TriplePoints of Interest – Week of January 11

The world’s most famous YouTuber starts his own multi-channel network, Amazon Prime offers gamers a sweet discount on pre-orders and new launches, and ESPN launches their new eSports segment – all on this week’s TPoI!

PewDiePie’s New Network

The internet’s biggest star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg is soon unveiling Revelmode, his own multi-channel network. With over 40 million subscribers, PewDiePie is the most popular YouTuber in the world releasing daily videos of his comedic video game reactions and playthroughs. Revelmode will be primarily producing YouTube videos, but will also work on “game development, philanthropic programs, commercial partnerships and merchandise.”  Kjellberg’s new network will include many of his YouTube friends including CinnamonToastKen, CutiePieMarzia, JackSpecticEye and Markiplier to name a few, reports TechCrunch. As a member of Disney’s own video network, PewDiePie’s Revelmode will be backed and supported by Maker Studios. So far, the network is off to strong start, utilizing the combined star power of its members, sitting at around 75 million subscribers.

Gamers Might Want to Check Out Amazon Prime…

Amazon Prime is now offering Prime members a 20% discount on all video game pre-orders and new releases. New releases will be defined as two weeks following a game’s launch and the deal is valid for physical copies including special editions (but excluding console bundles unfortunately). At $99.99 a year, Amazon Prime offers a huge package of benefits and now will be competing against programs like Best Buy’s Gamer’s Club Unlocked and GameStop’s PowerUp Rewards Pro, notes Polygon. If that’s not enough to convince you into a subscription, Amazon is also cutting the price of Prime to $73 this weekend in celebration of it’s two Golden Globe awards for it’s original show “Mozart in the Jungle.”

ESPN Gets Serious About eSports 

Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick isn’t the only one who wants to build the “ESPN of video games.” ESPN today launched ESPN Esports – a dedicated news segment covering professional video game leagues and tournaments. According to the LA Times, initial hires for the site include Darin Kwilinski (former managing editor at Azubu), Rod Breslau (former senior editor of theScore) and Tyler Erzberger (also from theScore). Writers will be making appearances on ESPN’s shows such as SportsCenter beginning with the upcoming League of Legends 2016 Season start.