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Esports Betting Site CEO Eyes Lofty Goals After Malta License, ICO

The chief executive of esports betting operator Unikrn said the importance of the new license from the gaming authorities in Malta “really cannot be overstated” as it opens up the company’s offering to the vast majority of the continent.

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12/18/2018

article Why esports is becoming a bigger part of the Australian sporting calendar
(Australia) -- You’ve probably read somewhere over the years that esports is “the next big thing” in the sporting world. That’s simply not true...

12/14/2018

article Global law firm opens video game, esports division
(Las Vegas) -- The Greenberg Traurig global law practice has formed a division dedicated to video game and esports law, the company announced Tuesday. The new video game...

12/11/2018

article Inside the Campaign to Make Atlantic City an Esports Hub
(Atlantic City) -- Once branded as “America’s Favorite Playground,” Atlantic City, New Jersey is famed for its casinos and entertainment offerings. In...
article Japan's esports market valued at $42 million: report
(Japan) -- Japan's esports market grew to 4.8 billion yen (about $42.5 million) this year, marking a 13-fold increase from last year, gaming industry publisher...
article Competitive esports program coming to Cornell College
(Iowa) -- Cornell College in Mount Vernon is the latest college to getting swept up by the E-sports trend. That's competitive video gaming. They're looking for...

12/10/2018

press release Dallas lawyers to lead video game and esports group at international firm
(Texas) -- Two Dallas lawyers will head a new group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP focused on video games and esports. Steve Walkowiak and P. William Stark, both litigation...

12/8/2018

article Olympic leaders cool to the idea of adding video games to their Games
(Switzerland) -- How far will Olympic leaders go to attract a younger audience? For now, at least, they seem to be drawing the line at video games. Not long after...

12/6/2018

article Brands Are Disregarding Women in Esports. Here’s How to Create More Inclusive Strategies (reg req)
(Internet) -- Everyone knows there’s a gender gap in esports when it comes to female pro players on the biggest stages, but are we neglecting a bigger and more...
article Esports fans watched 190 million hours of major tourneys in LoL, Overwatch, CS:GO, and Dota 2 in 2018
(Worldwide) -- Tournaments in League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Dota 2 had another banner year in terms of viewership, according to a...
article NASCAR to Launch First Esports League With 'NASCAR Heat 3'
(USA) -- NASCAR has put a toe into the world of esports already, hosting a NASCAR Heat 3 tournament earlier this year. But the league announced today it plans to go all-...

12/4/2018

article Canada Shakes Up The Esports Industry
(Canada) -- Although Canada has been stepping it up in terms of getting more recognition in esports, its infrastructure to facilitate it is not as advanced as the states...
article Filipino banned from China eSports tournament over alleged racism
(Worldwide) -- A professional Philippine eSports player was banned on Tuesday from a million-dollar tournament in China, embroiling the world of competitive gaming in...

12/3/2018

article Blizzard signs merchandise deal with Fanatics
(California) -- Activision Blizzard has signed a multi-year global licensing deal with online sports retailer Fanatics to be the exclusive home for Overwatch League...
article Fanatics Will Roll Out Esports Apparel as Genre Goes Mainstream
(California) -- Fanatics Inc., the world’s largest seller of licensed sports apparel, is branching out into competitive video gaming, a bet that esports is...
article Washington Overwatch League team reveals name, logo
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington's new esports team in the Overwatch League is out to bring justice to the District. The team announced its new name and logo, the...

11/30/2018

article Catching up with esports
(Worldwide) -- Ten years ago, the idea that millions of people across the world would tune in to watch others play Call of Duty or Street Fighter for cash prizes may...

11/24/2018

article ESIC Not Sure about Unikrn’s Skill-Based Gambling
(Internet) -- Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) commissioner Ian Smith thinks that it’s well beyond the remit of the ESIC to be monitoring the entire industry, as...
article Esports Stadium Arlington Opens With Sold-Out Crowd At Inaugural Event
(Texas) -- The largest venue dedicated to esports in North America opened its doors this weekend in Arlington, drawing a sold-out crowd at its augural event. The city...

11/21/2018

article Esports integrity chief concerned about Fortnite gambling
(Las Vegas) -- The commissioner of the Esports Integrity Coalition says skill-based betting on battle royale games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battleground...

11/20/2018

article Despite low attendance, inaugural esports event gives a preview of D.C.’s gaming potential
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress Height’s new state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena rocked with a rambunctious, concert-like atmosphere last weekend....

