Business of Esports News - November 4, 2019

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Respawn Products partners with Epic Games for Fortnite chairs

Respawn Products partners with Epic Games for Fortnite chairs

Gaming chair manufacturer Respawn Products has partnered with Epic Games to create Fortnite-branded chairs. As part of the partnership, Respawn Products has produced a collection of bespoke chairs for Epic Games' battle royale title. RELATED:...

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DeepMind's AlphaStar AI achieved grandmaster status in StarCraft II

DeepMind's AlphaStar AI achieved grandmaster status in StarCraft II

Google-owned AI lab DeepMind announced its AlphaStar AI passed a new milestone – the machine is now capable of defeating 99.8% of all human players.

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CouRage Leaves Twitch for YouTube Gaming

CouRage Leaves Twitch for YouTube Gaming

Jack "CouRage" Dunlop announces he is leaving Twitch for YouTube Gaming, marking the departure of another superstar from Twitch's ranks.

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FIFA Esports Player Spits on EA Games Logo, Gets Permanently Banned

FIFA Esports Player Spits on EA Games Logo, Gets Permanently Banned

FIFA 20 esports player Kurt0411 spat on the EA Games logo during a live stream which resulted in him being banned from all tournaments.

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Blizzard Won't Unban Casters in Blitzchung Incident - Niche Gamer

Blizzard Won't Unban Casters in Blitzchung Incident - Niche Gamer

This is Niche Culture. In this column, we regularly cover anime, geek culture, and things related to video games. Please leave feedback and let us know if there’s something you want us to cover! Blizzard President J. Allen Brack has stated Blizzard Ent...

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Apex Legends is coming to mobile | Dot Esports

Apex Legends is coming to mobile | Dot Esports

It could be released next year.

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Sports Media Investor: Tech Entrepreneurs Are the ‘New Superstar Athletes’

Sports Media Investor: Tech Entrepreneurs Are the ‘New Superstar Athletes’

Sapphire Ventures’ Doug Higgins talks about the rise of e-sports and athletes’ appetite for venture investing.

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New York’s ERA invests in esports org Gen.G – TechCrunch

New York’s ERA invests in esports org Gen.G – TechCrunch

Esports are the Wild West right now. There’s clearly a huge potential for the industry to become incredibly lucrative, but everything from the infrastructure of competition to the overall culture isn’t quite ready for prime time. This introduces a huge...

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How Hershey's Navigated its First Year in Esports Events

How Hershey's Navigated its First Year in Esports Events

Hershey’s, one of the world’s most well-known brands and non-endemic players in esports events, breaks down its first year of marketing in the space.

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Hey Mom and Dad, I got an esports scholarship!

Hey Mom and Dad, I got an esports scholarship!

Tournament organizer High School Esports League (HSEL) has teamed up with the Varsity Esports Foundation (VESF) to provide financial aid for esports.

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Apex Legends reaches 70 million players | Dot Esports

Apex Legends reaches 70 million players | Dot Esports

That sure is a lot of pings.

dotesports.com
Why the Overwatch World Cup matters | Dot Esports

Why the Overwatch World Cup matters | Dot Esports

Don't write off the event that built the careers of numerous pros.

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Mainline raises $6.8 million in Series A for Esports Tournament Software

Mainline raises $6.8 million in Series A for Esports Tournament Software

Houston-based company Mainline has raised $6.8 million in its Series A funding round, to further develop its esports tournament software technology.

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Overwatch 2, Hearthstone Battlegrounds Announced at BlizzCon 2019

Overwatch 2, Hearthstone Battlegrounds Announced at BlizzCon 2019

Overwatch 2 will add new maps and heroes alongside a fresh game mode. Hearthstone’s Battlegrounds mode is Blizzard’s take on

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Competitors, Influencers Express Concerns with Crowdfunding for WoW Esports Events at B...

Competitors, Influencers Express Concerns with Crowdfunding for WoW Esports Events at B...

Kelvin "Snutz" Nguyen said that Blizzard used deceptive language in its crowdfunding efforts for World of Warcraft esports.  Blizzard confirmed

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Elite-level video gaming requires new protocols in sports medicine: Esport athletes at ...

Elite-level video gaming requires new protocols in sports medicine: Esport athletes at ...

Study authors note multiple health issues including blurred vision from excessive screen time, neck and back pain from poor posture, carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive motion, metabolic dysregulation from prolonged sitting and high consumption of c...

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'Fortnite' Superstar Jarvis Gets Lifetime Ban for Cheating, Gamers Are Furious!

'Fortnite' Superstar Jarvis Gets Lifetime Ban for Cheating, Gamers Are Furious!

Epic Games says NO MERCY for Jarvis, citing a "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to cheating software.

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W Ventures set to invest $50m in Esports Gaming

W Ventures set to invest $50m in Esports Gaming

It’s no surprise how much the esports scene is rising, but a Dubai based company is about to make significant investments. W Ventures announced that it will spend $50 million (Dhs183 million), together with its first online and offline gaming platform,...

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Logitech Is Making an $89 Million Bet on Game Streaming | The Motley Fool

Logitech Is Making an $89 Million Bet on Game Streaming | The Motley Fool

It's now official: Logitech is a lifestyle brand.

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VKLiooon is the first woman to become Hearthstone global champion

VKLiooon is the first woman to become Hearthstone global champion

After a 3-0 win she takes the title and the $200,000 prize.

pcgamer.com
Overwatch 2 is definitely an expansion rather than a sequel

Overwatch 2 is definitely an expansion rather than a sequel

It's got new modes and a progression system, but the main thing it's going to add to is the lore.

pcgamer.com
Blizzard accepts 'accountability' over Hong Kong controversy, but gamers still aren't h...

Blizzard accepts 'accountability' over Hong Kong controversy, but gamers still aren't h...

Blizzard said it was sorry and announced new games but gamers aren't happy with it. Activision Blizzard has come under fire after it banned Hong Kong player Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung in October for shouting a protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolut...

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Blizzard president apologizes for handling of gamer's Hong Kong protest; some fans want...

Blizzard president apologizes for handling of gamer's Hong Kong protest; some fans want...

'I accept accountability,' Blizzard Entertainment's President J. Allen Brack said at BlizzCon 2019.

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Wingstop Kicks Up The Heat In Gaming, Because Why Not?

Wingstop Kicks Up The Heat In Gaming, Because Why Not?

Wingstop turns to gaming for its latest marketing campaign.

thegamer.com
Fortnite Chapter Two Erased Part of Gaming History (But Fans Already Saved It)

Fortnite Chapter Two Erased Part of Gaming History (But Fans Already Saved It)

The famous locales of Fortnite's first chapter may be gone in the game for good, but fans culture has preserved it forever.

cbr.com
WeWork could be forming a gaming division

WeWork could be forming a gaming division

But who knows if it will actually launch

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