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Kraft buys into Esports, Overwatch

As the owner of both the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution, The Kraft Group name is synonymous with professional sports. Now, for the first time, it has entered the world of esports, and has done so in a big way.

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6/21/2018

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

6/19/2018

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

6/16/2018

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

6/14/2018

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

6/11/2018

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

6/10/2018

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

6/9/2018

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

6/8/2018

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

6/7/2018

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

6/4/2018

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

5/31/2018

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

5/27/2018

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

5/26/2018

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

5/22/2018

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

5/21/2018

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

5/20/2018

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

5/19/2018

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

5/18/2018

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

5/16/2018

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

5/14/2018

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

5/13/2018

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

5/12/2018

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

5/10/2018

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

5/9/2018

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

5/5/2018

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

5/4/2018

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

5/3/2018

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

4/30/2018

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

4/28/2018

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

4/26/2018

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

4/25/2018

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

4/24/2018

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

4/22/2018

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

4/19/2018

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

4/15/2018

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

4/14/2018

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

4/13/2018

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

4/11/2018

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

4/10/2018

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

4/9/2018

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

4/8/2018

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

4/7/2018

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

4/6/2018

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

4/5/2018

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

4/4/2018

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

4/3/2018

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

3/30/2018

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

3/28/2018

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

3/26/2018

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

3/25/2018

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

3/24/2018

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

3/23/2018

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

3/22/2018

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

3/21/2018

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

3/20/2018

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

3/19/2018

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

3/18/2018

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

3/14/2018

article Teenagers are fueling an e-gaming tidal wave
(Worldwide) -- Video games have come a long way since the days of Atari and Sega. Instead of pulling up a beanbag chair up to the tube TV in your parents’ basement...
article North America’s largest eSports stadium is headed for Texas
(Texas) -- The city of Arlington, Texas has put forward plans to build the country’s largest eSports stadium, announcing the move today in a joint statement with...

3/13/2018

article Esportsbetting.com Puts Integrity Front And Center For Launch
(Internet) -- The founder of a new esports betting operator – which has nabbed the esportsbetting.com domain – suggested the format will develop organically...
article NHL launches first esports competition
(North America) -- North America’s preeminent ice hockey league, the National Hockey League (NHL), has launched its first official esports tournament. The...
article Red Bull announces UK's largest public esports studio
(UK) -- Red Bull has today announced its new public-access studio, the Red Bull Gaming Sphere. Located in Shoreditch, London, the studio is the largest of its kind in...
article Red Bull Gaming Sphere, UK’s largest public esports studio, opens in London
(London) -- Red Bull is opening the doors to the ‘Red Bull Gaming Sphere,’ the UK’s largest public esports studio, for a launch event on March 21st....

3/12/2018

article An esports star had to be removed from a landmark tournament over accusations of racism
(North America) -- A star player in a landmark esports tournament left his team Sunday, days after he was accused of posting a racist meme on the Overwatch League’...

3/11/2018

article Poll: eSports big as football for young adults
(USA) -- For those age 14 to 21, e-sports are about as big as [American] football, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll. Forty per cent of that...

3/10/2018

article NHL Takes Esports on Ice With Gaming Tournament
(USA) -- As Patrik Laine climbed the ranks of youth hockey in Finland, he learned about the NHL from video games. "I learned probably just about the players,"...
article The NHL’s first esports championship begins this spring in Europe and North America
(USA) -- The National Hockey League will stage its first officially branded esports championship beginning this month, offering $100,000 in cash awards and other prizes...
article World’s first exclusive Esports stadium built in China
(China) -- China has got world’s first sports arena built exclusively for Esports! A new indoor stadium has emerged in Chongqing, Western China, but it’s not...

3/9/2018

article Study: Esports Are Nearly As Popular As Football
(Massachusetts) -- Dozens of fans showed up to Boston Sports Grille Friday night to cheer on their team. Not the Sox, Celtics or Pats. They were there for the Boston...
article Can the NHL avoid disaster in new esports initiative?
(USA) -- On some nights, J.T. Brown is a right wing with the Anaheim Ducks. On other nights, Brown is a pink, anthropomorphic bear, climbing atop suburban houses to take...
article Teenagers are fueling a competitive gaming tidal wave
(Massachusetts) -- Video games have come a long way since the days of Atari and Sega. Instead of pulling up a beanbag chair up to the tube TV in your parents’...

3/6/2018

article With new arena, Vegas is betting big on esports
(Las Vegas) -- From their perch overlooking a legion of screaming fans, television cameras and an immersive high-definition video wall, announcers tucked inside the...
article Accusations of rigged tryouts engulf the NBA’s new esports league in controversy
(USA) -- The NBA’s new esports league is already off to a rocky start. Numerous players who tried out for the league say the selection process was rigged, leading...
article Esports Has Grown Thanks to a Mix of Ardent Fans, Live Events and Smart Brand Integrations
(USA) -- The first Esports Activate showcase featured some of America’s leading esports organizations who presented their digital, media, experiential and...

