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Robert Kraft among team owners unveiled for new esports league

Activision Blizzard is officially announcing the sale of the first seven Overwatch League city-based team franchises, with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon among those buying into the new esports league.

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7/22/2017

article E-sports isn't just a kids game anymore. There's big money for the best
(California) -- His father used to tell him that sitting in front of the computer, playing video games for hour after hour, was a waste of time. So Cody Altman didn...

7/21/2017

article Banned CS:GO Twitch streamer PhantomL0rd seeks legal options against Twitch following gambling scandal
(Internet) -- Last year Streamers and Youtubers were caught being involved in a CS:GO gambling scandal which was exposed e-sports journalist Richard Lewis. The result of...
article PhantomL0rd Releases Statement One Year After Gambling Scandal Ruined His Streaming Career
(Internet) -- In July 2016 esports journalist Richard Lewis broke the news that popular Twitch streamer James ‘PhantomL0rd’ Varga owned gambling website...

7/20/2017

article Downtown casino executive: Gaming’s embrace of esports won’t happen overnight
(Las Vegas) -- The combination of video gaming and gambling is undoubtedly going to become more popular. But it’s not the revolutionary idea some make it out to be...
article Esports players thrilled to represent Las Vegas in national competition
(Las Vegas) -- Some of the best unpaid esports players in the country are set to compete in a series of online events to determine which city is the king of gamers.
article EDWARDS: Esports: ‘Huge opportunity for Vegas to pull in younger demographic’
(Las Vegas) -- In the first of a series of interviews with speakers from the forthcoming Casual Connect USA, iGaming Business caught up with Kingsley Edwards, founder...

7/19/2017

article A Gamer Channel’s Mission: Send the Trolls Packing
(California) -- Every week without fail, some viewers of Misscliks, a channel on the video game streaming platform Twitch, pipe up with sexist or misogynistic comments....
article How Twitch TV continues to affect the iGaming Industry
(California) -- The iGaming industry continues to grow, evolve, and shock. Just when we get used to the new norm, some new technology or version is created to again grab...

7/18/2017

article Twitch's Anna Prosser Robinson wants to make online gaming safer for women
(USA) -- Anna Prosser Robinson is one of the most prominent women in e-sports, a world typically valued by marketers as a vehicle to reach young men.

7/17/2017

article The MLB apparently thinks the 'Overwatch' League logo is too similar to its own
(USA) -- The Overwatch League logo fits pretty well into the pantheon of traditional sports league logos. Major League Baseball thinks it fits a little too well.

7/15/2017

article ’30 for 30′ Team Tease a Tale of a Gambler Scorned
(North Carolina) -- ESPN, the sports TV network recently launched a sports podcast called “30 for 30.” It’s based on their celebrated documentary...

7/14/2017

article Overwatch League working on fantasy league, not considering gambling
(USA) -- Nate Nanzer, commissioner of the Overwatch League, told Overwatch community website Heroes Never Die in an interview that he is in the stages of planning for a...

7/13/2017

article Blizzard is planning a fantasy sports game for Overwatch League
(Internet) -- Overwatch League will eventually have a fantasy sports element, according to league commissioner Nate Nanzer. "Fantasy have obviously proven to be...
article When Nerds will rule: The Chennai company wanting to change the game of Indian eSports
(India) -- As I enter the small cubicle at a co-working space in Alwarpet, Siddharth Prashant is prepping the systems to roll out a Dota 2 game later that evening (for...

7/12/2017

article Blizzard announces team owners and locations for Overwatch League
(USA) -- Activision Blizzard unveiled seven franchises set to participate in the upcoming Overwatch League in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami,...
article E-sports leagues nearing 8-figure deals that will give clarity to the nascent industry
(California) -- If e-sports is still the wild west, the sheriff and mayor are coming to town this summer. In the coming weeks, two video game publishing titans will lead...
article Robert Kraft among team owners unveiled for new esports league
(Massachusetts) -- Activision Blizzard is officially announcing the sale of the first seven Overwatch League city-based team franchises, with New England Patriots owner...
article What Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Sees in Esports
(USA) -- Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard CEO, and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, discuss the future of esports with Bloomberg's Emily Chang from...

7/11/2017

article Esports teams aren’t the only ones concerned about the Overwatch League
(USA) -- We’ve been following the unfolding news on the Overwatch League for quite some time, and while most of it has been sad news surrounding endemic esports...
article The Rise & Rise of eSports
(China) -- The score is 2-1. Wings have a three-player advantage that is quickly running out as they approach Digital Chaos’ home base. With smell of victory...
article First professional esports event coming to Utah
(Utah) -- Gamers from across the globe are heading to Utah's first professional esports competition at the end of September, event organizers announced Tuesday....

7/10/2017

article eSports must be taken seriously among growing demographics
(USA) -- Oakland’s Oracle Arena is packed to the brim. Fans are yelling and the players are feeling the pressure. Nick Cannella wipes sweat from his brow and yells...
article Las Vegas may be ‘something special’ for esports industry
(Las Vegas) -- It’s an industry that does not yet completely exist but is expected to generate millions of dollars. “Las Vegas is going to be something...
article Report Suggests Sports Brands Are Questioning Overwatch League Buy-Ins
(USA) -- A recent report has brought to light further questions regarding the status of Blizzard’s upcoming Overwatch League. Notable esports journalist Richard...

