When live sports paused in March, sports-media outlets like ESPN looked to esports to fill some of the gaps.
The network covered championships, livestreaming contests on Twitch, and expanded into general gaming coverage.
So, some ESPN staffers were shocked when they were told earlier this month that the company was shutting down its esports division, as a part of a broader round of layoffs.
My colleagues Dan Whateley and Ashley Rodriguez spoke with laid-off employees and industry insiders about ESPN's abrupt exit.
"It was kind of shocking," one laid-off staffer said. "All of us working for esports thought we were working on building something that was very important for ESPN's future. We really showed that during the pandemic."
Ultimately, insiders said that business problems at ESPN beyond the pandemic got in the way.
Esports was a harder sell for sponsors than other major sports which had much larger followings at ESPN, two sources said.
An ESPN spokesperson declined to comment on the financials but said: "Our dedicated, daily esports coverage ultimately was unable to achieve the reach or scale to break through or make a meaningful impact, so we've made the decision to put resources elsewhere."
Though the spokesperson said ESPN would continue to cover esports in some capacity, insiders said they were skeptical the company could maintain a meaningful foothold.
"Esports is essentially over at ESPN because of the cuts they've made," a second laid-off staffer said.
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Amanda Krause from Insider reported that in 2017, an independent beauty brand raised over $370,000 to create Lisa Frank makeup — and when the deal fell through, thousands of backers were left without products, information, and the money they donated.
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