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Team Liquid defeat ENCE to win IEM Chicago

Team Liquid have been crowned CS:GO champions once again—and this time around, it’s at IEM Chicago. Reigning from North America as the best team in the world, Liquid won their sixth international tournament of the year at IEM Chicago, losing only one map in the process. To take the title, they swept ENCE in a […]

Dota 2: Top Tier Players Who Won’t be at TI 9

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov takes fans through two of the best players that won’t be at TI 9. As we all know, The International is the most important tournament for every top player. With each day that passes by, the TI 9 hype is getting bigger and bigger. Having said that, there are a few of […]

Dota 2: TI 9’s Prize Pool Hits $30M USD

Dota 2’s largest tournament of the year, The International, has hit a total of $30M USD for its prize pool. The International has always been a very special tournament when it comes down to Dota 2. Not only is it the most important and prestigious event of the year but it is also the one […]

The International 2019 Prize Pool Crosses $30 Million

The Biggest Prize Pool in esports just got bigger. The International 2019 is the first Dota 2 International to take place in Asia. Dota 2 fans continue buying cosmetic items in the game and have catapulted the Prize Pool to cross the $30 million mark. There are still several weeks to go before the conclusion […]

How Training Facilities Can Enhance an Esports Team’s Value

First place finishes bring sports teams value. That’s why in the traditional sports world, every major team has a dedicated training facility with doctors and nutritionists to help players perform at their best. And this mentality has started creeping into esports. Top teams are now creating dedicated training facilities for their players to not only… […]

Indian Air Force announces Android & iOS Game Ft. Wing Commander Abhinandan

The Mobile Gaming industry is welcoming an unexpected move as Indian Air Force have announced the launch of their maiden mobile game featuring Wing Commander Abhinandan. Indian Air Force, yesterday, announced the release on their official Twitter handle. According to the information shared, the game looks to be a single player as of yet, whereas […]

Team Liquid and Vitality Are up for a Rematch of the Cologne Finals

IEM Chicago is the first event of the Intel Grand Slam Season 3. It is down to its final four teams, each of whom has a great chance of securing the winner’s prize pool of $125,000. As we head into the last few days of IEM Chicago, there is one semifinal match that stands out. […]

Do You Have What it Takes to Play Professional Esports?

We’ve all asked ourselves this question at some time or another when watching games on Twitch, YouTube, or TV. Just like many of you, games are our passion, and we can’t help but wonder what we could accomplish if we really put our minds to it, and how far we might go. So what exactly […]

A Small $25k Online Event Before TI 9

With each day, The International 2019 is slowly closing in. All teams are now set which means that the only thing left for us is to sit and wait for the tournament to begin. Having said that, TI 9 is probably one of the best tournaments in terms of betting. There will be plenty of […]

Wiz Khalifa partners with North-American org. Pittsburgh Knights

Pittsburgh Knights recently announced the addition of Grammy-nominated Wiz Khalifa as a strategic partner. Wiz Khalifa is famously known for his super hit song “See You Again” which is also 2nd most viewed music video on YouTube sitting at more than 4 Billion views alone. According to a press release, Wiz Khalifa is “Joining forces […]

North Chief Commercial Officer: ‘It’s Definitely Possible to Monetize CS:GO’

Esports organization North  was founded in 2017 as a collaboration between Danish soccer team F.C. Copenhagen  and Nordic entertainment company Nordisk Film. Former pro player and entrepreneur Jonas Gunderson joined North in March of this year as the team’s chief commercial officer, with a background in scaling tech startups. He spoke with The Esports Observer… […]

Dota 2 Update: New Invoker Persona – Acolyte Of The Lost Arts

For better or worse, we need to prepare ourselves for the upcoming Invoker swarm in our pub games. Starting today, every Battle Pass owner who has a level of 305 or more will be able to claim the new Invoker persona. However, it is important to note that once you equip the new persona, you […]

Valve finally released Acolyte of the Lost Arts – Young Invoker Persona

The most anticipated cosmetic that this battle pass presents finally hits the live servers today. Kid Invoker persona awaited by Invoker spammers and the Dota 2 community alike. However, the Dota 2 community already had a preview of the persona, in the ti7 short film movie contest and bagged the first place. With the […]

Dota Underlords Gameplay Update: Sunbreeze

Auto battlers are slowly taking over the world, and Dota Underlords is definitely among the most popular ones out there. Underlords just got a new update. Let’s take a look at the most important changes. General  Loot rounds Tips and Tricks added to the Season info tab. Added Battle Pass Loadout – you can now […]

CSGO: 100 Thieves to Return to Counterstrike

100 Thieves revealed that they will return to the Counterstrike: Global Offensive scene today in a YouTube video. 100 Thieves CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag revealed that the organization will return to the CS:GO esports scene today in a YouTube video on the official 100 Thieves YouTube page. 100 Thieves have not fielded a roster in […]

Method Partners with DouYu for Race to World First Streams in China

DouYu has been named the Chinese livestreaming partner for Method’s Race to World First: The Eternal Palace raid attempt in World of Warcraft. Method’s broadcast will air on DouYu for Chinese viewers, while Method has obtained re-streaming rights for a trio of Chinese guilds that are partnered with DouYu. Method hopes to use the experience… […]

Pittsburgh Knights Partner with Rapper Wiz Khalifa

Rapper Wiz Khalifa has been added as a strategic partner of the Pittsburgh Knights. Khalifa will lend his experience on topics such as entertainment and creative direction, and the team is selling merchandise featuring his branding. The NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers invested in the Knights in December 2018. The Pittsburgh Knights  have announced a strategic partnership… […]

100 Thieves to return to CSGO, may sign OpTic Gaming roster

Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, CEO of 100 Thieves revealed that his organization 100 Thieves is planning a comeback to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, through YouTube earlier today. 100 Thieves’ initial venture into CS:GO dates back to late 2017 when the American organization signed ex-Immortal players. The ex-Immortal squad were runners-up at the PGL Krakow major in Poland […]

Pittsburgh Knights Announce Strategic Partnership with Wiz Khalifa

The Pittsburgh Knights Esports organization announced a partnership with rapper Cameron Jibril “Wiz Khalifa” Thomaz this morning. North American esports organization Pittsburgh Knights announced a partnership with Cameron Jibril “Wiz Khalifa” Thomaz this morning, according to a press release from the organization. Thomaz will join the organization as a strategic partner and provide creative direction, […]

Dota 2: TI9 Region Preview | China

The International is the biggest event in Dota 2 and it has the potential to change the life of the players. That’s why every single team attend the tournament always gives it all out. Having said that, it’s time to have a closer look at some of the strongest regions, which could “elect” the next […]

Every Stage 4 Change for the Overwatch League

With a new stage comes new changes, but Stage 4 of Season 2 will introduce some of the biggest changes we’ve seen to the game of Overwatch. Yesterday, Blizzard laid out the roadmap for Season 2’s Stage 4 of the Overwatch League. OWL Stage 4 Changes Role Lock After nearly an entire season dominated by […]

League of Legends: TL Impact Involved In Car Accident, Suffers Minor Neck Injuries

Team Liquid’s top laner, Jeong Eon “Impact” Young, was involved in a car accident early this morning. LCS Team Liquid top laner Jeong Eon “Impact” Young was hospitalized this morning when the Uber he was riding in was involved in an accident with another car. i was in uber and car got crashed so lucky […]

PUBG PC Lite update brings in radio messages, team management, ends the on-going season and more

Earlier unveiled by the developers through a Facebook post, PUBG PC Lite has officially received radio messages for effective communication. Eight radio messages can be accessed by pressing the mouse wheel or “F3” key in both duo and squad games. A greater emphasis is laid on “Enemy Spotted” and “Ping” radio messages which enables special […]

Mail.ru to Merge Virtus.pro Parent Company ESforce with Modern Pick Entertainment

Virtus.pro and Epicenter owner ESforce will be merged with game publisher Modern Pick Entertainment. Internet services company Mail.ru Group Limited has a 3% share in Modern Pick, and will transfer 51% of ESforce assets to the company at a total implied valuation of $110M USD. The merged company is estimated to have a total value… […]

ICON Buys Chiefs, Guinevere To Sell Dire Wolves

This month we see new investments and divestments as well as a batch of sponsorship and partnership announcements in the Australia and New Zealand news recap. Chiefs Esports Club Acquired By ICON Esports One of Australia’s most successful esports organizations, Chiefs Esports Club , has been acquired by ICON Esports. The acquisition will see the Chiefs… […]

Intel Enters Long-Term Sponsorship Deal for British University Esports Championship

National Student Esports , the first official university esports body in the UK, has named Intel the official headline sponsor of its British University Esports Championship. The long-term partnership will include a “range of initiatives” throughout the 2019/2020 championship series. Nearly 600 teams competed in the 2018 inaugural season of the British University Esports Championship…. […]

These Esports players earn more than their country Presidents

This week, a report on esports earning by TechGuided highlighted that Esports Professional in games such as Dota 2, Fortnite, League of Legends, etc and Full-Time Streamers are earning more money than the Prime Minister and President of their respective country. With the esports gaining more momentum and rise in popularity, there is a surge […]

Cavaliers NBA 2K League Affiliate Team Cavs Legion GC Announce Esports Center

Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, revealed plans for an esports center. The 2,700 square foot venue will be located in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. Cavs Legion GC will use the space as a practice facility, content creation… […]

Homestand Matches and 2-2-2 Role Lock Coming for Owl Season 3

The conclusion of Stage 3 saw Blizzard release the schedule for the 2020 season. Overwatch League Season 3 will not see any new teams, however, it will have a unique flavor to its schedule. All matches will feature the ‘home and away’ system, one that is instrumental to OWL’s success.  The Format for Season 3  […]

Mainstream Media Coverage of Esports Grows as The Washington Post Hires Dedicated Staff

The Washington Post has announced openings for two reporters and an editor to cover “the burgeoning videogaming industry and the world of esports,” according to a post on the company’s Tumblr page. Esports coverage on traditional media outlets has grown significantly since the launch of the Overwatch League  and the rise of Fortnite . The Post’s… […]