7/9/2017

article Las Vegas Could Turn Into The Global Hub For Emerging eSports Industry
(Las Vegas) -- Casinos in Las Vegas are always on the lookout for the next big thing that will rock the gaming industry and put them ahead of their competition. While...

7/8/2017

article Las Vegas may be ‘something special’ for esports industry
(Las Vegas) -- It’s an industry that does not yet completely exist but is expected to generate millions of dollars. “Las Vegas is going to be something...

7/6/2017

article The AFL governing body puts its full weight behind esports interest
(Australia) -- The Australian Football League governing body has given the green light for the league and its representatives to bury their head deep into the bosom of...

7/3/2017

article The Australian Football League is getting into esports
(Australia) -- The Australian Football League is looking to get involved in esports. As reported by Fairfax, the AFL Commission has given the AFL the green light to move...
article eSports industry bolsters its reputation with a little help from Malta
(Malta) -- The Malta Gaming Authority has followed a move by the UK Gambling Commission to clamp down on cheating and corruption in eSports. The growth in eSports has...

6/29/2017

article Vodafone launches dedicated eSports channel on streaming service Twitch
(Spain) -- Spain’s casino market has been something of a success in recent months, with numerous reports of its growing revenue and thriving online casino and...

6/28/2017

article New Nevada law allows video game betting
(Nevada) -- A law set to go into effect Saturday, July 1, will allow bettors in Nevada to make pari-mutuel wagers on events such as the World Series of Poker. This type...

6/26/2017

article Vodafone Spain launches eSports channel
(Spain) -- Vodafone España has launched a Vodafone-branded version of the Twitch eSports channel. Esports Vodafone started broadcasting on Friday at 16:00 local time at...

6/23/2017

article Indian youth rapidly turning from casual gaming to eSports: Nvidia
(India) -- American gaming technology company Nvidia has spotted gold in improved data connectivity in India and increasing popularity of online gaming among the young...

6/21/2017

article NBC is the next big TV network to jump into eSports
(Hollywood) -- Seemingly every big TV network wants in on eSports. NBC Sports has revealed that it's launching an international two-on-two Rocket League tournament...
press release Unikrn and Betgenius Partner to Create Immersive Live Esports Betting Platform
(London) -- Betgenius, the global leader in providing sportsbook technology to regulated bookmakers and lotteries, today announced a landmark agreement with Unikrn, the...

6/19/2017

article The rise of eSports: are addiction and corruption the price of its success?
(Worldwide) -- If you had been away from the planet for the past quarter of a century, one of the few things you might find comfortingly familiar on your return is the...

6/14/2017

article Yahoo Esports Closes its Doors
(California) -- The finals days of Yahoo Esports are upon us, as the company's head of esports media, Travis Gafford, announced that Yahoo would be shutting down its...
article Las Vegas is one of the best cities in the country for gamers
(Las Vegas) -- Casino gaming in Las Vegas is insanely popular - no question about it. But did you know that Las Vegas is also one of the top ten cities for a different...

6/13/2017

article How Unikrn Is Changing the World of eSports Betting
(Washington) -- If you watch League of Legends or StarCraft, why not make things interesting? By one estimate, some 70 million people worldwide watch eSports, or...

6/10/2017

article Scrim City: Could Las Vegas be the esports capital of North America?
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas wants to be the esports capital of North America. Las Vegas wants to be a lot of things, and most importantly, it wants people to come to town...

6/9/2017

article Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 4: Nevada Passes New Law That Provides Flexibility for eSports Wagering
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Legislature has just passed Senate Bill 240 (SB240). This bill clarifies that the pari-mutuel system of gaming may be used for events other than...

6/8/2017

article Esports Betting – Overview Of The Esports Gambling Vertical
(USA) -- Gambling on – and around – esports is a much bigger market than many assume. For ongoing, in-depth coverage of the esports gambling market, visit...

6/7/2017

article Women in eSports: 'Ignore the stereotypes and do what you want'
(UK) -- The day begins with a breakfast rich in protein and carbohydrates, followed by a workout designed to sharpen the reflexes and mental stamina. Next is an intense...

6/2/2017

article Nevada governor approves esports betting bill
(Nevada) -- A new law in Nevada will allow pari-mutuel wagering on the World Series of Poker, esports competitions and other nontraditional sporting events. The bill, SB...

6/1/2017

article eSports bill approved by Nevada governor
(Nevada) -- Last weekend, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law that legalizes eSports betting events. Senate Bill 240 extends state laws currently in...

5/31/2017

article Nevada governor approves eSports bill
(Nevada) -- Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada, signed into law a bill that legalised eSports betting in events. Senate Bill 240 extends the current law by including...
article Nevada Law Clears the Way for eSports Betting
(Nevada) -- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Senate Bill 240, which amends the state’s pari-mutuel wagering rules to add eSports tournaments. The move...

