Business of Esports News - January 29, 2020

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Videos Games Make You Better At Sex, Driving & More

Videos Games Make You Better At Sex, Driving & More

Gamers get a bad rap in society, but video games make you better at sex and driving, as well as provide other advantages in life.

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Stardew Valley has sold more than 10 million copies

Stardew Valley has sold more than 10 million copies

The sales aren't broken down by platform, but Steam appears to be number one.

pcgamer.com
Call of Duty League, Overwatch League, & more become YouTube exclusives

Call of Duty League, Overwatch League, & more become YouTube exclusives

Activision Blizzard and Google enter a multi-year YouTube streaming exclusivity deal for Call of Duty League, Overwatch League, Hearthstone Esports, more.

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Farming Simulator League exists and it actually looks pretty epic | Dexerto.com

Farming Simulator League exists and it actually looks pretty epic | Dexerto.com

Yes, Farming Simulator has its own League, and it's actually a lot more interesting than you might think.

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Google, YouTube And Activision Blizzard Join Forces To Form An eSports Game Streaming P...

Google, YouTube And Activision Blizzard Join Forces To Form An eSports Game Streaming P...

Activision Blizzard and Google have announced a multi-year strategic relationship that will see Google Cloud services as the preferred provider for Activision Blizzard's game hosting infrastructure.

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100 Thieves reveals "$35 million" Cash App Compound | Dot Esports

100 Thieves reveals "$35 million" Cash App Compound | Dot Esports

The building is state of the art.

dotesports.com
As curtain rises on Call of Duty League, big questions loom. How will they be answered?

As curtain rises on Call of Duty League, big questions loom. How will they be answered?

Call of Duty is one of the world's best-selling video games, but its esports league, which begins play under its new franchise format Friday, has not yet announced a broadcast partner and has drawn criticism from some players about last-minute changes ...

washingtonpost.com
YouTube gains exclusive streaming rights for Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and...

YouTube gains exclusive streaming rights for Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and...

This is a big change for some big esports.

dotesports.com
Esports Organization Fnatic Completes Rebrand

Esports Organization Fnatic Completes Rebrand

Fnatic, the London based esports organization, who fields teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2, and others

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$35 million dollar 100 Thieves esports facility becomes biggest in country

$35 million dollar 100 Thieves esports facility becomes biggest in country

Gaming and lifestyle company 100 Thieves has built the biggest esports facility in the United States. Located in Culver City, Los Angeles, the 15,000-square-foot compound is filled with video game training rooms, podcasting studios and even an old fash...

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Ticket Sales Mixed but Positive for Revamped Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues

Ticket Sales Mixed but Positive for Revamped Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues

Activision Blizzard’s two city-based esports leagues are seeing positive signs in ticket sales for early season events, but sources conceded

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Esports Training Site ProGuides Raises $5 Million In Seed Funding

Esports Training Site ProGuides Raises $5 Million In Seed Funding

Operating as a MasterClass for competitive gaming, Los Angeles-based ProGuides has raised $5 million in seed funding.

forbes.com
OverActive Media partners with Universal Music to unite esports and music

OverActive Media partners with Universal Music to unite esports and music

OverActive Media, the esports organization behind Toronto Defiant and Toronto Ultra, has partnered up with Universal Music Canada.

dailyesports.gg
CDL and OWL to stream exclusively on YouTube Gaming | Dexerto.com

CDL and OWL to stream exclusively on YouTube Gaming | Dexerto.com

Activision Blizzard have partnered up with Google, which means the Call of Duty League, Overwatch League, Hearthstone Esports, and more will be exclusively broadcast on YouTube.

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Gary Vaynerchuk Explains the Number One Reason He Invested in the Call of Duty League

Gary Vaynerchuk Explains the Number One Reason He Invested in the Call of Duty League

Last weekend, the Minnesota Røkkr hosted the first-ever home market event for the Call of Duty League in Minneapolis. From

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It’s time to stop making excuses for game publisher greed

It’s time to stop making excuses for game publisher greed

If you find you’re dismayed by the current state of the AAA games industry, you certainly aren’t alone. These days, it seems like many games from publishers like Electronic Arts, Activi…

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Support Grows for Unionizing Video Game Industry, Survey Finds

