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Smash World Tour 2022 and 2023 Are Officially Cancelled

Smash World Tour 2022 and 2023 Are Officially Cancelled

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If you’re a fan of Smash, I apologize in advance for ruining your day. And perhaps your 2023 too. The Smash World Tour 2022 and 2023 Tours aren’t happening. Nintendo is like the Sosuke Aizen of video games. On the surface, you see the Soul Society Arc Aizen, who’s all smiles and cheers. But that’s […]


FaZe Smeag All Star Weekend Kicks Off Today

FaZe Smeag All Star Weekend Kicks Off Today

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Everything you need to know about the FaZe Smeag All Star Weekend of the Valorant offseason! FaZe Kaysan hosted a pretty entertaining MWII HALLOWEEN SHOWDOWN last week, and this weekend, FaZe Clan is bringing you the first All Star Weekend of the Valorant offseason. Introducing the FaZe Smeag All Star Weekend, presented by @McDonalds ⭐️ […]


Ubisoft Cancels Battle Royale Title Ghost Recon Frontline

Ubisoft Cancels Battle Royale Title Ghost Recon Frontline

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If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by all the Battle Royale games out right now, it looks like Ubisoft won’t be adding to the pile with Ghost Recon Frontline canceled. Ubisoft has a lot on its plate at the moment. Perhaps too much, as Ubisoft is canning four video games, one of them being Ghost Recon […]


Fortnite: Faze Clan Member Cented Gets Kicked Out for Hate Speech

Fortnite: Faze Clan Member Cented Gets Kicked Out for Hate Speech

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After a clip of the Fortnite pro using a racial slur on his July 3 live stream made rounds on social media, it was immediately bought to FaZe Clan’s attention, thus leading to his removal from the team. Earlier associated with Team Liquid, the 19-year-old Fortnite prodigy’s path to pro is now uncertain after using […]



Biggest Esports Tournaments in Summer 2022

Biggest Esports Tournaments in Summer 2022

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With the Covid-19 restrictions mostly behind us, there are still plenty of Esports Tournaments in Summer 2022. The last two years with the pandemic impacted the Esports events as much as it did anything else. With most tournaments moving to online play, the hype of it all was decreasing. Of course, with all the recent developments […]


CS:GO: Complexity Gaming Signs A New Roster

CS:GO: Complexity Gaming Signs A New Roster

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Complexity Gaming is gearing up for the new 2022 season with a brand new roster. Complexity Gaming has announced a brand new roster with three players from Extra Salt, one player from FURIA and Team Liquid. A storied past renewed. We are coming home. #CSGO | #WeAreCOL pic.twitter.com/pw9TYezR5u — Complexity (@Complexity) January 18, 2022 The […]


Microsoft Acquires Activision Blizzard in $70bn Deal, What does the Future Hold for the Company

Microsoft Acquires Activision Blizzard in $70bn Deal, What does the Future Hold for the Company

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is set to get approval in 2023. Making it the largest in the Games Industry’s history. The deal will add some of the gaming industries most well-known IPs under the Microsoft banner. The likes of Call of Duty, Spyro, Guitar Hero, and Tony Hawk from Activision, Warcraft, StarCraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, […]


DreamHack Anaheim 2022 Canceled Due To Hosting Difficulties

DreamHack Anaheim 2022 Canceled Due To Hosting Difficulties

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DreamHack cancels its Anaheim 2022 event schedule for February. Swedish production company DreamHack — known for its gaming festivals and tournament organizing — announced today the cancellation of DreamHack Anaheim 2022. This news comes as a shock, considering the company just hosted a gaming event in Sweden two weeks ago. It seems a combination of […]


NFL Safety Kenny Vaccaro Retires From Football, Launches G1 Esports

NFL Safety Kenny Vaccaro Retires From Football, Launches G1 Esports

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Former Saints and Titans safety retires from the NFL to focus on his esports organization and pursue a Halo Championship. The competitive Halo scene gained an intense competitor yesterday evening as former National Football League (NFL) safety Kenny Vaccaro retired from professional football to focus on his organization Gamers First (G1 Esports). An eight-year veteran […]


Complexity Gaming Launches Complexity Stars Gaming Division For Celebrities & Professional Athletes

Complexity Gaming Launches Complexity Stars Gaming Division For Celebrities & Professional Athletes

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J.R. Smith, Leonard Fournette, Max Holloway, Megan Anderson and more join the Complexity Stars gaming division. North American esports organization Complexity Gaming, a GameSquare Esports company, announced today the launch of the Complexity Stars gaming initiative, where multiple professional athletes and celebrities to boost their presence in the industry. The list of athletes includes NBA […]


Esports Awards 2021: All Nominees & Winners

Esports Awards 2021: All Nominees & Winners

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See who triumphed at the 2021 Esports Awards. The sixth annual Esports Awards concluded earlier this evening after the panel crowned a staggering 34 winners. Categories ranged from Player of the Year to Team of the Year and everything in between. Some previous winners such as G2 Esports owner Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez looked to defend […]


OCA Announces Names Of Esports Titles For Asian Games 2022

OCA Announces Names Of Esports Titles For Asian Games 2022

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The debut of esports as an official medal sport will include some of the most popular titles, a truly a historical achievement for esports. The Olympic Council of Asia has named eight esports titles to debut as official medal sports in the upcoming Asian Games. The council has mentioned eight games which are as follows: […]


E3 Announce Their Return In 2021 With Virtual Showcase

E3 Announce Their Return In 2021 With Virtual Showcase

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E3 returns in a digital format this June, with Nintendo, Ubisoft, Xbox and Capcom all confirmed to participate. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have officially unveiled their re-imagined E3 event for 2021. E3 was one of the many conventions wiped off the calendar in 2020 thanks to the global pandemic. At the time there were […]


ESL Mobile Open Goes Global

ESL Mobile Open Goes Global

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After a successful run in Europe and NA, ESL are bringing mobile esports on to the global stage. ESL, undoubtedly the world’s biggest esports company, have just announced they’re taking their Mobile Open series worldwide. The ESL Mobile will encompass not just North America, Europe, but the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) and the Asia-Pacific region. […]