5/30/2017

article Nevada approves eSports betting bill
(Nevada) -- The bill, signed by Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, will allow parimutuel betting systems to bet on several different events, including shows like the Oscars...
article Nevada’s Governor just signed a bill to allow betting on esports events
(Nevada) -- Nevada, home of Las Vegas, has been a gambling hub since the desert was transformed many years ago. Las Vegas is also slowly becoming a hotspot for esports...

5/27/2017

article Sandoval signs bills on voting access, eSports gaming, license plate fees
(Nevada) -- Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed several bills into law, including measures that will provide voters with physical disabilities more accommodations at...

5/24/2017

article Could esports attract millennials to casinos?
(Atlantic City) -- Could video games be the way for casino properties to attract millennials? Some casino industry experts think so. “We are in the experience...
article Colleges increasingly catching the esports wave
(USA) -- University League of Legends has a long way to go to catch up with March Madness. But it does have a bracket and a rising profile across the United States and...

5/22/2017

article OP/ED: The Rise of eSports Betting, is it a Real Sport?
(Internet) -- Several years ago, betting on eSports seemed like an absurd idea for people involved in mainstream sports wagering. Though you could bet on anything in the...

5/21/2017

article Esports Cheating Ban Highlights Corruption Problem in Competitive Gaming
(Internet) -- The Esports Integrity Coalition (EIC), a non-profit industry body dedicated to cleaning up esports, has banned a player for two years after he confessed to...

5/20/2017

article Ten Legal Issues To Watch When It Comes To Esports
(USA) -- When video games first permeated the home, they lacked true multiplayer options. Back then, spectating was an unfortunate reality, born of necessity. Today,...
article Barred from participating, Penn State Esports team looks to break into Big Ten play
(Pennsylvania) -- Tilt Lord’s Decree and Gudi are watching, waiting for, what feels like, the inevitable coup de grace. Their team is losing. It’s not going...

5/16/2017

article Electronic Arts, others in Orlando put weight behind esports
(Florida) -- Central Florida’s mix of video game development schools, tourism and a budding tech sector could bring a windfall in the fast-growing field of...
article Chinese internet giant Tencent is building an eSports park
(China) -- Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent has made some big moves to boost its profile among online gamers, not the least of which involved purchasing SuperCell,...
article Hollywood's Chinese Theatre will host a new hometown esports team
(California) -- The iconic Chinese Theatre in Hollywood is preparing to host esports events and tournaments in partnership with an esports team organization. That means...
article 42% of esports fans don't play the game they watch, 70% watch only one game
(Worldwide) -- Among fans of the world's biggest three esports (League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive), 42% are spectators only: they don...

5/15/2017

article Tottenham to cash in on video games with their new stadium expected to rake in £3m per event
(UK) -- Tottenham are hoping to earn up to £3million per event at their new stadium by 2019 simply from staging video game tournaments. Spurs' executive...

5/14/2017

article Esports Viewing Figures No Challenge to Mainstream Sports… Not Yet, Says Report
(Internet) -- Suggestions that esports viewing figures are beginning to rival those of traditional mainstream sports are exaggerated, according to a new report by IHS...

5/13/2017

article From gaming to gambling: the rising risk of esports
(UK) -- For years parents have been concerned about the amount of time their children spend playing video games but there’s more to worry about now than their...

5/11/2017

article Overwatch league might be too expensive for traditional esports teams (update)
(USA) -- After months of speculation, reports are starting to coalesce around Activision Blizzard’s push into professional esports, and the tone is clear. The...
article Overwatch's new eSports franchise fee hits $20 million
(USA) -- Blizzard has stepped on a landmine when it comes to Overwatch, with the developer announcing its official Overwatch League (OWL) and it has some pretty steep...
article Alex Dreyfus Expands Global Poker Index to Include Esports
(Worldwide) -- The Global Poker Index has made waves in poker, especially with Alex Dreyfus' brainchild, the Global Poker League, as part of its aim to ‘...

5/9/2017

article China consumed 11 billion esports video streams in 2016
(China) -- Esports is going to gross $1 billion in ad revenue worldwide by 2021 as the audience for the genre expands, according to the Esports and the Future of TV...
article EA to make stronger push into competitive gaming
(Florida) -- Electronic Arts will push stronger into competitive gaming, building on what it considers a successful year, during which it hosted thousands of...

5/6/2017

article Video golf king to defend Golden Tee title in championship
(Ohio) -- Spinning that little track ball on video golf is all about the thumbs and wrists, so it's not a shock that Andy Haas has developed a touch of carpel tunnel...

5/4/2017

article ESports Scores Slam Dunk With 17-Team NBA Video Gaming League, TNT Eyes Las Vegas for ELEAGUE
(USA) -- ESports gamers believe their professional leagues and tournaments are not too unlike that of professional sports organizations, and this week the emerging...

5/2/2017

article Skillz hits $100 million revenue run rate with mobile esports platform
(California) -- Skillz is taking mobile esports to a new milestone, as it is announcing today that its revenue run rate has doubled in the past eight months to more than...
press release Tropicana Atlantic City, Spawn Point Host Largest Regional Esports Tournament
(Atlantic City) -- The Esports specialists at Spawn Point, in conjunction with the Tropicana Atlantic City are proud to announce that they will host Royal Flush –...

