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Artist Capital Management raises $100 million fund to invest in esports

By: Dean Takahashi Nov. 20, 2019 Venture Beat Artist Capital Management has closed a $100 million fund for investing in esports. It’s another sign that investors believe that competitive gaming will eventually outgrow traditional sports. The fund is called the Artist Esports Edge Fund, and it is aimed at getting institutional investors a chance to reap some […]

Immortals Gaming Club sells its Houston Outlaws Overwatch team to Beasley Media Group

By: Dean Takahashi Nov. 15, 2019 VentureBeat Los Angeles-based Immortals Gaming Club said it has sold its Houston Outlaws Overwatch League franchise team to the multi-platform media company Beasley Media Group. The financial details were not disclosed. But I hear that these franchises are now being sold for $40 million to $60 million. The initial investments by the original teams […]

Hey Mom and Dad, I got an esports scholarship!

By: Dean Takahashi Nov. 5, 2019 VentureBeat Video games aren’t just a drag on a child’s study habits. Sometimes they can lead to college scholarships if your kid happens to be an esports star. Tournament organizer High School Esports League (HSEL) has teamed up with the charitable organization Varsity Esports Foundation (VESF) to provide financial aid and opportunities for students across the country.Ad HSEL is […]

‘Mario Bros.’ creator Shigeru Miyamoto to be given one of Japan’s highest honors

By Allen Kim, Oct. 30, 2019 CNN Shigeru Miyamoto is a titan in the video game industry, having created beloved franchises such as “Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.”For his work, Japanese news outlet Nikkei reports, Miyamoto is being awarded the Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government on November 3, which is recognized nationally […]

Vikings owners unveil esports team, the Minnesota Røkkr

By Nicole Norfleet Star Tribune The owners of the Vikings debuted their new esports franchise Tuesday in a hat tip — quite literally — to Norse mythology and their Vikings football brand. The logo of the new Minnesota Røkkr (pronounced “rocker”) team portrays a menacing figure clad in a horned helmet and shadowed in dark purple, blue […]

Twitch Recruits Zynga’s Doug Scott as Chief Marketing Officer

By: TODD SPANGLER October 24, 2019 Variety Doug Scott is leaving as game company Zynga’s marketing boss to become Twitch’s CMO. Scott assumes the CMO role at Twitch after previous chief marketing officer Kate Jhaveri exited this summer to become the NBA’s top marketing exec. News of Scott’s hire comes less than a month after Twitch launched a redesigned logo and site, along […]

NFL Fans…RefRatings is Here to Help

New app allows fans to “make the call” and rate referees calls LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Last season’s NFC Championship game between the Saints and Rams saw a missed pass interference call that left many fans around the league questioning the officials and the legitimacy of Rams Superbowl appearance. […]

Blizzard Entertainment Bans Esports Player After Pro-Hong Kong Comments

By: PAOLO ZIALCITA Oct. 10, 2019 NPR Blizzard Entertainment, the game developer behind hugely popular titles such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch, has banned a professional esports player from competing and taken away his prize money after he expressed support for Hong Kong’s protest movement. Ng Wai Chung, who lives in Hong Kong and plays under the […]

All-Star eSports League’s 17-year-old founder brings free esports competitions to high schools

By: DEAN TAKAHASHI Oct. 4, 2019 Venture Beat At 17 years old, Jordan Zietz might fit the typical profile of someone trying out for the All-Star eSports League, which brings esports competitions to high schools. But he’s not allowed to compete in the league. That’s because he started it, and he’s the CEO of the company. Zietz […]

Colleges are starting degrees in esports, with $36,000 programs

By: The Associated Press Oct. 1, 2019 CBS News On their first week in class, a group of students is playing a first-person shooter video game in a sleek new digital studio. It’s their introduction to the degree in esports they’ve enrolled in. The group clicking away on their mice are at the University of Staffordshire, one […]

Louis Vuitton Partners With Riot Games For ‘League Of Legends’ World Championship

By: Mike Stubbs Sept. 30, 2019 Forbs Riot Games has announced a brand new partnership with Louis Vuitton that will see the designer brand create a unique case for the League of Legends World Championship trophy.  The bespoke one-of-a-kind trophy travel case features traditional Louis Vuitton savoir-faire along with cutting-edge high-tech elements inspired by League of Legends. The case will, of course, make sure that the Summoner’s Cup […]

Hall of Fame Artist Arabian Prince of N.W.A and Black Dog Venture Partners form esports consultancy, Black Dog Gaming

Contact: Scott Kelly, 480-206-3435, scott@blackdogventurepartners.com September 25, 2019 -Los Angeles, CA— Hall of Fame artist and tech guru Arabian Prince and Black Dog Venture Partners announced that they have partnered to launch esports and gaming consultancy Black Dog Gaming. Black Dog Gaming will provide several services for companies in the esports, gaming and video game […]