Tag Archives: eSports

DraftKings drops esports sponsorships

Late last week it was announced that DraftKings has decided to pull its sponsorships of major esports organisations. It’s believed that this is due to the mounting costs of the daily fantasy sports operator’s numerous legal battles in states throughout the US. In September DraftKings was one of many companies committing to esports financially, and it agreed deals with the …

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Valve ups the CS:GO stakes with a $1 million prize pot

Popular esports title Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) received a major boost this week with the news that Valve is increasing the prize pool for each individual tournament of the game’s Major Championship series to $1 million (£714,000). In last year’s Championship series the prize pools were capped at $250,000 (£179,000) meaning the same series a year on has cash rewards which are …

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Riot Games introduces new penalties for pro League of Legends players

Riot Games has introduced a new set of rules for the professional League of Legends community based on feedback and analysis from the past year. Announced on Tuesday on the League of Legends site, there are to be three initial changes, these are the creation of a global penalty index, a penalty tracker and looking to ensure an increased level …

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Betway backs return of eSports Fight Night

Betway has been announced as the title sponsor for Betway Fight Night, a one-off exhibition in which Astralis and Fnatic – two of the globe’s premier eSports teams – will compete for a 4,000 EUR prize. The online bookmaker, who in August 2015 became the first firm to launch a dedicated eSports portal, will be offering a comprehensive collection of markets on …

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SportsPro Live announces the next raft of Wembley speakers

The organisers of SportsPro Live are thrilled to announce the next raft of speakers confirmed to appear at the event at Wembley in London on 22nd and 23rd March. International Equestrian Federation (FEI) secretary general Sabrina Ibáñez, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and Eleven Sports Network founder Andrea Radrizzani are all confirmed to speak at SportsPro’s flagship annual conference, which will …

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League of Legends expert Travis Gafford to join Yahoo esports team

Travis ‘ScotLTravis’ Gafford, a hugely popular interviewer and journalist about major esports title League of Legends, has reportedly agreed a deal to join Yahoo’s esports editorial team.  The Daily Dot broke the story on Saturday with a nod to sources close to Gafford. It’s said that he accepted the offer several weeks ago after submitting his resignation to former employer CBS Interactive. …

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Call of Duty announces amateur esports league as a launchpad

It has been revealed that Call of Duty is giving its legions of amateur esports gaming fans an opportunity to reach the game’s professional esports world championship thanks to the creation of a new league.  The new Challenge division will be a tier below the game’s Pro Division. Those who shine in the league will gain the chance to take on pro gamers in promotion-relegation …

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GAME acquires esports platform SocialNAT

Gaming retail giant GAME has made its latest esports acquisition, with the news that it’s bought Spanish platform SocialNAT.  In March 2015 GAME acquired Multiplay, a UK esports event organiser, for a fee in the region of £20m. The financial terms of the SocialNAT deal have not been disclosed. SocialNAT has over 150,000 registered users. It’s extremely popular in the Spanish …

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RankR – The new home of esports?

One issue with the esports scene to date is that it’s disjointed. One reason for this is that unlike traditional sports the individual games themselves are owned by companies meaning determining rights, access and coverage becomes a more complicated situation. Many don’t realise the extent to which esports is an umbrella term, and that games within it can be as distant …

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Former Warner Bros Digital Publishing VP joins Hi-Rez

It has been announced that Veronique Lallier, the former VP of Digital Publishing at Warner Bros, has joined gaming developer Hi-Rez. Lallier, who has previous experience at Ubisoft and NCSoft, will serve as VP of European Publishing and will work out of the company’s new office in Brighton. Hi-Rez also operates out of offices in the States and in China. …

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