Cloud9 and PUMA on Co-Creating an Esports Clothing Line

As of H1 2019, nearly every major esports team has now signed an apparel partner—if they don’t already have their own merchandise brand. Back in January, North American team organization Cloud9  and athletics brand PUMA  partnered with the ultimate goal of co-creating an original clothing line, which will eventually make its way to retail. On… […]

ESL Partners with MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL for Global Events Through 2020

MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL has been named the official global beverage partner for ESL events through 2020. The deal covers Intel Extreme Masters and ESL One events, along with ESL’s Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive . Broadcasts will now feature a “MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL” analysis segment for CS:GO and Dota… […]

AT&T Expands Partnership with ESL North America, Adds DreamHack Activations

AT&T and ESL North America have expanded their partnership to include new event activations at Intel Extreme Masters Chicago, and ESL One New York. The telecom has also signed a new partnership with DreamHack, and will activate onsite at DreamHack Atlanta. Additionally, the ESL Mobile Open will expand to include all of North America… […]

StarLadder relaxes roster rules before StarLadder Berlin Major

StarLadder, the organizers of the CS: GO Berlin Major have relaxed their rules regarding rosters ahead of the Minor. This rule, allows teams to field their coach at the Major or the Minor instead of a player in any case. Earlier, the teams would be allowed to use their coach only if one of the […]

Evo 2019 Second-Largest to Date Based on Competitor Count

The Evo 2019 fighting game tournament will have 9,173 total competitors, a nearly 20% increase over 2018. That player total makes Evo 2019 the second-largest iteration to date by that metric, surpassed only by Evo 2016. Several companies are sponsoring the August event, including Samsung, Astro Gaming, and NISSIN Cup Noodles.  Registration for August’s Evolution… […]

Dota 2’s Wacky Midas Mode 2.0 Comes to Denver

Dota 2’s outside-the-box tournament, Midas Mode, will return this year. This year’s Dota 2 tournament schedule was very different compared to last year’s. Apart from the changes made to the DPC season, there were various non-DPC even which were very interesting to watch and also included some amazing prize pools. Having said that, the first […]

ESL and AT&T Extend Partnership Into 2020

ESL North America and AT&T announced a partnership extension this morning ahead of IEM Chicago. Tournament organizer ESL and telecommunications giant AT&T have extended their North American partnership this morning according to an official press release. The partnership will bring new experiences to ESL’s North American events, including Intel Extreme Masters Chicago, ESL One New […]

Indian PUBG Mobile teams denied visas for Berlin LAN; Team IND, Indian Tigers to play from NODWIN’s office

PUBG Mobile has developed a very popular Esports scene within a short period. The Indian scene saw Soul dominate the Indian qualifiers of PUBG Mobile Club Open Spring Split LAN at Berlin, grabbing a spot directly into the Main Event. Team IND and Indian Tigers, who came second and third respectively, have qualified for the […]

K-Swiss and Immortals Gaming Club Reveal Esports Shoe Line

Update, 18/07/2019: K-Swiss and Immortals Gaming Club   have announced the launch of their collaborated esports performance shoe collection, called ONE-TAP. The initial product from the line is the MiBR  ONE-TAP, which features the silver and black coloring and branding of IGC’s Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  team. Limited quantities of the MiBR ONE-TAP have gone on sale,… […]

OGN Executives Discuss Taking Over Clash Royale League Production

Following 2018’s first full season of the Clash Royale  League , Supercell  has made significant structural and presentational changes. The 2019 season, which began in late May, cut out a dozen teams by consolidating North America, Europea, and Latin America into a single CRL West region. Additionally, the previous portrait-style broadcasts for Western audiences—which received… […]

Overwatch League: 2-2-2 Role Lock Confirmed?

According to a Tweet from Arran “Halo” Brown, the Overwatch League is going into a 2-2-2 role lock for Stage 4. The leak happened during an episode of Watchpoint that is supposed to air on July 18th. There had been rumors swirling as Fissure stated this would be the case after he retired. Additionally, Overwatch […]

Cyberport Enters Esports with PENTA Sports Partnership

German e-commerce brand Cyperport made its first esports partnership by sponsoring PENTA. Cyberport’s logo will be visible on all PENTA team jerseys, including the League of Legends division PENTA 1860. PENTA’s ELZ esports performance center will be outfitted with “high-end gaming equipment,” including custom Acer computers. Dresden-based e-commerce brand Cyberport has announced an official partnership… […]

Dota 2: TI9 Compendium Update

It has been a while since the Battle Pass of this years’ TI came out. Apart from including various rewards, it also helped boost the prize pool to nearly $30M USD, which is just mind-blowing. TI 9 Qualifiers – Compendium Mineski, Royal Never Give Up, Natus Vincere, Chaos Esports Club, Infamous and Forward Gaming are […]

North Adds Bookmaker Pinnacle, Apparel Brand We Are Nations as Official Partners

Danish esports organization North added two new partners this week in the realms of apparel and online sports betting. Pinnacle and North have signed an 18-month partnership deal that features the bookmaker’s logo on North’s CS:GO team jersey. We Are Nations will be the official apparel and merchandise provider for North, in addition to OG…. […]

GamerzClass Signs Martin Fritzen: Wants to Give Esports the Best Conditions

Martin Fritzen has helped numerous esports clubs connect with meaningful partners and develop new revenue streams. A recent deal between Martin Fritzen and GamerzClass is now aiming to give more people access to the Dane’s valuable knowledge. There are no big esports trophies on Martin Fritzen’s desk. Nevertheless, he is one among the many influential […]

Dota 2: English Casters Revealed for WePlay!’s Dota Underlords Open

WePlay! unveiled the English-speaking casters for their upcoming open tournament for Dota Underlords. Tournament organizer WePlay! has announced their English casters for the upcoming open to the public Dota Underlords tournament. Robert “RobAJG” Gonzales will host the English stream.   For the casters, WePlay! has compiled four English-speaking commentators for their tournament: Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten Sean […]

OWL: Fusion trades Fragi to Charge, Charge sends Kyb to Fusion, Gladiators move Bischu to Charge

It’s been a busy day for OWL teams today, as several teams have made exchanges or trades in the past few hours. The Philidelphia Fusion, LA Gladiators and the Guangzhou Charge have all made roster moves today. The Philadelphia Fusion said farewell to main tank Fragi, as he leaves to join the Guangzhou Charge. Not […]

DouYu Raises $775M in U.S. IPO, Tencent Still Largest Shareholder

DouYu, the Chinese livestreaming service backed by Tencent Holdings, has raised $775M USD in its U.S. IPO on the New York Stock Exchange . The IPO values the company at nearly $4B, with 67.39M American depositary shares sold at $11.50 each. About two-thirds of the total came from selling new shares. Rival platform Huya raised… […]

MIBR invited to BLAST Pro Series Moscow

MIBR will be attending their fourth BLAST Pro event as the Brazilian lineup receives invite from the organizer. Since the Immortal Gaming Club subsidiary is a circuit team under BLAST Pro Series, they will have to attend one more event from the remaining two events. Each circuit team is obliged to play five out of […]

Here are the Top Three Storylines At IEM Chicago 2019

The IEM Chicago 2019 is the first stop for Season 3 of the Intel Grand Slam. With Team Liquid winning Season 2 in four straight events, they secured the prize pool of $1 million. The new season comes with an updated rulebook laying emphasis on certain tournaments and increasing their importance in the Counter-Strike circuit.  […]

LCS: C9 Trades Keith to GGS for Deftly

Earlier today, both Cloud9 and the Golden Guardians announced through Twitter that Yuri “Keith” Jew will be joining GGS and Matthew “Deftly” Chen will join C9. Deftly is a familiar face in the LCS, as he’s been a part of GGS from its start in 2018. Keith, on the other hand, has limited […]

Riot Games Extends the Echo Fox Deadline by Another Seven Days

Echo Fox Investor, Amit Raizada is under the spotlight for using the N-word in an email exchange with Jace Hall. Jace is a former CEO of Echo Fox and Head Custodian of Twin Galaxies. According to Richard Lewis’ report on Dexerto, this was not an isolated usage of the word. The shareholder in question has […]

Dota 2: The World Cyber Games Is Back

The World Cyber Games will return to Dota 2 at the end of July. Once upon a time, WCG was the most important tournament in Dota 2. It was essentially the World Cup of Dota 2 esports. However, as the game industry started to rapidly develop, WCG became less and less levant, to the […]

Dota 2: TI 9 – Players & Countries

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov takes fans through the players from each country attending TI 9. Yesterday, we covered all of the teams attending TI 9, so now it is time to take a look at the players. The easiest way to do this is by separating them by country, starting with the region that has the […]

Three Truths about Esports Monetization

“Revenue cures everything in the business world.”  Jon Taffer Last month’s buyout of Infinite Entertainment, by Immortals Gaming Club, created one of the world’s largest esports organizations. However, it also highlights prominent questions around esports-related business models. What is the current state of esports monetization?  To answer as much, let’s take a data-driven look at three key realities.   Competition for spend The video game […]

Li-Ning Endorses EDG League of Legends Players, Shanghai Certifies 88 Esports Athletes

Over the past week, Chinese esports business news has slowed down, but there were multiple partnership, sponsorship, and endorsement deals worth noting. Among the top stories: Chinese sportswear brand Li-Ning signed endorsement deals with 10 of Edward Gaming professional players; Razer signed an exclusive hardware partnership deal with the Huya PUBG League; Shanghai Esports Association… […]

ENCE CEO on Effects of CS:GO Success, Sustaining Without External Funding

Finnish organization ENCE  has had a lot more eyes on it in recent months, as the team’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  squad has racked up significant victories—and put together a rousing lower-bracket run at March’s Intel  Extreme Masters Katowice Major, where it was ultimately the runner-up. Success has raised ENCE’s profile, which has worked wonders… […]

100 Thieves raises another $35 million in second round of investment

North American esports organisation 100 Thieves has announced the end of Series B funding round where they were able to raise $35 million which is $10 million more than the $25 million raised in October. This time the second round was led by Artist Capital Management, a growth investment firm whose chief investment officer Josh […]

OGN North America GM on the Korean Giant’s Western Expansion

After nearly two decades of running esports leagues and competitions in South Korea dating back to the days of the original StarCraft , OGN  is looking to the West. Last October, the company announced plans to invest at least $100M USD into North American operations, partnering with PUBG Corp.  to operate the National PUBG League for… […]