3/5/2018

article ESI Super Forum: Media rights and broadcasting in esports
(Internet) -- The Esports Insider Super Forum is set to take place on March 22nd, featuring a varied host of panelists, speakers and workshops covering the crossover of...
article FilmRise Acquires Rights to Blizzard Esports Documentary
(Internet) -- FilmRise, a film and TV distributor based in New York, has acquired distribution rights to Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon, a feature documentary by John...
article Inside the Explosive Growth of Pro Gaming on a Smartphone
(Internet) -- Michael "FlashX" Valore discovered his love for Vainglory in rehab. After a lengthy flirtation with professional DOTA in college, he was...

3/4/2018

article No response from Overwatch League to Taimou's use of gay slurs on stream
(USA) -- Dallas Fuel player Timo "Taimou" Kettunen used anti-gay slurs on his Twitch stream on Jan. 23 but has not yet received punishment from the Overwatch...

2/28/2018

article BLOG: eSports Legislation in Maryland
(Maryland) -- On January 19, 2018, Maryland House Bill 283 was introduced by Republican Delegate Robin Grammer. The bill exempts competitive video games, known as...

2/25/2018

article Blizzard chief Mike Morhaime foresees a long road ahead for esports
(Las Vegas) -- Blizzard Entertainment scored big with the debut of its Overwatch League. The official esports league for Overwatch players drew more than 10 million...
article Got game? AU to offer esports scholarships for elite gamers
(Ohio) -- In the collegiate environment, adapting curriculum and activities to the demands of the younger generations is key if you to attracting the best students.

2/24/2018

article New Laws Mean Japan Could Be the Next Big Thing In Esports
(Japan) -- Japan’s anti-gambling laws have for years meant that esport competitions paying out prize money have been almost non-existent, but new laws introduced...

2/21/2018

article Esports expected to reach $1 billion in revenue by 2019
(Worldwide) -- There's a good reason why esports has become a trendy investment among billionaires, why colleges are adding competitive video gaming as a varsity sport,...
article Esports: This Chart Shows Where the Money Is Going
(Worldwide) -- Big money is getting behind esports. The value of the global “esports economy”—a shorthand for a combination of sponsorship, merchandise...

2/19/2018

article Major League Baseball Has Its Sights Set On Esports
(USA) -- As esports continues to makes waves globally, traditional sports organizations are taking notice. Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media are watching...

2/16/2018

article UNLV Study Finds No Testosterone Changes in Esports Gamers
(Las Vegas) -- Players of the competitive esports video game League of Legends showed no change in testosterone during game play, university researchers found. The first...
article Could Esports Become Part Of Olympics By 2024?
(Worldwide) -- Those who work in esports believe the gaming competitions could be added to the Olympics as soon as 2024, potentially exciting a new generation of viewers...

2/14/2018

article Kent State close to launching varsity eSports video gaming program
(Ohio) -- Kent State University is looking to join MAC rivals Akron and Miami in launching a varsity eSports program. The specifics of the program haven't been...
article OP/ED: Esports are just as social as traditional sports. Here’s why
(Internet) -- I’m almost surprised we are here again, but it seems the shackles of stereotypes and misunderstanding still weigh down the esports name.

2/13/2018

article Thousands make a living off of online gaming
(Minnesota) -- Some consider it no more than a bunch of clicking and noise, but to thousands of others, it's how they make a living. And a rich one, at that. The...
article Japan’s esports players can now earn money, despite country’s gambling laws
(Japan) -- Despite holding some of the first televised videogame battles back in the ‘80s, esports has been all but nonexistent in Japan. This is due to the...

2/12/2018

article Everyone Is Betting On Growth Of Esports Wagering In 2018
(USA) -- Optimism for the future of betting on esports is very high. In a survey filled out by thirty-one respondents representing small endemic sites (esports-first or...
article Renault launches esports racing team
(France) -- Renault has joined the world of esports by launching its own racing team. The French company posted a short trailer to its Twitter page on Monday, unveiling...
article Top Mobile eSports Athletes Won $2.7 Million Last Year
(Worldwide) -- Mobile gaming platform Skillz confirmed this week that the top 10 eSports players currently active on the software won a combined total of $2.7 million...

2/11/2018

article How Far Can Rick Fox And The Yankees Take Esports?
(New York) -- Instead of finding a documentary about Mickey Mantle or a replay of the 1998 World Series on the Yankees' TV Network next week, you might end up...
article Esports officially arrives in Japan, home of game giants
(Japan) -- A crowd cheers, banging on balloons, in front of glitzy stages, each with a giant screen. The rising stars at the sprawling Makuhari Messe hall are the...

