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QYOU launches HUD esports channel on IGTV

HeadsUpDailyTV aims to boost the brand’s global presence

QYOU Media is expanding the global reach of its HUD format by introducing HeadsUpDailyTV on the new IGTV platform.

Launched last year, HUD is an esports and video game entertainment platform that already reaches 500,000 viewers. Each daily episode of HUD includes a line-up of guests – from esports professionals to game developers and popular streamers on YouTube and Twitch – to discuss tournament recaps, esports top plays, and all of the hot topics in the world of gaming.

New episodes will be available on IGTV each weekday in a vertical video format that can be watched from mobile devices.

Esports has exploded in recent years and is estimated to reach an audience of 427 million globally by 2019. The new HeadsUpDailyTV channel launches ahead of the largest global esports tournament – The International Dota 2 Championships – which takes place in August, 2018.

“Esports is a growing phenomenon and one that HUD has a leading edge on as one of the major sources of entertainment and news surrounding the players and tournaments,” said Curt Marvis, CEO and co-founder of QYOU Media. “HUD is most popular with younger, mobile-first audiences and therefore bringing the format to channels like IGTV is crucial to expanding the audience reach. Instagram just hit 1 billion active users this month, providing huge potential to grow the HUD audience and drive sponsorship opportunities in the future.”

HUD is licensed to World Poker Tour (WPT) Distribution USA and is also available on Super Channel’s GINX esports TV Canada.