The Most Popular Esports Events In 2020

The Most Popular Esports Events In 2020

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The battles that grabbed viewers’ attention in 2020, and the most notable moments of the year, here’s what spectators found fascinating. More than a mere hobby for many people, esports is now a multi million dollar industry; with the numbers of professional gamers getting into this form of professional sports competition increasing day by day. […]


Best Announcements From The Game Awards 2020

Best Announcements From The Game Awards 2020

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All the biggest surprises and prizes from the gaming industry’s biggest night. Airing from three locations, Los Angeles, Tokyo and London, the coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop The Game Awards this year. Although the lack of a live audience did impact the event’s usual format, it still managed to be a star-studded night. 2020 has been […]


Hitmarker Launches Second Equity Crowdfunding Round

Hitmarker Launches Second Equity Crowdfunding Round

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Esports job-posting website Hitmarker is launching a second equity crowdfunding campaign to facilitate expansion into new markets. Hitmarker is known as one of the go-to for esports-specific jobs postings. Back in November 2019 they launched a successful crowdfunding campaign and raised over £200,000 in the process. Now the company is back for the second round […]


CERD.GG; Building a platform for esports education

CERD.GG; Building a platform for esports education

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With the world of collegiate esports growing larger every day, ESTNN speak with some of the bright young minds working to shape the next generation of professional players. Despite the industry growing so rapidly over the last decade, the concept of esports is still a bit of a mystery to the mainstream. But that is […]


Activision Blizzard Financial Results Exceed Companies Expectations

Activision Blizzard Financial Results Exceed Companies Expectations

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Activision Blizzard has revealed massive gains in its second-quarter financial results conference call. Activision Blizzard revealed that second-quarter revenue grew 38% to $1.93 billion. With a global pandemic still raging on, video games have looked to be standouts in profitable entertainment. The industry was already the largest entertainment medium, and it doesn’t look like that’s […]


The 2020 Alienware Games Begins on July 17

The 2020 Alienware Games Begins on July 17

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LoL Esports teams up with Overwolf and Playwire for the 2020 Alienware Games. From July 17 — September 11, participants will have the chance to rise up the ranks of the 2020 Alienware Games leaderboard by scoring points across a multitude of games. The supported games will be League of Legends, Fortnite and CS:GO. Each […]


Chiefs Esports Club Partners With L’ORÉAL PARIS MEN EXPERT

Chiefs Esports Club Partners With L’ORÉAL PARIS MEN EXPERT

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The Australian organization Chiefs Esports Club and the men’s skincare and grooming brand L’Oréal Paris Men Expert have just launched a deal until the end of 2020. To celebrate the partnership L’Oréal and Chiefs will be holding a giveaway for Chiefs’ fans. The organization also has plans to host several events, though the details surrounding […]


EVO Online Cancelled Following Serious Allegations Of Abuse By Co-Founder

EVO Online Cancelled Following Serious Allegations Of Abuse By Co-Founder

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Accusations against EVO’s Co-Founder Joey ‘MrWizard’ Cuellar alleging sexual misconduct involving minors’ surfaced on Twitter, prompting the organization decision. Tournament organizers made the announcement on Twitter on July 2. “Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first of a series of important decisions […]


UK House Of Lords Calls For “immediate” Loot Boxes Regulation

UK House Of Lords Calls For “immediate” Loot Boxes Regulation

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The House of Lords Gambling Committee says video game loot boxes should be regulated under gambling laws. The Lords say Loot Boxes should be classified as “games of chance”. Bringing them in line with the UK Gambling Act 2005. “If a product looks like gambling and feels like gambling, it should be regulated as gambling,” […]


OG Signs With Global Talent Agency Rumble Gaming

OG Signs With Global Talent Agency Rumble Gaming

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OG and Rumble Gaming partner up to take the esports org to the next level. In a bid to continue their growth in the NA market, European esports organization, OG, have signed with talent agency, Rumble Gaming. Billed as full-service esports and gaming company, Rumble Gaming offer a wide range of services specifically targeted at […]


How Esports And Gaming Are Bringing The Fight To COVID-19

How Esports And Gaming Are Bringing The Fight To COVID-19

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⁠Gamers and industry organizations around the world have united to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. We look at some of the fantastic aid initiatives from the community. COVID-19 has brought disruptions to every aspect of our lives; lockdown restrictions, face masks and social distancing have all become the norm thanks to the threat posed […]


Team Secret Announce Partnership With HUYA

Team Secret Announce Partnership With HUYA

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The multi-year brand sponsorship will see tournaments and personal streams broadcasted on the Chinese platform. Team Secret have just announced a multi-year partnership with Chinese streaming platform, HUYA. The move comes as Secret try and reinforce their global brand strategy which has focused heavily on the EU region in the past. The deal will see […]


Four Loko Crack a Cold One With The Boys From Beastcoast

Four Loko Crack a Cold One With The Boys From Beastcoast

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Phusion Projects, makers of Four Loko, step into esports signing a sponsorship deal with Beastcoast. Adult beverage company, Phusion Projects have just signed a sponsorship deal with NYC-based esports organization, Beastcoast. The company’s Four Loko line of drinks will be front and center in a series of “online happy hours”. Each happy hour will take […]


Modern Esports Venue, LVL, Announced for Berlin

Modern Esports Venue, LVL, Announced for Berlin

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The next major installment in esports entertainment facilities is coming to Berlin, and it’s called LVL. VERITAS Entertainment has announced today that they will be building a new state of the art esports and gaming entertainment venue that is designed with gamers in mind and competition at the heart. This new venue includes its own […]


7-Year-Old Simone Lim is a Pokemon Esports Champion

7-Year-Old Simone Lim is a Pokemon Esports Champion

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A heartwarming story came from an unexpected place, with seven-year-old Simone Lim winning the Junior Championship division at the Pokemon Oceania International Championships. This monumental occasion proves that esports has no age limit, watching a young and talented trainer predict the moves of her opposition and get the win. Lim is an underdog from Singapore, […]