Esports and the NBA Share Some Surprising Common Ground

On the surface, NBA basketball and pro esports don’t have much in common. One couldn’t be a more traditional sport and the other is completely digital. But start peeling back the layers, and it’s apparent these sports share some overlap. Just think about the training required by pros, the huge money and audiences, and how […]

Teamfight Tactics: Patch 9.14 Breakdown

The first official Teamfight Tactics patch notes have finally arrived! Tacticians everywhere can rejoice with the new developments. For instance, a new champion enters the fray, a beta ranked season will be going live and many other balance and quality of life changes are getting added. Stay tuned for weekly updates from Riot Games as […]

League of Legends: Patch 9.14 Breakdown

ESTNN’s Yuri Custodio gives a rundown of the long-awaited Patch 9.14 with a focus on the “new” mechanics. The “New and Improved” Counters Patch With the halfway point of the 2019 League of Legends season among us, Riot Games have finally released the very anticipated 9.14 patch. For the most part, the game-state is progressing […]

Dota 2: Overview Of All Teams At TI 9

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov takes fans through all the teams attending TI 9. All of the Closed Qualifiers for the upcoming TI 9 are finally finished. Now that that is done and over with, we finally know the names of all the teams that will attend this year’s International. What’s more, the current TI prize pool […]

OWL: Vancouver, LA Gladiators, LA Valiant and Philadelphia Announce Home Venues for 2020 Season

Alongside the announcement that the OWL 2020 Season will be played as in individual cities, many teams have announced where their Homestands will take place. With the recent announcement of how the 2020 season of the Overwatch League will work, several teams have announced where they will host their Homestands. Vancouver Titans to Play in […]

NRG Teases Mysterious Announcment For July 22

Esports organizations NRG is teasing what looks to be a brand overhaul set to be unveiled on July 22. NRG Esports teased what looks like a brand overhaul today on the team’s official Twitter account. a whole new nrg coming july 22nd 🙂https://t.co/2jOFMO0d0f — NRG Esports July 16, 2019 The link takes viewers to […]

LCS Gives Echo Fox One-Week Extension to Remove Shareholder

Riot Games’ League of Legends Championship Series has given Echo Fox an additional seven days to complete the process of removing a shareholder. Team founder and co-owner Rick Fox alleged that the shareholder, identified in reports as Amit Raizada, used racist language against him. The LCS originally said that it would “take formal action… […]

Overwatch: Summer Games Event is Now Live

We all know that Jeff said Summer Games would be coming sooner than we expected, but no one expected it this soon. In a surprising turn of events for everyone this morning, Blizzard has released this year’s Sumer Games to live servers. Summer Games is one of fans’ favorite events of the year, mostly because […]

League of Legends: TSM Announces Akaadian as LCS Starting Jungler

In a Tweet this afternoon, Team SoloMid announced that Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham will be their starting jungler in the LCS. As a result, Jonathan “Grig” Armao will be the Academy team’s jungler. Though Grig will continue to practice with the LCS roster, it is likely fans won’t see him on the LCS stage anymore […]

Method Adds Runtime.gg as Race to World First Nutrition Sponsor

Energy drink and bar maker Runtime.gg is the nutrition sponsor for Method’s Race to World First World of Warcraft raid race attempt. Method players will use Runtime.gg products during the race, which can last 16+ hours daily and up to three weeks in total. Method previously partnered with Red Bull for such events, but split… […]

Overwatch League Home Market Plans for 2020 Revealed

Overwatch League teams will each host at least two homestand weekend events in 2020, with 52 total homestands for the season. The current four-stage format will be removed in favor of having matches every weekend throughout the 2020 season. The Dallas Fuel will host five events, while the New York Excelsior has confirmed two homestand… […]

Wix announces global partnership with FaZe Clan

This week Faze Clan announced its new partnership deal with Israeli cloud-based cloud-based web development platform Wix as an official website developer and website design partner. As part of the partnership announcement, Wix’s branding will be featured on the official Faze Clan jersey. Wix will also serve as official supporter of Faze’s Fortnite team and […]

Intel Grand Slam returns with season 3 with updated rulebook

ESL has announced that Intel Grand Slam has been renewed with a third season with an updated set of rules to increase competitivity for winning the prestige prize of 1 million dollars. The #IntelGrandSlam Season 3 kicks-off at #IEM Chicago with new conditions to win the coveted $1,000,000 prize! Full details https://t.co/lo0PrLbAFp pic.twitter.com/rT5SY5ULbx — ESL […]

Streamlabs, Newzoo Report: Twitch Growth Dropped in Q2 2019 Alongside Fortnite Viewership 

Riot Games has overtaken Epic Games as the most-watched publisher on Twitch for Q2 2019. Twitch remains the top streaming platform in terms of viewership but experienced a 10% decline compared to Q1. YouTube Gaming Live has the highest average viewer per channel compared to other major platforms. Twitch  experienced its first decline in growth… […]

PUBG Lite to get Radio commands soon

In a Facebook post, Bluehole revealed that PUBG Lite will soon receive ‘Radio Message’ feature to enhance effective communication ingame. The developers have not revealed the exact date, however, players expect that the upcoming update will be equipped with aforementioned feature. According to the representative thumbnail, several radio messages are: “Enemy Spotted” “Negative” “Sorry” “Need […]

Team Liquid becomes the first team to win 18 games in a row on LAN; beat Astralis’ record of 17

After a win at BLAST Pro Series: Los Angeles, Team Liquid has broken Astralis’ LAN win record of 17 games and replaced it with their own win stream of 18 matches at LAN events. Photo Via HLTV Team Liquid has added to their accolades after breaking this record of LAN win streaks, which was previously […]

ReKTGlobal Adds Dignitas Founder Michael O’Dell as Chief Gaming Officer

Recently-departed Dignitas founder Michael O’Dell has joined ReKTGlobal and Rogue as chief gaming officer. In the role, O’Dell will work across the ReKTGlobal portfolio, including Rogue and Greenlit Content as well as the League of Legends European Championship team. O’Dell founded Dignitas in 2003 and most recently served as general manager before his departure… […]

Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues CEO Pete Vlastelica on Homestand Weekends, Media Rights, and OWL Sponsorships

As fans clapped thundersticks and cheered in Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre two weeks ago, Pete Vlastelica bounced around the venue meeting with partners and media. Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, was there as part of the Overwatch League’s second Bud Light Homestand Weekend, which sold out the venue’s 2,750-seat theater on Saturday, July… […]

100 Thieves Announce $35M Series B Round, Plans for L.A. Facility

100 Thieves has raised a $35M USD Series B funding round, which was led by Artist Capital Management. The firm’s chief investment officer will join the team’s board of directors. The organization has announced plans for a Los Angeles headquarters and training facility, which will also include a retail storefront for selling apparel. 100 Thieves… […]

Overwatch League 2020: An Interview with OverActive Media CEO Chris Overholt

The Overwatch League, in partnership with its franchises, has just announced its plans for 2020, which includes a new homestand series. The Call of Duty League is also headed for a homestand series model during its inaugural season. ESTNN sat down with Chris Overholt, president and CEO of OverActive Media Group, owners of the Toronto […]

Teamfight Tactics Takes Viewership from League of Legends, But is it Here to Stay?

The early success of League of Legends’  new auto-battler game mode called Teamfight Tactics has resulted in a significant decline in Twitch viewership for LoL’s traditional mode as viewers veer toward the strategy-based game. Teamfight Tactics, which is only in beta testing, broke out as the dominant force in an up-and-coming category of strategy games… […]

Immortals Gaming Club VP of Finance on CS:GO Challenges, Fundraising Philosophy

The recently-rebranded Immortals Gaming Club  has made a series of big moves over the last year. Of course, the organization’s recent $100M USD acquisition of Infinite Esports & Entertainment —parent company of OpTic Gaming  and the Houston Outlaws —is freshest in the mind of industry observers. However, Immortals  first made an acquisition splash last year, picking up… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, July 8 – 14

Just Chatting sits at the top of the charts for another week in a row as six categories again manage to record at least 12M hours watched on Twitch.  Meanwhile, League of Legends has taken back its position ahead of Riot Games’ new auto-battler game mode Teamfight Tactics as viewership for the beta test slows… […]

OWL: Boston Uprising Signs Former Defiant DPS Do-hyung “Stellar” Lee

The Boston Uprising has signed former Toronto Defiant DPS player Do-hyung “Stellar” Lee. Boston Uprising has signed DPS player Do-hyung “Stellar” Lee to their roster. The Uprising announced the move this afternoon in an official press release. Lee officially retired from professional Overwatch competition just a week before the beginning of OWL Season 2. 🚨New […]

PGL Partners with The Coalition for 2019-20 Gears 5 Season

Upcoming shooter Gears 5 will have an esports initiative created in partnership between developer The Coalition and tournament organizer PGL. The 2019-20 season will feature an online Pro League for three regions, as well as three international major tournaments and a World Championship. Gears of War 4 has awarded more than $3M USD to date… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, July 8 – 14

Qualifiers for Dota 2’s The International next month rev up viewership for Dota 2 esports channels.  Meanwhile, Turner “Tfue” Tenney continues to assert his dominance as a consistent source of strong viewership among personality broadcasters.  The following channels are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch  from Monday to the following… […]

“We Are Playing Really Well and Have a Good Understanding of Each Other” – An Interview with GGS Hauntzer

ESTNN had the pleasure to sit down and talk with Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell, top laner for Golden Guardians, after week three of the 2019 Summer Split. Hauntzer is known for his time in TSM, where he found himself to be one of the best top lane players in the LCS. After a disappointing 2018, TSM […]

Dota 2: How to Register for the $15K WePlay! Dota Underlords Open Tournament

WePlay! has announced that open registration for their first Dota Underlords tournament has begun. Open Registration for WePlay!’s first Dota Underlords tournament is officially underway as of this morning. According to an official press release from the organization, open registration for the $15,000 USD tournament is now live and will run from today, July, 15th to […]

Douyu Revives Delayed U.S. IPO, Now Seeking $944M

Douyu is set to revive its delayed U.S. IPO, and is now seeking up to $944M USD. The Chinese livestreaming platform has previously received $632M in investment from Tencent Holdings, and initially announced a planned $500M IPO in April. Douyu will begin trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol “DOYU” on July 17, with American… […]

