As mobile esports hits the world stage, will North America get serious about it?
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While competitive esports mobile gaming has been big in Asia and Europe, it hasn’t taken off in North America, where it’s the domain of casual gaming (and a significant revenue driver there). But there’s a new opportunity to change that. The Esports World Cup's recent decision to spotlight the ..read more
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Stories on Overwatch League, Shopify in the LCS and Activision Blizzard's sale made readers take not
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Over that past five years of dedicated esports coverage at SBJ, what stories stood out to the sports business community?  Myriad issues hampered sustainability of Overwatch League Overwatch League was supposed to blend the best of esports with the best of traditional sports fandom. Going with a geolocated ..read more
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Mid-Season Invitational, ESL One Birmingham provide boost to lackluster 2024 streaming numbers
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Online viewership of esports had a rough start to 2024, but things seem to be turning around not only in North America, but internationally, as there have been a number of record-setting event streams. Some recent highlights, per Esports Charts: The ..read more
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Team Liquid extends SAP deal to include machine learning around League of Legends competitions
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Predictive analytics are key to any modern sports league. That could be for training or a draft or any aspect of a game. Esports is no different. A new extension of a deal between SAP and Team Liquid (a relationship that started in 2018) will see SAP's ..read more
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Saudi offer of funds likely too enticing for North American esports teams to turn down
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If you are going to make it in esports these days, you need to be competing in Saudi Arabian events. My sources add that top players are looking primarily at organizations that compete in “big money” events -- and that means Saudi Arabia. “I don't think it's as black ..read more
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Valve turns to Blast to grow Dota 2 esports competitions, create sustained interest
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In what could be the start of an effort to stabilize the competitive Dota 2 ecosystem, tourney organizer Blast will enter the scene by adding new events to its lineup. Dota 2, published by Valve, has had its scene traditionally rely on a just a few large-scale tournaments each ..read more
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IRacing, other online racing sims connecting brands, sponsors and fans
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NASCAR and the subscription-based online racing-sim video game iRacing joined forces back in 2010  (becoming its official simulation partner in 2021), offering events such as the eNASCAR iRacing Coca-Cola Series, where racers compete against each other online for cash and prizes. And the relationship has paid off for ..read more
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GameSquare launches FaZe Media with $11 million investment from DraftKings' Matt Kalish
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GameSquare, the Jerry Jones-backed esports and gaming lifestyle organization, has expanded its portfolio by creating FaZe Media -- a new venture focused on creator-led intellectual property and internet media. The new brand will zero in on developing a creator-led internet media company, while GameSquare retains full ownership of FaZe ..read more
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Team Liquid extends SAP deal to include machine learning around League of Legends competitions
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2M ago
Predictive analytics are key to any modern sports league. That could be for training or a draft or any aspect of a game. Esports is no different. A new extension of a deal between SAP and Team Liquid (a relationship that started in 2018) will see SAP's ..read more
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Christian McCaffrey brings back Madden esports event to benefit children's hospitals
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The Christian McCaffrey Foundation on Friday will host a Madden NFL 24 esports tourney to raise money for children's hospitals all over the country. This will be the second annual Logan Bowl, part of The Logan Project, and held in memory of Logan Hale, a young McCaffrey fan who ..read more
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