First ESPN-Style Ticker Arrives for Esports Streaming

The first ESPN-style information ticker is about to hit esports streams. The esports platform Skillz plans to launch their new app of scrolling text in time with the 38th anniversary of ESPN's first broadcast.

Much like the information presented in ESPN's SportsCenter ticker, the new esports ticker will run real-time data. The big difference between the Skillz ticker and say, a ticker that appears on football or basketball broadcasts, is the Skillz app will customize the information presented for each streamer, in each title they stream.

According to Skillz CEO Andres Paradise, the ticker will keep viewers up-to-date on their individual rank as compared to their peers, remaining prizes in the game, all-time scores, and more. The ticker will also run advertisements and other information relevant to the stream.

A relatively young business, Skillz was founded in 2012 and has quickly become one of the fastest-growing companies in America. It was the first company in esports to top the INC 500 list and be named among the CNBC Disruptor 50.

The creation of the ticker sets Skillz apart and proves their prowess in esports tech. Its launch comes just after the company was granted a patent for the tech that runs their esports tournament platform, Skillz Arena.

The ticker was released on September 7. It is compatible with popular esports streams such as Amazon's Twitch and Google's YouTube. The ticker app is not free, nor is it available for purchase. To get the ticker streamers have first to create an account which involves partnering with Skillz.

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