Tag Archives: eSports

Grant Farwell – Matcherino – Let the fans decide

Following a successful 2015 for the eSports industry, 2016 looks set to be even bigger with the likes of EA, Activision Blizzard and ESPN showing their intent to capitalise on this momentum by establishing their own divisions and, in the case of Activision, acquiring a major organisation. Based in Seattle, Matcherino is a platform dedicated to bringing the fans closer to the …

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Vulcun cuts staff as it changes direction

Fantasy eSports company Vulcun has announced that it has had to lay off 14 members of staff. This is believed to be in the region of 25% of the company’s employees. This follows the decision to close down its real money fantasy eSports competitions. Vulcun Co-Founder Ali Moiz told The Verge in an email: “The company is transitioning to a new direction, …

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Cineplex launches eSports tournaments in Canada with Sony

Cineplex is continuing its new found dedication to the world of competitive gaming by introducing national gaming tournaments to its venues. The cinema chain has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment to be able to offer the tournaments. As presenting sponsors of the tournaments throughout 2016, Sony will maintain the right to select the title sponsor for the Canadian Championships. The …

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24/7 ESports drops former Skyred CS:GO team

Australian eSports company 24/7 Esports has announced that it has terminated relations with a Vietnamese CS:GO team amidst allegations of match fixing. The team were formerly signed to Skyred, an eSports organisation which is one of the biggest in Vietnam.   It’s key to note that these remain only allegations, and no evidence has been provided as yet. The decision …

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DreamHack announces CS:GO tournament series

DreamHack has announced two $250,000 (£171,634) CounterStrike: Global Offensive tournaments for 2016. These will be known as DreamHack Masters tournaments. This brings the current total prize pool of DreamHack CS:GO tournaments to $1m (£686,539) for 2016. Tomas Lyckedal, Business Development Director at DreamHack stated: “We are extremely proud to introduce DreamHack Masters in Malmö, to offer both Swedish and Danish …

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eSports platform Vulcun drops fantasy offering

Competitive  eSports operator Vulcun has announced that it will no longer offer real money daily fantasy games from January 14th. An onsite blog post stated: “After careful consideration (and much heartache), we’ve decided to phase out paid fantasy on Vulcun. Once the new season of the LCS begins on January 14th, 2016, we will no longer offer paid contests on Vulcun.”  It was …

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eSports 2015 SBC report – Part 2

Following Part 1’s assessment of the key occurrences in the eSports industry from a business perspective in the opening six months of 2015, here’s more of the same for the latter part of the year. August Ashton Kutcher became the latest high profile investor in eSports as he joined billionaire Mark Cuban in investing in Unikrn. Kutcher has a successful …

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Mark Cuban believes US legalisation of gambling is inevitable

In an interview with Fortune Mark Cuban, US businessman and investor, stated his belief that the USA will legalise sports betting. When quizzed on the recent, and ongoing, investigations into the legality of daily fantasy sports firms such as FanDuel and DraftKings, Cuban said that he believes it is “inevitable” that gambling will be legalised. He added: “It will take …

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Darren Macdonald – MRG Systems – 2015 Industry Review

Darren Macdonald of MRG Systems has taken time out from his busy schedule developing the latest LBO screen technology to run his eye over the industry events of 2015 and what they mean for bookmakers and suppliers. What industry development caught your eye last year? Fantasy sports.  I believe this has a big future.  Fantasy football was very popular years ago …

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eSports 2015 SBC report – Part 1

2015 looked set to be a big year for eSports, but on many accounts it ended up being somewhat larger than many anticipated. Viewer numbers increased, both live and online, with 36 million tuning into the League of Legends World Championship final whilst tournament prize pools also grew. The prize pool for the International Dota 2 tournament this year was $18m …

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