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Disney Is Making Moves To Be A Major Player In Esports

Disney appears to be preparing to go all-in on esports, as the entertainment giant has taken significant action to attempt to reach a dominant position in the industry over the past few months. Disney and its premium sports brand ESPN are both household names

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9/23/2018

article Soccer game paused as fans launch protest against esports
(Switzerland) -- Soccer fans in Switzerland held up play by throwing tennis balls and games consoles on the field in an unusual protest against esports on Sunday. The...

9/18/2018

article Skillz hits $400 million revenue run rate with mobile esports platform
(California) -- Skillz has grown its mobile esports at an accelerated rate this year, as the company announced its revenue rate has grown to $400 million in August,...

9/14/2018

article Overwatch Bets Gaming Fans Will Cheer for the Home Team to Save the World
(Massachusetts) -- Jay Goldthwaite had never felt passion for a Boston sports team, no matter how often his neighbors’ cheers pierced the walls of his condo during...

9/13/2018

article New business draws eSports competitors in East Valley
(Arizona) -- As eSports, the world of competitive video gaming, continues to go mainstream, Valley businesses are jumping in on the action. Pure eSports in Gilbert has...

9/10/2018

article $1M Rocket League World Championship Coming to Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Rocket League developer Psyonix has revealed that the finals of its sixth season of esports competition will be held at the 9.5K-seat Orleans Arena in Las...

9/9/2018

article 21st Century fox invests $100 million into new esports content platform
(Australia) -- Esports continues to draw investments from non-endemics around the globe, as 21st Century fox makes a significant $100 million investment into the...
article Riot exec tells esports fans he’s going to keep spending
(North America) -- The head of North American esports operations for Riot Games has a message for concerned League of Legends fans: “We’re not cutting budget...

9/8/2018

article Esports video gaming finals meet in real life this weekend in New York
(New York) -- The Overwatch League competes in real life, and in real time, for the Grand Finals this weekend in. “Tonight we‘re going to be live for the...

9/7/2018

article Esports experts suggest casinos host professional and amateur tournaments to bring in visitors
(Las Vegas) -- From community tournaments with amateurs to large professional tournaments that can fill arenas, casinos across the country can profit from esports. That...

9/6/2018

article Fox Invests $100 Million in Social Streaming Platform Caffeine
(Internet) -- Caffeine, the social live streaming platform emerging as a rival to Twitch, has received a $100 million investment from 21st Century Fox as part of the...
article What new Homeland Security policies mean for the esports industry
(USA) -- As a diverse international community, crossing borders and navigating immigration laws has always been a major issue in the esports industry. The current U.S....

9/5/2018

article Making A Difference In Esports: An Interview With Stephanie Harvey
(Internet) -- While the video gaming industry has gone through some major changes over the years, the competitive esports scene is still led by male players. However, it...

9/4/2018

article Dive into esports at Ad Age Next with Twitch, Activision Blizzard and more
(New York) -- The white-hot business of esports will be a focus when Ad Age Next, our biggest event of the year, convenes at New World Stages in New York this Nov. 13...
article Esports is SNHU's Newest Varsity Team
(New Hampshire) -- Sultan Akhter is an athlete, but he doesn't play centerfield or shortstop. He doesn't catch a ball or block for a running back. He doesn't...
article Esports will never be in Olympics because video games ‘promote violence and discrimination’ says IOC chief
(Worldwide) -- Esports are a multi-billion dollar industry with more fans around the globe than many Olympic sports - but that's not enough to get them into the...
article Olympics chief rules out violent e-sports
(Worldwide) -- Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has voiced his opposition to including violent e-sports among the sports contested at...
article JFA to co-host inaugural esports tournament at 2019 National Sports Festival
(Japan) -- The Japan Football Association has taken its biggest step yet in the country’s burgeoning esports scene, joining the Japan Esports Union as co-host of...

9/3/2018

article IOC uses silly excuse that esports are too violent for the Olympics
(Worldwide) -- It looks like violence in video games is still the big hurdle to bringing esports to the Olympics. In a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press...

9/2/2018

article Legalized gambling could have major implications for esports
(USA) -- On May 14, the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited states from legalizing betting on professional and collegiate sporting...
article THE ONION: So-Called Professional Gamer Not Even Racist
(California) -- Expressing bewilderment after sitting through his four-hour livestream “for nothing,” chat room viewers nationwide overwhelmingly said they...

9/1/2018

article Bach: No Olympic future for esports until ‘violence’ removed
(Indonesia) -- International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach isn’t certain if, or when, esports might be incorporated into the Olympic Games. But he was...

8/30/2018

article Jacksonville shooting survivor files lawsuit: 'We shouldn't have to worry'
(Florida) -- Jacob Mitich had made it to Round Two of the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, and had almost scored a touchdown when the shots rang out. Vaulting...

8/29/2018

article Esports execs say don’t blame the games, blame U.S. gun laws
(USA) -- Esports organizers say don't blame the games. Executives at the Asian Games have expressed sympathy for the victims of the deadly shooting at a video game...
article Esports Organizers Criticize USA Gun Laws After Shooting at Madden 19 Tournament
(Florida) -- Esports executives criticized United States gun laws following Sunday's shooting in Jacksonville during a Madden 19 tournament. Per John Pye of the...
article Security a priority for Las Vegas esports venues after Florida shooting
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas esports venue is reviewing its security protocols following the deadly mass shooting last weekend at a gaming tournament in Florida.