The Weekly Brief: Esports Business News Feb. 14th to 21st

The Weekly Brief: Esports Business News Feb. 14th to 21st

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In a first for ESTNN, we’ve aggregated all of the esports business news from the past week so you can stay up to date on the other side of the industry. This week’s news ranges from Faker being a part owner in T1 to ESL establishing a new league format and partnerships. NACE partners with […]


Esports Players of the Year 2019

Esports Players of the Year 2019

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#5 Call of Duty PLAYER: SIMP | TEAM: EUNITED By: Coleman Hamstead First off, we have the rookie Chris “Simp” Lehr. There cannot be a CoD player of the year discussion without Simp’s name being in the fray. Simp had big shoes to fill when he came on the eUnited starting roster in March. The […]


Germany Announce a Dedicated Visa for Esports

Germany Announce a Dedicated Visa for Esports

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Germany have announced a a dedicated visa for esports players and professionals will become available in spring 2020. As part of new changes to the Skilled Immigration Act, the German Federal Government have created a visa specifically for esports professionals. The esports focused visa will allow for smoother recruitment of Non-EU players and coaches by […]


All the Highlights from the Game Awards 2019

All the Highlights from the Game Awards 2019

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New tech, new teasers, and top performers, we bring you all the highlights from the 2019 Game Awards in Los Angeles. The Game Awards kicked off tonight with plenty of highlights and even a few surprises. Once described as “the closest thing the games business has to its own Oscars” in the New York Times. […]


Has Esports Finally Made it Into Popular Culture?

Has Esports Finally Made it Into Popular Culture?

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On October 29, my mother dropped a potential bombshell on me. Esports somehow made it into the daytime soap opera television program the Young and the Restless. I was excited and wanted to know exactly how esports made it onto such a popular show. So I watched the freely available episode on CBS.com, against my […]


Juked Esports Startup Launches New Beta Testing

Juked Esports Startup Launches New Beta Testing

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Hot-to-trot esports startup, Juked, has just launched their first open-world beta testing for streaming live video game content. The Californian esports company just began last February and rumor is their team are fervent on delivering continued updates for future fans and subscribers in 2020. On their official page, Juked is attempting “to create a better […]


OAM CEO Chris Overholt Talks Toronto Ultra, Homestands, and More

OAM CEO Chris Overholt Talks Toronto Ultra, Homestands, and More

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ESTNN’s Amy Chen wrangled OverActive Media’s President and CEO Chris Overholt away from the Toronto Ultra to pick his brain on Toronto’s esports scene, launching another new franchise, and why esports is important for Toronto as a whole. After OverActive Media’s reveal of its brand new Call of Duty League franchise, the Toronto Ultra, ESTNN […]


Dota 2: New Chest Treasure of the Twilight Procession Released

Dota 2: New Chest Treasure of the Twilight Procession Released

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You might have missed it amidst all the excitement of ESL One Hamburg, because no one was expecting it. But Valve has dropped the latest Dota 2 chest. The Treasure of the Twilight Procession dropped earlier today, and it features a bunch of spooky new cosmetics. Including new sets for Tidehunter, Faceless Void, Shadow Demon, […]



Talking Canadian Esports with Rishi Chadha, Twitter’s Global Head of Gaming

Talking Canadian Esports with Rishi Chadha, Twitter’s Global Head of Gaming

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This week, Rishi Chadha, Twitter’s global head of gaming, visited Toronto for the first time ever to discuss Canadian esports. At Twitter Canada’s headquarters, Rishi Chadha gave insight on Twitter’s trends, statistics, and trajectory in terms of the Canadian esports audience. Games such as Fortnite, Call of Duty, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros. and The Legend […]


Blizzard & Hong Kong Update: Boycotts, Protests, Bans & Freedom of Speech

Blizzard & Hong Kong Update: Boycotts, Protests, Bans & Freedom of Speech

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Blizzard’s handling of the Blitzchung dilemma has been mental novocaine as the situation only gets worse. If you missed the debacle last week, here’s a rundown of everything you missed and a link to a video about the beginning of this developing issue. Recap of What Happened Hong Kong is currently going through massive protests […]


Everything You Need to Know About Blizzard Banning Blitzchung

Everything You Need to Know About Blizzard Banning Blitzchung

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Blizzard has bowed to the Chinese government, seizing a Hearthstone pro’s prize winnings and banning him from competition for one year. During the Hearthstone Grandmasters Tournament, Ng Wai Chung, also known as “Blitzchung”, made a statement in support of the protests going on in Hong Kong on a live broadcast. Blizzard has since suspended him […]


Skillz Unveils Mobile Gaming Tournaments Supporting the American Cancer Society

Skillz Unveils Mobile Gaming Tournaments Supporting the American Cancer Society

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Following the partnership revealed in July, Skillz has announced mobile gaming tournaments supporting the American Cancer Society (ACS). Skillz, an esports provider for mobile games, has announced a range of tournaments for mobile esports professionals to compete in and support the American Cancer Society. Through the Skillz platform, competitors in mobile games such as Bubble […]


Amuka Esports: Building and Uniting a Gaming Community One Puzzle Piece at a Time

Amuka Esports: Building and Uniting a Gaming Community One Puzzle Piece at a Time

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Launched this April, Amuka Esports is an incubation company with a focus on the casual gaming market. Ben Feferman, the CEO of Amuka Esports, has played video games like Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! and NHLPA Hockey ’93 since he was five years old. “Those were the games that really transformed my childhood,” he told ESTNN. “I loved […]


Esports Bigwigs ESL and Dreamhack Partner with Nielsen

Esports Bigwigs ESL and Dreamhack Partner with Nielsen

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Nielsen will track esports viewership and statistics for the two industry giants. According to a press release, ESL and Dreamhack, two large-scale tournament organizers in the esports space, have signed an agreement with Nielsen to provide “comprehensive esport measurement[s]” for their tournaments. The agreement will further advance research standards in esports and provide greater confidence […]


