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Esports Arena: Leagues Shift to Online Events Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Three prominent esports leagues have announced they will move forward with their competitive seasons via online play and revised schedules after being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Overwatch League, which has suspended play since the Washington Justice Homestand on March 7-8, will host Online matches starting March 21. Matches will be played every Friday through Sunday until May 1 in order to make up all cancellations. Teams will be split between three servers in order to reduce lag as much as possible.

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10/27/2020

article Coronavirus and Esports: How Pandemic Is Pushing Industry Forward
(Internet) -- On Monday, October 26, Esports EntertainmentGroup (GMBL) announced an agreement to acquire ggCircuit LLC and Helix eSports LLC for roughly $43 million....
article Louis Ducruet: “Some esports players have better reflexes than F1 drivers”
(Monaco) -- We met with Louis Ducruet right before the French Final of the League of Legends to talk all things esports. He told us about his love for the discipline,...
article Sally Phillips reveals her disabled son Olly has got his first job
(UK) -- Sally Phillips revealed her disabled son Olly, who has Down's syndrome, has gotten his first job as part of inclusive tournament Cadbury's Hero League....

10/26/2020

article The Long Con: Rahul Sood says blockchain and esports belong together
(Washington) -- Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood is excited to be standing at the intersection of blockchain, esports and regulated gambling. Sood sat down with our very own Becky...
article Luckbox CEO: Esports betting will overtake traditional sports betting in my lifetime
(Worldwide) -- Quentin Martin, CEO of esports betting company Luckbox, says he is willing to “bet substantial amounts of money with anyone who will take it”...
article Malta joins International Esports Federation
(Malta) -- The International Esports Federation has announced membership expansion within three continents as Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Kuwait from Asia, Morocco and...

10/20/2020

article Ball State tabs Marino to oversee esports program
(New York) -- Ball State University has hired Dan Marino as director of its new Esports program. Marino begins his duties October 27. He comes to Ball State after...
article Esports network VENN raises $26 million Series A round
(Wall Street) -- The Video Game Entertainment and News Network (VENN) will announce Tuesday a $26 million Series A investment round co-led by BITKRAFT Ventures, an...
article Esports provides staggering boost to UK economy
(UK) -- The report from Olsberg•SPI with Nordicity, named “The Value of Esports in the UK,” looks at the economic impact of esports in the United...

10/18/2020

article eSports Betting: Why every operator should incorporate it into their portfolio
(Wall Street) -- A few years ago, very few knew what eSports was. It was something of a nice sector, largely ignored by the mainstream sports, and gambling stakeholders...

10/11/2020

article San Francisco Shock beat Seoul Dynasty to become back-to-back Overwatch League champions
(Internet) -- After a rocky, unpredictable season, the San Francisco Shock defeated the Seoul Dynasty, 4-2, to secure their place as Overwatch League’s first back-...

10/9/2020

article Council Post: How Gaming Could Become The World’s Biggest Media Platform
(Internet) -- It’s a few minutes before midnight on April 23, 2020, a month after the lockdown started in most of Europe. But this doesn’t stop me — I...
article Shaquille O’Neal teams with former Disney executives in new acquisitions company
(California) -- Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal already has a significant investment portfolio, with holdings that include fast food restaurants, esports and...
article Shaquille O'Neal, MLK's son and ex-Disney execs team up for tech deal
(Wall Street) -- Shaquille O’Neal is teaming up with three former high-ranking Disney execs and one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s sons to make deals in the...

10/8/2020

article How Honda and Nestlé make authentic connections through esports
(Internet) -- Global esports revenue is once again expected to surpassed $1 billion this year, and is projected to exceed $1.5 billion in 2023. As the industry continues...

10/7/2020

article Critical Role’s next big move is a charity organization that fans can donate to all year round
(Canada) -- When the Critical Role show started in 2015, the simple but charming Dungeons & Dragons series didn’t seem to have much ambition beyond being an...
article Newzoo: Esports Revenue Estimate at $950 million globally in 2020
(Worldwide) -- The 2020 esports revenue estimate has been revised from an initial $973.9 million to $950.3 million globally, according to gaming market intelligence firm...

10/6/2020

article Electronic Gaming Federation to Govern Big East Esports
(USA) -- The Big East Conference has signed a three-year agreement with the Electronic Gaming Federation. Varsity esports teams from all 11 Big East schools will now...

10/5/2020

article $186.3M raised in disclosed esports investments in September 2020
(Internet) -- As the esports industry continues to grow, so does the interest in owning a piece of the pie. Celebrities and venture capitalists are investing millions of...
article Esports betting: how thousands of Twitter ads may be converting young gamers into gamblers
(Internet) -- Most large sports events came to an abrupt halt during the pandemic, but one category was not only unaffected but enjoyed accelerated growth: esports....
article How Competitive Gaming Grew into the eSports Industry
(Internet) -- Video games have developed into one of the most popular forms of entertainment, with the video game industry ranking in more than $120 billion in 2019...
article San Antonio set to receive esports arena from ASM Global
(Texas) -- ASM Global, a venue management and services company, and Port San Antonio have announced the initial timeline for the construction of a $60 million (£46.2...

10/4/2020

article How esports is quietly spawning a whole new generation of problem gamblers
(Worldwide) -- Most large sports events came to an abrupt halt during the pandemic, but one category was not only unaffected but enjoyed accelerated growth: esports....

