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ESPORTS GETS ITS NEXT STAMP OF APPROVAL — FROM HIP-HOP STARS

By Matt Foley March 7, 2019 OZY It was a simple session of Fortnite: Battle Royale, but the players were anything but normal. Hip-hop biggies Drake and Travis Scott were on esports megastar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ Twitch stream. Their March 2018 session broke records on the Amazon-owned platform, with over 600,000 concurrent viewers watching. That famous […]

100 Thieves adds former Activision exec as its e-sports empire grows

By Andrew Webster  Feb 20, 2019 The Verge It’s been a busy few months for 100 Thieves. In October, the e-sports group participated in the League of Legends world championship in its first year of existence, and later that month Drake and producer Scooter Braun signed on as co-owners. Since then, the company has continued to expand, […]

Global esports revenues to top US $1 billion in 2019

By: Trent Murray Feb 12, 2019 Esports Observer Newzoo’s 2019 Global Esports Market Report projects that worldwide esports revenues will hit $1.1B USD this year, with North America accounting for $409.1M. The report projects that 82% of total revenue will come from brand investments. According to Newzoo, total esports revenues in 2018 reached $865M. Gaming […]

With big ambitions, and tighter security, Madden NFL esports scene moves on from Jacksonville shooting

By Noah Smith February 5 2019 Washington Post REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Two city police cars stalked the venue’s parking lot. An officer guarded the door. Inside, airport-style security greeted all entrants. A seated woman reviewed driver’s licenses and issued wristbands while a man with an earpiece and military bearing kept careful watch, backed up by several other […]

Marquette announces that esports will be a varsity sport next year

Marquette University has announced it will offer esports as a varsity sport in fall of 2019. University president Michael Lovell made the announcement in his annual address Wednesday, and John Steppe of the Marquette Wire published the story first. “Being named after an explorer means it’s in Marquette’s DNA to define the opportunities of tomorrow and […]

eSports Through Gaming History

Playing video games has not been so long ago seen only as a way to entertain yourself and kill some time. However, the advancement in technology and the popularity of these games turned into what people call eSports, a series of organized competitions where the best gamers in the world play popular games against each […]

Soulja Boy Wants His Own ‘Fortnite’ and ‘Overwatch’ Esports Teams

BYGAVIN EVANS Dec. 18, 2018 Complex Soulja Boy has an interest in running his own Esports franchise for teams that would compete in Overwatch, Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Counterstrike, (as well as others) by 2019. According to TMZ, the 28-year-old’s newly announced gaming related ambition comes less than two weeks after he released a questionable emulator console/handheld on his official website called the SouljaGame Console and the […]

Greenberg Traurig Forms Video Game and Esports Group: Team Will Address Legal Needs of Clients

NEW YORK (PRWEB) DECEMBER 11, 2018 Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has harnessed the collective competitive video gaming, or esports, experience of a core group of attorneys, to create a multi-office, cross-practice team that can serve the legal needs of clients involved in the billion-dollar-plus industry. Greenberg Traurig’s newly established Video Game and Esports Group will be […]

Fanatics lands first-ever esports merchandising deal

Dec. 4, 2018 Business Wire IRVINE & SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Overwatch League today announced a groundbreaking, multi-year deal with Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise, which will provide the Overwatch League fanbase with an omnichannel retail experience along with a significantly expanded assortment of products. The agreement marks the first-ever foray into the […]

Fortnite players know what it needs to dominate esports

By: MATT KLEINSCHMIT Nov. 29, 2018 Venture Beat By 2022, esports will be as huge as the National Football League. That’s one of the stunning conclusions from a recent study from Goldman Sachs, which found that the esports market is set to generate $3 billion in revenue by 2022. In the next five years, esports will see a 14 […]

All of the new LEC rosters going into the 2019 Spring Split

By: Xing Li Nov. 26, 2018 Dote Sports Last offseason, things were crazy in the NA LCS as the league transitioned to a franchised system. Four new teams were added and almost every roster underwent major change. This year, it’s Europe’s turn. The new LEC will also feature four new teams, including the return of past franchises like Origen […]

Amazon Black Friday 2018: best gaming deals

By Emily Heller Nov. 20, 2018 Polygon Black Friday is the biggest shopping holiday of the year so of course, the biggest online retailer is going hard. Amazon is discounting thousands of products including gaming consoles, hardware, 4K TVs and lots of video games. Starting on Nov. 19 — when most of Amazon’s deals start to drop — […]