Top 5 Biggest Esports Cash Prizes

Top 5 Biggest Esports Cash Prizes

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#5 StarCraft 2 StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty is a real-time strategy (RTS) video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The first part of the game is released on July 27, 2010, and follows StarCraft and its StarCraft extension: Brood War released in 1981. StarCraft 2 is divided into three parts, the basic game subtitled Wings […]


Hector Rodriguez Leaves OpTic Gaming, Joins NRG For Chicago Franchise

Hector Rodriguez Leaves OpTic Gaming, Joins NRG For Chicago Franchise

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A New Chapter for H3cz The journey of Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez is one of the better stories in the short history of esports. From the ground up, H3CZ built the OpTic Gaming brand from humble beginnings on YouTube to one of the top esports organizations in modern times. Ask any OpTic Gaming fan, the players […]


WESA to Investigate Ninjas in Pyjamas

WESA to Investigate Ninjas in Pyjamas

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WESA, The World Esports Association, has announced an official investigation into allegations against the Swedish organization Ninjas In Pyjamas. WESA have tasked ESIC commissioner Ian Smith to “conduct an independent third-party review of allegations against NiP”. The Investigation comes after Richard Lewis conducted an in-depth interview with former NiP player Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson. In the […]


“We Won’t Limit Ourselves to Studio Formats Only” – Head of Esports at WePlay! Eugene Luchianenco

“We Won’t Limit Ourselves to Studio Formats Only” – Head of Esports at WePlay! Eugene Luchianenco

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Eugene Luchianenco, Head of Esports at WePlay! Esports, sat down with ESTNN to talk about the grassroots tournament scene, WePlay!’s recent Dota Underlords tournament, and what the future holds for WePlay!.  Earlier this month, tournament organizer WePlay! hosted the first open tournament for Dota Underlords, Valve’s newest game and one of the most popular entries […]


As Bugha Wins Fortnite World Cup, Esports Prize Pools Outpace Professional Sports

As Bugha Wins Fortnite World Cup, Esports Prize Pools Outpace Professional Sports

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ESTNN’s Matt Pryor explores the meteoric rise of esports prize pools. The rise of esports has been one of the more intriguing topics over the past 10 years. A steadily surging increase in viewership has come hand in hand with huge prize pools, and has monetarily benefited both organizations and players alike. Last weekend’s Fortnite […]


China’s Video Game Policy Is Influencing American Developers

China’s Video Game Policy Is Influencing American Developers

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ESTNN’s Malik Shelp sheds some light on how China’s draconian video game policy is influencing American video game developers. Unless you’re out of the loop, it’s pretty common knowledge that China holds a monumental stake in the gaming industry. They provide a substantial percentage of the user base for popular games like League of Legends […]


NRG Unveils Rebrand and Clothing Drop

NRG Unveils Rebrand and Clothing Drop

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North American esports organization NRG unveiled their teased rebrand today, complete with new merchandise. NRG showed off their new rebrand today. The organization also unveiled new additions to their merchandise store and a new catchphrase, “100% Unapologetic.” THE TIME HAS COME #NRGFAMnew lookfirst dropsame 100% unapologetic attitude pic.twitter.com/gaMWd2ErR9 — NRG (@NRGgg) July 22, 2019 Two […]


Pittsburgh Knights Announce Strategic Partnership with Wiz Khalifa

Pittsburgh Knights Announce Strategic Partnership with Wiz Khalifa

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The Pittsburgh Knights Esports organization announced a partnership with rapper Cameron Jibril “Wiz Khalifa” Thomaz this morning. North American esports organization Pittsburgh Knights announced a partnership with Cameron Jibril “Wiz Khalifa” Thomaz this morning, according to a press release from the organization. Thomaz will join the organization as a strategic partner and provide creative direction, […]


ESL and AT&T Extend Partnership Into 2020

ESL and AT&T Extend Partnership Into 2020

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ESL North America and AT&T announced a partnership extension this morning ahead of IEM Chicago. Tournament organizer ESL and telecommunications giant AT&T have extended their North American partnership this morning according to an official press release. The partnership will bring new experiences to ESL’s North American events, including Intel Extreme Masters Chicago, ESL One New […]


GamerzClass Signs Martin Fritzen: Wants to Give Esports the Best Conditions

GamerzClass Signs Martin Fritzen: Wants to Give Esports the Best Conditions

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Martin Fritzen has helped numerous esports clubs connect with meaningful partners and develop new revenue streams. A recent deal between Martin Fritzen and GamerzClass is now aiming to give more people access to the Dane’s valuable knowledge. There are no big esports trophies on Martin Fritzen’s desk. Nevertheless, he is one among the many influential […]


NRG Teases Mysterious Announcement For July 22

NRG Teases Mysterious Announcement For July 22

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Esports organizations NRG is teasing what looks to be a brand overhaul set to be unveiled on July 22. NRG Esports teased what looks like a brand overhaul today on the team’s official Twitter account. a whole new nrg coming july 22nd 🙂https://t.co/2jOFMO0d0f — NRG (@NRGgg) July 16, 2019 The link takes viewers to the […]


“For New People, We’re Making the Esports Curve Way Easier” : Weekly.gg Co-Founder Franco Rivas On Newsletter

“For New People, We’re Making the Esports Curve Way Easier” : Weekly.gg Co-Founder Franco Rivas On Newsletter

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Weekly.gg has made its mark in the esports industry for veterans and newcomers alike with its recent launch of a tailored email newsletter: a to the point newsletter for esports professionals. The email goes out to subscribers every Friday, containing curated news told in a unique way. The people behind Weekly.gg, Alan Ruchtein, Gonzalo Sanchez […]


100 Thieves Announce Doug Barber as Vice President of Brand & Apparel

100 Thieves Announce Doug Barber as Vice President of Brand & Apparel

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100 Thieves announced that they have brought Doug Barber, the previous owner of clothing brand Reigning Champ, onboard as Vice President of Brand & Apparel. 100 Thieves hired Doug Barber to lead a brand new position, Vice President of Brand & Apparel, according to an official press release by the organization. Doug Barber previously owned […]


