Have you been wondering: Where will I be able to watch the FCFL? Well, we’ve got your answer: We’ve signed a multi-year exclusive broadcast deal with Twitch for the 2019 & 2020 seasons!!
All FCFL games will be live-streamed on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for gamers and eSports, available on mobile, desktop, and tablet. The FCFL has also teamed up with two industry titans: IMG Original Content and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) who will be supporting the league with their unparalleled expertise in sports and entertainment.
Via a custom Twitch Extension, which is a Twitch-exclusive feature used to create interactive video overlays for viewers on desktop and in the FCFL app, fans will call all of the plays in real time for the eight teams in the new league. The outcome of each fan vote will be relayed to the quarterback and executed on the field. In addition to play calling, the FCFL is putting fans in the General Manager role for the first time in sports, allowing them to determine each team’s name, logo, coach, and the players that make the roster. It’s a video game brought to life and built from the ground up for Twitch.
“Twitch is the ideal service to marry a digital viewing experience with an interactive voting, sharing, and discussion mechanism,” said Sohrob Farudi, Chief Executive Officer of the FCFL. “The FCFL is the first real-life video game and digitally-native sports league that thrives on fan interaction with players, coaches and other fans, and interaction with the games being played on the field. There is no better service to host the world’s first interactive, fan-controlled sports league than Twitch.”
Twitch is the world’s leading social video service and community for gamers. Each day, millions of community members gather to watch, talk, and chat about shared interests. Twitch’s video service is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for all types of content, including the entire video game ecosystem, the creative arts, vlogging (IRL), and more.
“Twitch is the epicenter for innovation when it comes to adding live interactive elements to entertainment,” said Eric Brunner, Sports Lead of Content Acquisition, Twitch. “The Fan-Controlled Football League illustrates this by being the first traditional sport that lets Twitch viewers control the plays being made on the field. Given the premise of their league, it made sense to partner with the FCFL to ensure our global audience can see the future of fan-driven sports.”
The FCFL’s eight teams will all play in the same ultra-high-tech, state-of-the-art production studio. Games will be one-hour in length, creating a more bite-sized array of content for fans to consume. The FCFL will feature seven-on-seven competition on a 50-yard field, creating a fast-paced, open style of play conducive to an action-packed sixty minutes of football. A $1,000,000+ prize purse will be shared between the players, coaches, and fans of the championship team.
IMG Original Content will produce all of the live game broadcasts. IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions.
“The FCFL is truly revolutionizing the fan experience,” said Michael Antinoro, SVP Programming and Production, IMG. “We are excited to be a part of this game-changing league and look forward to telling the compelling stories of the games, the players, and most importantly – the fans.”
FCFL Co-Founder and Chief Gaming Officer Patrick Dees further added, “We are reinventing the sport of football for the digital age: games will be faster, shorter, more accessible, and fan driven. What better place to showcase that experience than on Twitch, where interaction is core to their ethos.”
Twitch + Football = Fan Controlled Football!!