For the uninitiated, Liquipedia is probably the most useful gizmo in all of esports. It tracks tournaments and gamers, in addition to key details about the video games being performed themselves. Starting initially as a approach to assist folks be taught StarCraft: Brood War builds, Liquipedia is now the go-to supply for info on Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments, in addition to seven different prime aggressive video games. In the close to future, will probably be increasing to cowl its one huge hole – League of Legends.
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It received’t be the primary to do that, as locations like Leaguepedia already present an analogous service, however they don’t have the identical pedigree or construction that Liquipedia can provide. Liquipedia itself has a fan-run version below the alpha program, but it surely’s getting extra assist quickly.
“There’s so much opportunity for expansion,” Victor Goossens says, who’s also referred to as Liquid`Nazgul, co-owner of Team Liquid. “We’ve actually not had a League of Legends Wiki because there are a couple of those already in existence but they are facing a lot of trouble so we are working on entering that scene as well. We didn’t want to enter it when it wasn’t needed, we believe it’s needed now, so we’re gonna be doing that.”
From a private perspective, this has been a very long time coming, as researching each different esport has been considerably simpler than it has been for League of Legends as a result of Liquipedia. For Team Liquid and Goossens, it’s merely the place the web site facet of the enterprise is earning profits as of late.
“[The wikis] are doing amazing, during The International we actually had our biggest day on our wikis ever, I think it was 600,000 uniques on a single day. So they’re doing great, we truly believe in the long-term model of the wikis. It’s incredibly hard to beat that crowd-sourcing information type of setup.”
There’s no signal of stopping, both. “I honestly feel like our wikis are the right model to keep growing indefinitely with esports. Absolutely they’re a huge business opportunity.”
This comes because the life cycle of group web sites, which is how Team Liquid started again within the early 00s devoted to Brood War, reaches a nadir. “On the community end of websites it’s kinda hard to compete with Reddit. Our community websites, they’re doing fine, but I think there’s just limited long-term business opportunities there. Which is ok, you don’t want to leave those websites behind, I’m always a guy that tries to finish what they start so we’ll always keep running those.”
However, the way forward for Liquid’s web sites isn’t solely these two issues – group information and wikis, that’s. Goossens is instruments and weirder concepts as the way forward for on-line funding. “I also think we’ll be looking to launch more, different types of websites. Even though the community and news websites [are] hard to do at the moment we still believe that if you develop a website around [specific tools] for new games [there is a lot of opportunity there.]”
Goossens didn’t give a date for Liquipedia’s growth however given he was pleased to speak to us about it, it shouldn’t be far off.