10/2/2020

article Rivalry CEO Steven Salz on analyzing the esports betting audience
(USA) -- It’s been a red-letter year for the esports industry as its digital nature allowed it to navigate around the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak which saw...

10/1/2020

press release COLUMN: Esports could be quietly spawning a whole new generation of problem gamblers
(Worldwide) -- Most large sports events came to an abrupt halt during the pandemic, but one category was not only unaffected but enjoyed accelerated growth: esports....

9/29/2020

article US Navy Spent $2 Million to Boost Its Entry into Esports
(Internet) -- The US military esports controversy continues with the reveal that the Navy spent $2 million on advertising for its foray into esports.
article Safer workplace in esports
(Philippines) -- Professional player and shoutcaster Em “Kaisaya” Dangla advocates for a safer workplace in the Philippine esports industry as fellow caster...

9/27/2020

article Lines between esports, gaming, gambling blurred
(India) -- Around the time KL Rahul of Kings XI Punjab was taking down Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL last week, Lawrence The Beast Incarnate...

9/25/2020

article Video game sales, esports industry surging in age of coronavirus
(Nevada) -- In a state where the word “gaming” has for decades been synonymous with slot machines and craps tables, Nevada is seeing a more modern form of...

9/24/2020

article Corporate communication alumni partner on esports business
(Pennsylvania) -- Chris Davis and Matt Giombetti have spent countless blissful hours of their lives over a video game console.
article University of Michigan launches competitive Esports program
(Michigan) -- The University of Michigan Recreational Sports department has announced the launch of a competitive Esports program. The program spun out of the student...

9/23/2020

article U.S. Air Force gets into gaming with 'Command Clash' competition
(USA) -- Command Clash," a six-part esports competition between 29 service members at multiple bases, begins this weekend, the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday.

9/22/2020

article Gillette Produces a League of Legends Esports Talk Show in Brazil
(Internet) -- In partnership with Riot Games, Gillette announced that it will produce an esports talk show called Gillette Talks – LoL Edition between Sept. 21...
article Outback Steakhouse on its Presence in Brazilian Esports
(Brazil) -- Outback Steakhouse has raised its profile as a non-endemic brand in esports in Brazil after having a presence in events such as the Girl Pwr Invitational and...

9/21/2020

article Construction of Philadelphia Fusion esports arena put on Covid halt
(Pennsylvania) -- The opening of Comcast Spectacor’s $50 million Philadelphia purpose-built esports arena — slated to be the first of its kind in North America — will be...

9/18/2020

article England: More on the esports explosion
(Illinois) -- Last week, I introduced you to the esports and gaming industry, then featured the top-performing exchange-traded fund in the group, NERD-the Roundhill...

9/16/2020

article The $13 Billion Market Opportunity In eGaming
(Wall Street) -- Video gamers have come a long way from their elementary days of Pong, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Technologically absorbed millennials have taken today...

9/14/2020

article The Long Con: Blaine Graboyes is giving casinos a way to monetize eSports
(USA) -- The eSports industry has exploded over the last decade and is the newest big thing in the gambling industry. GameCo CEO Blaine Graboyes has been one of the...

9/8/2020

article eSports: a close look at industry growth and future trends
(Internet) -- While the eSports industry is enjoying a recent surge in global popularity, the concept is actually nothing new. Competitive gaming has been popular since...

9/4/2020

article Competitive video gaming to fill void as traditional post-secondary sports sidelined by pandemic
(Iowa) -- The courts may be quiet and the fields forlorn, but competitive teams are still thriving at post-secondary schools in Waterloo Region. hile traditional sports...

9/3/2020

article Ethics and economics: The conflicting values of the esports industry
(Worldwide) -- On June 29, Riot Games published the following statement on their website. “It’s been a year of breaking new ground so far — to continue...

9/2/2020

article Allied Esports cheers on launching first legal esports betting opportunity in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- Allied Esports, a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment (NASDAQ:AESE), has created the first opportunity for legal esports betting in New Jersey...

9/1/2020

article New Jersey EDA to lead state-wide esports initiatives
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the state’s principal agency driving economic growth, has unveiled its initiative to curate...
article New Jersey regulators approve CS:GO Legend Series for wagering
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has today approved wagering on the VIE.gg Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Legend Series.

8/27/2020

article GameCo unveils new full-service esports betting brand
(Las Vegas) -- GameCo LLC pioneer of the new casino experience designed to attract and monetize Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z players at retail and digital casinos, today...

8/21/2020

article Esports Entertainment Group partners with Twin River to offer sports betting in NJ
(New Jersey) -- E sports Entertainment Group said Thursday it has entered into a multi-year partnership with Twin River Worldwide Holdings to launch online sports...
article Vegas Trade Show Gets Virtual Remake With Avatars Roaming Lobby
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas trade show, a ritual for so many industries, is on pause right now. Nevada officials are prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people due...

8/20/2020

article Esports Entertainment Group Partners with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. to Launch Online Sports Betting in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- Esports Entertainment Group, Inc. (NasdaqCM: GMBL, GMBLW) ( the "Company"), a licensed online gambling company with a focus on esports wagering and 18+...

8/13/2020

article With live sports quieted by the pandemic, chains turn to esports
(USA) -- Last year, Chipotle Mexican Grill noted that not many restaurant brands were active in esports. So, the fast-casual chain launched the Chipotle Challenger...

