Publish Date: 16/07/2021
Fact checked by: Sophie McCarthy
Evil Geniuses, a US based esports organisation is getting into the world of data analysis. They have just announced the launch of a League of Legends esports analytics platform that they had previously been using internally. The new platform is called Factor.gg.
Evil Geniuses have noticed a gap in the market. There are plenty of esports data providers that feed information to esports betting sites, however, there is not enough that exist for fans and pro players. They need data to improve their performance rather than change the odds of a bet. Since this is not a B2B solution for companies, Evil Geniuses have stated that Factor.gg will be free to play.
They are focusing the new site on one of the major esports that they are involved in, League of Legends. They say that there are already basic data services available, but they want to improve on them. They are adding new statistics and extra features so you can analyse every part of a professional event.
They are collecting raw data from both professional and amateur leagues from all around the globe. However, they have announced that they do not have access to any raw data from the League of Legends Pro League, the top-level professional league for League of Legends in China.
It should also be mentioned that this is not meant to replace any other services that you are currently using. They see what they have created as a way to fill a current gap in the market.
The Chief Innovation Officer at Evil Geniuses, Chris DeAppolonio talked about the need for their new service:
“Although our industry is built on ones and zeroes, esports has lagged behind traditional sports in the areas of analytics and fan-focused platforms that provide engaging new stats, insights, and content. With Factor, we’re responding to fan interest in advanced stats and esports analysis and driving a change in how this complex data is accessed and analysed.
“Factor was originally created to be used by EG competitive teams only. Through releasing it to the community, our hope is that Factor sparks further analytical discovery of what defines top talent across competitive League.”
Data analysis has become a central component of the esports industry. This focus on data collection was spearheaded by the esports betting market and now it looks like it is shifting focus towards the fan, pro, and enthusiast sectors.
According to Evil Geniuses, they are using a new grouping of statistical categories as the base of Factor.gg. They are calling it POWR or Performance Objectively Weighted and Rated. This rating is based on over 30 separate statistical categories.
According to the team, this new rating will provide a breakdown of the strength of a player or team in a completely unbiased way. The believe that by breaking it down into their POWR ratings, this will be an easy way for folks to understand the rankings of teams or other competitors.