OWL: How the Shanghai Dragons Upset the SF Shock

Just in case someone missed it, the Shanghai Dragons took down the San Francisco Shock 4-3 last night, and ESTNN’s Charlotte August is here with a quick recap. The Shanghai Dragons fended off the reverse sweep from the San Francisco Shock last night in a must-watch upset, taking the Stage 3 Grand Finals with a […]

“For New People, We’re Making the Esports Curve Way Easier” : Weekly.gg Co-Founder Franco Rivas On Newsletter

Weekly.gg has made its mark in the esports industry for veterans and newcomers alike with its recent launch of a tailored email newsletter: a to the point newsletter for esports professionals. The email goes out to subscribers every Friday, containing curated news told in a unique way. The people behind Weekly.gg, Alan Ruchtein, Gonzalo Sanchez […]

Food and Drink, Apparel, and Financial Services: Non-Endemic Sponsor Recap for Q2 2019

The first quarter of 2019 saw a surge in partnerships between esports teams, leagues, and events and non-endemic brands. That trend continued into the second quarter, which produced even more non-endemic deals than in Q1. The Esports Observer reported on 82 such deals between April and June—a 7% increase over the 76 deals reported on… […]

Clash Royale: CRL West Spring Player 1v1 Ranking Breakdown

The Spring season for Clash Royale League: West has concluded, and Team Liquid is the winning team! After a rocky start, TeamLiquid managed to pull together and finish off strong with key performances from their whole roster. Now let’s take a look at ESTNN’s final 1v1 rankings. 1st – Boeufmac from Team Liquid finishes with […]

Method Owners Concerned About Growing Commercialization of World of Warcraft Raid Race

This week’s upcoming raid, Race to World First in World of Warcraft , presents a number of firsts for the raiding scene in Blizzard Entertainment’s  massively multiplayer online video game.  But perhaps the most significant new element to the scene is the fact that numerous top guilds will be broadcasting. In the past, esports organization Method … […]

Opinion: Faze Clan should steer away from coldzera

It’s official! Mercurial Brazilian Counter-Strike player coldzera has been benched by mibr going forward. The organization relayed the news with some explanation, which was then supplemented by coldzera’s own Twitlonger, shining more light on what transpired and the events that led to him asking to be benched. In his Twitlonger, coldzera iterated that he is […]

Secretlab Named Chair Partner for StarLadder Berlin Major 2019

The StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 has added Secretlab as its official chair partner. The $1M USD Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament takes place from Aug. 23 to Sept. 8, with the final rounds held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Secretlab recently designed custom chairs for the Dota 2 MDL Disneyland Paris Major and also has partnerships with… […]

League of Legends Championship Series Adds Caffeine as Streaming Platform

Caffeine has been added as an official League of Legends Championship Series broadcast platform. The non-exclusive deal allows Caffeine users to co-stream the broadcast by hosting it through their respective channels. Caffeine has exclusive content deals with teams such as Dignitas and Natus Vincere, and has partnered with companies including DreamHack, ESL, and FACEIT…. […]

Dota 2: Patch 7.22e Update

After the last Closed Qualifier came to an end, we finally know the names of all teams which will go to TI 9. In typical Valve fashion, they decided to release what looks to be the last update before the biggest event of the year. Similar to the previous minor updates, this one includes a […]

LEC Finals Fetches $2.6M in Rotterdam Tourism, Call of Duty Names Commissioner

The League of Legends European Championship Spring finals brought in over two million dollars in tourism, and Call of Duty appoints a former NFL executive as its esports commissioner. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! LEC… […]

Team Liquid beat FaZe to win BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles

Liquid took on FaZe in the grand finals of BLAST Pro Series Lose Angeles. The finals saw them beat FaZe Clan in the two map affair on Nuke and Inferno after the following vetoes: FaZe removed Overpass Liquid removed Train FaZe picked Nuke Liquid picked Inferno FaZe removed Vertigo Liquid removed Dust2 Mirage was left […]

LCS Summer 2019: Week Six | Day Two Recap

FlyQuest vs Team Liquid FLY and TL team compositions with FLY Wadid center. Team Liquid started off the day with a clean win over FlyQuest . They played through their bottom lane win condition well, and it seemed like FLY had no answers to their opponents. At as early as three minutes, TL dove […]

OWL: Shanghai Dragons Terrorize the SF Shock, Win Stage 3 Finals

The Shanghai Dragons defeated the SF Shock in the Overwatch League Stage 3 Finals today. The Overwatch League has found their Stage 3 Champions as the Shanghai Dragons surprised the San Francisco Shock today at the Blizzard Arena, winning the Grand Final 4-3. Shanghai, infamous for their 42-game losing streak, have finally found their way […]

OWL: When Does Stage 4 of the Overwatch League Start?

With Stage 3 of the Overwatch League reaching its conclusion today, many fans are eager to watch their favorite players and teams come back to the Blizzard Arena. But when does Stage 4 actually start? When Does the OWL Stage 4 Start? Stage 4 of Overwatch League officially begins on Thursday, July 25 and will […]

Coldzera leaving MiBR is a dangerous move for the whole Brazilian scene

  Awarded twice the yearly title best CSGO player in the world, coldzera is now far from the spotlights. Not by his choice though, but as a result of MiBR poor results this year. However, everything is pointing for a big change coming in the player’s career. According to rumors and teases from other professional […]

OWL: Washington Justice sign ELLIVOTE and LullSiSH

The Washington Justice have announced that they have signed flex player Elliot ‘ELLIVOTE’ Vaneryd and main tank Lukas ‘LullSiSH’ Wiklund to their main roster. The Washington Justice announced that they have signed Elliot ‘ELLIVOTE’ Vaneryd and Lukas ‘LullSiSH’ Wiklund to their main roster in a tweet today from the organization. 🚨 Please give a warm […]

Dota 2: TI 9 Europe Closed Qualifier Results

Similar to China, today fans also found who the last European team would be to join the big names in TI 9.  EU Closed Qualifiers Group Stage TI 9 The groups were very interesting to watch because they were full of surprises.  Teams that many considered to be favorites couldn’t even make it to the […]

Royal Never Give Up are going to TI 9

Today was the final day for the Chinese qualifiers and we got to see tons of actions going on. In the end, it was all between two very strong teams – CDEC Gaming and Royal Never Give up, which gave it all out in an epic best-of-five series. Both of the finalists already played two […]

Dota 2: TI 9 China Closed Qualifier Results

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans through the results of the TI 9 Chinese Closed Qualifiers. After several days of amazing Dota, fans finally know the name of the last Chinese team that will attend the biggest tournament in Dota 2 – The International 2019, this time in Shanghai, China. The Group Stage in the Chinese […]

“I Gave Myself One Year.” : Overwatch Streamer Nathan “KarQ” Chan Talks Esports, Streaming, and Getting into the Scene

Overwatch player and streamer Nathan “KarQ” Chan sat down with ESTNN and talked about his exposure to esports, going pro and drops some tidbits for younger players for their journey in esports. Overwatch player and Twitch streamer Nathan “KarQ” Chan has once again been elected as Team Canada’s community lead for this year’s Overwatch World […]

Astralis, Origen Will Be Split Off from RFRSH Entertainment

RFRSH Entertainment is splitting its esports teams, Astralis and Origen, off into a separate company that is temporarily called RFRSH Teams. The company expects the split to be fully completed by the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive StarLadder Berlin Major in August, and expects interest from outside investors. RFRSH Entertainment plans to focus on its BLAST… […]

LCS Summer 2019: Week Six Day One Recap

Team SoloMid vs Clutch Gaming TSM and CG team compositions with CG Vulcan center. Team SoloMid kicked off the weekend with an exciting win over Clutch Gaming . It was back and forth, but TSM’s mid/late game shot-calling proved superior. Akaadian got First Blood in a gank top, while also helping to dive bottom […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Four Day Two Recap

SK Gaming vs Excel Esports Excel Esports finally found their first win of the split with a fairly convincing win over SK Gaming . SK Gaming started off the game by taking a Mountain Dragon at eight minutes, but XL responded by sending all their members to the pit to fight. This fight went […]

Contenders team Revival signs TviQ

Earlier today, the recently formed team known as Revival announced that they had signed DPS extraordinaire TviQ, who was let go from the Florida Mayhem at the beginning of June. TviQ has become a household name in the world of professional Overwatch. He first made his skills known when he was signed to Rogue, winning […]

ASUS Republic of Gamers Named Hardware Sponsor of ESPN’s EXP Series

ESPN’s EXP esports competitions will use ASUS Republic of Gamers hardware. This week’s EXP Pro-Am Apex Legends Exhibition took place alongside The 2019 ESPYS, with a $150K USD EXP Invitational – Apex Legends to take place at X Games Minneapolis. The events are streamed live online, and also shown via ESPN and ABC linear platforms… […]

Dota Underlords Update- The Proto Pass is Here

Proto Pass After being teased for a couple of days, the Proto Pass finally arrived today. As of now, all beta tests will be granted a free Proto Pass. The idea behind this is to get as much feedback from the community as possible. Proto Pass owners will be able to unlock unique banners, emotes […]

PUBG banned in Jordan with other “violent games” to be banned soon

After PUBG’s great success run worldwide, the game currently seems to get entangled in a political mess. Many countries have banned the game arguing it to be too violent for kids and teenagers which might cause harm to the mentally and sometimes physically. Jordan is the latest in the long list of countries that have […]

Invictus Gaming signs Chevrolet as official car partner

Chinese esports organisation Invictus Gaming signed a partnership deal with Chevrolet, acting as team’s official car partner. Chevrolet’s logo is now also featured on IG’s team jersey and jackets. As part of the deal, IG will specifically promote the new Tracker SUV from Chevrolet. The deal was first teased on 4th July om Chinese […]

Dota 2: The International 2019 Collector’s Cache Vol II

Similar to the previous year, the TI 9 Collector’s Cache is back yet again. This time, it features multiple items from this year’s Call to Arms, in addition to other workshop items. As always, it is available to buy for $2.49. What’s more, if you open thirteen of them, you`ll also gain thirty-two Battle Levels. […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Four Day One Recap

