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'Being Asian here is terrifying:' A Korean pro gamer describes the 'unspeakable' racism his team encounters every day in the US

Fans at the Overwatch League Grand Finals. Walt Hickey/Business Insider A Korean professional gamer in Dallas said he and his teammates encounter racism every day. Lee Eui-Seok, who plays under the name "Fearless," spoke on Twitch about his time in Dallas. "Being Asian here is terrifying," Lee said. "People keep trying to pick fights with us." See more stories on Insider's business page. A Korean professional gamer based in Dallas, Texas, said he and his teammates experience "unspeakab...
Tags: Gaming, News, Video Games, Entertainment, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Korea, Dallas, Activision Blizzard, Lee, Dallas Texas, Merrick Garland, Walt Hickey, Overwatch League, Polygon


Activision Blizzard Lays Off 50 Esports Employees as In-Person Live Events Remain Stalled

Activision Blizzard is pink-slipping about 50 staffers in its esports group, which runs the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and other tournaments. The company cited the shift away from live in-person events for the layoffs during COVID-19. As of Dec. 31, 2020, Activision Blizzard had about 9,500 employees, of which 65% were based in […]
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Pete Vlastelica Exits Post as Overwatch League Commissioner

Activision Blizzard Esports CEO and Overwatch League commissioner Pete Vlastelica will leave his post for a new role within the company following next week’s Overwatch League Grand Finals, the company said in a statement on Thursday. “Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports and Commissioner of the Overwatch League, will transition from his role in […]
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Esports: LA Valiant advance to Overwatch League’s May Melee semifinal with momentum

The Los Angeles Valiant spent the offseason in search of a new identity after parting ways with familiar faces and a complete rebrand of the team’s colors. The team used a 3-2 victory over Terence ‘SoOn’ Tarlier, a former Valiant player, and the Paris Eternal to erase any remaining doubt from other competitors. As a result of the victory, the Valiant will play in the semifinal of the tournament. The Valiant are one of two Los Angeles-based teams in the professional esports league made up of 20 t...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Paris, Chargers, Dallas, Philadelphia, Nascar, United, Kennedy, Mike, Scott, Rams, Stan Kroenke, Dean Spanos


VCs see opportunities for gaming infrastructure startups and incumbents

As the infrastructure for developing games becomes more advanced, studios have turned to buying best-in-class technology from others instead of building everything from scratch (often with inferior quality). This shift underpinned Unity’s rise as the most popular game engine. The current focus on games as ever-evolving social hubs that can remain popular for a decade requires investment in “live ops” to keep updating the game with new features and experiences, only adding to a game studio’s resp...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Amit Kumar, Tech, Venture Capital, Twitch, Blockchain, Activision Blizzard, Mobile Game, Riot Games, Unity, Flashpoint, Roblox, Discord, Overwatch League


The 18 most powerful esports organizations that are running the pro gaming industry and getting millions from eager investors

Some esports teams are now worth tens of millions of dollars thanks to the rise of franchised gaming leagues and an ever-growing audience for gaming content online. Investors have reportedly been willing to pay $30 million or more for a top esports franchise, and they're backing well-known organizations to deliver a product that fans will appreciate. Building a successful esports team is now about more than competition. They're selling a gamer lifestyle that includes apparel, equipment, and sk...
Tags: Asia, Florida, New York, Berlin, New York City, US, NFL, Toronto, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Chicago, Thailand, Beijing, Brooklyn, New Jersey


Esports is getting major attention from the gambling world with live sports suspended, but there are challenges to taking bets on pro video game matches

Esports is garnering lots of attention from the sports-betting industry during the coronavirus pandemic. With traditional sports sidelined for months, DraftKings reports that the number of entries in fantasy esports contests increased by a multiple of 50 in March. The platform will also award $400,000 in prize money for "League of Legends" contests during the DraftKings Championship Series. Other online betting and analytics platforms are working to expand their offerings for esports as well. ...
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Esports is attracting major attention from the sports-gambling world, but there are big hurdles to taking bets on pro video game matches