8/28/2018

article Electronic Arts Cancels Remaining Madden Qualifiers After Shooting Tragedy
(Florida) -- Madden NFL developer Electronic Arts has cancelled the three remaining Madden NFL 19 Classic qualifiers, following a mass shooting that occurred during the...
article Jacksonville shooting prompts cancellation of three remaining Madden Classic events
(Florida) -- Software publisher Electronic Arts has canceled the remaining three qualifying events for its Madden Classic esports tournament following the deaths of two...
article Mass Shooting at Esports Event Raises Calls for More Security
(USA) -- A champion gamer’s decision to open fire Sunday afternoon during a video competition – killing two people and wounding nine others before killing...
article Video game addiction concerns rise with popularity of eSports
(USA) -- ESports gained a negative spotlight Sunday after a deadly shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, allegedly perpetrated by "Madden" player David Katz,...
article Kennesaw eSports to partner with Twitch student program
(Georgia) -- Representatives from Twitch spoke with Kennesaw eSports in August about bringing their student program to the southeast region of the U.S. and to Kennesaw...

8/27/2018

article Attention on security as video gamers work toward Las Vegas event
(Las Vegas) -- A champion gamer’s decision to open fire Sunday afternoon during a video competition — killing two people and wounding nine others before...
article Madden Esports Tournament Shooting Thrusts Competitive Video Gaming Into Mainstream News, Leaves Two Victims Dead
(Las Vegas) -- A Madden 19 esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, ended in tragedy on Sunday after a disgruntled player and former event champion killed two people...
article Shooting in Jacksonville unnerves the close-knit 'Madden' community
(Florida) -- “Madden NFL” is a popular video game series, but its hardcore devotees are more than just gamers. It was the close-knit online community of...

8/26/2018

article 4 dead, 11 shot in mass shooting at Florida video game tournament, reports say
(Florida) -- Four people are dead and 11 wounded after a shooting Sunday morning at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, according to reports. The Jacksonville...
article Jacksonville shooting suspect identified as David Katz, gamer who had lost in Madden NFL tournament
(Florida) -- The gunman who opened fire at a busy Jacksonville, Fla., pizzeria during a video game competition — killing two gamers and wounding up to nine others...
article Shooting suspect at Fla. video-game event killed at least 2 people before taking his own life. He’s believed to be from Baltimore.
(Florida) -- At least three people are dead and 11 are injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday afternoon during a video game tournament in Florida that drew...
article EA Responds to Shooting at Madden Tournament
(USA) -- The shooting took place at an EA sanctioned event that was part of the Madden Championship Series. Multiple fatalities have been confirmed by the Jacksonville...
article University of Akron aims to build world's largest esports facility, and more esports news
(Ohio) -- There's a new esports music label in town, and the University of Akron wants to build the world's largest esports facility for students and compatible...

8/24/2018

article Esports turns former niche hobby into $25M battle royale
(Vancouver) -- When thousands of fans pack Rogers Arena this weekend, it won't be for a hockey game or rock star. The crowd will cheer professional video gamers as...
article Popular CS:GO YouTuber Trevor ‘McSkillet’ Heitmann killed in car crash, officials confirm
(California) -- Trevor “McSkillet” Heitmann, a popular Counter Strike: Global Offensive player and YouTube creator, is dead following a multi-car collision...

8/22/2018

article You can bet on it: Esports wagering a growing hit with gamers and gamblers
(British Columbia) -- There's a certain career gamble for most executives who up and leave a job at a powerhouse company like Microsoft. So it's perhaps not...

8/19/2018

article Investor sues esports gambling startup Unikrn, alleging securities violation
(Washington) -- Seattle-based esports gambling startup Unikrn -- which is backed by the likes of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher -- is being sued by...

8/16/2018

article Upcoming Casino Esport Conference Luring Las Vegas Industry Execs Looking for Ways to Cash In, But a Few Roadblocks Remain
(Las Vegas) -- Early fall’s Casino Esport Conference coming to Las Vegas — coming into town for the second year on September 5 and 6 — will pull in...
article University of Akron says it has the most esports-dedicated space of any school worldwide
(Ohio) -- The University of Akron will have more space dedicated to esports than any other university in the world, beginning in October, officials claim. UA announced...

8/15/2018

article Expert calls for eSports industry to embrace gambling after leading publisher Valve demands ban on betting sponsorships
(Washington) -- Leading eSports publisher Valve has instructed professional Dota 2 teams competing in next month’s The International 8 to stop accepting...
article How Blizzard Helped Pioneer Esports Without Realizing It
(Worldwide) -- The Barclays Center hosted a new set of athletes in July: two dozen people playing Overwatch. More than 10,000 fans of Blizzard Entertainment’s...
article Expert calls for eSports industry to embrace gambling after leading publisher Valve demands ban on betting sponsorships
(Internet) -- Leading eSports publisher Valve has instructed professional Dota 2 teams competing in next month’s The International 8 to stop accepting sponsorships...

8/14/2018

article Valve wants TI8 teams to turn down gambling sponsorships
(Washington) -- As the top teams in Dota 2 gear up for the biggest tournament of the year, the game’s developer has laid out some changes for the professional...