Rogue vs Schalke 04 RGE and S04 team compositions with the RGE squad above. The first day of the LEC after Rift Rival showcased Schalke 04 defeating Rogue . The early game was relatively quiet as the lanes fought and the jungler farmed. That was until 9 minutes. Vander killed Ignar for First Blood […]

World of Warcraft Raid Race Turns into Race for Viewers on Twitch

World of Warcraft’s  raiding race to world first has transformed into a different kind of race for the upcoming raid set to release next week on July 16. In the past, raiding teams, referred to as “guilds,” have often strayed away from broadcasting their efforts as a way to keep their strategies hidden from others… […]

Astralis break ties with RFRSH Entertainment

According to HLTV.org, Astralis and RFRSH Entertainment will go their separate ways and will not be associated in any way moving ahead. RFRSH Entertainment has two professional teams under their banner, Astralis, and Origen. These teams will fall under a separate organization called “RFRSH Teams”. In an interview with HLTV, the CEO of RFRSH Entertainment, […]

MIBR bench coldzera; zews to step in for Blast Pro Series LA & IEM Chicago

As has been reported for a fair bit of time, mibr have finally officially confirmed the benching of their talismanic superstar coldzera with immediate effect. The Brazilian will not be part of the active roster starting today, with zews stepping in to fill the void for the upcoming events like Blast Los Angeles and IEM […]

ASA Entertainment’s Super Girl Gamer Pro Event Returns for Third Year

Super Girl Gamer Pro will take place during Nissan’s Super Girl Pro festival July 26-28. Partners include Lenovo Legion, the U.S. Air Force, DXRacer, N3rd Street Gamers, Nissan, and Turtle Beach. N3rd Street Gamers will produce a live broadcast, and gameplay will be streamed on Twitch, Facebook Gaming, YouTube, and Mixer. ASA Entertainment announced that… […]

Sponsoring the Cathedral of Counter-Strike

Along with its fourth sell out crowd, ESL One Cologne 2019  welcomed 12 commercial brands into the German city’s Lanxess arena. The “Cathedral of Counter-Strike” is a term first coined by esports host Paul “Redeye” Chaloner, and summarizes the oddly evangelical feel of so many gathering to watch a first-person shooter game. For the… […]

LoL: A Beginner’s Guide to Teamfight Tactics

ESTNN’s resident Teamfight Tactics expert Manny Gomez walks those new to autobattlers through their first game of Teamfight Tactics. Unless you’ve been hiding from the internet for the past few months or have zero interest in MOBAs, then you probably have heard of the new Auto Chess / Autobattler […]

OverActive Media Adds Robin Brudner, Wade Oosterman to Board of Directors

Splyce and Toronto Defiant parent company OverActive Media has named Robin Brudner and Wade Oosterman to its board of directors. Brudner was previously the interim CEO and secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Committee and also worked for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment for 17 years. Oosterman is currently the vice chair and group president… […]

Dota 2: TI 9 China Closed Qualifier – Group Stage

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans through the Group Stage of China’s Closed Qualifiers for TI 9. After two days of intensive action, the group stage in the Chinese Closed qualifiers for TI 9 is over. This was definitely one of the hardest group stages out of all regions because every single team which took part […]

Lagardère Sports to Market Commercial Rights for PUBG Nations Cup, Global Championship

Sports marketing agency Lagardère Sports will market the commercial rights to the 2019 PUBG Nations Cup and Global Championship events. The $500K USD Nations Cup takes place in August, with the $2M Global Championship to follow later this year. U.S. agency Wasserman is reportedly in exclusive discussions to acquire Lagardère Sports, with a valuation of… […]

Dota Underlords Battle Pass Leak

The topic of Dota Underlord’s Battle Pass has been on ever since the first rumors started. Having said that, the first real information about it came from Valve a couple of days ago. According to them, “The week after you`ll see the release of progression and what we call the Proto-Battle Pass. This beta Battle […]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Multiplayer First Look: Thoughts and Recap

In a precedent-defying limited gameplay stream today, the community got its first look at 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer. Twitch streamers CourageJD, TeePee, LEGIQN, and ProSyndicate played 5 iterations of a brand new 2 vs. 2 Multiplayer game mode called “Gunfight”. Today, we got a good look at the game engine, basic mechanics, […]

The Divide Between Male and Female Players in Esports

The fight for gender equality has been ongoing for decades. Now we have moved on from the third wave of feminism and have entered into a new era. An era that includes movements like “Me Too” and a focus on the gender pay gap. So, it was only right that the world of gaming evaluated […]

LCS Summer 2019 Match Preview: TSM vs Cloud9

Team SoloMid and Cloud9 are organizations every League of Legends fan knows well. The legacies of these teams go back years, and their rivalry does the same. Because of this, it is always a treat to watch them go head-to-head no matter the occasion. This weekend they will battle on the Rift once […]

Red Bull Unveils Broadcast Plans for World of Warcraft Raid Race

The Red Bull  Gaming Sphere will again host a broadcast of World of Warcraft’s  raid Race to World First, even though its partner for previous races, esports organization Method , recently announced its own separate plans for the race that did not include the energy drink brand.  The stream will include 24-hour coverage on Red Bull’s official Twitch… […]

Trelleborg Wheel Systems to Sponsor Farming Simulator League Team

Tire maker Trelleborg Wheel Systems will sponsor a team in the upcoming Farming Simulator League. Trelleborg joins other farm-tech companies such as John Deere, AMAZONE, and Grimme as team sponsors. The €250K debut season begins later this month at FarmCon 19 in Germany. Giants Software  today announced another agricultural industry sponsor that will… […]

OGN to Produce $210K Summoners War Championships 2019

South Korean production company OGN has partnered with game publisher Com2uS to produce the Summoners War Championships 2019 tournament. The season will include an Americas Cup at the OGN Super Arena in Los Angeles, and culminate at the World Finals in Paris in October. The Summoners War Championships 2019 has a total prize pool of… […]

We Are Nations CEO Patrick Mahoney’s DIY Journey from Punk Rock to Esports

Prior to his journey in the music apparel and merchandising business, We Are Nations  co-founder and CEO Patrick Mahoney had one really bad week in the early 1990s. His punk rock band was dropped from its label before ultimately splitting, he lost a box of the band’s shirts while on the road, and to top… […]

Dota 2: Virtus.Pro Will try to Defend their ESL One Hamburg Title

Despite the fact that everyone is preparing for TI 9, ESL One has just announced the first team on their list for ESL One Hamburg, which will take place at the Barclaycard Arena in October this year. Of course, it is Virtus.pro, which was expected, considering the fact that they are the current champions there. […]

Overwatch: OWL Season 2 Stage 3 Playoff Power Rankings

ESTNN’s Cole Ricke takes fans through the OWL Power Rankings before the start of the Stage 3 Playoffs. The Overwatch League kicks off the Stage 3 Playoffs this week, and ESTNN is here with our updated power rankings.   OWL Stage 3 Playoff Power Rankings 1. Vancouver Titans This one isn’t a surprise. Vancouver’s dominance […]

CoD: Modern Warfare Reveal Will Take Place at 10 AM PST

Activision will reveal the first live gameplay of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare today at 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM BST. As per a tweet yesterday from the official Infinity Ward account, we will be getting our first look at 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer mode today at 10:00 AM […]

MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL’s Gaming Focus Driving Sales, Says PepsiCo CEO

Energy drink MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is “doing very well” via its focus on the gaming audience, said PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta on the company’s Q2 2019 earnings call. PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston tells Billboard that the company can’t keep the brand’s specially-made caps in stock due to demand. MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL… […]

Sponsorship Renewals: Immortals and MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL, Echo Fox and HyperX

Immortals Gaming Club has renewed its sponsorship deal with PepsiCo’s MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL for both its Immortals and MIBR team brands. MTN DEW AMP’s “Champions Rising” YouTube content series, based on MIBR’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, has racked up more than 1M minutes watched to date. Echo Fox has also renewed its partnership… […]

Dota 2: Wrath of the Mo’Rokai Update

Valve has released an update to the divisive Wrath of the Mo’Rokai event. Wrath of the Mo’Rokai is an event which is only available to the TI 9 Battle Pass owners. However, many people out there have criticized it ever since Valve released it. One of the main arguments that people use is the fact […]

Riot: LEC Spring Split Finals Contributed $2.6M to Rotterdam Economy

Riot Games has issued a report that analyzes the economic impact of its new host city program for the League of Legends European Championship . The first LEC Spring Split Finals were held in Rotterdam, contributing over €2M EUR to the local economy. Over 87% of LEC Spring Split Finals attendees came from… […]

HOK Designers on Building “Adaptive” Esports Venues

With a 65-year history, HOK—a leading design, architecture, and engineering firm—has a history of building out interesting venues, including sports stadiums. So when the company received clients asking for esports “overlays,” HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice started digging deeper. Last month, HOK released a white paper in partnership with SAP  detailing a futuristic,… […]

Father supports his 14-year-old son’s esports career and lets him quit school

Fornite is one of the most played and viewed game on the planet. With the game having a kid-friendly rating more and more kids and teenagers are getting involved with the esports scene of the game. In case of Jordan also known as Crimz in Fortnite plays video game 8-10 hours daily. Jordan is a […]

Reliance Jio and PUBG team up for PUBG Lite in India; Jio users to get in-game goodies

India’s biggest telecom service provider Reliance Jio has formed a partnership with PUBG Corp. for the launch of their upcoming free-2-play game PUBG Lite in India. This news comes from an announcement made by the PUBG Corp. Currently, only PUBG Lite Beta version is available in India with a full launch to happen very soon. […]

3 Surprising Games Owned by Massive Esports Publishers

CounterStrike: Global Offensive. Apex Legends. Fortnite. League of Legends. Starcraft. These are all massive games, all of them among the top ten esports today. The companies behind them are usually massive corporations with billions in revenues each year, releasing one “serious” “triple-A” game after another. These publishers, in turn, are not dedicated solely to their […]

Apex Legends: Potential Octane Twitch Prime Skin Leaked

It looks like someone might have accidentally caught a picture of Octane’s upcoming Twitch Prime skin. Leave it to Reddit to fill us in on knowledge humanity is not meant to know. Due to a potential glitch in the character select screen for Apex Legends, one plucky Redditor was able to snag this picture of […]