Esports is garnering lots of attention from the sports-betting industry during the coronavirus pandemic. With traditional sports sidelined for months, DraftKings reports that the number of entries in fantasy esports contests increased by a multiple of 50 in March. The platform will also award $400,000 in prize money for "League of Legends" contests during the DraftKings Championship Series. Other online betting and analytics platforms are working to expand their offerings for esports as well. ...
Tags: Youtube, US, NFL, Trends, Indiana, United States, Espn, Esports, League Of Legends, US supreme court, Fanduel, Draftkings, Madden NFL, Betsson, Ormsby, Betway


Overwatch retiring map pools, uniting competitive play and Overwatch League heroes

Blizzard is making changes at the urging of fans
Tags: Gaming, News, Trends, Overwatch, Activision Blizzard, Overwatch League, Hero Pools, Map Pools


Esports broadcasts could surge as sports leagues go on hiatus, but online-only pro gaming has its own challenges

While the coronavirus pandemic has left most forms of live entertainment on indefinite hiatus, esports leagues are quickly moving to online-only formats. Esports with teams spread across Asia, Europe, and North America have been monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus since January and cancelled weeks worth of live events before making the decision to go broadcast online without fans in attendance. Though the professional gaming industry is well-suited to continue while professional sports ...
Tags: South Korea, China, US, Trends, Poland, Ken Burns, North America, Esports, Activision Blizzard, Thread, Activision, Asia Europe, Newzoo, Overwatch League, Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, China s League of Legends Pro League


Esports broadcasts have quickly adapted as sports leagues have shut down, but online-only competitions present challenges for pro gaming

While the coronavirus pandemic has left most forms of live entertainment on indefinite hiatus, esports leagues are quickly moving to online-only formats. Esports with teams spread across Asia, Europe, and North America have been monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus since January and cancelled weeks worth of live events before making the decision to go broadcast online without fans in attendance. Though the professional gaming industry is well-suited to continue while professional sports ...
Tags: South Korea, China, US, Trends, Poland, North America, Esports, Activision Blizzard, Thread, Activision, Asia Europe, Newzoo, Overwatch League, Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, China s League of Legends Pro League, Call of Duty League


Esports broadcasts have quickly adapted as sports leagues have shut down, but playing online-only presents challenges for pro gaming

While the coronavirus pandemic has left most forms of live entertainment on indefinite hiatus, esports leagues are quickly moving to online-only formats. Esports with teams spread across Asia, Europe, and North America have been monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus since January and cancelled weeks worth of live events before making the decision to go broadcast online without fans in attendance. Though the professional gaming industry is well-suited to continue while professional sports ...
Tags: South Korea, China, US, Trends, Poland, Ken Burns, North America, Esports, Activision Blizzard, Thread, Activision, Asia Europe, Newzoo, Overwatch League, Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, China s League of Legends Pro League


The 12 investors betting millions on the Call of Duty League — from the LA Rams owners to a group including Gary Vaynerchuk

Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty League is an esports competition for one of the most popular video games in the world, with professional gamers representing 12 teams based in cities across North America and Europe. The "Call of Duty" franchise is an perennial best-seller, and the newest entry into the series recorded more than six million players in 24 hours. The 12 founding franchises in the Call of Duty League paid $25 million each to play in the inaugural season, according to ESPN. Ten o...
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A full breakdown of the investors who put millions into the Call of Duty League's first season — from the LA Rams owners to a group including Gary Vaynerchuk

Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty League is an esports competition for one of the most popular video games in the world, with professional gamers representing 12 teams based in cities across North America and Europe. The "Call of Duty" franchise is an perennial best-seller, and the newest entry into the series recorded more than six million players in 24 hours. The 12 founding franchises in the Call of Duty League paid $25 million each to play in the inaugural season, according to ESPN. Ten o...
Tags: Google, Europe, Minnesota, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, US, NFL, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Georgia, Spain, Nba, Dallas




We identified the 12 investors betting millions on the Call of Duty League's first season — from the LA Rams owners to a group including Gary Vaynerchuk

Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty League is an esports competition for one of the most popular video games in the world, with professional gamers representing 12 teams based in cities across North America and Europe. The "Call of Duty" franchise is an perennial best-seller, and the newest entry into the series recorded more than six million players in 24 hours. The 12 founding franchises in the Call of Duty League paid $25 million each to play in the inaugural season, according to ESPN. Ten o...
Tags: Google, Europe, Minnesota, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, US, NFL, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Georgia, Spain, Nba, Dallas


We identified the investors betting millions on the Call of Duty League's first season — from the LA Rams owners to a group including Gary Vaynerchuk

Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty League is an esports competition for one of the most popular video games in the world, with professional gamers representing 12 teams based in cities across North America and Europe. The "Call of Duty" franchise is an perennial best-seller, and the newest entry into the series recorded more than six million players in 24 hours. The 12 founding franchises in the Call of Duty League paid $25 million each to play in the inaugural season, according to ESPN. Ten o...
Tags: Google, Europe, Minnesota, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, US, NFL, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Georgia, Spain, Nba, Dallas


The same reasons investors bet big on esports make the billion-dollar industry especially vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic

The spread of the coronavirus is presenting esports leagues, gaming events, and players with unprecedented challenges. Esports leagues operating in China, South Korea, and Japan were brought to a halt earlier this year, and now events in Europe and the US are being canceled, postponed, or blocking attendees. The global audience of esports is one of the industry's biggest strengths, but the coronavirus is testing whether event organizers can effectively manage an international crisis. Visit Bu...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Japan, China, Berlin, New York City, US, Trends, Poland, World Health Organization, Ken Burns, North America, Seattle, Esports, Hangzhou, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Canada loses another world championship as figure skating event cancelled

For the second time in five days, a world championship in Canada for a major winter sport was cancelled because of the spread of COVID-19.One week before the start of competition, Quebec officials on Wednesday announced the cancellation of the world figure skating championships. The event was scheduled to run March 18-22 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.The decision was similar to the one made by the International Ice Hockey Federation in cancelling the world women's hockey championship on Sa...
Tags: News, Washington, Toronto, Canada, Connecticut, Nba, Argentina, World Health Organization, Ncaa, Ohio, Nova Scotia, NHL, Montreal, Washington State, Seattle, Kia


Overwatch League opts to play esports games online due to COVID-19 outbreak

TORONTO — The Toronto Defiant esports team has cancelled its planned Overwatch League event in Toronto next month because of concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak."In the spirit of acting responsibly and with an abundance of caution for our players and fans alike - we have decided to cancel our Toronto Defiant homestand that was scheduled for April 17-19 at Roy Thomson Hall," said Chris Overholt, president and CEO of OverActive Media, which owns the Defiant.Other teams are also affected. The Overw...
Tags: News, Toronto, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, The Canadian Press, Roy Thomson Hall, Overwatch League, Chris Overholt, Vancouver Titans, Activision Blizzard Esports, The Toronto Defiant, OverActive Media


The esports industry was expected to top $1 billion in revenue this year, but it's being rocked by event cancellations as the coronavirus spreads

The spread of the coronavirus is presenting esports leagues, gaming events, and players with unprecedented challenges. Esports leagues operating in China, South Korea, and Japan were brought to a halt earlier this year, and now events in Europe and the US are being canceled, postponed, or blocking attendees. The global audience of esports is one of the industry's biggest strengths, but the coronavirus is testing whether event organizers can effectively manage an international crisis. Visit Bu...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Japan, China, Berlin, New York City, US, Trends, Paris, Poland, World Health Organization, Ken Burns, North America, Esports, Hangzhou, Nightclub


Overwatch League Cancels All March, April Events Due to Coronavirus

The Overwatch League has cut all of its events through March and April, another major cancellation in gaming and esports as the industry grapples with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Activision Blizzard announced the move with the statement on Wednesday, the same day the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic. The publisher said it’s monitoring “city-level […]
Tags: News, World Health Organization, Activision Blizzard, Overwatch League, Coronavirus


How to make money on Twitch, TikTok sponsorship rates, and Olivia Jade's return to influencer marketing

Welcome to this week's Influencer Dashboard newsletter! This is Amanda Perelli, and I'll be briefing you on what's new in the business of influencers and creators. Before we get started, I want to first introduce a colleague who will be appearing more frequently in this newsletter moving forward: Kevin Webb! Kevin has been covering gaming for Business Insider and he'll be digging into the business of esports and gaming influencers. This week, Kevin spoke to top Twitch streamers who broke down ...
Tags: Amazon, Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Walmart, Atlantic, Lebron James, Martin Luther King Jr, Usc, Sephora, Orlando, Patriots, Kim Kardashian West, University Of North Texas, Dan, Kevin


The Overwatch League is getting its first big test as an international esports organization this season and investors have millions on the line

