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FAN Take: Closing the Gap Between Athletes and Gamers

Posted on December 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Yesterday Twitch made a pretty big announcement that we think will get gamers and football fans alike excited. Twitch Rivals will be hosting a multi-stage esports event that pairs 16 of your favorite streamers with NFL players to compete in various tournaments over the next two months, leading up to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Broadcasts will air every Tuesday, but aside from that, we don’t know much else. The 16 streamers and NFL players have yet to be announced, and the only confirmed game they will play is Fortnite. While we wish we had some more information to work with, we’re excited to see how it plays out. This announcement shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise though – Thursday Night Football has only gotten better since being added to Twitch and Amazon Prime (with co-streamers like Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar), and Twitch was named the official streaming provider for the Las Vegas Raiders.

We think this is a smart move by both the NFL and our partner, Twitch. We’ve found that there is quite an overlap between football fans and gamers – which of course is part of why the Fan Controlled Football League was formed. But do fans in the FCFL want to see a similar venture? That was a rhetorical question – we’ve actually covered this before, and the fan feedback for an FCFL version of the Fortnite Pro-Am was essentially one giant ‘YES!’ But how do the fans want to see that built upon? Maybe have the competition run throughout the off-season, culminating with the winners getting a trip to Las Vegas to see their teams start the season off with a bang? What about a mini-version of ‘The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars’ where our fans get to face off directly against their favorite players in physical competitions, as opposed to working with them? The possibilities are endless here at the FCFL, so let us know what you want to see, fans!

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