8/11/2020

article There Is A Belong Gaming Area Coming To Your Town
(USA) -- Almost half of America is gaming during the pandemic. Gaming is bigger than music and movies combined. This year video game revenues will likely top $170...

8/6/2020

article GameCo unveils esports betting brand, iGameCo
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas-based gambling company GameCo has announced the launch of iGameCo, a brand focusing on the company’s efforts in esports betting and skill-...

8/4/2020

article The Rise of Esports Betting
(USA) -- During the first few months of the COVID-19 lockdown, with virtually all major sporting events cancelled, sports betting and gambling companies turned their...

8/1/2020

article State High School Organizations Should Have Proper Resources Before Supporting Esports
(USA) -- Does calling an activity, a board game or an electronic game a sport make it a sport? If you call it a sport, can you attribute all the research supported...

7/30/2020

article Fortnite is coming to Wichita public schools as esports receives $544K in funding
(Kansas) -- The world of esports is coming soon to a majority of high schools in the Wichita public school district. The Wichita Board of Education approved a motion in...

7/24/2020

article Sports-Gambling Funds Embrace the Unpredictable World of Esports
(USA) -- Duane Cousin is one of a handful of professional bettors seeking to turn sports gambling into an investing asset class. But when the pandemic hit, he was left...

7/23/2020

article Esports in a pandemic desert - oasis or mirage?
(Internet) -- The absence of live traditional sports during the pandemic forced many through the open gates of esports, but while the surge in activity is now over for...

7/22/2020

article Esports Betting In The UK Rose Significantly During Coronavirus Lockdown
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission has released a new report that shows the incredible growth that esports betting has seen over recent months thanks to the coronavirus...

7/17/2020

article Twitch Orders U.S. Army to Stop Using Fake Promotion that Sent Viewers to Recruitment Form
(Internet) -- A U.S. Army gaming channel on Twitch has been told to stop redirecting viewers to a recruitment page by using a fake "giveaway" promotion.

7/1/2020

article HyperX Esports Arena looks to build on burgeoning interest in video games
(Las Vegas) -- Ryan Polidan fidgets in his leather chair positioned toward the front of the Boss Level Suite overlooking the playing floor at the HyperX Esports Arena...

6/29/2020

article Redeye walks away from esports following abuse accusations
(UK) -- British commentator Paul 'Redeye' Chaloner has announced his retirement from esports after abuse accusations were made against him by fellow host James...

6/26/2020

article How a High-Protein Diet Fuels This Elite eSports Team
(USA) -- In 2016, Andrew Tye, a fine-dining chef with an extensive culinary background, landed a job with Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), an eSports team based in Los...

6/23/2020

article Dennis Drazin Explains New Jersey's Latest Esports Betting Bill
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey sports betting industry has a new bill on the table that would make revisions to the state’s current sports gambling laws. Dennis...

6/19/2020

article LCS projects a profitable 2021 season, despite navigating covid-19 crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- The League of Legends Championship Series, the most popular esports league in the United States, has rolled through its eighth season facing many of...

6/16/2020

article Is Esports Betting Sports Betting in Iowa?
(Iowa) -- Under Section 99E: a “Fantasy sports contest” includes any fantasy or simulated game or contest …” and 99E.2 states: “The system...

6/11/2020

article OP/ED: Esports is a huge but immature industry that needs to grow up fast
(Internet) -- To some people of a certain vintage, computer gaming remains the preserve of teens and geeks – a niche hobby to be grown out of when real life kicks...

6/10/2020

article One byproduct of esports betting? A crackdown on cheating.
(Internet) -- With covid-19 shuttering both casino floors and traditional sports arenas, Nevada and other states have leaned into esports as a viable alternative to keep...

6/9/2020

article Setting a path to scholarships and success for esports athletes
(USA) -- This column is part of a series of articles from the Academic Esports Guide, which serves as a primer for schools and faculty interested in getting started in...

6/8/2020

article With real-life games halted, betting world puts action on Esports
(Worldwide) -- Marco Blume, trading director for the sports book Pinnacle, remembers when betting on the competitive video games known as esports was an exotic concept...

6/7/2020

article Betting On E-sports Approved, But Not Through Casinos
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission met this past week at Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort near Larchwood. Among other items on their agenda, the...

6/4/2020

article Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission gives thumbs down to gambling on esports
(Iowa) -- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a formal request Thursday by the Iowa Gaming Association to allow casino wagering on esports. During its meeting...
article BLOG: Espo Will Let Fans Invest in the Careers of Esports Athletes
(Internet) -- London-based esports startup Espo has announced pre-registration for its new digital staking platform that lets fans financially support rising competitive...
article Can eSports And Virtual Sports Chart New Paths After Moment In Sun?
(Internet) -- During the COVID-19 pandemic, eSports and virtual sports have proven to be a curious entity in the sports wagering world with a lack of traditional options...

6/2/2020

article Lamborghini is getting into esports. Wait. What?
(USA) -- Lamborghini has always tried to build its reputation around luxury, prestige, and speed. And starting this weekend, the company hopes to become synonymous with...
article FACEIT and VISA Plan $450K Esports Program, Launch Debit Card in Russia
(Russia) -- Tournament operator FACEIT and VISA will launch a $450K USD grassroots esports program in Russia, through new partner Gazprombank.
article How Unikrn’s UMode is levelling up gaming
(Internet) -- The world of competitive video gaming is easily one of the most underrated and exciting strands of the entertainment industry. Its roots in the world of...
article Gamers Getting Paid: Play One Up Raises $3.1M Seed From Three Curve, Pro Athletes
(Wall Street) -- Play One Up, an e-sports mobile app that allows gamers to compete for money, has raised $3.1 million in a seed round led by Three Curve Capital, the...

