I think esports has to be a thing first before we can have a conversation about building a dedicated streaming service for it in Nigeria/Africa (which I honestly do not believe is necessary).
Esports is yet to really take off in Nigeria. If you take a look at what the esports scene was like in America and Asia before the streaming services came along, we’re not close yet.
Esports shares many similarities with traditional sports. Esports is still a type of sport and is enjoyed optimally as such - live and with fans. In more developed regions, for example, there are dedicated esports arenas, similar to the way we have stadiums for football, where the games are being played live on stage with fans cheering while watching on a big screen. That big-screen picture is then streamed via services like Twitch and Mixer. Last year’s Fortnite final was held in a stadium in New York and was attended in person by 19,000 people (a 17-year-old won $3m ), and EA’s Fifa eWorld Cup was attended by many thousands too (winner went home with $250,000).
Not to say that we absolutely need physical gathering for esports to thrive (side-eye corona), but this shows there are bigger challenges and hurdles to be scaled before we get to the point of building a dedicated streaming service.
So in my opinion (sorry it took this long), what we need isn’t a game streaming service, but a more expansive competitive gaming ecosystem/industry. Esports is not the same as game streaming.
One more thing, even if we figure the ecosystem thing out, I am still uncertain as to why we’ll need a dedicated streaming platform. There’s a reason each country doesn’t have its own YouTube and Twitch.