8/13/2018

article Ninja addresses controversy over Polygon interview and his stance on streaming with women
(Internet) -- Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is addressing critics on Twitter who are accusing him of sexism toward women on Twitch.

8/11/2018

article Can This Man Make His Video Gaming Team a $1 Billion Business?
(California) -- Jack Etienne had reinvented himself. He’d gone from an eager photocopier salesman with an obsessive evening-and-weekends video game habit to the...
article She's got game
(China) -- Male consumers might still dominate the Chinese gaming market, but the tides are slowly changing as an increasing number of developers are now targeting the...

8/9/2018

article McLaren Shadow announces new F1 Esports Series team
(Worldwide) -- McLaren Shadow F1 Esports Team announced its new line-up for 2018 and a partnership with Team Redline. The new team will compete in the upcoming F1...

8/8/2018

article Overwatch League drew in 10.8 million viewers, according to Blizzard
(Worldwide) -- The Overwatch League grand finals brought in 10.8 million viewers over a span of two days, according to Blizzard. Only seven maps were played throughout...

8/4/2018

article SOOD: Esports legitimizes itself — it doesn’t need the Olympics
(Washington) -- When table tennis was added to the Olympic Games in 1988, its proponents had spent 57 years pushing for its inclusion. But what may surprise you is that...

7/30/2018

article Fortnite’s grand e-sports plans are off to a shaky start
(Internet) -- When Epic Games announced that it would be investing a hefty $100 million in Fortnite e-sports and launch a competitive world cup for the game, there was a...
article Activision Blizzard holds first-ever Overwatch League Grand Finals
(New York) -- A shower of confetti marked not only the crowning moment for the Overwatch League's first-ever Grand Finals champions, the London Spitfire, but also...

7/26/2018

article Hyperplay Need To Know: Here’s Why Esports Are the Next Big Thing in Entertainment
(Asia) -- Hyperplay, the first-ever ASEAN esports and music festival, is happening on August 4–5, 2018 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. We've told you all about...

7/25/2018

article Match Fixing Remains A Threat To Esports Community
(USA) -- The biggest threat to continued success for the esports industry is match fixing. A total of 78% of respondents to a recently conducted survey view match fixing...

7/24/2018

article New national sports association created to cater to esports
(Philippines) -- Given the rapid boom of esports in the Philippines, one question that has constantly been raised by gamers and fans is if it can be included in...

7/23/2018

article Former eBay, HP Chief Whitman Invests in Esports Startup
(California) -- Meg Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. , is jumping into esports, the burgeoning business of...
article Olympics officials take baby steps toward recognizing eSports
(Worldwide) -- Officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) just convened to discuss how,...

7/17/2018

article ESPN to broadcast an eSports competition with a $1.4M prize
(USA) -- Sports fans usually gather for baseball games or tennis matches, but next weekend in Brooklyn, New York, 20,000 fans will be cheering on video gamers. It will...

7/16/2018

article Properties on Las Vegas Strip switch some things up to cater to millennials
(Las Vegas) -- Millenials are taking over Las Vegas: The 20 to 30 years old age bracket made up the largest age demographic of visitors last year. With that said,...

7/13/2018

article Gaming at The Wall in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Esports is growing at a rapid pace. Tournaments are popping up left and right, and complete games are dedicated to the esports community. Thus, it should...

7/11/2018

article The next big 'Fortnite' eSports event is an $8 million, 8-week tourney
(Worldwide) -- Epic's Fortnite eSports initiatives are continuing beyond the recent Pro-Am charity tournament. The studio has unveiled a Summer Skirmish series that...
article ESPN secures Overwatch League broadcast rights, continuing esports’ mainstream surge
(Internet) -- ESPN, Disney XD and the game’s publisher, Blizzard Entertainment, made the announcement Wednesday in a joint release. Terms of the agreement were not...
article NHL Commissioner discusses future plans for esports
(USA) -- The National Hockey League is seemingly moving forward with plans for an esports structure surrounding the EA game franchise in the coming year, according to an...
article Esports on ESPN: Overwatch championship to air in prime time
(New York) -- Esports are coming to ESPN. The network will air the inaugural Overwatch League Grand Finals in prime time this month as part of a multiyear agreement to...
article Esports should follow skateboarding’s lead to going mainstream
(New York) -- If esports wants to make it big, and I mean really big — “your colleagues talking about at work” big — it needs a Tony Hawk. Here...
article Fortnite has a $100 million esports warchest, and here’s its first official tournament
(New York) -- Epic Games announced today that it will give away $8 million in prize money for its first major Fortnite esports competition, the first of the $100 million...
article Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?
(New York) -- When the Overwatch League playoffs kick off tonight, fans will be tuning in to see which team will proceed to take on the league's top seeds, the New...
article Twitch chat isn't great for the Overwatch League
(Internet) -- Twitch chat is controversial. For some viewers, it’s an essential part of the experience, with banter, emotes, interaction. It’s a place for...

7/10/2018

article Esports series to debut in Las Vegas with ‘fight-card’ matches
(Las Vegas) -- A new esports tournament series will make its debut in Las Vegas this weekend with a format straight out of UFC. The World Showdown of Esports, a...
article Could Esports Explode In Atlantic City? New Potential Data Deal Hints At Future Hub
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City may be the next hub for esports. According to an article published on Monday by Press of Atlantic City, the Casino Reinvestment...
article Esports series to debut in Las Vegas with ‘fight-card’ matches
(Las Vegas) -- A new esports tournament series will make its debut in Las Vegas this weekend with a format straight out of UFC. The World Showdown of Esports, a...