LoL: Riot Games Releases Issue 3 of the Lux Comic Series

Lux is stuck between a rock and a magical hard place in the third issue of Riot Games’ collaborative series with comic-giant Marvel. Riot Games released the third issue of the Lux comic series today, focusing on the dangers and troubles that Lux faces inside Demacia. The cover hints at the comic’s story, as Garen […]

Dota 2: CIS Closed Qualifiers Results

Apart from SEA, the other region which “elected” it’s representative is the CIS. During the Group Stage, Vega Squadron was the main attraction as they completely ripped through their enemies, finishing as winners without dropping a single game. Their luck was with them in the first game of the Playoffs against Na’Vi as well. However, […]

Four kids emptied their parent’s bank account purchasing FIFA 19 packs

EA has come under many loot-box controversies as of late with them calling loot-box system as “Surprise Mechanics”. EA has been lobbying hard in favour of loot-box mechanics and almost every game they make now features this “Surprise Mechanic”. Even the games that are priced at $60 or are free-2-play, EA games feature loot-box system. […]

June Esports Investments Recap: TV Azteca Invests in Allied Esports, Immortals Acquires Infinite Esports & Entertainment

June 2019 brought another sizable number of esports investments and acquisitions, including Immortals Gaming Club’s  acquisition of Infinite Esports & Entertainment , the merger of Dignitas  and Clutch Gaming , and TV Azteca’s investment in and strategic partnership with Allied Esports . The Esports Observer has tracked $67.5M USD in disclosed investments for the month, although terms were… […]

CSGO: Five Key Takeaways from ESL One Cologne

ESTNN’s Slava Britvin breaks down last weekend’s ESL One Cologne and highlights key takeaways from Germany. ESL One Cologne celebrated it’s fifth anniversary this past weekend, and it was an electric affair. Almost every top team traveled to Germany to fight for the trophy in the “Cathedral of Counterstrike.” Liquid cemented themselves as the number […]

Chinese Dota 2 Development League Established, Clash Royale League Launches Draft System

In the last week, the esports industry in China introduces another draft system, similar to those seen in traditional sports leagues such as the NBA, as well as a developmental league established by a tournament organizer and professional teams, without game publisher involvement. Among the top stories: Clash Royale League has launched a draft … […]

Dota 2: SEA Closed Qualifiers Results

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans through the results of the SEA TI 9 Closed Qualifiers. After several days of amazing drama, the SEA open and closed qualifiers are finally over. As expected, it all came down to Mineski and Team Jinesbrus to determine which team will head to Shanghai for TI 9. In the end, […]

TSM Signs Three Year Renewal with Logitech G

Team SoloMid has signed a new three-year agreement with Logitech International’s gaming division. Following five years of collaboration, Logitech G is the longest-tenured partner of TSM. The continued partnership spans across TSM’s esports teams, gaming influencers, digital products, and content creation. North American-based gaming brand TSM  has announced a three-year renewal of its partnership… […]

Farming Simulator League Adds Corteva Agriscience as Lead Sponsor

Corteva Agriscience, a company that produces seeds and crop protection solutions, will sponsor the debut 2019-20 season of the Farming Simulator League. The €250K league begins play at FarmCon 19 this month and runs until summer 2020, spanning 10 live competitions and four online tournaments. Farm-tech companies such as John Deere, AMAZONE, and… […]

ESL One Cologne: ‘Major’ Feel Without ‘Major’ Stakes

The Cathedral of Counter-Strike…there’s a history behind that alliteration. Last weekend marked the fourth consecutive year of sell-out crowds for ESL One Cologne . Not only is it the company’s largest esports arena tournament, but ESL also confirmed to The Esports Observer that it is one of its biggest in terms of consumer-based revenues (i.e. ticket… […]

Apple generates more game revenue than Blizzard Entertainment

Apple becomes the fourth biggest gaming company in the world with the continued rise of mobile gaming beating out big company’s like Activision-Blizzard, EA, Nintendo. Apple was only beaten by giants such as Tencent, Sony and Microsoft. All according to the report “Global Games Market Report” by Newzoo which outlined the top 35 companies that […]

Blizzard Promotes Johanna Faries to Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports League, Outlines Future Plans

Activision Blizzard announced Johanna Faries as Call of Duty Esports League Commissioner today. Activision Blizzard promoted Johanna Faries to the Commissioner position of the Call of Duty Esports League today, according to a post on their official website. Faries, who worked for the NFL before becoming Head of Call of Duty Esports, now takes on […]

Atlanta Reign’s Homestand was as Good as the First

ESTNN’s Malik Shelp walks fans through everything that happened at the OWL Atlanta Homestand Weekend. The Atlanta Reign Homestand is all wrapped up, and it was vastly different from the Dallas Fuel Homestand that happened earlier this year. Different, for sure, but different isn’t always bad. My name is Malik and today we’re going to […]

100 Thieves Announce Doug Barber as Vice President of Brand & Apparel

100 Thieves announced that they have brought Doug Barber, the previous owner of clothing brand Reigning Champ, onboard as Vice President of Brand & Apparel. 100 Thieves hired Doug Barber to lead a brand new position, Vice President of Brand & Apparel, according to an official press release by the organization. Doug Barber previously owned […]

FaZe Clan enter negotiations for Coldzera

A report from OverDrive aka Arkady Myasnitsky, states that FaZe Clan have entered negotiations for Marcelo “coldzera” David who will be replacing Filip “NEO” Kubski on the active roster. This news comes out after Brazilian superstar, coldzera, reportedly wanted to bench himself from the MiBR active lineup and will only be attending  BLAST Pro Series […]

Astralis invited to DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019

DreamHack has begun to hand out invites for the Malmö event which will be held on October 01-06. Astralis received the foremost official invite for the tournament. This is yet another ‘S-Tier’ event under Intel Grand Slam Season 3. Sixteen teams will be battling for the mighty share of the prize pool worth $250,000 USD. […]

Kid Streams Fortnite Ten Hours A Day For Dad’s Cancer Treatment

A young streamer from Canada has for the past 5 days been streaming Fortnite for 10 hours straight in a bid to raise funds for the treatment of his father, who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Rectal Cancer. zyITV said on Twitch that if his dad did not undergo Chemotherapy, he would die within […]

Former NFL VP Johanna Faries Named Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports

Johanna Faries has been named the commissioner of Call of Duty esports, after joining Activision Blizzard in 2018. Her previous role was as the Call of Duty World League’s head of product. Prior to that, she was a vice president of club business development for the NFL. Call of Duty esports will transition to a… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, July 1 – 7

Despite lower viewership for top influencers on Twitch, Just Chatting continues its reign at the top of the chart for content.  Meanwhile, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek shows what having a prominent influencer can do for a game like Apex Legends.  The following content is ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch  from… […]

100 Thieves Appoints Doug Barber as Brand and Apparel VP

100 Thieves has appointed Doug Barber as its new vice president of brand and apparel. Barber was head of brand for Reigning Champ, leading collaborations with Kith, Adidas, and the NBA, as well as the company’s retail expansion. In his new position, Barber will oversee the creative direction, production, brand development and retail experiences for… […]

Invictus Gaming Signs Partnership Deal with Chevrolet

American car brand Chevrolet signs a partnership deal with Chinese esports organization Invictus Gaming . Chevrolet’s logo has appeared on IG’s regular team jacket and LPL team jersey, and the team will specifically promote the new Chevrolet Tracker SUV. IG and Chevrolet posted an “IG X Tracker” commercial on Weibo, featuring the five IG League… […]

Dota 2: The Summit 10 Announces First 2 Teams and Casters

Beyond the Summit has announced the first two participating teams and on-air talent for Summit 10. After several months of uncertainty, Beyond the Summit has confirmed that Summit 10 is will take place at the end of July. For the past couple of years, The Summit has been an immense part of every Dota 2 […]

eSports iQ Commercial Launch is Here!

“It is not the function of the artist to be the critic. The winnowing out, the deciding what is good from what is bad, comes later. That is a community process. The community decides what is good and bad art. But the individual should pour this forth.”  Terence McKenna Back to the future First, let’s […]

BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles talent revealed; other details inside

BLAST Pro Series, the organizers, have revealed the on-air crew for the upcoming BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles. The lengthy lineup consists of 13 talents including the stage host, interviewer and task host alongside 4 analysts and 3 pairs of commentators. Show Host: stunna  Desk Host: Sjokz  Interviewer: Frankie  Analysts: SPUNJ  […]

ASTRO Gaming, Streamer NICKMERCS Partner for Content Production, ‘Product Innovation’

Streamer and gaming influencer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff has signed a deal with ASTRO Gaming. ASTRO Gaming will become Kolcheff’s exclusive peripheral provider, while the two collaborate on content, promotion, and product “innovation.” Kolcheff recently joined FaZe Clan, launched a merchandise line, and became a spokesperson for Respawn by Razer. Professional Twitch  streamer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff… […]

“I want to experience all these high levels of play” – An Interview with GGS Deftly

ESTNN had the chance to talk to Matthew ‘Deftly’ Chen following their victory in week three over 100 Thieves. Deftly has been part of the Golden Guardians for the past two years and has seen recent success with the rest of the Golden Guardian squad. Deftly has long been considered a strong North American talent […]

Dota Underlords: How-To Get & Use Gold

As you are probably aware, the new auto battles genre is slowly taking over the world. It all began from a small Custom game in Dota 2, but now, both Valve and Riot Games have their standalone version of Auto Chess. Let’s not forget Drodo studios, the main creators of this new genre, who also […]

What Areas of Online Gaming Will Thrive in the Future?

