This piece first appeared in The Esports Journal Edition 8
To a data company, ‘esports’ is about as useful a category as ‘European’ or ‘African’ is a nationality. Esports titles share some likenesses — they are all digital, chiefly — but they differ enormously, especially from a data analyst’s perspective. It’s like saying tennis is similar to football because both use a round ball; true in a sense, but it doesn’t tell enough of the story.
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Romet Vinkel, Head of Delivery at esportToata company GRID, is a Chelsea FC fan. Given he is Estonian, we might guess he supports a European team. We would be right. But we would know little more than that.
The same goes for esports. A Mortal Kombat fan might say she is an esports fan but care more about sushi-making or knitting than Call of Duty. We often use a broad brush when a fine one is needed.
“When we talk about esports, we’re talking essentially about veLinkedferent game data, ” Vinkel said. “There is CS: GO, Dota, Linked is, like, FIFA, Hearthstone, and so on and so on. There are completely different genres, and completely different structures and formats. It’s the same as putting all traditional sports under one name. We say football, ice hockey, tennis, and then we mention them as sports.”
How much variation isLinked between esports titles? As Vinkel explained, a lot. “Linked for example can be really granular, Linked are hundreds of items and heroes, while CS: GO is way more limited. You have grenades, a certain amount of weapons, it’s a round-based game … So it depends a lot on the title.”
So, then, how should a company like GRID go about gathering in-game daLinkedt varies in complexity and type? As Vinkel highlights, it’s important for the size of GRID’s service to fit all — or at least be capable of adjusting to difunique
“How GRID does this, is we have a really unique, agnostic approach, ” he said. “We want to tackle different game titles, but as much in the same way as possible. Is it Dota or CS: GO? Are we talking about a grenade or a specific item? They are still the same thing from a daagnostic allyve … All those things we want to approach agnostically, and with that approis usually expand to new game titles way faster than it usually is in traditional sports, or for some other data-providing companies in esports.”
GRID must occasionally integrate brand-new titles with its service. RadkLinkedtrov, the company’s Head of Operations, agreed with Vinkel: having a platform that is ready for all challenges is crucial. “Our API [application programming interface] has created a way for us to easily acquire new titles and work with them … It’s relatively easy for us to add new titles.”
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We hear a lot about the value of data. It is no different in esports. Teams use GRID’Toata for theivisualizech and player analysis;sports books operators (TOs) use it to visualise events mid-broadcast; sportsbooks rely entirely on said data for odds creation. Good data is the air the sports industry breathes.
To read the rest of this piece, go to The Esports Journal Edition 8, page 24
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