6/1/2020

article Gambling Today: Esports Betting Keeps Climbing
(Internet) -- When the COVID-19 shutdown put a halt to March Madness, along with the NBA, NHL and MLB, it also crippled the billion-dollar sports betting industry that...

5/26/2020

press release Esports Entertainment Group +9% after setting up shop in U.S.
(Wall Street) -- Esports Entertainment Group (NASDAQ:GMBL) announces the formation of a new wholly owned subsidiary called GMBL New Jersey for the express purpose of...

5/22/2020

article Inter Miami goalkeeper Luis Robles invests in eSports betting site. This is why
(Internet) -- Among the lessons Luis Robles has learned while being quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic is just how fanatical his Inter Miami teammates — and...

5/20/2020

article Puerto Rico moves one step closer to esports regulation
(Puerto Rico) -- Esports looks to have emerged as a leading light amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a near total shutdown of land-based activities and live...
article Newgioco CEO Mike Ciavarella to Speak on Regulated Esports Gambling Webinar
(Worldwide) -- Newgioco Group, Inc. (“Newgioco” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: NWGI), a global sports betting and interactive gaming technology company providing fully...

5/19/2020

article Amazon's Twitch leads a booming esports six-figure-salary job market in coronavirus era
(Internet) -- While baseball, basketball, soccer and pretty much every other sport on the planet remains shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, there's one corner of...
article Pandemic Brings Gaming Boom That Adds Billions to Makers’ Wealth
(Internet) -- Rapper Travis Scott zoomed onto stage riding an asteroid during a concert witnessed last month by British YouTube videographer Jon Hutchinson. The special...

5/17/2020

article DraftKings CEO Calls Esports A 'Huge Growth Area'
(Massachusetts) -- Online sports betting platform Draftkings on Friday reported first-quarter results, which showed a net revenue increase of 30% year-over-year in part...

5/14/2020

article NHL Teams Are Utilizing Esports To Keep Fans Engaged During Coronavirus Pandemic
(USA) -- When the National Hockey League suspended play on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, its 31 teams were suddenly confronted with no games, no open arenas...
article NYC Esports Organization to Support Affordable Internet Access
(New York) -- New York-based esports organization Andbox will donate all net proceeds from its recently launched apparel line to NYC Mesh, an independent community-based...

5/8/2020

article OP/ED: Filling the void with virtual sports
(Kansas) -- Without live sporting events, life is a bit boring for me. Normally, I’m tired from running every day and night to cover high school spring sports...

5/7/2020

article Exclusive: Activision Blizzard Leagues Launch Esports Betting Partnership With Sportradar
(Internet) -- The Overwatch League and Call of Duty League, which are part of Activision Blizzard (ATVI) - Get Report, have announced a collaboration with Sportradar....
article Exclusive: Gambling on Esports Leagues Takes a Major Step Forward
(USA) -- The NBA and MLB are trying—but largely failing—to capture the attention of sport-deprived fans through esports tournaments featuring professional...

5/6/2020

article Las Vegas hedging its bets on esports
(Las Vegas) -- Some Las Vegas sportsbooks will be back in business this week, opening their apps for wagering for the first time since mid-March, when they were shut...

5/5/2020

press release COVID-19 and the Rise of Esports
(Las Vegas) -- Springtime is typically a dream for American sports fans: baseball season opens with a flourish, playoff races are heating up in the NBA and NHL, and...

5/4/2020

article Online gaming use on the rise as a way to stay socially connected
(Wisconsin) -- With coronavirus lockdown rules in place and Americans being advised to stay at home, online engagement has increased dramatically. One of the most common...

4/25/2020

article Sportsbooks struggling, Vegas embraces esports betting despite match-fixing concerns
(Las Vegas) -- Before COVID-19, casinos in Las Vegas would have laughed at the prospect of an esports-centric betting operation. But now, searching for alternative...

4/23/2020

article Las Vegas Bookmakers Cautious, But Welcome Esports Betting
(Las Vegas) -- Before the coronavirus pandemic, race and sports books in Las Vegas dismissed the notion of posting lines and taking wagers on esports. Why bet on video...
article COVID-19 shutdown leads to rise in e-sports gambling and suspicious online betting
(Australia) -- The shutdown of major sporting codes due to COVID-19 has led to a surge in betting on e-sports competition, but an industry group has also detected a 50...

4/19/2020

article Will profit outweigh politics as Vegas embraces Esports betting?
(Las Vegas) -- The advent of online gaming as a sportsbetting franchise is one that isn’t new and, in many ways, has always been there. From virtual gaming to pre-...

4/18/2020

article Coronavirus devastated gaming industry but may boost esports
(Nevada) -- The spread of the novel coronavirus has devastated the gaming industry, prompting the shutdown of arenas, casinos and resorts across the country. But there...

4/17/2020

article Sportsbooks struggling, Vegas embraces esports betting despite match-fixing concerns
(Las Vegas) -- Before covid-19, casinos in Las Vegas would have laughed at the prospect of an esports-centric betting operation. But now, searching for alternative...