2/10/2018

article Esports pro licenses come to Japan
(Japan) -- Professional licensing for players of electronic sports, also known as eSports, has begun in Japan. Gamers flocked to a competition site in Chiba near Tokyo...

2/4/2018

article Football Federation Australia under fire for E-League player’s ‘Grim_rap_er’ username
(Australia) -- Football Federation Australia’s venture into the world of online gaming has hit controversy after one of its players appeared to have the username...

2/3/2018

article Video Games, Esports Revenues Reached $108.4B In '17
(Worldwide) -- A SuperData Research report showed that video gaming and esports had their "biggest year yet" in '17, according to Angelos Anastasopoulos of...
article Overwatch League's Uber reveals the esports caster life
(Internet) -- For many, esports commentating would be a dream job. Who wouldn't want to get paid to travel around the world and talk about their favourite games for...

1/27/2018

article NHL to debut ‘NHL 18’ esports league by the end of the regular season
(USA) -- The NHL plans to be the next professional sports league to launch its own esports equivalent. Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to the media on Saturday evening...
article That couch potato at his game console? He might be making millions
(USA) -- What it takes is a camera, editing skills and, often, a magnetic personality. YouTube and Twitch, a streaming service that belongs to Amazon, teem with...

1/25/2018

article Overwatch League Drops in Viewership During Week Two, but Finds a Stable New Normal
(Worldwide) -- Average viewership for Overwatch League, aggregated across main, French, and Korean Twitch channels, dropped from 109,400 average CCV in week one, to 75,...

1/23/2018

article Las Vegas may become video gaming powerhouse
(Las Vegas) -- His words are as bold as his Smurf-colored hair. “We’re taking over Olympic stadiums,” Dan “Frodan” Chou announces,...

1/22/2018

article Las Vegas esports team practices at least 10 hours a day
(Las Vegas) -- The Mustache Club has gathered on a Tuesday afternoon to watch its hero blow stuff up. Thousands strong, they’re here to cheer on a thick-whiskered...
article FanDuel co-founders Nigel Eccles and Rob Jones launch new venture
(Scotland) -- FanDuel co-founders Nigel Eccles and Rob Jones have launched a new video game and esports “social streaming” platform, Flick. Eccles, who...

1/21/2018

article Vegas esports squad goes from startup to champion in a matter of months
(Las Vegas) -- On the mantle rests one of those giant commemorative checks. It’s for 18 grand, the spoils that the Rogue “CS: GO” squad earned from...
article Overwatch League pro player suspended after homophobic remark against opponent
(UK) -- Overwatch League pro player Felix Lengyel has been suspended from the tournament after using a homophobic slur on a live stream. Felix, known as xQc and plays...
article What the repeal of net neutrality means for esports
(California) -- Corporate and business regulations have always played a role in sports. Whether it be the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL, internal strikes and lockouts have...

1/20/2018

article Las Vegas esports squad shakes up video gaming world
(Las Vegas) -- His right hand is a blur, as is the weapon it guides. Casper “cadiaN” Møller’s fingers clench a computer mouse in place of a rifle...

1/18/2018

article YouPorn's traffic dipped during Overwatch League's first week
(The Internet) -- It feels like everyone is excited about the launch of Blizzard's Overwatch League, which brings together 12 Overwatch teams from across the world...
article Shinzo Abe's Party Wants Japan Ready for Video Games in Olympics
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling party wants to legalize professional gaming tournaments, joining a groundswell that started last summer amid speculation that video games...

1/17/2018

article What do owners of the Patriots, Rams, Grizzlies and Flyers have in common? A big bet on eSports.
(USA) -- The Overwatch League christened its inaugural season this month in largely the same ways as any professional sports league’s opening day. The very best...

1/16/2018

article Providence looks to join 'the cutting edge' with addition of eSports
(Montana) -- The University of Providence has been busy in the last year in its efforts to expand the school's athletic prowess, adding three new programs. On...

1/14/2018

article The future of esports arrives with Overwatch League launch
(California) -- In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming "The Tonight Show," a former Washington State computer science...

1/13/2018

article Esports Arena Las Vegas debut is coming soon
(Las Vegas) -- The grand opening of the Strip’s first dedicated esports arena is scheduled to take place on March 22 at Luxor Hotel and Casino. A series of events...
article MLS announces competitive gaming league with EA Sports
(USA) -- Major League Soccer is partnering with EA Sports to create a competitive league around the company’s FIFA 18 soccer game. The best 19 players from the...
article Growing eSports craze strikes Philadelphia as local team joins international league
(Philadelphia) -- There’s a new team in town — and the game is a new one. Owned by regional sports media giant Comcast Spectacor, who also owns the Flyers,...
article This newly signed pro athlete never leaves the house
(New Jersey) -- During the off-season, the New York Red Bulls acquired an internationally renowned player: Mike LaBelle, who played striker at McMurry University in...

