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MrktStar Provides “Fantasy Sports” experience for companies, celebrities and brands

Sept. 10, 2018 Contact: Scott Kelly, 480-206-3435, scott@blackdogventurepartners.com September 10, 2018 – San Francisco, CA – MrktStar is a prediction and demand forecasting platform using massive data and a game-based fantasy marketplace to allow fans to earn cash prizes by picking your favorite apps, musicians and brands. Did you predict Uber or Airbnb were going […]

TSM Owner Andy Dinh On Building The Yankees Of Esports Teams

By: Matt Perez Sept, 6, 2018 Forbes Thousands of screaming fans packed the stands and floor space at Boston’s TD Garden in September 2017—to watch a video game championship. At ­Center Court was an elevated stage with ten ­computers running the competitive game League of Legends. Four massive screens were mounted above to display the action. When confetti finally […]

Nielsen steps up its tracking of digital gaming and esports

By: Mariella Moon Sep. 8, 2018 Engadget Nielsen has acquired gaming industry intelligence firm SuperData Research to give its ability to track games and esports a boost. According to its announcement, the acquisition will allow it to keep a closer eye on digital gaming use, sales and audiences. It will also give the company a way to track spending on esports events, […]

Esports ‘too violent’ to be included in Olympics

By: News Beat Sept. 5, 2018 BBC News The President of the International Olympic Committee says esports are too violent to be part of the Olympics. Thomas Bach said the “so-called killer games” which promote violence or discrimination cannot be accepted into the Games. “If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be […]

Arizona Coyotes to host NHL ’19 release party, esports tournament

BY MATT LAYMAN Aug. 29, 2018 Arizona Sports The Arizona Coyotes announced Wednesday that they will host an esports tournament and celebrate the release of NHL ’19 at an event in Phoenix on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Hockey players from the men’s and women’s teams at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University and Northern Arizona University will play NHL […]

What parents should know about esports

By: Edward C. Baig  Aug. 28, 2018 USA Today Playing video games for big bucks has ballooned into a huge business the past few years, yet the shooting Sunday at a tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, may well be the first time many people have even heard of esports, much less paid attention. Parents are understandably asking questions now: Is […]

Expanding esports industry looks inward – and ahead – after Jacksonville shooting

By: Edward C. Baig,Eli Blumenthal and Mike Snider Aug. 27, 2018 USA Today Professional gamers spend hours with eyes glued to a screen, a controller or keyboard at hand, perfecting their digital dexterity for a chance to win – or lose – tens of thousands of dollars. Gaming has transformed into high-stakes, high-stress big business. In the aftermath of a […]

McLaren Shadow opens to mobile gaming entrants on Real Racing 3

By Josh Suttill Aug. 23, 2018 Autosport In partnership with EA’s Real Racing 3, there will be three time trial events with one winner from each advancing to the next stage of the MSP. The three successful drivers will join gamers who qualified for the semi-finals on a range of more traditional Esports platforms such as […]

ReadyUp esports team management firm acquires Ready Up Live gamer community

By: DEAN TAKAHASHI Aug. 22, 2018 Venture Beat ReadyUp, a platform for player connection and team management for gaming and esports, has acquired Ready Up Live, a gaming community site. ReadyUp and Ready Up Live are a natural fit, according to Ready Up Live founder Dan “Greenskull” Hammill, a celebrity gamer who has 262,000 subscribers on YouTube. Hammill said […]

‘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 […]