4/16/2020

article They lost their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak. Now they're full-time video game coaches
(Internet) -- Trevor Andrews is a concert violist and music teacher who found his symphony performances canceled in late March as COVID-19 decimated the U.S. economy....
article As traditional sport seasons are shut down, are high school esports about to have a moment?
(Pennsylvania) -- Self-distancing measures and statewide shutdowns have forced many to adopt a mild form of agoraphobia. The extra free time and couch sitting from the...
article Nevada Expands Esports Betting Options
(Nevada) -- Because all major professional sports leagues have canceled or postponed their seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Summer Olympics have even...

4/14/2020

article Nevada approves wagering on 3 esports events
(Nevada) -- Nevada Gaming Control on Tuesday approved wagering on three esports events, as the state's bookmakers look for new betting offerings with essentially all...

4/10/2020

article MLB, MLBPA create players-only esports league
(USA) -- Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are joining in the fast-growing movement to develop player-driven esports events during the ongoing...

4/8/2020

article As Traditional Sports Grind to a Halt, Esports Offer a Way to Fill the Void
(Internet) -- Across the globe, live sports have been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The shutdown leaves inevitable gaps in programming — and...
article Gamblers Cash-In as NBA 2K Results Leaked Online
(Internet) -- With no live sports, sportsbooks are getting desperate to bring in revenue and turned to taking bets on an NBA 2K tournament featuring 16 NBA stars playing...

4/7/2020

article Grotesque model reveals what avid gamers could look like in 20 years' time
(Canada) -- He's got bloodshot eyes, a dented skull and blistered hands — and in twenty years, you'll be just like him if you don't take care of...
article Is This the Most Virus-Proof Job in the World?
(Internet) -- Ben Lupo sat in his basement in Omaha one recent afternoon, trying to kill a brigade of heavily armed Russians before they killed him. “I’m...

4/6/2020

article Bookmakers suspend betting after NBA 2K20 results leaked online
(Internet) -- Online bookmakers, already hit by the stoppage of live sports due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, suffered a further setback when the results of an NBA...

4/3/2020

article Nevada Approves eNASCAR Betting as Penn, Barstool Bring iRacing Series to Finish Line App
(Nevada) -- Like every other sport in the US, NASCAR is frozen because of the coronavirus outbreak, but its fans are enjoying an outlet in the form of esports and now...

4/1/2020

article Game on: Esports has filled the void of empty stadiums and arenas
(USA) -- A sports-free landscape has forced many fans to watch and re-watch highlights from classic Super Bowls and World Series on cable sports channels. It’s...

3/30/2020

article From courts to consoles: With live sports canceled, pro athletes join the streaming surge
(Internet) -- Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard settled into the custom upholstered chair in front of three large TV screens on a recent night in his home theater. He...
article Online, Virtual Games Escape the New Reality
(Georgia) -- A few blocks from downtown, inside a building with a brick and stucco facade, two men were immersed in an e-sports event, one of the safer competitions...

3/29/2020

article In the Quarantine Age, an indoor sport seizes center stage
(Worldwide) -- Four men appeared on my television at 2 p.m. in neat rectangles. The backgrounds varied. Barren white walls in one, a few frames in another. A window,...

3/27/2020

article Control Board allowing sportsbooks to take bets on Counter-Strike
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board has given permission for Nevada sportsbooks to take wagers on a major video game competition that is underway. In a memorandum...

3/26/2020

article GameCo partners with GRID to bring eSports betting products
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas-based gambling company GameCo has established a partnership with esports data provider GRID to bring esports betting products to North American...

3/24/2020

article With most sports on hiatus, will betting on eSports become popular?
(Worldwide) -- The Coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the NBA, MLB, NHL, and professional soccer seasons, as well as the outright cancellation of the NCAA...
article With most sports on hiatus, will betting on eSports become popular?
(Internet) -- The Coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the NBA, MLB, NHL, and professional soccer seasons, as well as the outright cancellation of the NCAA...

3/23/2020

article Esports Fill The Void As Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc On Sports Calendar
(Internet) -- As governments around the world grapple with societal and economic ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, the sporting world is coming to terms with...
article Will Esports and Video Gaming Benefit from Coronavirus Shutdown?
(Wall Street) -- In this episode of ETF Spotlight, I speak with Will Hershey, CEO at Roundhill Investments Esports & Digital Entertainment. We talk about esports and...

3/21/2020

article Esports keeps the lights on, as COVID-19 shuts down global sports
(Germany) -- An esports tournament in Berlin was still held remotely, after measures to slow the spread of coronavirus shuttered the arena. Formula One also sought to...

3/18/2020

article New Jersey moves to legalize Esports betting in an attempt to ease future growth of gambling market
(New Jersey) -- In a state that’s constantly looking for new things to bet on, Esports may become New Jersey’s next biggest gambling market after lawmakers...
article Analyst: “Coronavirus a significant opportunity for eSports”
(Internet) -- Following the cancellation of sporting events around the globe in light of the Coronavirus outbreak; Conrad Wiacek, Head of Analysis and Consulting at...
article Coronavirus: Will more bettors now turn to esports?
(Internet) -- As the sports betting calendar edges closer to total decimation, and retail properties face indefinite closures, all eyes are turning to what verticals can...
article Esports 101: What You Need To Know About This Quietly Massive Entertainment Phenomenon
(Internet) -- All eyes in media and entertainment are on Jeffrey Katzenberg’s and Meg Whitman’s upcoming mobile-first premium video streaming service Quibi...
article Esports Arena: Leagues Shift to Online Events Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
(Internet) -- Three prominent esports leagues have announced they will move forward with their competitive seasons via online play and revised schedules after being...
article Esports, a Growing Pro AV Market, is Thriving Under the COVID-19 Quarantine
(Internet) -- Sports were the first thing to go. All major sports leagues have been postponed or impacted in some way by COVID-19, and that especially hurts in...