Support Grows for Unionizing Video Game Industry, Survey Finds

The Game Developer's Conference report indicates that the PC remains the most popular platform among game makers, while next-generation consoles are attracting considerable interest.

hollywoodreporter.com
Call of Duty League announces sponsorship deals for inaugural season

Call of Duty League announces sponsorship deals for inaugural season

The Call of Duty League announced its sponsorship deals going into the inaugural season. Some sponsors include SCUF Gaming, PlayStation, and Astro Gaming.

dailyesports.gg
Fnatic unveil new look for 2020 - Esports News UK

Fnatic unveil new look for 2020 - Esports News UK

London-based esports giant Fnatic have revealed a fresh new logo and revamped brand identity. The organisation have tweaked [...]Read More...

esports-news.co.uk
Esports Is Finding a Huge Audience. These Stocks Are the Best Plays.

Esports Is Finding a Huge Audience. These Stocks Are the Best Plays.

Tech companies including Amazon.com and Microsoft are competing for a bigger slice of the esports live-streaming business, which could present an opportunity for investors.

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10,000 people expected for e-sports launch event at Armory in Minneapolis

10,000 people expected for e-sports launch event at Armory in Minneapolis

The three-day Call of Duty League Launch Weekend will be the largest e-sports event so far in the Twin Cities.

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Immortals Is Putting Its Name To The Test As The Only Company Competing In Three U.S. F...

Immortals Is Putting Its Name To The Test As The Only Company Competing In Three U.S. F...

Backed by over $65 million from power investors like AEG, Lionsgate and Meg Whitman, Immortals Gaming Club must now prove the franchise strategy—so lucrative in traditional sports—will carry over to esports.

forbes.com
Activision Blizzard Esports Livestreams Will Now Be On YouTube

Activision Blizzard Esports Livestreams Will Now Be On YouTube

Activision Blizzard announced this afternoon that it will livestream esports contests exclusively on Google’s YouTube platform, including recordings, and that Google Cloud infrastructure would support the games’ back end needs.

forbes.com
YouTube just scored a major victory in its battle with Amazon's Twitch for esports supr...

YouTube just scored a major victory in its battle with Amazon's Twitch for esports supr...

Google and Activision Blizzard just announced an exclusive deal that will make Overwatch, Call of Duty and other popular esports exclusive to YouTube.

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Activision Blizzard and Google Enter Into Multi-Year Strategic Relationship

Activision Blizzard and Google Enter Into Multi-Year Strategic Relationship

YouTube will be the exclusive streaming partner of the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone esports, and more. Google

esportsobserver.com
Kit Kat Sponsors League of Legends European Championship Spring Split

Kit Kat Sponsors League of Legends European Championship Spring Split

Kit Kat has signed on as a sponsor of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) Spring Split. The Nestlé

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Esports Training Site ProGuides Raises $5 Million In Seed Funding

Esports Training Site ProGuides Raises $5 Million In Seed Funding

Operating as a MasterClass for competitive gaming, Los Angeles-based ProGuides has raised $5 million in seed funding.

forbes.com
Esports Players Are Running Into Heinous Tax Issues

Esports Players Are Running Into Heinous Tax Issues

Esports players are discovering the terrible world of the American Tax Code.

thegamer.com
LEC retains support of four more partners for 2020

LEC retains support of four more partners for 2020

Riot Games has announced the return of four more sponsors the 2020 season of its premier European league, LEC. Beko, Logitech G, Tchibo, and Warner Music will all return as sponsors of the competition for the

esportsinsider.com
Rockstar Energy Drinks Gets Into Esports Sponsorships

Rockstar Energy Drinks Gets Into Esports Sponsorships

Rockstar is teaming up with Germany esports team mousesports to hopefully strengthen both brands going into 2020.

thegamer.com
Minneapolis set for esports national stage, featuring Minnesota's newest team

Minneapolis set for esports national stage, featuring Minnesota's newest team

The first major esports event is coming to Minneapolis this weekend as this growing industry continues to gain popularity ...

kstp.com
Brazilian League of Legends Championship adds Mastercard Sponsorship, Plans Move to Fra...

Brazilian League of Legends Championship adds Mastercard Sponsorship, Plans Move to Fra...