Technology has advanced at a frenetic pace over the past few years. To get a real picture of how technology has evolved over the years, take a look at the gaming industry. From the very early years of black and white 2D games like Computer Space to the first 3D game, the Battlezone by […]

Dota 2: CIS Closed Qualifiers – Gambit are out

The Group Stage round-robin has just finished and we now know the names of the four teams which will be going to the playoffs. Having said that, the biggest favorite did not make it. In fact, they just felt shortly after losing the last game in the group stage against Vega. The top four teams […]

Method Partners With TakeTV for Next World of Warcraft Raid Race; Red Bull Will Not Be Involved

Method is partnering with TakeTV to produce the upcoming World of Warcraft raid race.  As a part of the production numerous other top guilds will also participate in the streaming effort. Method co-founder Scott “Sco” McMillan released a comment explaining why the organization has moved away from working with Red Bull. The upcoming World of… […]

Misfits Gaming Partners with Outerstuff for Esports Apparel Venture

Misfits Gaming and apparel brand Outerstuff have formed a joint esports apparel venture. The debut line will feature apparel from Misfits and the Florida Mayhem before expanding to include IP from other companies. Outerstuff will handle day-to-day operations, while Misfits Gaming will oversee relationships with stakeholders in and around the esports industry. Misfits Gaming  has… […]

Snack Brand NicNac’s Named Latest League of Legends Premier Tour Sponsor

German snack brand NicNac’s is the latest sponsor of the League of Legends Premier Tour. NicNac’s will activate around the Premier Tour Summer Cup, which takes place in August at the gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany. The Premier Tour tournament series, which serves Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, will transition into a multi-division league structure for… […]

ESforce Holding Partners with Rocketbank for TI9 Quals, offers free Battle Pass Upgrades

ESforce and Rockbank partner to bring free Battle Pass Upgrades when players apply for a Rocketbank card and spend 645 Rubles and refer their friends. Russian tournament organizer ESforce has partnered with Rocketbank today according to an official press release from the organization. The partnership includes sponsorship of the upcoming Dota 2 TI […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, July 1 – 7

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s ESL One: Cologne 2019 event led the week in viewership boasting the top two channels while League of Legends and Overwatch esports leagues saw less viewership due to fewer games.  Meanwhile, influencers have continued to experience a summer slump with no personality generating more than 2M hours watched for a second straight… […]

Dota 2: TI 9 EU Closed Qualifiers Overview

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans through the teams participating in the TI9 EU Closed Qualifiers. After the end of the EPICENTER Major, all eyes were set on the biggest prize in Dota 2 – The International 2019. Having said that, the first two Open Qualifiers in all regions are now over, which means that it […]

Call of Duty Sells LA and Minnesota Spots, The International Prize Pool Exceeds $25M

LA and Minesota spots are sold for the upcoming Call of Duty League, Twitch reveals a “subscriber only” stream feature, and The International prize pool exceeds $25M. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! Activision Blizzard Announces Two… […]

Team Liquid grabs $1 Million Intel Grand Slam Prize

Intel Grand Slam is a circuit of ESL and DreamHack Master tournaments. If a team wins ‘S-Tier’ event, and it also secures three titles at the following nine ‘S-Tier’ events, the team is said to have conquered the Intel Grand Slam. Team Liquid, after it’s recent triumph at the cathedral of Counter-Strike, ESL One: […]

LCS Summer 2019: Week Five Day Two Recap

Echo Fox vs Golden Guardians FOX and GGS team compositions with GGS Huhi center. Photo via LoL Esports. The first match of the day featured the Golden Guardians defeating Echo Fox . The focus of their strategy was on the bottom lane, as they dove bottom to get Huhi two kills and unlocked him […]

TI 9 Team Overview: Evil Geniuses

Introduction Slowly but steadily, the most important tournament of the year is approaching. Having said that, the qualifiers for the last few slots are currently an arena of epic battles. Apart from them, there are twelve teams which have already secured their spot for TI 9 after a direct invitation. In fact, all of them […]

Team Liquid win ESL One Cologne 2019 and the Intel Grand Slam Season 2

The ESL One Cologne 2019 Grand Finals saw Team Liquid compete against Vitality. After winning the ESL Pro League LAN Finals against G2, Team Liquid would have to go up against yet another French team in Vitality. This is a relatively new team, one which has improved its rankings and performance rapidly over the past […]

Liquid defeat Vitality to win ESL One Cologne

The finals of the ESL event in Cologne, the cathedral of Counterstrike, saw Liquid emerging victorious in the 5 map affair after the following scorelines. Final Score :  Liquid won Overpass Vitality won Dust 2 Liquid won Inferno Liquid won Mirage The BO5 finals were played on Overpass, Dust 2, Inferno, […]

Dota Underlords: Ranked Play Explained

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks players through the newly introduced Dota: Underlords Ranking System. Dota: Underlords has added a ranking system to Valve’s brand new autobattler, and we’ve got everything you need to know to climb the ladder. Dota: Underlords’ Ranking System Explained In most games, players earn more MMR points when they finish a game […]

Coldzera doesn’t want to continue playing with MiBR; puts in a request to be benched

HLTV. org has learned that Marcelo “coldzera” David does not plan on continuing to play with MiBR and he wants to take up another challenge in his professional Counter-Strike career. One of HLTV’s sources has informed HLTV that coldzera will only play BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles and IEM Chicago with the MiBR roster. After […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, First Half 2019

League of Legends is on pace to break 1B hours watched as Fortnite sees a decline in viewership for the first half of the year. Meanwhile, Just Chatting’s emergence has generated notable growth for non-game-related content compared to its predecessor, the “IRL” category. The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours… […]

Dota 2: SEA TI9 Open Qualifier #2

The second qualifier for TI 9 in Southeast Asia has finished. We now know the names of all of the teams that will attend the closed qualifiers.   496 Gaming The first team which made it through the open qualifier massacre was 496 Gaming. They had a difficult time, especially in the semifinals against PG.Barracx.They […]

Immortals Lays off OpTic Gaming Staff Following IGC Acquisition

IGC has laid off several employees from different parts of the OpTic Organization following their acquisition of Infinite Esports and Entertainment. As many OpTic fans already know, Immortals Gaming Club finalized their acquisition of the esports organization in early June. However, there have been even more consequences that have just come to light; according to […]

Dota 2: China TI 9 Open Qualifiers #2

The second open qualifiers for TI9 in Dota 2 are now over. Having said that, all the teams that managed to go through need to prepare themselves for the upcoming Closed Qualifiers that start in just a few days. Team Serenity The first team that managed to prevail was Team Serenity. They fell short in […]

Dota 2: Immortal Treasure II and The Wrath of Mo’Rokai are Live

Valve has released Immortal Treasure 2 and the Wrath of Mo’Rokai. Today, Valve has decided to release the second Immortal Treasure, as well as the new event, Wrath of Mo’Rokai for every player that owns the Dota 2 Battle Pass. In addition to that, every Battle Pass owner has been granted 10 bonus levels since […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, H1 2019

The first six months of 2019 drew a very different picture than 2018 as esports headlined the top channels.  Meanwhile, a decline in hours watched for 2018’s top streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has led to more parity among top influencers who have each had their moment in the spotlight so far this year. The following… […]

First Steps for Riot Games’ Collegiate Governing Body

In May of this year, Riot Games  took its college division for League of Legends to the next logical level. As a standalone governing body, the Riot Games Scholastic Association of America is looking to build a long-term presence for the game on campuses, shifting from student-run clubs to varsity programs and college conferences…. […]

Cologne Might Have a Chance to See a Liquid vs Astralis Grand Finals

Over the past few months, Team Liquid and Astralis have dominated the world rankings. For much of 2018, Astralis was the best team in the world, with consistent victories over Team Liquid in the Grand finals. However, with the turn of the year, Team Liquid has emerged as a stronger team. Partly helped by the […]

Vici Gaming’s EPICENTER Win: A Ray of Hope for Chinese Dota?

The International 2018 created a record when OG won the International 2018. It was the first time that the rotation of TI winners was broken. Starting from TI2, every alternate International featured a Chinese team as the eventual winner. Dota 2 has a massive fanbase in China, however, the Dota 2 scene has fallen into […]

AMAZONE, Grimme to Sponsor Farming Simulator League Teams

AMAZONE and Grimme are the latest farm-tech companies announced to sponsor teams in the Farming Simulator League. John Deere was also recently announced as a team sponsor, joining Lindner, Horsch, Bednar, and Krone. The €250K league will begin later this month at FarmCon 19 and span 10 European live events through FarmCon 20… […]

CSGO: Dennis Joins Team Gamer Legion

Dennis “dennis” Edman announced on Twitter today that he has joined Team Gamer Legion’s Counterstrike: Global Offensive squad. Both Dennis “dennis” Edman and Gamer Legion announced today that the 28-year-old Counterstrike player has joined the Gamer Legion CS: GO squad. Announcement regarding our #CSGO Roster “Excited to bring on a player of @denniscsgod caliber, with […]

WePlay! Announces Their First Dota: Underlords Tournament

Tournament Organizer WePlay! revealed their first tournament for Dota: Underlords, Valve’s take on the autobattler genre. WePlay! announced their first online Dota: Underlords tournament. The tournament will feature two separate open qualifiers for participants in both the North American and European time zone slots. The qualifiers are set to begin on July 27th and July […]

Overwatch League Atlanta Reign Homestand Primer | Part 3

ESTNN’s Charlotte August takes fans through the final two teams they’ll see at the Atlanta Reign Homestand this weekend. Welcome to the final part of ESTNN’s Atlanta Reign Homestand Weekend Primer! Previously, we looked at the Toronto Defiant, the Philadelphia Fusion and the Guangzhou Charge. This time, we’ll be closing it out with the Shanghai […]

Tencent Global Esports Summit Highlights: $66M in Media Rights, $64M in Sponsorship Revenue for H1 2019

When talking about the structure of esports as a business, sponsorship deals and media rights are two of the top revenue generators in the industry. According to esports data company Newzoo’s  projection, the global esports industry generates $1.1B USD total revenues, including sponsorship revenue $456.7M , and media rights revenue of $251.3M .  On June… […]

The 10 Highest-Earning Esports Organizations of the First Half of 2019 by Total Winnings

With more than $50M USD awarded between just the top 10 highest-prizing games so far in 2019, many prominent esports organizations have already amassed significant winnings ahead of the second half of the year. According to data collected by Esports Earnings, the top 10 winningest teams have each earned more than… […]

