NHL Holding Talks With EA Sports Over Possible Esports Venture
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Senior VP/Strategic Initiatives Zach Leonsis said the NHL is "exploring esports as a category," and they are having "active conversations with EA Sports to figure out if something could potentially fit" that would be similar to the NBA 2K League or FIFA eWorld Cup, according to Adam Zielonka of the WASHINGTON TIMES. The gaming community for EA Sports' "NHL" series is "not yet as widespread as for other sports titles" like "NBA 2K" and "FIFA." The Capitals launched their "Caps Gaming" brand in November, but the franchise still "has a longer way to go" than its MS&E counterpart, the NBA 2K league's Wizards District Gaming. Caps Gaming signed John "JohnWayne" Casagranda as an ambassador, making him the "first professional gamer signed by an NHL team." Caps Gaming yesterday arranged a "one-on-one match" of EA Sports' "NHL 20" between Casagranda and Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov and livestreamed it on Twitch. However, it "remains to be seen where Caps Gaming goes from here," as the league "might not invest more resources into esports, and rather leave it up to individual teams as it currently does" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/16).
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