3/12/2020

article Call of Duty League is shifting to online-only games
(Worldwide) -- The city-based Call of Duty League is shifting to a new format amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the league said that upcoming...
article Esports is tough: Super League Gaming lost $30.6 million on $1 million in revenue in 2019
(USA) -- Super League Gaming, an esports company that holds events for amateurs, reported that it lost $30.6 million in 2019, on revenues of $1 million. That illustrates...

3/9/2020

article "The Casino Esports Conference strives to make casinos relevant to a younger demographic"
(Las Vegas) -- A few months ahead of the Casino Esports Conference (CEC) in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to take place on June 16-18, Yogonet spoke with Executive...
article "The Casino Esports Conference strives to make casinos relevant to a younger demographic"
(Las Vegas) -- A few months ahead of the Casino Esports Conference (CEC) in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to take place on June 16-18, Yogonet spoke with Executive...

3/8/2020

article ICYMI: Esports betting bill advances in Trenton
(New Jersey) -- The success of legalized sports betting has opened the possibility for gaming operators to offer wagers on other competitive events, and state lawmakers...

3/6/2020

article Video game tournaments—the ‘next big thing’ for NJ sports betting
(New Jersey) -- In the midst of a sports wagering boom – with nearly $4.6 billion in sports bets last year alone – lawmakers and gaming regulators want to...

3/5/2020

article Esports betting bill advances in Trenton
(New Jersey) -- The success of legalized sports betting has opened the possibility for gaming operators to offer wagers on other competitive events, and state lawmakers...
article New Jersey eyes wider betting on esports video game tourneys
(New Jersey) -- In a state that's constantly looking for new things to bet on, New Jersey lawmakers are moving forward with a proposal to authorize wider wagering on...

2/25/2020

article United States Navy Signs Numerous Partnerships, Will Field CS:GO Team
(USA) -- The United States Navy Recruiting Command has launched an integrated esports campaign that includes partnerships with Twitch, ESL, and DBLTAP. The Navy is...

2/18/2020

article Esports May Be New Jersey's Next Gambling Growth Market
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey just set a record for sports betting for the month of January with $540.1 million wagered, while sportsbooks saw their revenue rise nearly...

2/17/2020

article Gaming for dollars: ASU esports community expands reach, raises money for charity
(Arizona) -- As the Arizona State campus begins to slow down and feel still on a Friday night, gamers throughout the community are arriving with their PC’s,...

2/4/2020

article Saint Rose esports team invites media to League of Legends tournament
(New York) -- When Wai Xian "Ice" Tang was recruited to the College of Saint Rose to play League of Legends, he said he was living at home, running a gaming...

2/3/2020

article FaZe Clan secures $22.7M loan, could be sign of coming growth
(Wall Street) -- When Forbes released its most recent rankings of the world’s most valuable esports organizations in November, FaZe Clan came in at No. 4 with $240...
article Fresno State unveils their first official Esports program
(California) -- Fresno State officially unveiled their new Esports teams. Twenty-two students will be competing competitively against other mountain west division...

1/29/2020

article Esports Arena: Coronavirus Postpones Competition in China; 'Call of Duty' League Debuts to Big Numbers
(Worldwide) -- Elsewhere in competitive gaming: Nearly 40 percent of 'Smash Bros. Ultimate' entrants don't show for EVO 2020 following top prize controversy...
article ‘No place for shooter games in our schools’: Fortnite banned from Ky. high school esports
(Kentucky) -- High school students competing in esports video game competitions won’t be playing the popular video game Fortnite. The Kentucky High School Athletic...
article AUDIO: Esports Is Booming, But Its Reception Remains Divided
(Texas) -- Competitive video gaming continues its tremendous growth, with billions in global revenue and hundreds of millions of fans. But a divide remains between those...
article Kentucky high schools ban ‘shooter game’ Fortnite from state esports programs
(Kentucky) -- Fortnite has been banned from varsity esports programs in Kentucky by the state’s high school athletic association because of concerns about how it...

1/27/2020

article Bill to allow wagering on eSports introduced
(New Jersey) -- Looking to capitalize on New Jersey’s growing sports betting market, a state lawmaker has proposed allowing legal wagers on esports. Assemblyman...

1/17/2020

article Will eSports Spike Digital Taxes?
(Internet) -- Historians and economists regularly look to tax policies to get a sense of what happened within a particular industry, society or country. No doubt the...

1/16/2020

article Unikrn’s CEO Rahul Sood Talks Stopping Esports Betting Fraud
(Washington) -- Unikrn’s, one of the many esports betting sites, CEO Rahul Sood discussed blockchain technology and its implications for the gambling industry in...

1/12/2020

article Paid to Play / The professional gamers making millions thanks to Esports
(UK) -- The video game industry generated $135 billion in 2018, and thanks to the rise of Esports even players can get themselves a slice of this multi-billion-dollar...
article Allied Esports to open Mall of Georgia esports venue
(Georgia) -- Global esports entertainment company Allied Esports and shopping, dining, and entertainment real estate company Simon have announced a new dedicated esports...

