After the recent announcement of Twitch Prime expanding its reach to 200 countries, Twitch, the gaming-centered video platform, is taking aim at first person shooter enthusiasts. After renewing its partnership with DreamHack in March for the ninth year in a row, it’s now announced an exclusive multi-year broadcasting partnership with professional esports team OpTic Gaming. While most attention in esports seems to fall on multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm, Optic, a two-time X-Games champion, predominately plays first-person and third-person shooters. The new partnership aims to expand Twitch’s shooter-game audience.
“First and third-person shooters are what jump-started competitive online gaming as a phenomenon and are a catalyst in making esports what it is today,” said John Howell, VP of Global Partnerships at Twitch. “In the last year alone, we have seen shooter-game tournaments set viewership records and contribute to the meteoric rise of new FPS/TPS games on Twitch. By partnering with OpTic Gaming, an acclaimed fixture in the competitive shooter scene, we are able to ensure our large community of shooter game fans don’t have to go far to see the best the genre has to offer.”
In addition to broadcasting OpTic Gaming’s roster of professional players, Twitch will collaborate with OpTic Gaming to build each streamer’s presence on the platform and elevate the streamer experience for each player and their viewers.
“OpTic content is curated across multiple platforms, but when it comes to a daily destination for live streaming, we see great value in leveraging Twitch’s strength of bringing gaming communities together,” said Ryan “OpTicJ” Musselman, COO of OpTic Gaming.