Torque Esports, Frankly, WinView Merge to Form ENGINE Multi-Content Esports Platform

Torque Esports, Frankly, and WinView have agreed to combine to form an integrated news, gaming, sports, and esports platform. The combined company, to be called Engine Media Holdings (ENGINE), [Esports, News, Gaming, Interactive Network, Engagement], will be co-led by Torque Esports CEO Darren Cox and Frankly CEO Lou Schwartz. WinView Executive Chairman Tom Rogers, who also serves as Chairman of Frankly, will serve as Executive Chairman of ENGINE.

The combination of these three companies comes at a pivotal moment for live television and video entertainment. As entertainment programming moves on-demand, live television and video will increasingly focus on sports, news, and esports. These elements of live event media will require new sources of revenue and distribution as subscriber fees from the existing cable and satellite bundle begin to rapidly decline. ENGINE will be dedicated to accelerating these new, live, immersive experiences for consumers that will drive new revenue opportunities for media industry players and expand the options for live content.

The combination of assets of ENGINE will include:

  • Streaming and News Content Management Technology
    • An OTT streaming service of live and on demand news for such media outlets as CNN and Vice, over 1200 local broadcast stations across the US, reaching over 75% of US households, offering first-party data and digital advertising sales across its network for many news clients such as Newsweek.
    • A full content management system for news operations that enables them to repurpose their live linear newscasts and offer necessary consumer interface elements and advertising inventory for distribution via mobile and connected TV devices – including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire.
  • Esports, Mobile Gaming Experience, and Intellectual Property
    • Developers of the official Formula 1 racing game, Eden Games
    • Stream Hatchet, a leading business intelligence platform for esports that provides data and analytics about esport fan engagement across all leading streaming platforms such as Twitch and YouTube, and provides brands and rights holders targeted insights about consumer esport trends
    • A state of the art esports arena for staging live global and local competitions in Miami

    • The WinView app, which allows TV viewers to play games of skill in real time while they watch sports live on TV and win cash prizes
    • The WinView patent portfolio (68 issued patents with more than 1200 patent claims plus additional pending applications), a foundational set of patents relating to, among other things, mobile “in play” games of skill and sports betting related to live sports and esports
    • Allinsports, a leading provider of high end esport racing simulators developed by ex-Ferrari engineers
    • The “World’s Fastest Gamer” esport franchise, which has aired on both CNBC and ESPN
    • A wide daily array of esports tournaments around games ranging from “Call of Duty” to “NBA 2k20” that award cash prizes through the UMG esports platform.