5/1/2017

article Why Vegas is well placed for esports tournaments large and small
(Las Vegas) -- Fight nights are something special in Las Vegas. Perhaps soon, CS:GO or League nights will be too. Millennial Esports opened a dedicated esports venue in...

4/26/2017

article Unikrn to acquire casino focused esports company LEET
(Las Vegas) -- LEET works with casinos primarily in Las Vegas but elsewhere too. The company is focused on helping them to run their own in-house esports tournaments.

4/25/2017

article Esports Ain’t Easy: What Valve Can Learn from Riot Games
(Worldwide) -- Over the past year, Valve’s updates to CS:GO have been few and far between, but while these patches lack in frequency, they’ve almost always...

4/22/2017

article esports to become the greatest sporting event by 2020
(Internet) -- Two college students Minh “Gooseman” Le and Jess Cliffe created a total overhaul mod using assets from Valve’s Half Life 2. Le did all...

4/21/2017

article Atlantic City positioning itself for the next big thing — esports
(Atlantic City) -- A former Atlantic City casino is betting that professional video game tournaments — attended by thousands of spectators — can lure in the...

4/19/2017

article The lowdown on eSports and why it’s taking over the world
(Australia) -- Most sports fans are oblivious to the scale of competitive online gaming. But Electronic Sports, known as eSports, is already bigger than most traditional...

4/18/2017

article Taiwan taps Asian growth in e-games with opening of dedicated venue
(Taiwan) -- Eight teams, including one from Hong Kong, compete in inaugural event at eStadium in Taipei, launched to capitalise on rising ranks of pro gamers beyond e-...
article Sports execs just keep throwing money at esports. Here's why.
(Worldwide) -- What started as fun and games has turned into big business. Esports is a fast-growing business, and investors have taken notice.
article eSports to be a medal event at 2022 Asian Games
(China) -- eSports will be an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China, in the boldest step yet toward mainstream recognition of competitive gaming. The...

4/16/2017

article Esports team wants recognition from University of Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- Members of the University of Minnesota's League of Legends club say they want their esports team recognized as an official sport. The Minnesota Daily...
article Vegas Strip to get e-sports arena with Luxor club overhaul
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas Strip is getting its first space dedicated for competitive gaming when the Luxor hotel-casino transforms its nightclub into a multi-level e-...
article More Cheating Allegations Surface Against Former Absolute Legends/SK Gaming Player
(Worldwide) -- Andreas ‘Maxaki’ Andersson is claiming Joel ’emilio’ Mako cheated by using wall hacks at the Copenhagen Games in 2012. Maxaki and...

4/12/2017

article GiGse will explore the marriage of esports and gaming
(California) -- Esports is set to play a big part at the 2017 edition of GiGse (April 26 – 28, Marriott Marquis Marina, San Diego) with sessions looking at how the...

4/11/2017

article Esports Arena Announce New Venue in Luxor Casino Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The Luxor in Las Vegas has announced it will be home to a dedicated venue by the Esporst Arena company. A video was dropped on Twitter on April 11th...
article Vegas esports venue to open at Luxor Hotel in 2018
(Las Vegas) -- Santa Ana, California-based Esports Arena has partnered with its investor Allied Esports and MGM Resorts International to launch a new esports-dedicated...
article Vegas Strip getting esports arena with nightclub overhaul
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas Strip is getting its first space dedicated to competitive gaming when the Luxor hotel-casino transforms its nightclub into a multi-level...

4/5/2017

article Comcast's Plan To Break Into The Esports Game The Smart Way
(USA) -- Esports have quickly evolved from small competitions into massive events, filling stadiums around the world and broadcasting across the internet to millions of...
article Illegal Gambling Case Concerning CS:GO Is Kicked Out Of Court
(Washington) -- There is very little case law that specifically focuses on the business practices and legal issues surrounding the vastly expanding realm of esports. One...
article OP/ED: Pay attention to the growth of eSports
(Texas) -- Over spring break, I had the pleasure of traveling to Boston to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The MIT...
article Brescia University offering scholarships for eSports
(Kentucky) -- Brescia University will host a signing this week for the first five recruits for their new eSports program set to begin in the next school year. eSports is...
article Major League Soccer gets its first eSports player
(New York) -- A number of European soccer teams have their own eSports players, but what about American clubs? Don't worry, they're catching up. New York City FC...
article Now that esports prizes are higher, more cheaters are trying to get their share
(Worldwide) -- As the number of esports tournaments increase, so have the number of cheaters. Cheating is done through multiple ways, most commonly using hacks, like...

4/4/2017

article Boyd Students Push Senate Bill for eSports Wagering
(Nevada) -- Nevada lawmakers are set to consider a bill to allow for pari-mutuel wagering on eSports and poker tournaments, in the latest in a series of legislative...
article Fair Game: Writing the Rules for eSports
(Nevada) -- While students are busy dreaming of new ways that casinos and eSports can come together, Brett Abarbanel, the International Gaming Institute’s Director...

3/29/2017

article Why eSports are not recognized as a sport in Germany
(Germany) -- The global eSports market has been growing rapidly for the past few years, and this growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. However, the...
article Atlantic City’s First Ever Esports Championship Is On At Caesars This Weekend
(Atlantic City) -- Caesars Atlantic City has organized another landmark event to bring people to the casino: the city’s first ever major esports championship. If...