1/10/2020

article DBS Touts E-Sports Stocks as Bet on Millennial, Gen-Z Wealth
(Wall Street) -- The electronic sports industry is likely to grow significantly in coming years and stocks in the sector are poised to benefit, according to DBS Group...

1/8/2020

article Are you ready for some esports? League of Legends schedule adds Monday night matchups.
(North America) -- Esports is planting its first flag into the coveted, popular Monday evening time slot, with the League of Legends Championship Series announcing it...
article Esports model ‘could be future direction’ for student engagement
(Internet) -- The popularity of esports, in which computer gamers battle online, often in major global competitions watched by millions, has grown rapidly in the past...
article Midnite raises $2.4m to move esports 'beyond the tab'
(London) -- London-based esports start-up Midnite (midnite.com) has raised $2.4 million in venture funding to help accelerate the development of its wagering capacities...

1/3/2020

article Oneida Nation gambles on esports
(New York) -- The Yellow Brick Road Casino is taking bets on the $1 billion video game tournament industry. The Chittenango-based casino began running Madden ’20...

12/24/2019

article Point Park University adds a varsity e-sports team as the gaming world grows
(Pennsylvania) -- Point Park University won’t have to construct a playing field before its newest varsity sports team competes next fall. It will, however, have to...
article Top 10 most-watched games on Twitch in 2019
(Internet) -- Streaming has grown into its own industry as a branch of gaming that allows fans to interact with each other and showcase their abilities. From a developer...

12/19/2019

article New York High Schools Add Esports Teams to Boost STEM
(New York) -- The Tigers of Lewis J. Bennett School of Innovative Technology are set to begin their inaugural season in January.They’ve been practicing hard after...
article SUNY Canton offers degree in Esports Management
(New York) -- They're not fooling around at SUNY Canton with this new major. It's Esports Management. How to create events, direct people, marketing –...

12/17/2019

article ASU esports seeks official program status with more institutional support
(Arizona) -- When Dani George was a freshman at Arizona State University, the only thing that kept her from transferring was esports. She was depressed and had no...
article Deutsche Telekom acquires stake in SK Gaming
(Europe) -- Mobile communications provider Deutsche Telekom has acquired a 25 percent stake in German organisation SK Gaming. This deal is the successful outcome of...
article Northwood University to offer degree in esports management
(Michigan) -- Northwood University is planning to offer a degree in esports management in Fall 2020. Esports is competitive, multiplayer video gaming. The Midland-based...

12/16/2019

article DrLupo aims to raise a record $2 million for St. Jude with livestream fundraiser
(Internet) -- When 32-year-old Benjamin Lupo, known online as DrLupo, started streaming video games, he never thought it would evolve into a wildly successful full-time...

12/11/2019

article Brooklyn Nets Owner Joe Tsai Buys $10 Million Stake in Esports Team
(New York) -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. co-founder Joe Tsai is expanding his sports empire, buying a minority stake in competitive gaming franchise G2 Esports. The...

12/10/2019

article Point Park University Adding Varsity Esports Team
(Pennsylvania) -- Point Park University is adding its 18th varsity sports team. The university announced it’s now recruiting esports competitors and offering...
article An Overwatch star at 16, elite gamer will weigh college offers against turning pro
(USA) -- “I go to school and I’m a normal kid,” said Jonathan. “And then when I get home, I just play all day at the highest level.”...
article Esports Production Summit: How Experts Plan and Execute During Current Venue Boom
(California) -- Esports-focused venues are popping up across North America, and, with the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League set to start home and away games next...

12/4/2019

article The Inside Story of How High School Esports Began and One Man's $100 Million Bet
(Internet) -- Delane Parnell likes video games for many reasons. For one, they appeal to his personality. “I’m super competitive,” he says. For another, when he was...

11/25/2019

article Pasco man to open Esports venue in December
(Washington) -- A Pasco man is going all in to bring Esports to the Tri-Cities and KAPP-KVEW got an exclusive look at "Order of the Games." Aaron Baldy is a...

11/23/2019

article New Yorker captures Fortnite tournament in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- In Fortnite, one player reigns over everyone in a fight to the last man standing. On Saturday night, Daryl John, known online as Bugzvii, stood tallest...

11/16/2019

article HPU esports player takes talents beyond the computer screen
(Hawaii) -- Hawaii Pacific University is giving away $18,000 worth of scholarships through their month-long esports tournament. The League of Legends portion of the...
article Walmart opening new Esports Arena in Overland Park store to bring gamers together
(Kansas) -- Walmart is adding a new enterprise to its long list of services. This one might be a win for shoppers, kids and anyone who plays video games. The Overland...

11/14/2019

article Esports Betting Expands In US Beyond Nevada For First Time
(USA) -- Esports betting is officially live in New Jersey, although sportsbooks have only taken action on one event so far: the League of Legends World Championship...
article Valve shares ruling on conflicts of interest at CS:GO Majors
(Internet) -- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer Valve has established where it stands on Major-attending teams having conflicts of interest.

11/11/2019

article New Jersey casinos begin taking bets on esports tournaments
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey's casinos and racetracks are now taking bets on competitive video game tournaments, looking to expand the state's fast-growing sports...

11/9/2019

article NJ casinos taking bets on video tournament industry
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks are now taking bets on competitive video game tournaments, looking to expand the state’s fast-growing...