Mastercard has expanded its global League of Legends sponsorship strategy to Brazil’s top pro league, CBLoL. Similar to its deals

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Why These Esports Firms Could Have an Outsized Impact in 2020

Why These Esports Firms Could Have an Outsized Impact in 2020

Canaccord Genuity makes a quarterly report on the esports landscape, and the firm sees 10 companies having an outsized impact on the sector this year.

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Team Liquid Renews Jersey Mike’s Partnership for Three More Years

Team Liquid Renews Jersey Mike’s Partnership for Three More Years

Esports organization Team Liquid has renewed its partnership with Jersey Mike’s Subs through 2022. The companies began their partnership in

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Brazilian Team INTZ Partners With Monster Energy

Brazilian Team INTZ Partners With Monster Energy

Brazilian esports organization INTZ has announced a deal with Monster Energy that will see the energy drink brand’s logo featured

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Insight Partners Pays $125 Million for a Stake in Gaming Company Moon Active

Insight Partners Pays $125 Million for a Stake in Gaming Company Moon Active

Earlier this month, Calcalist reported that the New York venture firm was negotiating for an 8%-10% stake in Moon Active according to a company valuation of approximately $1.2 billion

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Disease simulator creator reminds players that Plague Inc. "is a game, not a scientific...

Disease simulator creator reminds players that Plague Inc. "is a game, not a scientific...

"We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities"

gamesradar.com
Gulf’s mobile video gaming market gets top scores

Gulf’s mobile video gaming market gets top scores

For gamers and telecom providers, there is everything to play for in $821m market

gulfnews.com
From the Loot Box to Xbox Game Pass these are the gaming trends that defined the decade

From the Loot Box to Xbox Game Pass these are the gaming trends that defined the decade

We took a look back at all of the news and trends to come out of the last ten years and came up with a list of news/trends that have defined the decade. The battle royale genre, VR, Xbox Game Pass — a lot has changed.

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A new report shows how far the video game industry still has to go on diversity

A new report shows how far the video game industry still has to go on diversity

The video game industry is growing, both in profits and who it serves. Consumers spent more than $43 billion on gaming in 2018 in the United States alone, and it's projected they will spend as much as $230 billion by 2022. As the industry continues…

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NHL All-Star Weekend to Feature a Celebrity Pro-Am Gaming Challenge

NHL All-Star Weekend to Feature a Celebrity Pro-Am Gaming Challenge

The 2020 NHL All-Star weekend integrates gaming by kicking off the league’s 2020 esports campaign with the Chel Gaming Challenge

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Pandemic game Plague Inc climbs charts after coronavirus outbreak

Pandemic game Plague Inc climbs charts after coronavirus outbreak

Game was first released in 2012 and has had sales boosts before at times of health scares

theguardian.com
The mass Twitch exodus: Why streamers are leaving

The mass Twitch exodus: Why streamers are leaving

Streaming deals and exclusive contracts are more complicated than you might think

polygon.com
International esports fair GIST 2020 to open doors to gamers next week

International esports fair GIST 2020 to open doors to gamers next week

The international gaming and esports fair Gaming Istanbul GIST, one of Europe's five biggest e-gaming and entertainment events, will open its doors to...

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Game Over: The Ruination of Gaming - BagoGames

Game Over: The Ruination of Gaming - BagoGames

When it comes to gaming there is an obvious downward trajectory in quality and this is due to three major factors which work in concert with one another.

bagogames.com
State Agencies Think Riot Games Got Off Easy With $10 Million Discrimination Settlement...

State Agencies Think Riot Games Got Off Easy With $10 Million Discrimination Settlement...

Riot Games appeared to have settled a gender discrimination lawsuit in late 2019 with a $10 million payout. However, two California state agencies believe the female plaintiffs were misrepresented and could be entitled to far more money. The number cou...

digitaltrends.com
From Communist-era roots to cash cows: Poland's gaming industry takes on the world

From Communist-era roots to cash cows: Poland's gaming industry takes on the world

Global VCs start eyeing investment opportunities.

itnews.com.au
PS4 wins gaming console of the decade

PS4 wins gaming console of the decade

Sony's console takes prestigious trophy in the first Future Tech Awards

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Video Games Generated $35.4 Billion in Revenue for 2019 in The U.S.

Video Games Generated $35.4 Billion in Revenue for 2019 in The U.S.

The ESA and NPD group releases a PR statement regarding video game sales, with content in the U.S. generating $35.4 billion in revenue in 2019.

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