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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 […]

PlayVS picks up $50 million Series C to build out high school esports

By: Jordan Crook Sept. 20, 2019 TechCrunch PlayVS, the platform that allows high school students to compete on varsity esports teams through their school, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series C led by existing investor NEA. Battery Ventures, Dick Costolo and Adam Bain of 01 Advisors, Sapphire Sport, Michael Zeisser, Dennis […]

Riot Games says 10-year-old League of Legends hits 8 million concurrent players daily

By: DEAN TAKAHASHI Sept. 18, 2019 Venture Beat For a 10-year-old game, League of Legends is doing spectacularly well. Riot Games said today that the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game hits about 8 million peak concurrent players every single day. And the company plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a day of livestreams and events […]

Why the esports audience is set to surge — and how brands can take advantage of increased fans and viewership

By :Kevin Tran Sept 16, 2018 This is a preview of the Esports Audience (2018) premium research report from Business Insider Intelligence. To learn more about the esports ecosystem, along with it’s rapidly growing audience and viewership, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here. Esports, which is short for electronic sports, refers to competitive video gaming watched […]

Kaspersky launches anti-cheat solution for pro-e-sports tournaments

Because gaming cheats are not all that different from malware, Kaspersky launches e-sports anti-cheat solution By Catalin Cimpanu Sept. 11, 2019 Zero Day Cybersecurity software maker Kaspersky Lab, one of the biggest antivirus makers today, launched this week an anti-cheat solution for organizers of professional e-sports tournaments. Currently, Kaspersky’s anti-cheat solution supports two games — Counter-Strike: Global Offensive […]

Twitch kicks off partnership with the Raiders & Allegiant Stadium

Sep 09, 2019  Raiders.com SAN FRANCISCO – Twitch, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, today announced a partnership with the Raiders as a founding partner of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas starting in 2020. The partnership will include a Twitch-branded lounge in the lower level of Allegiant Stadium, featuring interactive elements that are native […]

ESPORTS ON TV: WHERE TO WATCH COMPETITIVE GAMING ON TELEVISION

BY GIANFRANCO CAPOZZI Sept. 6, 2019 esportsbets.com If you want to watch esports, then you will probably go to streaming platforms like Twitch, Mixer or YouTube. But as competitive gaming grows in popularity, there have been growing numbers of traditional television broadcasting networks who have started to show esports. However, there remain many concerns about how […]

Puma Inks Two-Year Sponsorship of Oceanic Team ORDER

 by Andrew Hayward Sept. 4, 2019 Esports Observer Apparel brand Puma has announced a two-year sponsorship of ORDER. ORDER players will wear Puma gear as part of the deal, which is exclusive within Australia. Puma also sponsors Cloud9 and is working on a broad retail rollout for team-branded apparel. After signing its first team sponsorship deal […]

WISE Ventures And Wilf Family To Join Future Of Call of Duty esports, Bring Professional Gaming To Minnesota

WISE Ventures July 3, 2019 EAGAN, Minn., July 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — WISE Ventures, under the leadership of the Wilf Family, has reached an agreement with Activision Blizzard to field a Minnesota-based team in the forthcoming franchised Call of Duty esports league. “Esports and competitive gaming has clearly emerged as a major force in the sports and entertainment […]