With its new traveling schedule, the Overwatch League has achieved Activision Blizzard's goal of creating an international esports competition. Thousands of fans have been showing up to live Overwatch League events and hundreds of thousands watch the league online every weekend on YouTube. In January, Activision agreed to a three-year, $160 million deal that will make the Overwatch League and Activision's other esports offerings exclusive to YouTube for the next three years. Business Insider b...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Abc, China, New York City, Trends, Dallas, Espn, Ken Burns, New England, Activision Blizzard, Activision, Burbank California, Google Amazon, eSports Observer, Beasley Broadcast Group


The 23 investors pouring millions into Overwatch esports teams — from Patriots owner Robert Kraft to Chinese conglomerates (ATVI)

Activision Blizzard's Overwatch League is one of the most popular esports competitions in the world, with professional gamers representing 20 teams based in North America, China, South Korea, and Europe. The original 12 Overwatch League teams invested $20 million during the league's inaugural season, and eight expansion teams were willing to pay between $30 and $60 million to join the league in its second year, ESPN reported. Activision Blizzard's esports investors range from Chinese conglomer...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Youtube, China, New York City, NFL, Toronto, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Spain, United States, Comcast, Paris, Nba


Report: YouTube Dropped $160 Million To Steal Activision Blizzard's Esports From Twitch

Topline: Google's YouTube paid $160 million over three years to exclusively stream Activision Blizzard's esports leagues and events, Sports Business Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the terms. The deal includes the Overwatch League, the new Call of Duty League and Hearthstone Masters and follows the $90 million Twitch paid to carry just the Overwatch League for two years starting with its debut in 2018. According to the report, the agreement was driven by the more proven ...
Tags: Google, News, Esports, Hearthstone, Sports Business Journal, Overwatch League, Call of Duty League


Overwatch's YouTube Deal Makes A New Brigitte Skin Costly For Most Players

Until February 19, Blizzard is offering Overwatch players a skin nobody asked for, but that is, admittedly, pretty funny: “Goat Brigitte,” a horned, blue-and-purple number meant to commemorate the notoriously unpopular “GOATS” meta that dominated OWL season two last year. There’s just one problem: It’s currently…Read more...
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Activision's big bet on esports is facing its final hurdle — bringing live competition to fans around the world. Here's how the Overwatch League is selling out arenas and turning gamers into fans of local sports. (ATVI)

For the first time, all 20 teams in Activision Blizzard's Overwatch League will host matches in their home cities, bringing the professional video game competition to the United States, China, Canada, South Korea, England, and France. With its new traveling schedule, the Overwatch League has achieved Activision Blizzard's goal of creating an international esports competition, with teams willing to pay $20 million to create regional franchises. Each team will host at least two weekend-long eve...
Tags: Asia, Europe, New York, France, China, New York City, Trends, Manhattan, Dallas, North America, Activision Blizzard, Activision, NYXL, Burbank California, Hammerstein Ballroom, Gupta


The Overwatch League will bring live esports to 20 cities around the world this year — here's everything you need to know about the upcoming season (ATVI)

The third season of Activision Blizzard's Overwatch League will begin on February 8 with matches in New York City and Dallas. This year the esports league will travel to the home cities of all 20 teams, with stops in North America, Europe, South Korea, and China. Activision Blizzard recently signed a deal with Google to bring the Overwatch League broadcasts exclusively to YouTube. With Overwatch League players preparing to travel more than some NBA teams this year, player health is a major con...
Tags: Google, Asia, Europe, Abc, China, Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Overwatch, Nba, Dallas, Espn, Esports, Hangzhou, Activision Blizzard


Players in some esports leagues are earning as much money as their athlete counterparts — here's what pro gamers can expect to make (ATVI)

Esports leagues with multi-million dollar franchises are rapidly increasing the earning potential of professional gamers and offering long-term stability for the growing industry. Players competing in games like "League of Legends," "Call of Duty" and "Overwatch" bring in salaries that are comparable or even higher than athletes in Major League Soccer, the WNBA, and the NBA's G-League. Esports is now a billion dollar industry, but it remains to be seen if the today's most popular video games w...
Tags: America, Trends, Chicago, United States, Nba, Mls, Espn, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, Esports, League Of Legends, WNBA, Gary Vaynerchuk, Lcs, ATVI, G League