Immortals Lays off OpTic Gaming Staff Following IGC Acquisition

Immortals Lays off OpTic Gaming Staff Following IGC Acquisition

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IGC has laid off several employees from different parts of the OpTic Organization following their acquisition of Infinite Esports and Entertainment. As many OpTic fans already know, Immortals Gaming Club finalized their acquisition of the esports organization in early June. However, there have been even more consequences that have just come to light; according to […]


RFRSH & Astralis Announce Two-Year Logitech G Partnership

RFRSH & Astralis Announce Two-Year Logitech G Partnership

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RFRSH Entertainment has announced they have entered into a two-year partnership with Logitech G. RFRSH Entertainment, owners of the Danish Counterstrike squad Astralis, announced a two-year partnership with Logitech G to provide equipment and peripherals to the Danes. This is the second RFRSH-owned team Logitech has sponsored in the past week. Last Wednesday, Logitech G […]


Nike Partners with Brazillian Esports Organization FURIA

Nike Partners with Brazillian Esports Organization FURIA

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FURIA announced a partnership with Nike today on the teams official website. It will debut as FURIA’s CS:GO team takes the stage at ESL One Cologne. Brazillian esports organization FURA revealed a sponsorship with Nike today, per the company’s official website. This partnership is Nike’s first entrance into team sponsorships. The sport fashion conglomerate partnered […]



OAM Announce Strategic Partnership With Bell

OAM Announce Strategic Partnership With Bell

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OverActive Media announced Bell, Canada’s largest communications company, as a Founding Marketing Partner.  OAM and Bell Partner Up OverActive Media (OAM) revealed a strategic partnership with Canada’s largest communications company, Bell, today. As part of the deal, Bell acquired a minority interest in OAM and became OAM’s first Founding Marketing Partner. The multi-year agreement includes […]


Origen and Logitech Announce Partnership

Origen and Logitech Announce Partnership

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The LEC’s Origen and peripheral-maker Logitech announced a partnership this afternoon. Logitech and RFRSH Team Up RFRSH Entertainment and Logitech revealed their two-year partnership today in an official press release. Origen, a RFRSH brand, will start to use Logitech products when competing in the LEC. Additionally, the players will “be integrated in[to] the development of […]


Team Liquid Teases the Mysterious “Project Whirlwind”

Team Liquid Teases the Mysterious “Project Whirlwind”

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A tweet today from the official Team Liquid Twitter account announced the reveal date for the mysterious Project Whirlwind. Team Liquid’s official Twitter account posted a cryptic tweet this afternoon, teasing something called mysterious: “Project Whirlwind.” The tweet itself contains Team Liquid’s most prominent sponsors, including Monster, Alienware, SAP, Honda, HyperX, Need for Seat, and […]


ESforce adds IT Giant SAP as a sponsor ahead of the EPICENTER Dota 2 Major

ESforce adds IT Giant SAP as a sponsor ahead of the EPICENTER Dota 2 Major

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The upcoming EPICENTER Major adds German tech company SAP as a sponsor ahead of the tournament. EPICENTER has added German IT company SAP as a sponsor ahead of their upcoming Dota 2 Major tournament. It marks the first time in EPICENTER’s history that they have had a technology company sponsor. SAP specializes in collecting in-game […]


Where Have All the Arena First-Person Shooters Gone?

Where Have All the Arena First-Person Shooters Gone?

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ESTNN’s Phillip Miner takes a look at a recent trend in gaming – the lack of new Arena FPS games. First-person shooters (FPSs) are undoubtedly a popular game genre, in both esports and beyond. Within esports, the dominant FPS games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the Call of Duty franchise. Apex Legends also takes place […]


Dreamhack Partners with Akamai Technologies for Dreamhack Summer

Dreamhack Partners with Akamai Technologies for Dreamhack Summer

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Dreamhack has announced a partnership with Akamai Technologies to raise awareness of hacking and data theft in the esports space. In an official press release from the organization, tournament organizer Dreamhack revealed a partnership today with Akamai Technologies in order to highlight the dangers that hackers pose to esports data security. The partnership includes Dreamhack […]


Dota 2 News: Goryachaya Shutcka named partner of the EPICENTER Major 2019

Dota 2 News: Goryachaya Shutcka named partner of the EPICENTER Major 2019

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According to a press release from the organization, Russian frozen foods brand Goryachaya Shutcka will sponsor the EPICENTER Major. In a press release this morning, EPICENTER named Goryachaya Shutcka an official partner of the upcoming EPICENTER Major. The brand, translated “Hot Stuff,” will host several online events for both online viewers and fans that attend […]



Immortals Plans for the OpTic Brand: Call of Duty retains the OpTic Name, LoL Team to rebrand in 2020, and Say Goodbye to OpTic CSGO

Immortals Plans for the OpTic Brand: Call of Duty retains the OpTic Name, LoL Team to rebrand in 2020, and Say Goodbye to OpTic CSGO

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It looks like one CSGO team is enough for the Immortals Gaming Club, but the OpTic brand will live on in Call of Duty. Immortals Gaming Club announced today that they will sell off OpTic’s Counterstrike: Global Offensive team after its acquisition of Infinite Entertainment earlier last week. Immortals already has a presence in Counterstrike […]


Immortals Gaming Club will Purchase Infinite Esports and Entertainment, Parent Co. of OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws

Immortals Gaming Club will Purchase Infinite Esports and Entertainment, Parent Co. of OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws

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Immortals Gaming Club will purchase Infinite Esports and Entertainment for $35-$45M USD in cash and equity, according to a report by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf. Immortals Gaming Club has announced a deal to purchase OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws parent company, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, for between $35-$45M USD in cash and equity. As of […]


Interviewing the Interviewer: Frankie Ward on CS:GO, Esports, and the Talent Experience

Interviewing the Interviewer: Frankie Ward on CS:GO, Esports, and the Talent Experience

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ESTNN’s FPS Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Johnson managed to wrangle Frankie Ward, one of the only professional esports interviewers, away from the stage at IEM Sydney and got her perspective on her job, her experiences, and esports as a whole. ­­­­­­­­ There’s something to be said for post-game interviews. Through the interviewers, fans get an inside look […]


