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The Brands eSports Influencers Have Been Talking About

by | Jan 26, 2017 | Influencer Lists,

In partnership with eSports Europe, taking place April 5-6 in London, we have been looking at the changing conversations of top eSports influencers over the course of 2015 and 2016. We wanted to learn which brands are making it into the industry discussions? And which have seen the most significant rise in conversation? To do this we analsyed the conversations over the last 2 years among the eSports influencer identified in our eSports blogs and counted the number of mentions of the major brands active in the eSports space. Be sure to click the graph to see the image in more detail:
Onalytica - eSports Brand Mentions
It’s interesting to see the growth in conversations as a whole from 2015 to 2016. Microsoft and Playstation in particular have seen considerable increase in the number of mentions, quickly followed by Samsung and Intel. Other brands making great improvements in their share of voice among the top influencers are Nintendo, Razer and Acer.

Here is an example of the network of influencers mentioning or talking to Acer in the context of eSports. This map was created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM).

Onalytica - eSPorts influencers mentioning Acer - Network map

Here is another network map showing influencers mentioning Microsoft in the context of eSports:
Onalytica - eSports influencers mentioning Microsoft - Network map

Top 10 Influencers Mentioning eSports Brands

RankTwitter HandleNameInfluencer Score
1@darrenrovellDarren Rovell100
4@FionnOnFireThe Esports Writer23.67
6@Relay_RTsRelay RTs 35k14.67
7@BjergsenSøren Bjerg9.33
8@RiotQuickshotTrevor Henry7.33
9@TravisGaffordTravis Gafford5.33
10@JWongggEcho Fox Justin Wong5.00

Latest research on the global eSports market is that it is now worth $892 million and should exceed $1 billion in 2017 according to Superdata research. The rapid pace of eSports’ growth at present allows the prediction that a year-on-year growth of the eSports economy will be by 43%.

Effective influencer marketing starts with identifying relevant influencers for your brand. Onalytica’s new Discovery platform mines over 200 billion posts a year into a curated database of over 150K global social media influencers, including data from Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn Profile Links + Demographic Data. These influencers are then ranked by Reach, Resonance, Relevance and Reference.


Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The brands and individuals listed are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion around eSports.

The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations also take into account a user’s resonance (engagement), relevance (number of tweets on topic) and reach (number of followers). If you want to learn more, please read our article that outlines influencer identification.