7/8/2018

article Three eSports you will definitely be betting on in the near future
(Worldwide) -- eSports tournaments have been going on for years, yet there are many that believe that virtual gaming is not a sport at all. What they don't know is...

7/6/2018

article Delawareans dominate esports scene, earn thousands playing 'Injustice 2' professionally
(Delaware) -- The win was the start of a hot streak for Walker, a 19-year-old Lewes native. He went on to win the E-League championship for the same game, which netted...

6/30/2018

article The Rio offers esports experience with new Wall Gaming Lounge
(Las Vegas) -- The Rio is the latest Las Vegas resort to plug into the esports craze. Marking Caesars Entertainment’s first foray into a permanent esports venue,...
article Six Games, $5.5M, 65,000 Players, One Olympic-Style Esports Tournament
(Worldwide) -- Hype for the World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019, which starts U.S. qualifiers in September, has already begun. The competition is unusual in the...

6/29/2018

article How E-Sports Betting Could Explode
(USA) -- Oddsmakers rejoiced in May when the U.S. Supreme Court decided to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, paving a way for states to...

6/27/2018

article Gamers flocking to Las Vegas for ‘Fortnite’ tourney
(Las Vegas) -- Players of the video game phenomenon "Fortnite" will face off this weekend on the Strip, with about 100 people expected to take part in the...

6/24/2018

article 5 eSports Everyone Will Be Gambling On In The Future
(USA) -- After many years of professional eSports tournaments, it’s hilarious how many articles still go around laughing at the idea that becoming a pro gamer...

6/23/2018

article Immortals acquires Brazilian organisation MIBR, partners with Tinder and Betway
(California) -- Finally confirming months of rumours and speculation, it has been revealed that North American organisation Immortals has acquired MIBR, a popular...

6/21/2018

article ESports mesmerize as traditional sports worry about decline
(Texas) -- It's drawn millions of fans, its competitors get paid big money and the Olympics are considering adding it. As an industry, eSports -- professionals...
article This group wants Pa. to cash in on exploding esports market
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Esports Coalition wants to bring the state’s gaming scene to the next level. The nonprofit industry organization, which launched...
article The Business of E-Sports
(The Internet) -- Teams are dolling out signing bonuses, big salaries and housing to attract the best in the $1.5 billion esports industry. This is the life of a pro...

6/19/2018

article Activision hints at a franchised Call of Duty league, plans to "launch team sales" later this year
(Internet) -- Franchising could be on its way to Call of Duty esports. Activision Blizzard plans to "launch team sales for the Call of Duty professional league...
article Germany paves the way for official esports betting
(Germany) -- Legislation that permits esports betting is widely contested in countries all over the world. Germany, however, hopes to make that a lot easier by a recent...

6/16/2018

article What Alienware has learned from 10 years of esports
(USA) -- Frank Azor cofounded Alienware more than two decades ago, and so he had the look of a grizzled veteran at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game...
article Esports Growth Brings Legal Issues, Specialized Law Practices
(USA) -- McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC created a new Esports Practice Group in response to a growing need for law representation which understands the esports industry...
article For teen, playing video games a lot paid off — to the tune of $60,000 toward college
(Kansas) -- Like a lot of teens her age, Camila Coyle can't remember a time when she didn't spend hours playing video games. The recent high school graduate...

6/14/2018

article Legal Esports Betting? Looks Like New Jersey Regulators Just Gave The Green Light
(New Jersey) -- A new law to legalize and regulate New Jersey sports betting seemingly included a ban on esports betting. Until regulators got a hold of it. Now, it...
article Is The Next Gambling Expansion For PA Into Esports?
(Pennsylvania) -- Bill Thomas has been on the inside before. He has helped bills become law while serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for more than a...

6/11/2018

article New Jersey’s betting legislation includes esports ban
(New Jersey) -- It’s been barely one month since the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act outlawing sports betting...

6/10/2018

article New Jersey’s new sports betting bill doesn’t bode well for esports
(New Jersey) -- The revised sports betting bill in New Jersey includes a paragraph that restricts esports betting to particular circumstances throwing a wet squid over...

6/9/2018

article Virtual varsity; Growing popularity and enthusiasm for esports spawning high school teamsl
(Connecticut) -- Millions of teenagers play video games after school, but what sets some Connecticut gamers apart from their peers is that they’re doing it not to make a...
article Why a pair of doctors donated $100,000 to a university's esports program
(Virginia) -- Averett University in Danville, Virginia received a $100,000 donation last month from Dr. Dugan and Frank Maddux to help fund the college's relatively new...

6/8/2018

article New Jersey Added A Last-Minute Esports Betting Ban And No One Knows Why
(New Jersey) -- On May 14, 2018, when the Supreme Court overturned the ban on sports betting, New Jersey legislators hurried to update the state’s 2014 sports...
article New Jersey bans esports betting with new, unclear legislation
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey quietly banned esports betting earlier this week after the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA...
article Player threatened devs so they put a penis on his gun
(UK) -- Back in April, the first-ever esports tournament for early access shooter Battalion 1944 took place, and while the main prize was a respectable €5,000 the...
article Video gamers may soon be paid more than top pro athletes
(Worldwide) -- Your interest in sports may have started out as a hobby when you were just a kid. You were better at it than others, and some even said you were gifted....