Evil Geniuses Acquired by Investment Firm Peak6

Evil Geniuses Acquired by Investment Firm Peak6

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Tech investment firm Peak6 has announced today that they have acquired storied esports organization Evil Geniuses. Tech investment firm Peak6 announced today that they have acquired esports organization Evil Geniuses. Fans know Evil Geniuses for fielding teams in Dota 2 and Call of Duty (the latter of which now features FaZe Clan alum Dillon “Attach” […]


Immortals Gaming Club’s OpTic Acquisition – What We Know So Far

Immortals Gaming Club’s OpTic Acquisition – What We Know So Far

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With the recent news that Immortals Gaming is close to purchasing OpTic Gaming, ESTNN’s Phillip Miner breaks down everything that we know so far. It’s a scary time to be an OpTic Gaming fan. Earlier this month, the Immortals Gaming Club announced that it was close to cementing a purchase deal for the OpTic organization. […]


CoD News: Reports indicate Immortals is close to purchasing OpTic Owner Infinite Esports

CoD News: Reports indicate Immortals is close to purchasing OpTic Owner Infinite Esports

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Reports indicate that Immortals is close to a deal with Infinite Esports for its esports properties. Immortals Gaming Club, best known for their League of Legends team, appears to be buying the parent company of competitive gaming juggernaut OpTic Gaming, Infinite Esports. The Immortals primarily appear interested in buying Infinite for OpTic Gaming’s spot in […]


Esports News Weekly Brief: May 1 – May 8, 2019

Esports News Weekly Brief: May 1 – May 8, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Esports News Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week on May 8th, including a Riot Games’ employee walkout, the TI 9 Battle Pass breaking records, and TL taking home their first IEM Grand Slam title at IEM Sydney. Let’s dive right in. League of Legends […]


CompLexity Gaming Reveals Rebranding & Team Manifesto

CompLexity Gaming Reveals Rebranding & Team Manifesto

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Complexity Gaming, one of esports’ longest-running organizations, announced a total rebrand today, complete with a new logo, jerseys and merchandise. Complexity Gaming announced a full rebrand today to coincide with the organizations move to their new headquarters, the GameStop Performance Center. The new design mirrors that of Complexity’s sister team, the Dallas Cowboys. In addition […]


Esports News Weekly Brief: April 24 – May 1, 2019

Esports News Weekly Brief: April 24 – May 1, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week of May 1st, including a new League of Legends champion, an in-depth recap of the Overwatch League Dallas Homestand, and a mysterious Fortnite… erm… mystery! Let’s dive right in. League of Legends In League this week, Patch […]



Report: Gamers in China is Expected to Reach 873 Million By 2023

Report: Gamers in China is Expected to Reach 873 Million By 2023

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DouYu, the Twitch of China is filing in the U.S to go public. Their filing gave a lot of interesting data regarding esports and the Chinese gaming market. We have summarized the statistics that we found to be the most intriguing. Gamers in China is expected to reach 878 million by 2023 China is the […]


Esports News Weekly Brief: April 17 – April 24, 2019

Esports News Weekly Brief: April 17 – April 24, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week on April 24th, This week, we’ve got AI destroying Dota players, a new League of Legends event, and the return of CS_Summit! Let’s jump right in. League of Legends Looks like we may be getting a new […]


Ready To Start Your Twitch Channel? Read On

Ready To Start Your Twitch Channel? Read On

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It’s the dream, right? Making a living from the thing you love. It might be that you have been an avid gamer for years, or that there is just one game that you can’t get enough of. It might be a while before you manage to make a living from it, but it’s not out […]


How a World Famous Film Critic (Accidentally) Predicted the Rise of Esports

How a World Famous Film Critic (Accidentally) Predicted the Rise of Esports

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Roger Ebert was possibly the most well-known film critic of his time. What some don’t know is that, at one point, he took aim at video games. Indeed, he had a few choice words regarding the medium and their value as an art form. “Games can never be art.” Roger Ebert (1942-2013), besides his infallible […]


New Wave Holdings: Taking Competitive Gaming and Esports Investment to the Next Level

New Wave Holdings: Taking Competitive Gaming and Esports Investment to the Next Level

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New Wave Holdings Corp. is a recently established competitive gaming and esports investment company. Their CEO and CMO, Tolga Onuk and Daniel Mitre, come from an extensive background in both the technology and gaming industries. Having previously worked for companies like Electronic Arts, Sega, and Thunderbolt Studios, their venture into esports and its communities with […]


Na`Vi CEO Speaks Out on Hiring B1ad3, Na`Vi CSGO, the Dota 2 Team, and More

Na`Vi CEO Speaks Out on Hiring B1ad3, Na`Vi CSGO, the Dota 2 Team, and More

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Last week, Russian esports site CyberSlovo published an article featuring an interview with Na`Vi CEO Yevhen “HarisPilton” Zolotarov. This is a transcript of that interview. While originally done in Russian, ESTNN has translated this article from Russian to English and then edited the article for readability. Our translator is a native Russian speaker, and the […]


Esports Weekly News Brief: April 10 – April 17, 2019

Esports Weekly News Brief: April 10 – April 17, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week on April 17th, where we’ve got League Spring Finals results, AI beating pro Dota 2 players, and a pet-friendly surprise in Fortnite. Let’s hop right in. Esports News Recap Video League of Legends First off in League […]


Gen.G Raises $46 million, Will Smith and Keisuke Honda Among Investors

Gen.G Raises $46 million, Will Smith and Keisuke Honda Among Investors

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Esports organization Gen.G revealed on Wednesday that they had raised $46 million in a round of funding to support future projects, with the fundraising led by big names in sports and entertainment. These names include actor Will Smith, known for films such as Men In Black and I Am Legend, Japanese soccer player Keisuke Honda […]


Rumble Gaming Acquires MKM Esports – Now One of the Largest Esports Agencies in NA

Rumble Gaming Acquires MKM Esports – Now One of the Largest Esports Agencies in NA