11/8/2019

article Fanduel, New Jersey casinos taking esports bets
(New Jersey) -- Gamblers in New Jersey now can bet on competitive esports at casinos and racetracks, while FanDuel on Friday announced it is the first online sportsbook...
article In Atlantic City, Borgata introduces Esports wagering to New Jersey – 1st bet placed by Howard Eskin on League of Legends World Championship
(Atlantic City) -- Putting $100 on Team G2 to take home the crown, Philadelphia-based sportscaster Howard Eskin made the first-ever esports wager Thursday afternoon at...
article How the League of Legends World Championship became the Super Bowl of esports
(California) -- There is no faster growing sport than esports, and there is no bigger esports tournament than the League of Legends World Championship. The run-up to...
article The newest fantasy league on the block is for … sport climbing?
(Internet) -- No, you can’t draft the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, the Nugget’s Nikola Jokić or the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado. But you can pick Korea’s competitive...

11/7/2019

article Exclusive: New Jersey operators granted permission to take first esports bets
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey operators have been granted permission to take bets on esports for the first time, EGR can reveal. In an email sent to locally-licensed...
article New Jersey casinos taking bets on video tournament industry
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey's casinos and racetracks are now taking bets on competitive video game tournaments, looking to expand the state's fast-growing sports...

11/6/2019

article As high schools embrace esports, students hope parents follow suit
(Internet) -- A few weeks before homecoming, a cloudless sky hung over Washington-Liberty High School in northern Virginia's Arlington County, and sounds of a...
article Broadcasting esports: Is measurement the key to success?
(Internet) -- From measuring audience metrics to platform and tournament sponsorship, monetising esports is not without it challenges. IBC365 speaks with industry...
article Esports Arena: Pro 'Fortnite' Player Banned for Cheating, 'Hearthstone' Crowns First Female Champ
(USA) -- Esports Arena is a curated weekly roundup of the biggest stories in the world of online competitive gaming.
article Global esports bodies agree on universal principles of fair play and respect
(Worldwide) -- Esports bodies from Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have teamed up on “a unifying set of principles” designed to promote...

11/5/2019

article Gaming and esports event will be held at Ontario Mills on Nov. 9-10, offering thousands of dollars worth of prizes
(California) -- Simon and Allied Esports have joined forces to bring a major gaming and esports experience to Ontario Mills in Ontario on the weekend of Nov. 9 and 10.
article Forbes Reveals The Most Valuable Esports Organizations
(USA) -- A new set of rankings from Forbes shows the impressive monetary values that the most popular esports organizations in the world are currently worth.
article ‘Awful Business’ Or The New Gold Rush? The Most Valuable Companies In Esports Are Surging.
(USA) -- If you are looking for a way to quantify the rising influence of esports, look no further than FaZe Clan. The video game lifestyle company has amassed 19...
article BLOG: Esports attracts non-gaming brand sponsorship
(USA) -- Marketers like to know what they’re getting into but esports — with its varying titles, audiences, and schedules — has been a challenge to...
article Esports gamers are getting sore necks, backs and wrists as well as depression 'because of the hours they spend hunched over in front of screens'
(Worldwide) -- Professional gamers are suffering sore necks, backs and wrists as well as blurred vision and mental health issues, a study has found. Esports has boomed...
article PODCAST: Can You Trust eSports Betting?
(Internet) -- When we look at sports betting markets, we trust that their integrity has not been compromised. We also imagine that we’d be able to tell if they...
article This Woman Just Made History With Her Esports Tournament Win
(California) -- Chinese esports player Li “VKLiooon” Xiaomeng won this year’s Hearthstone Grandmasters Global Finals over the weekend at BlizzCon — making the 23-year-...

11/4/2019

article 1.25m tune in to live finals of mobile esports competition
(Internet) -- The finals of the Summoners War World Arena Championship 2019 picked up its highest online viewing figures to date, with 1.25m tuning in to the live stream...

11/3/2019

article Esports connects girls to science, tech jobs
(Las Vegas) -- Several dozen middle schoolers played video games and toured the esports arena at the Luxor casino-resort this week as part of a new program working to...
article E-sports convention at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
(South Dakota) -- E-sports players from five different colleges came to Rapid City for a celebration of e-sports and internet culture. "We have a collegiate...

11/2/2019

article A glimpse down the esports talent pipeline
(Arizona) -- High school team. College program. Development league. Pro draft. It’s a system familiar to sports fans. But if you want to make your living in...
article Program uses esports to connect girls to science, tech jobs
(Las Vegas) -- Several dozen middle schoolers played video games and toured the esports arena at the Luxor casino-resort this week as part of a new program working to...
article FaZe Banks' Trashed Vegas Hotel Room Video Shows Utter Destruction
(Las Vegas) -- Wanna see what $30,000 worth of damage in a fancy Vegas hotel looks like? Feast your eyes on this disaster!!! Here's the room Esports megastar FaZe...

11/1/2019

article Wisdom Gaming Group to Hold Largest Esports Viewing Event in Minnesota History at Target Field
(Minnesota) -- On November 10th, Wisdom Gaming Group, an esports company specializing in producing esports events and content, will be hosting a League of Legends Worlds...

10/31/2019

article CNY casino launches eSports competition
(New York) -- Upstate New York’s largest sports betting lounge is now introducing the state’s first live weekly eSports competition. The Madden ’20...

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