3/28/2017

article Mark Cuban Still Hesitant on Esports Team Investment Due to Player Burdens
(Texas) -- As noted by sports investor Mark Cuban, it's no secret that esports athletes work grueling hours and have to sacrifice quite a lot to stay on top of their...
article Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre Complex Launching Esports Facility
(California) -- Owners of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood are planning to launch an immersive esports theater in its adjacent Chinese 6 Theatre complex. The eports...

3/27/2017

article Competitive video gaming will be a $1.5 billion industry by 2020, researchers say
(Worldwide) -- You can say "it’s not a sport" all you want, but competitive video gaming — also known as eSports — is a thing, and, as this...
article Could The Esports Spelling Debate Be Over?
(Worldwide) -- It’s the debate that’s raged on almost as long as Playstation v Xbox. The correct spelling of esports has long been debated, with a number of...

3/24/2017

article Gamers join gamblers in A.C. this weekend
(Atlantic City) -- Caesars Atlantic City is betting that spectators will pay to see professional and amateur Gears of War 4 video game players face off in the inaugural...

3/22/2017

article Caesars to host Atlantic City's first major eSports championship
(Atlantic City) -- Caesars Atlantic City, in partnership with XBox and The Coalition, will be hosting the city's first major eSports championship event March 31...
article NHL Could Follow NBA’s Lead In Making League-Wide eSports Competition
(USA) -- Making it to the NHL is a pretty unrealistic goal for most people. Soon, however, professional gamers could get the chance to represent their favorite NHL teams.

3/21/2017

article Inside Cloud9: How this couple ended up with 'the most important e-sports team in North America'
(California) -- Jack and Paullie Etienne, co-founders of professional e-sports teams, are so obsessed with winning that they cut off their players’ Internet at 2:...

3/20/2017

article The eSports audience is escalating quickly
(Worldwide) -- The audience for competitive video gaming continues to grow apace, as highlighted by the finale of the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM), a marquee eSports...
article Is YouTube slated to be the official home of eSports?
(California) -- The world’s most popular video sharing platform has won the exclusive online rights to broadcast the Esports Championship Series (ECS), starting...

3/18/2017

article Appeals Court Affirms Rejection of Gambling Claims Against Machine Zone
(California) -- This is a lawsuit against Machine Zone relating to the “Game of War” in-app game of chance mechanics. Players download GoW—an online...
article Unlicensed eSports gambling sites are "parasites feeding off popular video games"
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission has condemned the "parasitic" websites that facilitate unlicensed and unregulated gambling around eSports. Sarah Harrison,...

3/17/2017

article The eSports competitive video gaming market continues to grow revenues & attract investors
(Worldwide) -- Years ago, eSports was a community of video gamers who would gather at conventions to play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or League of Legends. These...
article YouTube makes its biggest e-sports bet with FACEIT streaming deal
(California) -- Alphabet Inc’s YouTube is doubling down on the lucrative business of competitive gaming, where players square off on virtual games for big prize...

3/16/2017

article eSports gambling sites could attract children
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has alerted parents the need to be vigilant over the dangers of gambling linked to video games as there’s been an...
article Inside The Unregulated And Scam-Filled World Of Video Game Betting
(Worldwide) -- Gambling on esports matches is, right now, unsafe and unfair for bettors, just as gambling on traditional sports is. As you’d expect, people are...
article Lack of regulation in esports gambling remains a burden
(Worldwide) -- Last week the esports community was up in arms when Allen Cook, a man who worked as an analyst for Dota 2 team Ad Finem shared his ante-post bets from the...
article UK Regulators Offer Clarion Call For Esports Gambling Oversight, Including Skin Betting
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission issued a position paper this week on “Virtual currencies, esports and social casino gaming.”
article The Evolution of competitive gaming: E-Sports
(Worldwide) -- On the day one caveman threw a rock as far as he could and turned to his friend shrugging as if to say “Yeah, beat that” competitive games...

3/10/2017

article Washington, D.C. embraces esports with sponsorship of NRG Esports
(Washington D.C.) -- For Washington, D.C., being the capital of the United States of America isn't enough. The city is looking to become the capital of something...

3/2/2017

article Appealing to Millennials, Las Vegas Gets E-Sports Arena
(Las Vegas) -- The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast...

2/28/2017

article Why are pro sports teams interested in esports? It’s the gambling, for one
(USA) -- Andy Miller, chairman and co-founder of NRG Esports, said he thought the growth of gambling on esports was “inevitable.” In fact, he thinks it...
article E-sports arena set to open in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, huge screens for spectators and a broadcast...
article Las Vegas bets big on new esports arena attracting millennials
(Las Vegas) -- Set to open Friday, a new esports arena could hold the cards for the future of Las Vegas. Or, so it hopes. The 15,000 square foot venue features all the...

2/27/2017

article eSports Industry Grows In Las Vegas With Opening Of New eGaming Arena
(Las Vegas) -- The global esports industry has experienced massive growth during the last 5 years as gaming companies concentrate on developing and releasing new esports...
article `Shoutcasters' heard loud & clear in online gaming
(India) -- Cricket and soccer matches have drawn crowds for many years now, not just for the action on the ground but the commentary as well. This has now extended to e-...