6/7/2018

article New Jersey Bill Proposes Limits on Esports Betting
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey State Legislature saw the introduction of a bill that calls for a ban on betting on professional gaming and esports events. The bill would...

6/4/2018

article SCHUETZ: You’re Busted: eSports—The Sequel
(USA) -- In May 2015, I had an article published in GGB News titled “You’re Busted: Fantasy Sports and the Need for Adult Supervision.” At the time...
article Over 20,000 Tickets Were Sold For Overwatch League Finals Event
(New York) -- Blizzard announced that the first-ever Overwatch League Grand Finals have sold out. More than 20,000 tickets were purchased to mark the largest eSports...
article AT&T Partners With ESL to Support North American Mobile Esports Competitions
(North America) -- AT&T have announced a partnership with ESL to sponsor several mobile esports competitions across North America. ESL hosted a Clash Royale...

5/31/2018

article BLOG: eSports Plan for Legalized Sports Betting in States
(USA) -- Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dictates individuals states can offer legalized sports betting, the eSports firms are widely expected to embrace a...

5/27/2018

press release Team Rogue Expands Into FIFA, Signs Top Player MSDossary
(Nevada) -- Rogue, Las Vegas’ professional esports organization, has signed top FIFA player Mosaad “MSDossary” Aldossary. Aldossary is the first Saudi...

5/26/2018

article Dan Patrick’s sports broadcasting school seeks to polish esports casters
(Florida) -- Gus Ramsey acknowledges the term but no, he doesn’t really like it: “Shoutcasting.” It seems to capture the virtue and the unvarnished...
article Riot have brought back ARURF for the weekend to make up for Clash mode being cancelled due to bugs
(UK) -- This weekend was supposed to be the grand debut of League of Legends' highly anticipated, Clash mode.However, due to technical issues Riot were forced to...

5/22/2018

article University of Akron offering class on esports broadcasting
(Ohio) -- With the University of Akron's esports program set to launch in the fall, it's only fitting the school is offering a class in esports production. The...

5/21/2018

article Over 1,000 fans attend esports competition at Harrah's
(Atlantic City) -- World-class gamers competed in front of 1,200 fans and even more online viewers at the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 7 Finals at Harrah’s...

5/20/2018

article Well Played: Supreme Court ruling paves the way for esports gambling
(USA) -- The news buzzing across all esports this past week has been the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a law that had been prohibiting gambling on the...

5/19/2018

article Esports: Competitive gaming is here to stay, major esports organiser says
(France) -- Esports are not just a passing fad like Pokemon and are here to stay, a major organiser has told Reuters. Jan Pommer, the head of Team and Federation...

5/18/2018

article BLOG:This week in esports: US betting, Asian Games, University of Oxford, Razer
(Worldwide) -- It’s time for another round-up of this week in esports! There’s never a quiet week in the industry, and we know it’s hard to stay in...

5/16/2018

article Esports Gambling Officials Are Ready For It To Be Legal
(Las Vegas) -- This week, the Supreme Court overturned the ban on sports betting, giving states the ability to legalize it if they want to. Esports betting was already...

5/14/2018

article A new generation of high school athletes will play eSports
(USA) -- At the college level eSports are set to explode as more school-supported programs sprout up every day. But officially sanctioned high school esports are...

5/13/2018

article How Artificial Intelligence May Further Develop The Fast-Growing Esports Industry
(USA) -- The word "bot" is a name given to artificial intelligence (AI) that takes the place of player characters in online multiplayer video games. Some of...
article EVO Japan reports $1.13m loss due to lack of sponsorship
(Japan) -- According to financial reports by Hearts United Group EVO Japan 2018, the first Evolution Championship Series event held out of the United States, resulted in...
article Hundreds of gaming hours pay off with full ride eSports scholarship for Saskatoon tradesman
(Saskatoon) -- It turns out getting laid off might have been just the ticket for Travis Letwiniuk. The 22-year-old had been working in the trades and sub-trades, but was...
article Los Angeles Valiant star SPACE earns mom's approval
(New York) -- Every school day, Indy "SPACE" Halpern used to say goodbye to his mom and walk off toward Life Sciences on the Upper East Side of New York.
article eSports are here to stay
(India) -- In the last decade or so, eSports has exploded onto the international scene. The fact that one can play games as a professional and earn from creating and...

5/12/2018

article KHSD hosts first ever ESports tournament
(California) -- Video gaming has gone professional and it's expanding to the Kern High School District. Saturday, North High School hosted the first ever League of...
article Traditional sports increasingly sidelined by growing popularity of mobile gaming
(Worldwide) -- For many kids across the globe, video game consoles have replaced footballs and cricket bats as the stuff of childhood sporting memories. Joseph Biswas of...
article Esports training facility brings gaming another step closer to traditional pro sports
(California) -- On a Tuesday morning in March, five half-awake young men comprising the Team Liquid roster shuffled into the esports franchise’s new training space...

