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‘It’s absolutely electric’: Dota 2’s The International brings elite esports spectacle to Vancouver

Matthew Black  Aug. 21, 2018 CBC Canada Rock stars, a struggling hockey club and plenty of entertainers have found out the hard way that filling Rogers Arena isn’t easy for one night, let alone six. But on Monday, the Canucks’ home will open its doors and usher in thousands of raucous fans of the video game Dota 2, an event akin to the […]

Misfits announces plans to open Arena in Berlin

By Adam Fitch  Aug. 20, 2018 Esports Insider European-based esports organization Misfits Gaming has announced plans to open a gaming arena in West Berlin. The Misfits Arena is set to have an opening at the Europa Center in September, with a five-player “showcase stadium” being built. View image on Twitter Ben Spoont, Co-founder and CEO of Misfits Gaming discussed this new venture in […]

CNET: “The Asian Games esports logo is the least athletic thing we’ve seen”

BY  JACKSON RYAN Aug. 17, 2018 CNET Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images At the 2018 Asian Games, esports will be included as a demonstration sport for the first time. Hooray! And with its inclusion comes an entirely new pictogram! You know, those cute, stylized images of human beings performing various sporting activities? They’re at every Olympic games! They’re a universal language! There […]

Jean-Eric Vergne-backed Veloce opens world first Esports racing hub

By Josh Suttill  Aug. 16, 2018 Autosport Veloce, which boasts newly-crowned Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne as a co-founder, launched its racing hub in London on Wednesday night in partnership with sim racing giants Logitech G. It has been described by Veloce as a “live-streamed performance facility” for drivers to practice and “compete on the global stage”. […]

Top 10 Most Watched Twitch Esports Channels of the Week, August 06 – August 30, 2018

By: Graham Ashton Aug. 15, 2018 esports observer Every week, TEO releases a list of the top 10 Twitch  esports channels, ranked by total number of hours watched, from Monday through Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Audience Insights. League of Legends At time of publication, The International (Dota 2’s  de facto world championship) has only just run its first few […]

The Seven Commandments of Esports Communications

By: Nicola Piggott Aug. 14, 2018 esports observer ADVERTORIAL — The Story Mob is affiliated with The Esports Observer by being a BITKRAFT Esports portfolio company. This article has been guest-written by Nicola Piggott, a co-founder of The Story Mob—an international communications consultancy focused on esports. Nicola spent over five years at Riot Games, where she was leading […]

The Conference That Connects The Entire eSports Ecosystem

Aug. 13, 2018 eSports Biz. Summit OVERVIEW The Esports Business Summit brings together all sectors of the esports ecosystem for two days of networking, education and inspiration. Attend EBS and you’ll meet and learn from key executives from brand marketing, television, sports and technology who are growing their businesses by leveraging the passionate global audience that […]

Nvidia opening eSports boot camps in Germany and China

By Rob Thubron, Aug. 10, 2018 Tech Spot There’s no denying that eSports is a big business. This year, the industry is expected to see another jump in growth that will take overall revenues close to one billion dollars. As such, competitors take their training extremely seriously, which is why Nvidia has opened two new international eSports boot […]

Why Esports Deserves Investors’ Attention

By: Keith Noonan Aug. 9, 2018 The Motley Fool For those who didn’t grow up as avid gamers or as part of the millennial or Gen-Z age demographics, the idea of 300 million people around the world spending their time watching other people play video games might sound like the backdrop for a sci-fi movie. Except it’s […]

Esports camp introduces gamers to jobs in the industry

By: Courtney Becker Aug. 8, 2018 Seattle Times The campers’ day starts outside, doing exercises, stretches and team-building games. Once they’re loose and communicating, they head back inside to get into their assigned teams and scrimmage. The air is thick with concentration as counselors oversee the digital combat, punctuated by an occasional shout of excitement or frustration. It […]

F1 Esports champion Brendon Leigh joins Mercedes Esports team

By: Keith Collantine Aug. 7, 2018 Race Fans Mercedes has announced F1 Esports champion Brendon Leigh as part of its four-man Esports team for 2018. The 19-year-old beat an entry of 66,000 players to win the inaugural F1 Esports World Championship last year. He will be joined by fellow Briton Harry Jacks (24), Poland’s Patryk Krutyi (22) and Hungary’s Dani […]

EA Sports and NFL Unveil Extended Madden NFL 19 Championship Series

By: Andrew Hayward Aug. 6, 2018 esports observer EA Sports  and the National Football League today announced the Madden NFL 19Championship Series, an official esports league tied into the latest release of the annual football simulation series. The Championship Series begins with tomorrow’s release of the Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition, with the standard edition releasing this Friday, August […]