2/26/2017

article 15,000-Square Foot Esports Arena To Open In Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Gone are the days where video games are dismissed to be but a hobby. Today, the world of esports has attracted much attention where winners can bring home...
article Appealing to millenials, Las Vegas gets a new e-sports arena
(Las Vegas) -- The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast...

2/25/2017

article Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena
(Las Vegas) -- The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast...

2/22/2017

article The rise of eSports in higher education
(Worldwide) -- Since the first video game competition was hosted at Stanford University in 1972, the world of gaming has come a long way, with eSports gaming...
article E-sports enthusiasts get boost with Neonopolis arena
(Las Vegas) -- Gamers are about to get the major league treatment with the addition of a state-of-the-art facility downtown aimed at showcasing the best in the e-sports...

2/20/2017

article Esports Will Be A $1.5 Billion Industry By 2020
(Worldwide) -- The esports world is growing rapidly. More professional franchises are partnering with esports teams. A soccer player even quit the sport to play esports...
article MSU esports association looks to increase use of game development room
(Michigan) -- The increased popularity of esports throughout the globe, is steadily growing not only in the U.S. or China, but also among U.S. college campuses. MSU is...
article Gaming apparel company J!nx wants to be the Nike of esports
(USA) -- As esports teams have become more professionalized in the last couple of years, so too has the ability of fans to get player jerseys. On Monday, another step...

2/17/2017

article How The Rollout Of US Virtual Sports Betting Will Take Place: Online And In Casinos
(USA) -- Virtual sports betting will be deployed in several different manners in the United States, as a trend that became popular in Europe gains traction on this side...
article 3 NBA Teams and Players Who Understand the Value of eSports
(USA) -- Last year’s NBA final between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors was arguably the best the league has had in the past 20 years. In the...
article New Alliance Aims to Make Nevada a Global eSports Hub
(Nevada) -- A new nonprofit association has formed with the goal of making Nevada a global hub for eSports. The Nevada Esports Alliance, formed by a group of businesses...

2/16/2017

article ESIC hosts first ‘Future of Esports in Las Vegas’ Summit
(Las Vegas) -- Love was in the air as the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) hosted the first ‘Future of Esports in Las Vegas’ summit on Tuesday 14 February...

2/15/2017

article MGM casino floor makes room for professional video game tournament
(Las Vegas) -- For the first time, a mass of people is gathered on the casino floor - not for casino gaming - but for video gaming. The game is Counter Strike: Global...
article ICE meets Esports – The live betting battle
(London) -- One would be forgiven for mistaking the pizzazz of ICE 2017 for the bright lights of Vegas. The sheer scale of the world’s largest gambling exhibition...

2/14/2017

article Global eSports revenues to reach $1.5 billion by 2020
(Worldwide) -- A new forecast released by market research firm Newzoo predicts the global eSports market will see growth slow this year but grow rapidly from next year...
article Revenue in Esports Expected to Reach Almost $700 Million This Year
(Worldwide) -- Newzoo, the organization that puts together industry reports on gaming with a strong emphasis on esports, released their study on esports revenues for...

2/13/2017

article NBA Announces Esports League with Take-Two Interactive
(New York) -- The NBA has announced its plans to team up with video game publisher Take-Two Interactive to launch a competitive esports league mirroring the real...
article Nevada Esports Alliance Aims to Make Vegas Esports Capital of the World
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Esports Alliance is a new organisation that seeks to make Vegas and Nevada a global hub of competitive video-gaming.
article Nintendo is preparing for an esports future
(Worldwide) -- After Nintendo's recent reveal of competitive-centric features coming to Splatoon 2, the video game giant has made it clear that it's ready to...
article The growing need to regulate virtual currencies in esports
(Worldwide) -- Just a few years ago, no one would have ever thought to associate gambling with esports, yet it’s fast becoming commonplace to make a bet on matches...

2/12/2017

article Women Are As Hot on Games as Men: Why More Women Are Now into Gaming
(Internet) -- Indeed, with companies like Nintendo preparing to invest millions in games, products and industry positions for women, it certainly looked as though a...
article WATCH: NBA makes slam dunk with eSports deal
(California) -- Competitive gaming, commonly referred to as “eSports,” is a growing industry and top sports organizations are getting in on the game.

2/7/2017

article Gambling regulator secures 'landmark' prosecutions in e-sports betting case
(UK) -- The Gambling Commission has demonstrated its intent to clampdown on unlicensed betting activity in the 'e-sports' market by successfully prosecuting two...

2/5/2017

article Game on for e-sports enthusiasts at Cloverdale's Elements Casino
(British Columbia) -- Noodle, Nightmare2450, Geki and dozens of others had fun at the casino last weekend, but it had nothing to do with poker, blackjack or even slot...

1/29/2017

article Valve addresses Team Fortress 2 gambling and blocks accounts
(USA) -- Last year CS:GO gambling was the focus of attention and now it’s time for Valve to move onto Team Fortress 2. Valve has now issued a statement to the Team...