5/10/2018

article UMG to Introduce eSports Tournaments during WSOP 2018 at Rio Casino Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Partnerships and collaboration which bring two fields in the gambling industry are not seldom these days as more and more entities are looking for ways in...

5/9/2018

article There will be an esports stage at the World Series of Poker
(Las Vegas) -- The World Series of Poker will feature more than just poker. The major poker tournament will also include an esports stage for folks to compete in games...

5/5/2018

article Sports betting bills top $8 million, A.C. casinos waiting on Supreme Court ruling
(New Jersey) -- The state of New Jersey has pushed all its chips to the middle of the table, betting big that a legal battle against a federal ban on sports wagering...
article Head of Esports at Riot Games Says Fortnite 'Has A Long Way To Go' To Become an Esport
(Worldwide) -- The boss of North American esports at Riot Games says battle royale games like Fortnite are on his radar, but have a long way to go to become esports.
article Sports betting could soon be legalized in the U.S. Media companies can’t wait.
(USA) -- The media business could use a boost. What about a dose of gambling? That’s what some media companies are hoping for as the Supreme Court prepares to rule...

5/4/2018

article Esports leaders and hopefuls converge for first industry conference at UCI
(California) -- UC Irvine, a longtime patron of competitive video games, hosted some of the major leading and prospective minds in esports for an all-day event focused...
article Ex-WADA chief calls for global sports integrity body
(Worldwide) -- Athletics Integrity Unit chairman David Howman has called for a global body to stamp out corruption plaguing world sport, warning that without concerted...

5/3/2018

article As eSports popularity soars, Arizona hosts competitions, teams
(Arizona) -- As the popularity of eSports continues to grow worldwide, recognizable names in sports and entertainment in Arizona have begun to take notice. You can...
article Esports thrive at Arizona State thanks to student-run gaming association
(Arizona) -- In the sporting realm, a debate can rage on whether esports is a real sport. Those who ask that question to the traditional sports enthusiast may get a...
article All we want to do is eat junk and watch each other play Fortnite
(USA) -- Video games are beginning their takeover of the real world. Across North America this year, companies are turning malls, movie theatres, storefronts and parking...

4/30/2018

article Cultural Phenom Fortnite Launches Promising First eSports Event
(Internet) -- The video game Fortnite has had an explosive several weeks, topping Apple’s charts after its iOS debut, getting lots of love from rappers and NBA...
article Oxford and Cambridge gear up for Varsity Esports Match 2018
(UK) -- Oxford and Cambridge have a long-standing competition that takes place on water, but the feud has also carried over into esports in recent years. The Varsity...
article Seven axes esports and gaming channel ScreenPlay 10 months after launch
(Australia) -- Seven has axed its channel for esports and video gaming, ScreenPlay, just 10 months after the platform was launched. The new platform was created in June...

4/28/2018

article How esports is keeping the elusive millennials engaged
(USA) -- Esports may not be bigger than traditional sports when it comes to revenues yet. But the industry is in its early days, and the good thing is that it is keeping...
article Supreme Court sports betting ruling to have limited Nevada impact
(Nevada) -- The wait for an answer on whether nationwide sports betting will be allowed may come as soon as Monday. Or, it could take another few weeks.
article 5-time eSports world champ challenges 'boys' club' of competitive gaming
(Calgary) -- Stephanie Harvey is a five-time world champion in her sport. The professional athlete has managers, a team, regular practices, tournaments and sponsors. But...
article Team Secret Signs 13-Year-Old 'Fornite' Player: Is He The Youngest Pro Gamer?
(Europe) -- Team Secret enters the game Fortnite Battle Royale as it signs a four-player European squad. Surprisingly, one of them is a 13-year-old. The team has already...
article Harrisburg University eSports scholarship competition gains national attention
(Pennsylvania) -- The competition is heating up for one of Harrisburg University's eSports scholarships. HBO is doing a documentary on the unique program. "It...
article How esports is keeping the elusive millennials engaged
(USA) -- Esports may not be bigger than traditional sports when it comes to revenues yet. But the industry is in its early days, and the good thing is that it is keeping...
article Gambling sites took bets on OW South America matches that had already been played
(South America) -- Five websites allowed users to place live bets on pre-recorded Overwatch Contenders matches over a month-long period beginning in March, Dot Esports...

4/26/2018

article Pro ‘Fortnite’ Team Signs 13-Year-Old
(USA) -- Professional esports organization Team Secret announced Wednesday it just created a four-member “Fortnite” squad and one of its members is only 13...

4/25/2018

article Experts say esports betting expected to surpass $6 billion in 2018
(Las Vegas) -- Esports is breaking yet another major barrier in the Las Vegas valley. Not only are fans able to watch major events in the new Esports Arena, but they can...

4/24/2018

article Team Vitality and Gaming Campus to set up dedicated esports school
(France) -- The most successful esports organization in France, Team Vitality, will be opening a dedicated educational campus in its home country. In a partnership with...

4/22/2018

article Ninja Gave Us a Taste of What Fortnite Esports Could Be
(Las Vegas) -- While H1Z1 Pro League started its inaugural season a few miles away at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, nearly 700,000 people were watching random players try...

4/19/2018

article UltraPlay – Peter Ivanov – Esports casino goals
(Las Vegas) -- The Downtown Grand in Las Vegas turned some heads back in 2017 when they announced they would be holding a viewing party for the League of Legends World...
article Asia Game Festival in Singapore promises immersive experience for gamers
(Singapore) -- The inaugural Asia Game Festival (AGF) to be held in Singapore on 9 and 10 June this year will offer gamers a multifaceted experience, with the programme...

