer be on TV but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on improving their product offerings. Since selling TheScore TV channel to Rogers, they’ve doubled down on their mobile and web offerings and their mobile app is still considered among, if not the best mobile sports app on the various app stores.
Now, theScore is the first sports media company to move hard into eSports. While ESPN has broadcast some eSports on its digital ESPN 3 channel, those were just rebroadcasts of the official broadcasters covering those events or brief highlight packages of MLG events. TheScore has launched their own eSports news app and website led by popular eSports journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau.
TheScore’s eSports app is still very much a work in progress. It offers a great deal of support for League of Legends at the moment including detailed and live match statistics for EU and NA LCS, LPL and LPK matches along with league standings. League is one of six games covered by theScore. The app has news-only coverage of Dota 2, StarCraft II, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone and Call of Duty. Push down alerts are available for breaking news by game, team news and match start and end.
TheScore has hired a team of eSports journalists to produce content for the app. Currently, the team is working on breaking news, interviews and features for the app. As of writing, the top SC2 story was a feature on the rise and fall of Canadian Zerg Scarlett and the possibility of her switching to Dota 2 with a possible Acer team. The writing team includes Slasher, supervising editor Matt Demers, Ken “Hot_Bid” Chen of ESEX and Team Liquid fame, Kelsey Moser of LPL fame and many more eSports writers.
What excites me is that theScore is basically taking their very popular and successful sports app and applying the general principles to eSports. Sure, they have to sort out live coverage of games that aren’t League but that could be just as much on the part of the developers and APIs available as it is on theScore. From my layperson’s perspective, seeing what’s available for Dota 2 and CS:GO in-game, I’d imagine integration for them would be easiest to add next. It would be difficult to set up live stats for SC2 or Hearthstone, for example, just because of the nature of the games. Hopefully stream integration, completed match results and standings will be coming soon for major competitions and leagues for the other five games soon.
TheScore eSports app is available on the Google Play store. The iOS app is “coming soon.” Failing either of those, theScore’s eSports website is thescoreesports.com.