11/19/2018

article Jerry Jones’ Esports Group CompLexity Gaming Partners With WinStar World Casino
(Oklahoma) -- Esports organization compLexity Gaming has announced a partnership with WinStar World Casino and Resort, making WinStar the exclusive casino of compLexity...

11/18/2018

article Complexity Gaming partners with WinStar
(Oklahoma) -- Leading esports organization, Complexity Gaming, has partnered with Chickasaw Nation-owned and operated WinStar World Casino and Resort. The recently-inked...

11/17/2018

article Complexity scores esports first with Winstar official sponsorship deal
(Oklahoma) -- Complexity Gaming, one of North America’s longest standing esports organizations, has announced an official partnership with WinStar World Casino and...

11/16/2018

article Luxor arena gets new name: HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A California computer technology company that specializes in memory devices has won the naming rights to the esports arena at Luxor. Fountain Valley,...
article An esports battle erupts in Toronto over the use of the city in a team name
(Toronto) -- A Toronto-based esports team is calling foul after being asked to stop using “Toronto” in its name. As Toronto Defiant — the newest team...

11/7/2018

article BLOG: Handling Stress in a High-Performance Industry, with Henrik Hansing
(Worldwide) -- Esports has had a positive impact on the image of “the gamer”. The intense training and high pressure easily seen at competitions has reshaped...
article Promoter to pour $50 million into new esports competitions
(Singapore) -- It's no secret that Asia is the fastest-growing esports market. And now, One Championship wants a slice of the pie. The Singapore-based martial arts...
article Waves eGaming set to open esports facility in Toronto
(Ontario) -- Waves eGaming is poised to launch a dedicated esports facility in Toronto, Canada on November 15th. The Toronto-based company has raised almost $1 million...

11/5/2018

article D.C. Is Betting Big On Esports. What Will It Take To Pay Off?
(Washington D.C.) -- The future of sports is thousands of people in an arena watching video games on a big screen. Really. It’s happening in cities around the...

11/3/2018

article How esports, gambling, and sports betting are converging
(Las Vegas) -- In May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited states from legalizing betting on professional and collegiate sporting events....
article Video Games Are a Waste of Time? Not for Those With E-sports Scholarships
(New York) -- Behind a glass partition at the Microsoft store at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, 10 teenage boys settled into seats in a rectangular formation....
article Esports comes to Lehigh Valley colleges, pushing gaming to a bigger arena
(Pennsylvania) -- As a child, Andrew Padilla spent hours trying to rescue Princess Peach, a damsel often in distress in the Super Mario Galaxy. With his brothers and...
article McDonald’s ends football sponsorship for eSports
(Germany) -- US fast food giant McDonald’s announced yesterday it was ending a 15-year partnership with the German national football team to concentrate on eSports. The...

11/2/2018

article Team USA eliminated from Overwatch World Cup by Team UK
(UK) -- Team United Kingdom eliminated Team USA from the Overwatch World Cup finals at BlizzCon today with a 3-1 victory, advancing to the semifinals in the process. The...

11/1/2018

article Esports Is Getting Bigger Every Year — So Where Are All The Women?
(Worldwide) -- The first esports event Sabrina Wong ever attended was MLG Anaheim 2014. The competition was an important one for fans of Nintendo’s “Super...

10/31/2018

article Indian American Rahul Sood’s Live-betting Esports Platform Unikrn Receives Isle of Man License
(Isle of Man) -- The live-betting esports platform Unikrn had its wagering license approved by the Isle of Man Oct. 23, clearing the way for users to legally gamble on...

10/28/2018

article Esports betting platform gets license for video game gambling
(Las Vegas) -- Video gamers in the United States and elsewhere will soon be able to bet on themselves. The live-betting esports platform Unikrn had its wagering license...
article Pro ‘CS:GO’ Player ‘Forsaken’ Receives Five-Year Ban For Cheating
(India) -- The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) issued a five-year ban to professional “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” player Nikhil “Forsaken...

10/27/2018

article NBA legend Michael Jordan makes his foray into eSports
(California) -- Michael Jordan is backing an eSports startup, the first foray by the legend of traditional sports into the burgeoning industry. The basketball Hall of...
article Fortnite developer Epic Games raises $1.25bn from KKR
(Wall Street) -- The developer of online gaming free-for-all Fortnite has raised $1.25bn (£1bn) from private equity backers as it looks to expand into esports and live...

