theScore esports Daily (Jan. 15): Kinguin reportedly call it quits as TaZ allegedly helps create new org and Riot's updated esports platform gets flak from community

by Dimitri Pascaluta Jan 15 2019
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Team Kinguin reportedly shuts down, TaZ, sawik and Wanli to create new organization

According to a Google translation of a report by Esports Mania's Tomek Chomczyk, Team Kinguin has called it quits.

According to Chomczyk, the announcement was made during a press conference in Warsaw, where it was revealed that the Polish organization would be closing its doors after years of competing in games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike and Dota 2.

A new organization will be established in Kinguin's place, said Chomczyk, whose operators are legendary Counter-Strike player Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, esports journalist Maciej Sawicki and Viktor Romaniuk Wanli, owner of Kinguin company. The organization has yet to reveal its name.

Summit1g overtakes Ninja in Twitch subscriptions

On Monday, Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar surpassed popular Twitch streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins in Twitch subscriptions, according to Twitch Stats, a third-party API tracker.

In the spring of last year, Ninja had the most subscriptions on Twitch (roughly a quarter million). As of yesterday, Twitch Stats listed Ninja as having approximately 41,950 subscribers, making him the second most subscribed streamer behind Summit1g, who was listed as having just under 42,950 subscribers.

Today, at of the time of publishing, the gap has nearly doubled, with Summit1g sitting at 44,278 — as opposed to Ninja's 42,248.

Content creators critical of Riot's updated esports platform

Various third-party content creators have condemned Riot Games' decision to remove match histories from their newly revised esports platform.

Despite giving the lolesports website a much-needed makeover for the 2019 season — as well as integrating it with the League of Legends blog platform Nexus and giving it its own new watch page — Riot also removed match histories from each regional pro league.

Notable creators who rely on such histories for the creation of their own product, such as Rheingold River at Leaguepedia and the team behind the reputed post-match threads in the League Reddit community, have been critical of the change.

In an addition to his Reddit post, River clarified that Riot claimed it would be reinstating match histories at some point, citing a Q&A posted by Riot on the Nexus blog earlier this month. Here Riot claimed that they are still attempting to determine what is the best way to approach the feature for 2019, and that an update on the situation would be issued later this year.

Dimitri Pascaluta is a content creator for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.