One way to make video games more realistic is to add real people. An eight-team indoor football league in which fans call the teams’ plays, just partnered with a multi-billion dollar online platform to live stream its games during its inception next year.
According to thevideoink.com, the Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL) agreed to a two-year streaming deal with Twitch.
“Interactivity is a big part of where we see live content heading as evidenced by our focus on our Extensions tool which turns spectators on Twitch into active participants,” Twitch’s Sports Lead of Content Acquisition Eric Brunner, told Videoink. “As for whether or not fan-controlled sports will eclipse other types of programming, it is too soon to tell since this is the first major sport to double down on it, but we are excited to see how this innovation plays out.”
In 2017 a group called Project FANchise created the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, an entirely fan controlled indoor football team to join the professional Indoor Football League (IFL). The team’s success led to the idea of an entire league built around fan operated teams.
Another league, Your Call Football was announced last year with the same concept. YCF has two teams, led by former NFL player and ESPN analyst Merril Hoge along with ex-NFL head coach Mike Sherman.
The FCFL will be played seven on seven on a 50 yard field. Fans will be able to vote on plays via Twitch, with the majority outcome being relayed to the quarterback to implement the fans’ selection on the field. The FCFL will launch in 2019, with every game being streamed by Twitch.