4/15/2018

article Competitive video games could be as big as Major League Baseball — here's what it's like to be an e-sports athlete at the highest level
(USA) -- E-sports — which is to say, competitive, professional online video gaming — have exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, experts have...
article Dubai to get region's first online gaming stadium
(Dubai) -- Dubai is set to get a brand new sports stadium, but this one won't host your usual cricket or football matches. Instead, it will become the region's...
article Dubai X-Stadium to be region’s first video gaming venue
(Dubai) -- With booming young population hooked to internet and ground-breaking breakthroughs in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Virtual reality, video gaming...

4/14/2018

article Dubai sets sights on becoming the global capital for Esports
(Dubai) -- Dubai Media Office and TECOM Group have jointly announced an new initiatives called Dubai X-Stadium. The project is aimed at making the emirate the region...

4/13/2018

article BIG STORY: Esports is becoming 'huge,' at all levels
(Iowa) -- The newest sports team at Orion High School is an instant hit. In its first year, it has attracted nearly 10 percent of the school’s student body. Some...

4/11/2018

article How Casinos Are Taking A Foothold In eSports
(Las Vegas) -- Electronic sports are types of computer or console games that can be played by a team or by an individual and these players will compete against others...

4/10/2018

article New Esports Arena at Luxor Las Vegas brings big-time gamers to the big screen
(Las Vegas) -- Ever wish you could play video and virtual games on the really big screen? Now you can at the new Esports Arena that recently opened at the Luxor hotel-...
article The rise of eSports
(UK) -- The idea that millions of people would tune in to watch other people playing computer games would once have seemed fanciful. But the rapid rise of eSports has...

4/9/2018

article New e-sports arenas open in Las Vegas and Oakland
(USA) -- A new e-sports arena that debuted in late March in Las Vegas offers a sense of what to expect at a similar facility opening at Oakland’s Jack London...
article Worldwide eSports Betting Market to Be Worth $6.7bn In 2018
(USA) -- The eSports market has attracted more and more interest over the past few years, with its worldwide revenues reaching close to $1 billion over the past couple...

4/8/2018

article As eSports grow, China teams make themselves at home
(China) -- Tucked away in a nondescript furniture mall, LGD Gaming's multimillion-dollar eSports home venue may not bring to mind Old Trafford or Yankee Stadium, but...

4/7/2018

article Esports bookmaking? Globally, it's already a billion-dollar gambling industry
(USA) -- Since 2015, at least a dozen NBA teams, owners and players have invested heavily in the growing esports market, backing or buying competitive gaming teams...

4/6/2018

article E-sports bookmaking? Globally, it’s already a billion-dollar gambling industry
(Worldwide) -- Since 2015, at least a dozen NBA teams, owners and players have invested heavily in the growing e-sports market, backing or buying competitive gaming...
article Inside ESports, the industry changing gaming
(Las Vegas) -- How many parents are concerned about how much time your kids spend sitting in front of a monitor playing video games? Well, it may not be such a bad thing...

4/5/2018

article An Introduction to League Of Legends: Why You Should Care
(Internet) -- There’s a little-known betting and DFS sport that you might’ve noticed in your lobbies from time to time: eSports. As of now, the only eSports...
article 'Clash Royale' Is Making A Major Esports Push
(Internet) -- Clash Royale might be a cartoony mobile game, but developer SuperCell and the world of esports are betting that it can stand next to other heavy hitters in...

4/4/2018

article Adam Silver, NBA 2K League believe its pros are athletes
(New York) -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver sat in front of the media and didn't mince his words about the league's new NBA 2K League that held its inaugural...
article Formula One: All Teams, Except Ferrari, Commit to Esports Series
(Worldwide) -- All Formula One teams, with the exception of Ferrari, have committed to setting up their own esports outfits to compete in the second edition of the...

4/3/2018

article How Adam Silver made his mark on esports in North America
(New York) -- Adam Silver has seen some of the NBA's greatest stars deliver epic performances and watched some of the world's biggest musicians shine at Madison...
article Head Of Esports For Data Company Sportradar Departs After Investigation, Gambling On Matches
(USA) -- Sports data company Sportradar parted ways with its head of esports following the revelation that he was betting on esports matches. Sportradar issued a...
article ‘Super Bowl of esports’ coming to Vancouver this summer
(Vancouver) -- Rogers Arena is the home of the Vancouver Canucks, concerts, comedy shows, professional wrestling, and pretty much every other type of event you can think...
article How Adam Silver made his mark on esports in North America
(New York) -- Adam Silver has seen some of the NBA's greatest stars deliver epic performances and watched some of the world's biggest musicians shine at Madison...
article Shaq named new General Manager for Sacramento King's eSports team
(California) -- This coming May (through August), the King's Guard, the Sacramento King's real eSports team, will begin competing in the NBA 2K League, comprised...
article Head Of Esports For Data Company Sportradar Departs After Investigation, Gambling On Matches
(Internet) -- Sports data company Sportradar parted ways with its head of esports following the revelation that he was betting on esports matches. Sportradar issued a...
article Prove it or… An Inside Look at One Esports Social Media Manager
(Internet) -- It was a tweet that if made even a year ago would have had esports fans laughing in their gaming chairs and throwing memes. Esports fans still laughed and...
article eSports competition coming to Mystic Lake
(Minnesota) -- Hundreds of gamers will gather at Mystic Lake later this month for an EPIC eSports Tournament with $10,000 in cash prizes at stake.

