Editor Dom Sacco provides a quick update on the website and our slight change in editorial strategy.
Esports News UK has always been about the UK League of Legends scene – and will continue to be.
We’ve occasionally dabbled in other games like Overwatch, Hearthstone, CSGO and recently Call of Duty, and we’ll continue to write about stories we feel are interesting and relevant in games like those too.
We will continue to write about esports orgs that have origins in the UK too. Orgs like Team Dignitas and Misfits, who might not be in the UK scene nowadays, but played in it or had links there.
We’ve also covered news about streamers, YouTubers and other figures in the community over the past year or so.
They might not be esports players themselves, but if you look at YouTubers like Foxdrop and Gross Gore, they know people in the UK League scene and are friends with several players and people in the scene. Gross Gore has played with UK players in solo queue; Foxdrop has helped cast the ESL UK&Ireland Premiership.
Thus they’re of interest (and/or relevancy) to many people in this scene, there is of course crossover there so we will continue to write about them too. Streamer articles also generate decent traffic – our Gross Gore interview is one of our most popular.
Recently we’ve been covering some of the wider topics in the gaming community, like the following:
- Germany labels Twitch a ‘radio service’, tells streamers they now require a broadcasting license
- YouTubers hacked by OurMine including Foxdrop, NightBlue3 & Kiandymundi
- British swatter faces up to 20 years in prison
They’re not about esports teams or players, but they may be of interest to many people in the UK competitive gaming community, so we’ll cover them.
Those top two stories have also been incredibly successful for us: they’re already among the most-read articles in our history. Popular stories like those help us grow our traffic and our small ad revenues – this helps us to keep doing what we’re doing.
For this reason, we will occasionally cover global stories that aren’t UK-specific but may still be of interest to esports fans here in the UK.
UK esports articles may not generate as many views – writing them alone is just not sustainable. So we have to diversify slightly, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be ignoring the goings on in UK esports.
For me, one of esports’ problems is its often insular approach. Those inside esports can be vocal to change or outside influence. While that’s fine, I feel there’s nothing wrong with taking inspiration from positive areas outside of esports as long as it’s of benefit.
And I feel the same way about content. As long as the content is of interest to our readers, then we’ll continue to produce it.
If it’s not, then we’re doing something wrong – and you should have a go at us.
Lastly, thanks for reading – a news site is nothing without its readers.
TL;DR – we’re covering more news in the wider gaming/streaming community, but won’t be reducing the number of UK esports stories we produce.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League player and WoW RPer, he has written for a range of publications including Games TM, Nintendo Official Magazine, games industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games. He currently works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association.