The game formerly known as eSports Boxing Club (ESBC) has officially changed to Undisputed, according to a YouTube video posted to the game’s official account featuring studio head Ash Habib.
The game has also changed its grip on all social media platforms.
The video detailing the name change and the reason behind it can be found below:
As Habib mentioned, the game’s original name could have been considered a bit confusing. While eSports has taken off and become one of the most successful parts of the video game industry, the term is associated exclusively with competitive gaming.
With eSports being defined more and more specifically, it probably isn’t in a publisher’s best interest to release a game with the term in its title unless the competitive demographic of gaming is the sole target.
Undisputed aims to feed an eSports audience, but not exclusively. The game has featured an extensive create-a-fighter suite, large roster, and career mode. It seems that Undisputed should be a more complete boxing experience for both competitive game fans and casuals and those interested in a more realistic, yet single player journey.
The biggest question about Undisputed is when it will be released. We still don’t have a concrete date and many fans are feeling anxious and discouraged by the lack of information on this front. Boxing video game fans have seen projects like this come and go for the past decade without an actual release.
It seems that the delay on concrete information about a release could be related to the game pending a connection with a powerful publisher. The project has grown significantly since it was originally announced and it has attracted a lot of attention.
Undisputed is no longer a small indie project and the developers of Steel City may be waiting for the right partnership to take it to the next level. It’s doubtful that agreements with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Terence Crawford, Tyson Fury, Todd Grisham and others will pass through the board without official release.