3/30/2018

article South Korea: Birthplace of eSports
(South Korea) -- South Korea is recognized as holding a dominant position in the eSports industry, with many of the world’s best players originating from the...

3/28/2018

article Chef Jose Andres designs menu for Luxor’s new Esports Arena
(Las Vegas) -- “I’m trying to go under the radar.” Those are not words one expects from Jose Andres. Nothing about this chef — his personality,...

3/26/2018

article ESIC’s suspicious betting alert network uncovers Dota 2 cheating incident
(USA) -- Esports Integrity Coalition’s suspicious betting alert network works. The system recently identified an irregular betting pattern in a DOTA2 match that...
article Behold, the José Andrés Menu at the Esports Arena
(Las Vegas) -- “Avid gamer” chef José Andrés launches his fifth Las Vegas dining concept this week, inside the “30,000-square-foot, multi-level”...

3/25/2018

article Las Vegas Strip’s First Esports Arena Opens At Luxor
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas Strip’s first ever permanent, purpose-built esports arena opened on Thursday night at MGM’s Luxor, and, as is the fashion these...
article B.C. gaming industry preps for global eSports tournament
(British Columbia) -- Seattle doesn’t have a National Hockey League team yet, but that’s not slowing down Vancouver’s pursuit of a sports rivalry with...

3/24/2018

article Vegas Esports Arena gives hard-core gaming a glitzy stage
(Las Vegas) -- The first Las Vegas venue dedicated to esports opened in Luxor Casino and Resort Thursday, giving the competitive gaming scene one of its most prominent...
article How fantasy sports is becoming a multi-billion dollar business globally
(Worldwide) -- Millions of young sports aficionados across the country are now hooked on to fantasy sports, and the number is rising rapidly: 20 million at last count,...

3/23/2018

article ‘First of its kind’ esports arena opens on the Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- New gaming has arrived on the Strip, and it’s not about blackjack, roulette or craps. Only time will tell if the new gaming, featuring video games,...
article B.C. gaming industry preps for global eSports tournament
(British Columbia) -- This month organizers of The International Dota 2 Championships announced they were moving the multi-day gaming tournament from Seattle to...

3/22/2018

article FAQ: Here's why the esports scene in Las Vegas is growing
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas has been part of a growing esports scene over the past few years. If you want to learn more about competitive gaming, here is a breakdown of the...
article New 30,000-square foot Esports Arena opens on the Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- A new 30,000-square foot Esports arena is opening at Luxor Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Executives say Esports Arena Las Vegas becomes the...
article Women in Las Vegas turning video games into careers
(Las Vegas) -- With the Luxor opening its new Esports Arena, many gamers around the valley are hoping to get in on the action. Esports is expected to become a billion...
article NBA leaps on esports bandwagon with new league
(USA) -- The inexorable advance of esports will break new ground next month when the NBA becomes the first American professional sports organization to operate an...

3/21/2018

article Esports Continue To Become More Mainstream And a Bigger Part Of The Gaming Industry
(Worldwide) -- There are a lot of mixed opinions on esports, competitive video game tournaments held in venues all over the world. For the skeptics, you might be...
article How Esports Gambling Works
(Worldwide) -- The first few months of Overwatch League's inaugural season have already resulted in unexpected upsets, emerging tactics, and drama between players...
article Esports takes off at Illinois College
(Illinois) -- What started out as a club has turned into a full-fledged sport at Illinois College. IC’s esports team is in its first year of official competition.
article Blizzard is offering $1 million to anyone who can predict every result in the Heroes of the Dorm bracket
(Internet) -- Do you think you can predict the entire Heroes of the Dorm bracket? If you can, Blizzard Entertainment will award you $1 million. That means getting each...
article BLOG: How Esports Gambling Works
(Internet) -- The first few months of Overwatch League’s inaugural season have already resulted in unexpected upsets, emerging tactics, and drama between players...

3/20/2018

article Vancouver's Rogers Arena to host $27-million eSport tournament
(Vancouver) -- The International Dota 2 Championships, the most lucrative eSports tournament in the world, is coming to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena this summer.

3/19/2018

article Not familiar with esports? New facilities like a $10 million emporium in Texas could change that
(Texas) -- The city of Arlington and its voters have contributed more than $800 million in recent years to build cutting-edge stadiums for the Dallas Cowboys and Texas...
article Texas Is Building A Huge Stadium For A Billion-Dollar Sport: Video Games
(Texas) -- A $10 million stadium is being built in Arlington, Texas. But it’s not for basketball or baseball. It’s for video games. When it’s finished...
article Growing pains of a growing eSports audience
(Indiana) -- In recent years, gaming and eSports have exploded onto computer screens across the world with audience growth projected to reach 589 million by 2020...

3/18/2018

article For gamers who like a fighting chance
(New York) -- Joshua Jodoin left New York for Alhambra, Calif., in 2013 to explore new career opportunities in the online gaming community. But recently, he had returned...

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