Article reported here on Esports Observer. Image credit: ESPN
Esports Observer has a detailed article covering the issue, but with ESPN laying off 10% of its workforce in the current Covid situation and the esports editorial desk already facing budget cuts, it looks like the cost-cutting needs put the nail in the head of ESPN’s esports.
Going forward the article states that they’ll be using syndicated content from Reuters.
Interestingly most of ESPN’s Twitch content (all bar 25 of the 288 shows) generated less than 1,000 viewers, which is unsurprising given the demographic differences between the existing brand and intended audience.