1/12/2018

article Luxor Esports Arena Opening March 22, Strip’s First Permanent Video Gaming Tournament Venue
(Las Vegas) -- The Esports Arena Las Vegas will open its doors inside the Luxor casino resort on March 22 and become the Strip’s first venue dedicated to...
article Coming to Houston: esports arena, tech hub
(Texas) -- One hundred video game aficionados were expected to attend an online tournament watch party at a warehouse in west Houston. By the end of the night, more than...

1/11/2018

article Allied Esports set date for grand opening of Esports Arena Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Allied Esports, a network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities, have officially announced a grand opening date and a major...
article Luxor esports arena to open in March
(Las Vegas) -- Esports Arena Las Vegas, the new gaming venue where the LAX nightclub used to be located at the Luxor, will open March 22, according to a statement...
article Overwatch Esports League Lifts Activision (ATVI) To New High
(Internet) -- Shares of Activision Blizzard ATVI surged to a new all-time high on Thursday after the video gaming powerhouse debuted its new "Overwatch"...
article Overwatch League aims to make eSports mainstream
(Internet) -- Video game developer Activision Blizzard launched its esports league for Overwatch, a cartoonish first-person shooter game, The Wall Street Journal reports...
article The future of esports arrives with Overwatch League launch
(California) -- In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming “The Tonight Show,” a former Washington State computer science...

1/9/2018

article How eSports has given rise to competitive gaming betting and gambling – with skins and real money
(Internet) -- eSports can trace its roots back to groups of friends hosting LAN parties and playing video games into the late hours of the night. But today, it has...
article The Overwatch League aims to make esports more like traditional sports
(California) -- Following a successful preseason, the inaugural Overwatch League season will get underway this Thursday, as Shanghai clashes with Los Angeles and London...

1/8/2018

article E-sports: the new playing field for advertisers in Singapore?
(Singapore) -- E-sports are capturing the attention of sports and gaming fans like never before. Worldwide, players are competing for cash prize pools topping US$24...

1/7/2018

article As Esports Industry Booms, Some Colleges Launch Varsity Teams
(Indiana) -- The competitive video game industry, known as esports, is booming. As it continues to surpass growth projections, some college athletics programs are...
article University of Akron to compete in varsity eSports leagues
(Ohio) -- The University of Akron is reaching out to competitive nerds by forming what it calls the first eSports varsity team among all northeast Ohio colleges.

1/6/2018

article Coach of UA’s new varsity esports program is game to answer questions
(Ohio) -- It’s a dream of video game fans — getting a job in the growing video gaming world. The University of Akron is allowing Michael Fay to live the...
article Valve Pulls Support From $1 Million Galaxy Battles 'Dota 2' Tournament Due To Filipino Drug Laws
(Philippines) -- The Galaxy Battles II Dota 2 tournament was set to be the third $1 million Major of the season, but Valve has now pulled all support and removed it from...

1/3/2018

article New administration places Western Kentucky varsity esports in jeopardy
(Kentucky) -- Marrquon Bartee fell in love with gaming before most kids learn how to write their own name. He would stare into the glow of the TV screen while his older...
article ESI Gambling Report: Who’s doing what in 2018?
(Worldwide) -- With news rather slow as the esports industry gets back into the swing of things it’s time once again to put our good friends, the bookmakers, under...

1/1/2018

article Top 10 Esports Stories 2017
(Internet) -- Happy New Year from all the team at The Esports Observer! Here are our top 10 esports business stories of 2017—from major sponsorship deals to the...

12/31/2017

article State legislators name EA’s sport a ‘Star Wars-themed on-line on line casino‘ preying on youngsters, vow motion
(Hawaii) -- And so it begins. Politicians are joining the angry gamer rebellion against aggressive in-game money-making strategy inside its new “Star Wars...

12/30/2017

article Why Team Liquid is ESPN's team of the year
(USA) -- Things change quickly in DOTA 2, but one thing remains the same. The International -- the world championship that takes place in July -- remains the most...

12/28/2017

article When Is Your Brain in Peak Condition For eSports and Gambling?
(Internet) -- The rising popularity of esports and online poker have allowed younger and younger competitors to vie for big prizes normally reserved for more traditional...
article In 2018, franchising will change esports as we know it
(Worldwide) -- It began with one of the biggest names in the business of sports. On May 8, 2017, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, bought an Overwatch...

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