The App Battle Series:
Following eSports can be a hassle with all the different sports, competitions and matches going on 24/7. So we decided to make an app comparison involving five of the most popular apps among eSports fans. We will go through and rank the following areas we consider to be of importance to the user to determine which is the best app:
- Scores and Fixtures
- Customization (Able to create your own profile)
- GUI – Graphical User Interface
Part III: Strafe
Scores and Fixtures
Strafe cover 5 different eSports. While its not a lot they do cover the most important ones: Counter-Strike:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, Starcraft 2 and Hearthstone. They deliver Fixtures, Match and Map Results for Mid and Top Tier for these eSports in a convenient manner as seen in the picture. On top of that they also have a tab for Tournament and League information.
The live leave alot to be desired, very similar to theScore Esports app. For example this match between Space Soldiers and Pride Gaming still stands on 1-0 in Strafe app while the game is actually over, 16-6 16-3 2-0 Space Soldiers. But as you can see by the picture they report Match and Map Result along with Player Stats and some historical Team Stats. So overall the coverage look good, but is not updated the way we would like for a live feature.
From what I’ve gathered they don’t have any in-house writers. All content they have in their News Feed is gathered from various sources like official team sites, GosuGamers etc. It’s better than nothing in my opinion, even though I prefer theScore Esport News section over a solution like this. A major minus with this solution is that you get Re-directed to the source of the article and that source is Non-responsive so you need to fit it to the screen of your device manually. Not something I like to do in 2016.
It is possible to create your own feed based on eSport, Team and Players. Highlighting will give you push notifications for the teams or players you like, such as delivering the Final Result, showing Upcoming and Finished Matches. You have the option to filter out any eSport you are not interested in.
The design of the app is nice and manage to deliver the right atmosphere. The app is User-Friendly assuming the user has handled mobile apps before.