Event business launching Australian esports league

Is this an esports league or a marketing exercise?

From Mumbrella:

Franchise teams will compete weekly at dedicated eSports venues, with each event broadcast live online and across other TV and media platforms.

Commencing in summer of 2018, the new franchise teams areĀ Adelaide Photonics, Brisbane Deceptors, Melbourne Metattak, Melbourne Rebolte, Perth Subnets, Sydney Blue Surge and Sydney Opsydian.

I’m generally a positive customer, but there’s not much I can pull from this that looks good.

Everything about this screams of a team who don’t know games and are trying to guess what fans would like. But why only pander to a niche — a niche that doesn’t really exist in the way they seem to think — instead of create something that makes the whole idea feel welcoming, with team names that sound like any classic ‘support your local team’ sports environment, not some cyber-weird alt-punk world that no one feels at home in.

I’d love city-based esports leagues to take off. This just feels so marketing driven by people who are trying to reach ‘young people’ they don’t currently reach, missing that these people have an amazing radar for cynical marketing ploys.

Build the esports league. Do that well and people who already love esports will come. Build it in a way that opens up the fandom to non-endemic fans and you’ll build something that goes well beyond the niche.