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April 16, 2019 (Press Release) – Rumble Gaming, an esports talent agency and media platform, launched by sports and media executive Michael Cotton, has acquired MKM Esports, a major talent agency formed by lawyers Josh Marcus and Evan Kubes. Rumble Gaming now features over 300 professional esports teams, players, venues, streamers, and content creators that […]


CSGO News: North partners with IT Consulting Firm Capgemini

CSGO News: North partners with IT Consulting Firm Capgemini

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Counterstrike organization North has announced a partnership with IT consultancy Capgemini today in a press release. Danish Counterstrike organization has announced a partnership today with IT consulting firm Capgemini in an official press release. As a result, The deal includes prime placement of Capgemini’s logo on North jerseys. Additionally, Capgemini will also “spearhead several initiatives […]


100 Thieves Announce Totino’s Sponsorship of 100T Fortnite

100 Thieves Announce Totino’s Sponsorship of 100T Fortnite

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100 Thieves announced today that Totino’s will sponsor its Fortnite team. In addition to the sponsorship, the 100 Thieves has also revealed that its Fortnite team will move into the Totino’s World Cup House in Atlanta in order to practice for the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers. North American esports organization announced an expansion with current […]


Chipotle Partners with ESL and Dreamhack

Chipotle Partners with ESL and Dreamhack

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Chipotle has announced a partnership with both ESL and DreamHack this morning, with content including event sponsorships and the Chipotle Challenger Series, an amateur esports league. American Mexican restaurant Chipotle revealed a partnership today with two of the largest esports tournament organizers, ESL and DreamHack. https://twitter.com/DreamHack/status/1116332574459092992 As per the press release, Chipotle will sponsor ESL […]


Esports Weekly News Brief: April 3 – April 10, 2019

Esports Weekly News Brief: April 3 – April 10, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week on April 10th. This week, we’ve got pros quitting the Overwatch League, a shiny, new LCK trophy, and a whole host of roster moves across esports. Let’s dive right in! Weekly Esports News Recap Video League of […]


Rapper The Weeknd Invests in Toronto Defiant Parent Company OAM

Rapper The Weeknd Invests in Toronto Defiant Parent Company OAM

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Abel Tesfaye, otherwise known as the rapper “The Weeknd,” has reportedly invested in OverActive Media, parent company of the Toronto Defiant and Team Splyce. The Weeknd has entered the esports realm with an investment in OverActive Media, the ownership team behind the Toronto Defiant and Team Splyce. The partnership will see Tesfaye operate as a […]


Belong Gaming Arenas announces Destiny 2 Gambit Prime Tournament

Belong Gaming Arenas announces Destiny 2 Gambit Prime Tournament

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Yesterday, UK Esports Organization Belong Gaming Arena, owned by GAME, announced that they would be working with Bungie to produce the world’s first Gambit Prime tournament. Gambit Prime Joker’s Wild, Destiny 2’s most recent DLC, introduced a brand new game mode called Gambit Prime. Teams of four take part in an intense one round mode of […]


Esports Weekly News Brief: March 28 – April 3, 2019

Esports Weekly News Brief: March 28 – April 3, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week for April 3rd. We’re going to be running through League Playoffs and Patch notes, new Dota 2 tournaments, CS: GO Roster Moves, and the Fortnite community having a collective meltdown. Let’s jump right in, shall we? Esports […]


ESTNN Esports News Brief: March 20– 27, 2019

ESTNN Esports News Brief: March 20– 27, 2019

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Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week on March 27th. We’ve got tons of news ranging from League of Legends Playoff brackets, Overwatch PTR patches, and new Auto Chess heroes. Let’s jump right in! League of Legends   Playoffs are imminent in both the […]


GameStop Partners with Major Esports Brands

GameStop Partners with Major Esports Brands

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Gamestop announced a partnership this week with Infinite Esports (owners of OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws), CompLexity, and Envy Gaming (owners of Team Envy and the Dallas Fuel). The sponsorship includes a series of gaming classes and clinics for gamers at Gamestop locations over the next year. GameStop announced a major partnership today with […]


Bye Gaming Houses! Say Hello to the Kinguin Esports Performance Center

Bye Gaming Houses! Say Hello to the Kinguin Esports Performance Center

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With the rise of esports came the rise of the gaming house. Esports has seen a meteoric rise in the number of teams living and practicing their craft together. That said, there is a new type of facility on the rise that allows teams to work and practice in an office-like environment. The gaming house trend […]


Japanese Automaker Nissan Partners with OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan

Japanese Automaker Nissan Partners with OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan

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Nissan has announced a partnership deal with OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan. They join several other high-profile companies to enter the esports space in the past six three months. Another car manufacturer has entered the esports space. Following BMW and Honda, Nissan is now a sponsor of both OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan, according to […]


ESTNN Esports News Brief, March 7th – 13th

ESTNN Esports News Brief, March 7th – 13th

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Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week on March 13th. We’ve got tons of news ranging from a beloved caster stepping down, Overwatch bugs, and roster swaps. Let’s jump right in! League of Legends   Over the past week, we’ve gotten a ton of […]


CVR World Cup League: Bridging Esports and Traditional Sports

CVR World Cup League: Bridging Esports and Traditional Sports

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The CVR World Cup League features competitive virtual cycling where competitors race against each other in a game called CVRcade. While CVRcade is an online multiplayer game, it also lets players do physical training at the same time.  Discussions about esports and traditional sports exist in terms of how each industry differentiates from one another, however, […]


Cloud9 Reveals BMW Sponsorship

Cloud9 Reveals BMW Sponsorship

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Cloud9 announced its latest high-profile sponsorship with BMW, the famous German automaker. BMW joins sponsors such as Puma and AT&T as the next prominent sponsor to join the Cloud9 ranks. Cloud9 announced a partnership with BMW yesterday. BMW joins the Cloud9 sponsorship family as the official car of Cloud9. Yesterday, the official Cloud9 Twitter account announced the […]


Esports Advertising: The Next Big Frontier

Esports Advertising: The Next Big Frontier

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Esports is becoming a gold mine for companies looking to expand into new spaces, according to a report released by the Video Advertising Bureau. According to the report, 23% of esports fans have just started following the scene sometime between 2017 and 2018. Despite this late push, esports is boasting as much revenue as the […]


ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap – March 7th

ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap – March 7th

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Welcome to the ESTNN Daily, where you can sit down, relax, and let us run down your daily esports recap! Here’s your news for March 7th. We’ve got a retirement, some guest hosts for the LEC, and Baptiste bugs, oh my. Let’s dive right in. League of Legends  In League news today, legendary Lee Sin […]


An Introduction to Esports: What Are Esports?

