Huawei has confirmed that its smart virtual assistant, Huawei Assistant becomes the first virtual smartphone assistant to support an Esports ‘card’, providing the latest scores, results, and news of major gaming events, leagues, and tournaments from the globe.
Huawei Assistant is an AI-based one-stop tool that quickly helps users find services and information they need from one place at a single swipe of the phone’s home screen.
This new support for the Huawei Assistant comes under an exclusive partnership with live score app developer SofaScore to integrate its new Esports API into the Assistant.
According to the information, the esports market is growing rapidly across Europe, with goal revenues estimated to reach 1.1 billion USD and a global audience of 495 million viewers in the next three years.
SofaScore is now available on AppGallery, provides detailed sports data and analytics provided in real-time from sports events, leagues, and championships all over the world. It is available in over 30 languages and covers more than 20 disciplines with over 20 million monthly active users.
The new Esports function will provide Huawei smartphone users with all the information they need to keep up with the latest in three major leagues:
- CS: GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive);
- Dota 2 (Defense of the Ancients 2)
- LoL (League of Legends).
How to use the Esport on your Huawei Assistant:
Huawei Assistant users can use the Esports, by adding new Moments to the cards and subscribe to a specific card
Users can specifically mark the Esports games, teams, or topics they are interested in tracking, and the AI Tips function in Huawei Assistant will ensure they receive results and real-time alerts for these choices.
SofaScore will also provide links to live streams of games in the card feature, and these can be displayed on multiple platforms, depending on the league, game, category, or the owner of the tournament. Streams typically feature on major platforms⁴.
“Interest in Esports is booming and has now even accelerated in part thanks to many people spending more time at home. Players, enthusiasts, and occasional viewers are increasingly expecting being able to easily follow and watch Esports on their mobiles, particularly younger generations, many of whom are located in the Nordic countries and in Eastern and Central Europe,” commented Derek Yu, VP Huawei CEE & Nordic at Huawei Consumer BG. “By coming to this exclusive partnership with SofaScore, we are bringing the exciting world of Esports to Huawei smartphone users. They can now easily keep up with the latest action, scores and fixtures, through the virtual Assistant and in real time.”
Global Esports revenues will grow to $1.1 billion in 2020, a year-on-year growth of +15.7%, up from $950.6 million in 2019; Global Esports Market Report 2020; Newzoo
According to the data, SofaScore’s Esports card is available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmal, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
Streams typically feature on major platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Gaming, Huya, and Bilibili in China.
“SofaScore is all about providing the best user experience in following and enjoying sports. We go to great lengths to not only listen to our users but also to give them that extra mile. Our partnership with Huawei is a true testament to that philosophy. We’ve ventured into esports by providing the best possible experience for our current and new users. The results we’ve seen so far proves we are going in the right direction”, said Ivan Bešlić, COO at SofaScore
AppGallery is a smart and innovative ecosystem that allows developers to create unique experiences for consumers. Our unique HMS Core allows Apps to be integrated across different devices, delivering more convenience and a smoother experience – and this is part of our wider “1+8+N” strategy at Huawei.
With AppGallery, our vision is to make it an open, innovative app distribution platform that is accessible to consumers, and at the same time, strictly protects users’ privacy and security while providing them with a unique and smart experience.
Being one of the top three app marketplaces globally, AppGallery offers a wide variety of global and local Apps across 18 categories including navigation & transport, news, social media, and more.
AppGallery is available in more than 170 countries and regions with over 530 million monthly active users globally. Huawei partnered with 2.3 million developers across the globe, and in 2020 the total downloads from AppGallery have reached 384.4 billion times.