1/26/2017

article Cause for concern on eSports betting
(Alderney) -- The rise of eSports has provided egaming operators with a raft of opportunities. Whether that be sportsbooks offering betting markets on tournaments or...

1/24/2017

article ESports players wagered nearly $5 billion on CS:GO skins in 2016
(USA) -- The crackdown against the Counter-Strike skins trading has apparently not spooked gamblers from wagering in the illicit multi-player, first person video game.

1/21/2017

article Esports Betting Is A Whole New Landscape For Massachusetts Gaming Regulation
(Massachusetts) -- At a meeting on Feb. 17, the Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports (the Commission) heard...

1/20/2017

article Nintendo is Setting the Stage for Serious Esports
(Japan) -- Nintendo has historically balked at expanding online multiplayer support, let alone its competitive gaming presence. They’ve tussled with Smash Bros....
article Singapore needs eSports game plan
(Singapore) -- The mass appeal of a sport can often be gauged by the politicians associating themselves with it. Political leaders, especially today, often use the great...
article Dallas Cowboys Looking at Joining Esports
(Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys are looking to be the next in a long line of professional sports teams to buy into esports. According to a report by George Slefo, America...

1/18/2017

article eSports Group Acknowledges Hack
(USA) -- The eSports Entertainment Association has confirmed a ransom plot by a hacker that has exposed personal account information for about 1.5 million users.

1/16/2017

article ESports sponsorship on the rise as Unikrn invests in CS:GO team
(Washington) -- Unikrn has become the first official partner and investor of the Berlin-based CS:GO team BIG (Berlin International Gaming). Unikrn are not currently able...

1/10/2017

article Casinos Eye More Esports Integration In 2017 To Attract Elusive Millennial Demographic
(USA) -- There has been a lot of esports talk in the gaming world during the past couple years. During that time, casinos have been exploring the various opportunities...
article NBA team Miami Heat partners with esports team Misfits
(Florida) -- NBA team the Miami Heat has announced a partnership with esports organization Misfits. The Heat has acquired a stake in Misfits and will assist with the...

1/9/2017

article Azubu wasn't funded like most start-ups — and it may have nearly killed the e-sports video firm
(California) -- Video games as a professional sport made no sense to Lars Windhorst, a European oil and agriculture investor, until a summer evening in Seoul. Before him...
article Betting for millennials – eSports
(USA) -- As the official statistics shows, millennials are not interested in the classical casino gambling, e.g. slots. With their conservative attitude to spending,...

1/7/2017

article Five Things to Know About eSports
(The Internet) -- Just last month, the Gaming Policy Committee (GPC) met on the UNLV campus. The Gaming Policy Committee is an advisory committee made up of the Governor...

1/5/2017

article E-sports on track to become $1B industry
(Worldwide) -- Less than two decades ago, e-sports consisted of a few dozen elite gamers gathering in warehouses to compete for modest-at-best prizes. There were no...

1/2/2017

article Gambling on gaming
(Las Vegas) -- What has a domestic audience of over 40 million and generates wagering activity worldwide that is expected to quadruple by 2020? It’s eSports, also...

12/29/2016

article Fnatic founder Sam Mathews on the future of esports' most ambitious brand
(UK) -- Fnatic has risen to become one of the largest and most successful esports teams of all time, with multiple championships almost 3 million social media followers.

12/26/2016

article According to SuperData: Esports Has Surpassed Expected Revenue Totals
(Worldwide) -- The number are out and esports has beaten projected revenue. With expert opinion varying anywhere between $350 to $750 million dollars, a report by the...

12/23/2016

article Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports players and owners group get into dispute
(Worldwide) -- In professional sports, owners and players don’t always agree. And in esports, the same is proving true, as a player group launched a complaint this...
article Valve faces suit by parents who say kids wagered on its games
(Washington) -- Bellevue video-game giant Valve is facing a lawsuit in Seattle filed by parents who say their children lost thousands of dollars wagering using tools...

12/20/2016

article Attorneys bet eSports cases will turn up again
(Massachusetts) -- Though a lawsuit against an online gaming company was recently dismissed, the issues in the case, including virtual money and injuries, are far from...

12/16/2016

article League Of Legends Lands Seven-Year, $411 Million Streaming Deal
(USA) -- Today, League of Legends publisher Riot announced an unprecedented $US300 million ($411 million) deal with Major League Baseball spin-off streaming company...
article Hard reality faces eSports gamers in their battle with injuries
(Worldwide) -- As professionalism in electronic sports grows, so do the amount of gamers suffering from potentially career-ending injuries. AS talks with League of...

12/13/2016

article Finland recognises esports as a sport
(Finland) -- A post on the International Esports Federation (IeSF) website has revealed that Finland's Esports Federation SEUL has gained recognition from the...

12/12/2016

article Elite Soccer Clubs Sign Gamers to Compete in E-Sports Industry
(Worldwide) -- Every now and again, Koen Weijland feels like a professional soccer player. When Weijland, 24, was signed this year by his boyhood club, Ajax, in the...

12/8/2016

article Entrepreneurs and regulators to headline at ICE eSports Seminar
(UK) -- Organisers have confirmed details of the free to attend eSports seminar which is part of the extensive learning programme taking place at ICE Totally Gaming,...