An Introduction to Esports: What Are Esports?

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No doubt you’ve heard the term “esports” floating around in the air somewhere. Whether you support it or not, esports is on the rise as an industry and appears to be a top-level competitor to some of the world’s most elite leagues. You may be under the impression that esports are simply just people playing […]


Cloud9 and AT&T Announce Partnership

Cloud9 and AT&T Announce Partnership

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North American esports Organization announced a sponsorship deal with telecommunications giant AT&T yesterday. Sometime this year, AT&T will sponsor a weekly show called “The Nines,” providing fans with a look inside the Cloud9 organization. It will include highlights, team and player profiles, tournament previews and esports news. Additionally, the partnership will include AT&T social media […]


ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 3/1

ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 3/1

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Welcome to the ESTNN Daily for March 1st, 2019! We’ve got some pretty big League news today, along with Mcree’s Ultimate and the quarter-final matchups for the CSGO Major! Let’s dive right in. League of Legends   In League news today, Riot Games has opened up a poll where players can choose the next Tristana […]


ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/28

ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/28

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Welcome to the ESTNN Daily, the source for your daily esports news, for February 27th. I’ll be honest with you, dear reader, I’m quite sad today. Team Liquid lost to ENCE at the IEM Katowice Major and I’m barely scraping by, but never fear! I still managed to drag myself away from my pint of ice cream and […]


ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/27

ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/27

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In today’s ESTNN Daily, League of Legends makes it back in the news, Epic Games is getting sued again and Autochess hits a huge milestone. Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, and let’s dive right in. League of Legends We’ve got some interesting news in the NA League of Legends scene today as DBLTAP is reporting […]


Esports Funding Hits New Highs

Esports Funding Hits New Highs

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Esports is a booming business according to surges in funding for top esports teams in the past ten months. G2 Esports, Cloud9, and Team Liquid have all posted record fundraising numbers since the beginning of 2018. Additionally, the amount of funding deals in esports has more than quadrupled since 2015 according to Crunchbase. The new-fangled […]


ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/26

ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/26

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Welcome to the ESTNN Daily for February 26th. Some interesting stories broke today, so let’s hop right in and give you your Esports News Recap for the day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDpjKViPNU DOTA 2 It may seem a little weird that we’re going to be talking about a prominent Hearthstone player in today’s DOTA 2 news, but honestly […]


ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/25

ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/25

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Welcome to the ESTNN Daily for February 25th. We’ve got a lot to catch up on from the weekend news! Let’s jump right into our daily esports news recap.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5Uc_cQqHHg League of Legends News Riot announced the ticket sale date for the LCS Spring Split Finals in St. Louis. Riot will begin selling the tickets […]


ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/21

ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/21

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Welcome to the ESTNN Daily, where we put together an esports news recap for all of the biggest esports titles! We’ve got this all in video format, or feel free to read the article below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlO8kQoZNFI League of Legends In League news, Riot is reportedly considering a full ranked reset of the ladder. Ranked matches […]


ESL One Katowice 2019 – Teams Announced

ESL One Katowice 2019 – Teams Announced

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After a successful 2018 run, ESL One Katowice returns next week. Twelve teams are set to battle it out for a slice of $300,000 starting off with the group stages, a series of Bo2 round robins, beginning Tuesday February 19th and followed by the playoffs from the 22nd to the 24th. Now that the participating […]


Houston Outlaws continue partnership with TMobile

Houston Outlaws continue partnership with TMobile

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OpTic Gaming subsidiary the Houston Outlaws extended their partnership with TMobile today. Additionally, TMobile will continue to offer perks like exclusive seating and discounts. Houston Outlaws x T-Mobile Press Release:https://t.co/gdIzxY4Z5Q pic.twitter.com/XGRw6PCU30 — Houston Outlaws (@Outlaws) February 12, 2019 Firstly, the move comes just a little under a year after the partnership was first announced. TMobile was […]


ESL extends Facebook Partnership Deal, Eyes Return to Twitch

ESL extends Facebook Partnership Deal, Eyes Return to Twitch

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Continuing on with its sponsorship extensions, ESL has announced that it has extended its non-exclusive broadcasting rights with Facebook. This opens the way for Pro League to return to Twitch. Facebook will stream ESL competitions in English through December 19th, 2019 in 1080p at 60FPS. They will also broadcast ESL Pro League in English and Portuguese. […]


ESL and paysafe card Extend Partnership through 2019

ESL and paysafe card Extend Partnership through 2019

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ESL and paysafe card have extended their partnership through the end of 2019. The partnership offers top billing for paysafe throughout the ESL ecosystem, including CS:GO and PUBG.  Paysafe card is an online payment method, primarily in Europe, and offers online prepaid cards. Paysafe works at a variety of online outlets across the world, including gaming, online dating, and […]


TBS and ELEAGUE To Broadcast Rocket League This Year

TBS and ELEAGUE To Broadcast Rocket League This Year

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Turner Sports esports brand ELEAGUE announced today that it would continue its pairing with Rocket League developer Psyonix. ELEAGUE will produce and air a mini-series covering the Rocket League Championship Series 7 and 8. The series is set to air in late 2019. Additionally, TBS will broadcast the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL). CRL features college […]


China Officially Recognizes Esports as a Profession

China Officially Recognizes Esports as a Profession

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China made the move to recognize two separate esports professions on January 25th. Both “esports professional” and “esports operator” are now officially recognized by the country and its Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (CMHRSS). CMHRSS is responsible for “national labor policy standards [and] regulations…” according to its website. It exists to “provide assistanc[e] […]