According to GamesIndustry.biz, at this week's Leaders' Sport Business Summit, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (Booooooooooo) addressed the interests of the League with regards to the competitive video gaming format.
|eSports is becoming a big venture.|
"We envision something that would augment a fan's affinity to his team because ultimately I could envision a league-wide competition where each club runs a competition to see who will be represented in the equivalent of our championship but for our eSport game."Currently the NHL has an exclusive video game relationship with publisher Electronic Arts (EA), a publicly traded entity presently valued at over $20.4 billion. While EA's eSports focus to this point has been on the popular FIFA and Madden franchises, Bettman indicated that there have been ongoing talks over the past year to bring the NHL's action into the fray.
Potentially exciting news if you spend a considerable amount of time in the EASHL.