10/26/2018

article Atlantic City busts big eSports move
(Atlantic City) -- The Jersey Shore could be going high-tech in its latest attempt at re-invention. Atlantic City used to be all about the gambling. The New Jersey city...

10/25/2018

article Michael Jordan jumps into e-sports, joining Team Liquid ownership group
(California) -- Basketball legend Michael Jordan will invest in the Los Angeles-based e-sports ownership group aXiomatic Gaming, pushing his business empire into the...
article Why The Intersection Of Music And Esports Is Bigger Business Than Ever
(USA) -- On Tuesday, Drake and Scooter Braun continued their reign as influential trendsetters in the music business when they announced an investment in 100 Thieves,...

10/24/2018

article Esports Gets Legalized Sports Gambling
(Las Vegas) -- Unikrn, a company that wants to fuse esports wagering with blockchain, had its wagering license approved by the Isle of Man on Tuesday, according to the...
article Esports’ 100 mn dollar companies, Forbes releases top of the tops list
(Worldwide) -- The business of Esports is flourishing. Nine of the top 12 Esports companies listed by Forbes are valued above $100 million each.
article Drake and Scooter Braun Become Co-Owners of Esports Company 100 Thieves
(California) -- It's no secret that Drake is an avid gamer. Back in March, he helped obliterate the Twitch viewer record while playing Fortnite with Travis Scott,...
article Malta aims to become esports hub in 2019
(Malta) -- The Government of Malta has revealed in its 2019 budget that it will be looking to make the island nation the next great hub in the esports industry.

10/23/2018

article Esport betting platform gets license for video game gambling
(UK) -- Video gamers in the United States and elsewhere will soon be able to bet on themselves. The live-betting esports platform Unikrn had its wagering license...
article Unikrn gets gambling license for crypto-based betting on esports and games
(UK) -- Unikrn is out to fuse real-money betting on esports and games with cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. And it is taking a big step today after four years...
article Drake And Scooter Braun Invest In Esports Company 100 Thieves
(California) -- In November 2017, former professional gamer Matt “Nadeshot” Haag took to his YouTube channel to announce that his apparel company, 100...
article Drake Buys Ownership Stake into Nadeshot's Esports Brand 100 Thieves
(California) -- Music superstar Drake has purchased an ownership stake in the esports organization 100 Thieves. On Tuesday, 100T founder Matthew "Nadeshot"...

10/21/2018

article Watch a Counter-Strike pro get caught cheating during a major esports tournament
(China) -- A professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player was caught cheating — in a moment captured on Twitter video — which disqualified his team...
article First law firm in Canada focusing on eSports opens in Toronto
(Toronto) -- In the world of eSports, careers are made in a matter of months. Almost anyone, though often young people, with a computer and the skills to play these...

10/20/2018

article Atlantic City Hopes to Become East Coast Center for Esports Competition
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City is hoping that it can attract millennials to its casinos by becoming the hub for esports competitions on the East Coast, with several...

10/19/2018

article Esports firm wants to bring more tournaments to A.C.
(Atlantic City) -- An esports consulting company is working with the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to bring multiple video game tournaments to the city...

10/18/2018

article Atlantic City's new Call of Duty: Dominate esports tourneys
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City's new Call Of Duty is this: To become the East Coast center of competitive video game tournaments, also known as esports. The...

10/14/2018

article Houston look to expand esports presence in China
(Texas) -- The NBA’s Houston Rockets have ramped up their presence in the esports sector, as they formalise their partnership with Chinese online entertainment...

10/11/2018

article Search for Las Vegas’ Fastest Gamer Ends at G2E 2018
(Las Vegas) -- Toronto-based esports organizer Millennial Esports brought their Gear.Club racing simulator experience to this year’s Global Gaming Expo, looking,...

10/7/2018

press release Singtel Group gears up to boost gaming and e-sports
(Singapore) -- They will boost high quality local, regional, and global esports competitions across SEA, Australia, and India.

10/3/2018

article Ohio State announces campus-wide esports initiative
(Ohio) -- Ohio State announced plans for a comprehensive esports initiative that will include a state-of-the-art esports arena, esports-specific majors and research...

10/1/2018

article NBA 2K League chief: Global scale will be key to making money in esports
(Worldwide) -- The inaugural season of the NBA 2K League was a success by most measures. When it culminated in August, the esports series had more than 152 million video...

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.

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