PVP Live has become the ESPN of eSports, we sat down with CEO Casey Wehr to learn how they’ve grown so fast
eSports are the fastest growing part of the game industry, with major game developers like Blizzard and Activision developing their games with competitive play in mind. eSports tournaments can fill stadiums and draw in thousands of viewers. If they know that a tournament is going on and where they can watch it that is, unfortunately thousands of people miss out on matches simply because they didn’t know they were happening.
What eSports has been sorely lacking is organization like other sports have with the NBA or NFL that set up a schedule that people can follow. All of that has started to change thanks to PvP Live an organization that is looking to change the face of eSports. Creating regular schedules, a 24-hour news network, and more to help people find everything eSports related in one place.
GeekReply had the chance to talk with PVP Live CEO Casey Wehr to talk about how PVP Live came to be and where its headed.
We started talking to Wehr about how he came up with idea of an eSports organization like PVP Live. He told GeekReply that the idea came to him in 2007 while he was in college where he was started becoming heavily interested in the eSports world. That’s when he also realized that there was no one organizing these events, no established leagues, or anything else.
After that he set out to fill that gap in the eSports community eventually bringing PVP Live to the gaming world. That led to our next question for Wehr, what exactly is PVP Live? That was a tough question for him to answer because it is so many things in one fantastic package. At its heart, PVP Live is a center for everything eSports, where fans can tune five days a week to watch their favorite teams.
Wehr told us that early on he reached out to Twitch and its streamers to make a streaming deal with PVP Live. His plan is to help get people into the habit of tuning in at a regular time five days a week to watch matches. His hope is to get people to think of eSports like football something they can tune into five nights a week.
At the moment you check out matches from some of the biggest teams in the industry Monday thru Thursday at 5:00 CT going head to head in games of Hearthstone, League of Legends, and DOTA 2. Teams have been just as excited as fans about the schedule according to Wehr. He told GeekReply PVP Live has been a big hit with eSports teams because of the structure it’s offering up.
We dived into asking Wehr about how the leagues of PVP Live work to get a taste of why its such a hit with teams like Evil Geniuses and dozens of others. Wehr told us that one of the biggest things teams have come to love about his organization is infrastructure that it offers. No one else offers the same clear cut rules and administration as PVP Live.
Teams who want to join select members from within that they want to put in a league at PVP Live signing a contract that protects the players and the site. Joining a league means players are following the same rules at every event without having to worry about constant changes. Wehr told us they also have the added security of an admin team that monitors each event to keep things clean.
As great as PVP Live is for competitive players it’s even better for the fans. Wehr told GeekReply that he plans to create a 24/7 news network on PVP Live similar to ESPN. Keeping fans up to date on everything eSports, giving them in depth looks at players, trades, and so much more. That’s on top of the wealth of information fans can find on every player signed up with PVP Live that includes all of their stats and latest news.
Wehr ended the interview by telling us that eSports fans should keep a close eye on PVP Live for news about their upcoming season and all of the exciting changes they have planned! GeekReply would also like to thank Casey Wehr for talking with us.
Source: PVP Live