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ESPN Shuts Down Esports Division

ESPN Shuts Down Esports Division

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SPN has announced it will shut down its entire Esports editorial division amid the latest round of job cuts from the Disney-owned company.

This comes after ESPN announced it was set to cut another 500 jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to cut tens of millions of dollars in salary costs.

ESPN Esports delivered daily news coverage of the industry after being launched in 2016 but will now no longer publish any new news articles and its social media accounts will no longer be updated but will still remain visible.

An ESPN spokesperson told The Esports Observer the company will still continue to cover esports news and events but will do so as part of its broader team, after already being forced to use syndicated content from Reuters for the majority of its news coverage.

“We have made the difficult decision to cease operations for our dedicated daily esports editorial and content,” the ESPN spokesperson said.

“We recognise esports as an opportunity to expand our audience, and we’ll continue to do so through coverage from the broader team for major events, breaking news, and coverage,” they said.

When ESPN’s latest round of job cuts was announced, ESPN Esports writers Tyler Erzberger and Emily Rand announced their departures, along with editor Sean Morrison and video producer Thomas Tischio.

An esports industry expert, Chris Smith, suggested on his LinkedIn that the dedicated esports writers would likely make more successful careers for themselves working in a “solo field”, as ESPN Esports editorial “just haven’t been able to match what individuals or small groups have achieved”.

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