12/5/2016

article Rahul Sood: Las Vegas should invest in eSports
(Las Vegas) -- One of the things that boggles the minds of every gambling operators is how to get the millennials to gamble. The internet is filled with articles about...

12/1/2016

article Why IT leaders should pay attention to eSports
(Worldwide) -- eSports, ranging from drone racing to professional video game tournaments, are predicted by some to generate more revenue than current professional sports...

11/30/2016

article How eSports are pioneering new media models
(USA) -- ESports has become a $1 billion global industry. As media casts about for sustainable business models, it could do worse than to take a few lessons from how...

11/28/2016

article Q&A with Rahul Sood
(Washington) -- The rise of eSports has brought many questions about how or if it could be integrated into the casino industry. Rahul Sood’s Unikrn has done just...
article How the ECS CS:GO league is doubling player salary
(Worldwide) -- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's meteoric rise has led to a lot of opportunities for great players, but also teething problems for organisers. Many...
article Researchers study effects of eSports
(Worldwide) -- Experts are unsure what impact video gaming has on the body. You may think your average gamer is a couch potato who could do with some exercise, but with...
press release UK esports sets out recommendations to government to make UK a global esports destination
(UK) -- Esports whitepaper launched today by games trade body in collaboration with UK esports sector to educate policymakers about the opportunities that esports...

11/27/2016

article The ever-evolving Las Vegas casino experience: eSports and more
(Las Vegas) -- Is the future of casino gambling here now? Let's take a look at some new casino gambling options geared specifically for younger customers.

11/25/2016

article Casinos now taking bets on video game tournaments
(Las Vegas) -- Video games are evolving past a hobby and quickly turning into a professional sport. For the first time, gamblers in Nevada were able to wager on who they...
article eSports Lawsuit Over For Now, But State Action May Follow
(Washington) -- On October 4, 2016, a federal judge in the Western District of Washington dismissed a suit against Valve Corporation (“Valve”) alleging that...

11/24/2016

article Las Vegas Gaming Control Board takes a gamble on esports betting
(Las Vegas) -- The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas finally received permission to take wagers for esports matches on Nov. 17, following months of...

11/20/2016

article Legal esports betting coming to IEM Oakland
(Las Vegas) -- Esports betting has arrived in Sin City. William Hill Sports Book announced the first legal esports wagers will be available in Las Vegas this weekend for...
article Witnessing the birth of a sport - eSports
(South Africa) -- Over the weekend of 7-9 October at the ever popular gaming expo, Rage, something quite extraordinary happened - South Africa witnessed the birth of a...
article William Hill partners with Downtown Grand Las Vegas to start offering eSports betting in Nevada
(Las Vegas) -- UK online bookmaker William Hill recently announced that the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee had reviewed its application to offer eSports betting in the...

11/19/2016

article Stay tuned for e-sports betting in Las Vegas casinos
(Las Vegas) -- So would you take Team Liquid in a head-to-head World of WarCraft matchup against the Evil Geniuses? Yes, it’s a tough call, considering the Evil...

11/18/2016

article Las Vegas takes first legal esports wagers in U.S. for IEM Oakland
(Las Vegas) -- The first legal esports wagers will be offered in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend, William Hill Sports Book announced Friday. In partnership with the...
article Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Says Yes to eSports, No to Daily Fantasy Sports
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, led by Governor Brian Sandoval (R), is urging the state’s Gaming Control Board (GCB) to develop regulations to...
article Nevada panel calls for update to esports rules
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee has urged gambling regulators in the US state to establish a new set of rules regarding wagering on esports contests.

11/16/2016

article eSports does not generate a shared audience or attract casual fans, says games research firm
(UK) -- There is a misunderstanding about why people watch eSports and media companies should not expect an investment in eSports to deliver them a communal audience....
article Nevada gaming policy panel urges new rules on e-sports
(Nevada) -- It won’t be long before people will be able to bet on teams competing against each other when they play video games. Teams also will be able to bet...

11/13/2016

article 'League Of Legends' Team Owner's Letter Angers Fans, Should The LCS Be Franchised?
(Worldwide) -- Remember that letter from a few months back, that almost all the LCS team owners got together to sign to try and make the competitive League Of Legends...
article Esports likely to debut at 2024 Los Angeles Olympics
(California) -- Over the past decade, competitive video gaming popularly known as esports has transcended the level of a small interpersonal activity and spiraled into a...
article The Global Poker League Wants to Marry Esports Presentation and Tech to Poker
(Worldwide) -- The Global Poker League is the attempt to marry esports presentation and tech with one of the oldest card games in existence - Poker. But not only that,...

11/11/2016

article Nevada looks at esports regulatory framework
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee will hear presentations from a range of stakeholders and experts next week as it moves towards implementing an esports...
article The skin betting controversy explained
(Worldwide) -- Anyone who has taken even a passing interest in gambling over the past three or four months would have been going some not to notice the veritable...

11/9/2016

article The rise of eSports and e-gaming
(Worldwide) -- In years gone by, midnight queues for the latest game release on the biggest-selling consoles would be the norm. The advent of the internet saw the...

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