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 I: theScore Esport
Scores and Fixtures
First out is theScore Esports. They cover 9 different sports: League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike:GO, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Call of Duty, Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros. As you can see by the screenshots they have what you need regarding scores including Final Results and individual Map Results. Coupled with this they have a Stats Tab where you can find individual Player Stats and Team Stats. Last but not least, a tab for Streams of the match.
You will find the usual Match and Map Score. When you click stats on a live match you will find a Net Graph covering Round Development during the map along with Team and Player Stats. They have partial coverage but miss some games and also fail to update the Stream links to matches that are live. Live is where this app struggles to deliver.
The News section is what really makes this application stand out. They employ the largest team of reporters in esports with talent like Kelsey Moser in their writing staff. They only have in-house content in their News Feed.
They have huge library of CSGO and Dota 2 data covering teams from Low to Top Tier. Making it possible to tailor a feed for these two sports particularly good. The other sports are not that comprehensive yet but should be expanded in the future. You can choose Teams, Players, News and Competitions create a feed that is suitable for your needs.
The design of the app is what we look for in a product designed for eSports, delivering the right atmosphere. The app is User-Friendly assuming the user has handled mobile apps before. But even an inexperienced user should easily find their way through the app with smart cognitive button and text placement.