After own3d.tv‘s untimely demise following numerous streamers revealing the company’s poor business practices, streamers and viewers alike have been looking for a new home for spectator gaming. While many streamers have successfully transitioned to own3d.tv‘s former competitor Twitch.tv, others have made the jump to a new challenger to the streaming business: AZUBU.tv.
Azubu, a German/Korean video game media company, has been involved in e-sports for the past two years. Azubu began by sponsoring major Korean tournaments, and then by sponsoring two League of Legends teams – Azubu Frost and Azubu Blaze, now known as CJ Entus Frost and CJ Entus Blaze) and multiple Starcraft 2 players including viOLet and Symbol. However, earlier this year, Azubu surprised everyone by not renewing its contracts with its League of Legends teams and announcing a partnership with American team Counter-Logic Gaming (CLG) to create a new streaming platform. Now, three months later, AZUBU.tv is up and running and bringing in tens-of-thousands of viewers already.
AZUBU.tv offers a cloud-based streaming platform that replaces traditional buffering methods. It also features tailor-made experiences for different devices, listing computers, tablet PCs, smart phones, and smart TV as examples on the AZUBU.tv website. The site features primarily Starcraft 2 and League of Legends streamers (Each of the members of CLG hold a spot on the top-10 watched streams), but is likely to expand to Dota 2 and World of Tanks players soon.
AZUBU.tv has a nice and clean interface, and I’ve yet to experience any problems watching the streams in high definition. The website itself can be a bit confusing to navigate, but that’s a small complaint compared to the level of quality AZUBU.tv offers – especially for a brand-new service.
As the streaming service to fill own3d.tv’s spot as twitch.tv’s main competitor, AZUBU.tv is on its way to being a big name in the streaming community.