Tag Archives: eSports

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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Kelly Eden – TXODDS – 2015 Industry Review

SBCnews caught up with Kelly Eden, Head of TXTRADER at TXODDS, to find out what he made of the industry’s progress in 2015 and beyond. SBC: What industry development caught your eye this year? KE: Betting and gambling in Africa, particularly sports betting seems to be getting bigger and more widespread there. Football is and always will be the biggest …

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Former Azubu Managing Editor to be named ESPN eSports Editor

According to a source at the Daily Dot, ESPN’s hunt for an eSports editor is now over with former Azubu man Darin Kwilinski set to take up the role. Kwilinski announced his exit as Managing Editor at Azubu on December 11th. Azubu is an eSports entertainment firm which it was announced last week has received close to a £40m boost following a round of …

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EA announces eSports division

EA has announced the launch of a purely eSports division of the company which will be known as the Competitive Gaming Division, or CGD. In his new role as Executive Vice President and Chief Competition Officer at EA, Peter Moore will head up the CGD. EA boasts such titles as Madden, Battlefield, and of course Fifa and will be looking …

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eSports firm Azubu receives £40m and aims to take on Twitch

Azubu, an eSports entertainment company, are celebrating after receiving just shy of £40m in an investment round led by London based Sapinda Group and Sallfort Privatbank of Switzerland. The money will be used to expand the operator’s global presence and to develop a customizable live video streaming service. There are an estimated 100m viewers around the world at present who …

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Lazygamer announce eSports Awards Nominees

Lazygamer have announced their 2015 eSports awards which’ll be spread across five separate categories. The industry of eSports has experienced huge growth in popularity, investment and media attention in 2015 and these awards are about rewarding those who’ve succeed across the sport. There are six nominees per category and all of these can be seen below. Best eSports Organisation Bravado …

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Melania Mylioti / Julia Strunkowski – The new faces of eSports – Team Unikrn.

Team Unikrn are the world’s first, full time professional all female eSports team. Comprised of players from across Europe, they are Melania ‘Gina’ Mylioti from Greece, Julia ‘Julie’ Strunkowski of Germany, Perrine ‘Lalità’ Allesiardo and Sophia ‘Kim’ Benfakir of France, and the UK’s Camilla “Parmaviolet”. Backers are Rahul Sood’s eSports and entertainment company, Unikrn, and wagering operator Luxbet. The handpicked …

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Alex Fletcher: eSports Insider – Winning with eSports Advertising

Buoyed by interconnected global regions, high profile tournaments with impressive prize pools and an explosion of livestreaming, through platforms such as Twitch, an entirely new entertainment experience has been born. Media research firm Newzoo is  expecting the esports  industry to generate more than $765 million by 2018 with the number of competitive-gaming enthusiasts reaching 165 million. In that light, advertisers will …

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