Notorious Hacker Who Attacked Gaming Servers Through DDoS Jailed for 27 Months

A 23-year-old hacker from Utah who launched a series of DDoS attacks against multiple online services, websites, and online gaming companies between December 2013 and January 2014 has been sentenced to 27 months in prison. Austin Thompson, a.k.a. “DerpTroll,” pledged guilty back in November 2018 after he admitted to being a part of DerpTrolling, a hacker […]

Dota Underlords Update – Big Changes

Dota Underlords is the newest title from Valve which is slowly taking over the world. The game just received one of its most significant updates yet, which includes various changes. In addition, we will be able to see the first Battle Pass coming next week. While some people think that it is a little bit […]

Answering Your Call Of Duty: Getting Your Esports Career Up And Running

While we know that gaming is a consistent challenge on our mental state, we’ve got to give thought to those that are working hard to bring it into the professional sector. Esports is a viable career path now, but for those who have no idea where to begin, or even wonder if they have the […]

FlyToMoon are going to the Closed Qualifiers

Today has been a packed day due to the start of the Open qualifiers for the biggest event in Dota 2 – The International. Having said that, the CIS region has always been one of the most interesting to watch. That’s mainly because of the many “davai-322” kind of plays that happen in nearly every […]

SEA TI 9 Open Qualifier #1 is Finished

The first Open Qualifier for the SEA region is finally over after an entire day of epic action. Following the results, three teams are now one step closer to their dream – TI 9. The second round of the open qualifiers in this region starts tomorrow. Team Jinebrus The first team that made it to […]

Overwatch League Power Rankings Stage 3 Week 5

1. Vancouver Titans The Titans have been made to bleed at the hands of the L.A. Valiant. Not only was it reaffirmed that the Titans cannot dominate DPS compositions like they can triple support triple tank compositions, but it also reminded fans that there is still some spice left in the league without an artificial 2-2-2 […]

Dota 2: China Open Qualifiers – IG and CDEC Make it Through

The regional Open qualifiers for TI 9 have started and the fight for the biggest tournament of the year has begun. Having said that, two Chinese teams already secured their spots for the Closed qualifiers. Despite that, there is still one more Open Qualifier to go, so we don’t know all the names yet. Invictus […]

Overwatch League Atlanta Reign Homestand Weekend Primer | Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of ESTNN’s Atlanta Reign Homestand Weekend Primer! Last time we looked at the Atlanta Reign, Washington Justice and Florida Mayhem. This time, we’ll be covering the Toronto Defiant, the Philadelphia Fusion and the Guangzhou Charge. Without further ado, let’s begin! Toronto Defiant Photo via ESPN Kicking off part two is one of […]

Dota Underlords to Get a Battle Pass Next Week

Dota Underlords, as well as the other similar titles such as Teamfight Tactics and Auto Chess, are slowly but surely taking over the world. Having said that, according to Valve, Dota Underlords is getting a Batte Plass as early as next week. In addition to that, the developers are planning to launch the game’s progression […]

The New Cloud9 Roster Has Immense Potential but Needs Time

The Cloud9 organisation is one of the most respected organizations in North American esports. Their CS: GO roster was the first North American team to win a CS: GO Major, a rare feat for the region. However, post the Boston Major, Cloud9 lost a few players and were never the same again.  Dekay from Dexerto […]

The 10 Biggest Esports of the First Half of 2019 by Total Prize Pool

It has already been a very busy year for esports competition, and 2019 is only half done. So far this year, the top 10 esports games—ranked by highest total prize pool from all events, as tracked by Esports Earnings—show some key changes in the esports landscape. For example, newcomer Magic: The Gathering Arena  made the… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, June 2019

League of Legends  led all content in June, but will it be able to continue that dominance as Riot Games’ new auto-battler game mode Teamfight Tactics pulls attention away from the multiplayer online battle arena? The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch  from May 1-31, with data compiled… […]

Private Equity Firm Axcel Acquires Majority Shares in SteelSeries

Gaming peripherals maker SteelSeries has been acquired by Nordic private equity firm, Axcel. SteelSeries was purchased from American private equity firm L Catterton, and terms were not disclosed. SteelSeries currently sponsors FaZe Clan, North, and the Cavs Legion GC.  Nordic private equity firm Axcel has invested in peripherals maker SteelSeries  and acquired majority shares in… […]

STILL8’s Team Griffin Signs with HUYA for Chinese Streaming Rights

Team Griffin, a Korean organization owned by STILL8, has partnered with HUYA to stream its content in China. Team Liquid recently signed a similar deal with HUYA, and STILL8 previously signed with rival Chinese platform Douyu for teams such as Gen.G and SKT T1. Chinese live streaming restrictions make it difficult for outside organizations to… […]

Luminosity Gaming Partners with BIG Digital for Festival Activation

Luminosity Gaming activated at this past weekend’s Bud Light Dreams Festival in Toronto, thanks to a partnership with BIG Digital. The interactive experience featured playable games and esports-related content. Luminosity is in the process of being acquired by Aquilini GameCo, and will also be merged with content company Enthusiast Gaming.  Luminosity Gaming  recently partnered with… […]

League of Legends: Biggest Changes in Patch 9.14

League of Legends’ Patch 9.14 is on the horizon with some pretty big changes. The patch targets mostly champions and should be a relief for many frustrated by the likes of Lux and Tahm Kench. Other more problematic champions will be altered in the hopes of balancing their gameplay. In addition, champions that have suffered […]

Long Mobile Partners with Tencent for Auto Chess, Chinese Government Predicts Esports Talent Pool of 2M by 2024

Last week, after multiple partnership deals and a $145M governmental esports fund were announced at the Tencent Global Esports Summit, the wave of esports as the “next generation of culture and sport” has radiated from the island of Hainan across the whole country. However, underneath the hype of Chinese esports, there are several facts and… […]

The Pittsburgh Knights: The Steelers’ Low-Risk, Behind-the-Scenes Esports Play

Of all the traditional sports clubs that have made a big splash in esports, the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t come to mind. But even if the six-time Super Bowl champions haven’t made a major financial commitment, there’s a 12-person esports operation working alongside Steelers staff at headquarters. The Pittsburgh Knights , a team founded by Pittsburgh resident… […]

Twitch’s New Subscriber-Only Streaming Option at Odds with Developers’ Terms of Service

Twitch has announced a new “subscriber-only” stream feature for broadcasters. The feature creates an effective “pay-per-view” element to Twitch. Numerous developers have terms of service for their games that explicitly forbid PPV. Twitch’s  new Subscriber Stream feature that allows content creators to broadcast exclusively to their paid subscription base may have less of an impact… […]

Dota 2: Standalone Auto Chess Coming to PC on the Epic Games Store

A Standalone version of Auto Chess is coming to PC, and it’s going to be on the Epic Games Store. The new genre of auto battlers is taking over the world at the speed of light. Apart from the original creators, Drodo Studios, of the game, Valve and Riot Games also made their own versions […]

Riot Announces First Official Teamfight Tactics Tournament Through Twitch Rivals

Riot will host the first tournament for League of Legends game mode Teamfight Tactics on July 17-18. Twitch Rivals will host the tournament featuring 64 Twitch streamers and a $125K USD prize pool. Teamfight Tactics began testing in June and produced 2M hours watched on Twitch each day. Riot Games  has announced the first official… […]

Immortals Gaming Club CEO Ari Segal Discusses OpTic Acquisition, Return to LCS

On June 12, Immortals Gaming Club  announced the acquisition of Infinite Esports & Entertainment , the parent company of OpTic Gaming  and the Houston Outlaws  Overwatch League  team. According to Activision Blizzard  guidelines, all OWL teams are exclusively owned by the league in a manner similar to the NBA and NFL. This means any existing… […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major – Meta Analysis

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks players and fans through the Meta Analysis for last week’s EPICENTER Major. The EPICENTER Major was the last big tournament for this DPC season. Now we know all twelve teams with a direct invite. Additionally, the open qualifiers for the rest start in just a few days from now. In addition […]

Dota 2: Beyond the Summit’s BOT TI Is Back

Beyond the Summit is back with BOT TI ahead of The International 9. As the dust settled from EPICENTER, all teams are currently focusing on the upcoming TI 9. In fact, the qualifiers for that amazing tournament start today. However, there is still one more event event happening next week – BOT TI 2019. It […]

BIG Extends OMEN by HP Partnership with Expanded Academy Focus

Berlin International Gaming has extended its sponsorship deal with OMEN by HP. The companies have also expanded their collaborative BIG. OMEN Academy Team effort by adding to the roster and coaching staff. Other current BIG sponsors include Betway and Red Bull.  Organization Berlin International Gaming  has extended its partnership with computer hardware brand… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, June 2019

Summer Games Done Quick leads all channels on Twitch despite just more than one week’s worth of streamings during the month of June.  Meanwhile, personality streamers have begun to experience a bit of a summer slump as some take time off to attend events like the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The following channels are ranked according… […]

Nike Signs Multi-Year Partnership Deal with Brazilian Esports Organization FURIA

FURIA Esports announced an apparel sponsorship deal with Nike for the “next few years.” A new co-branded uniform debuted at ESL One Cologne on July 2. FURIA is the first partnership Nike has made with an esports team. Brazilian esports organization FURIA announced a multi-year partnership with global sportswear brand Nike . A co-branded uniform was… […]

Overwatch League Atlanta Reign Homestand Weekend Primer | Part 1

In Part One of ESTNN’s Atlanta Homestand coverage, Charlotte August walks fans through three out of the eight teams in attendance: the Atlanta Reign, the Washinton Justice and the Florida Mayhem. Stage 3 of the Overwatch League is coming to a close. Before playoffs kick off, however, Overwatch League’s second homestand will take place this […]

Astralis and Logitech G Sign Two-Year Peripherals Partnership

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Astralis has partnered with peripherals brand Logitech G. Astralis will use the brand’s peripherals during competition, and also advise on the development of future Logitech G products. Astralis parent company RFRSH Entertainment also owns the team Origen and the BLAST Pro Series. Danish team Astralis  has agreed to a two-year partnership… […]

OG Partners with Blockchain Platform Socios.com for Fan Token

The International 2018 winner OG has signed a multi-year deal with blockchain platform Socios.com. Socios.com will create OG Fan Tokens that are tradeable against the Chiliz digital currency, and let fans enter contests, vote on team decisions, and more. Socios.com previously announced the Fan Token in partnership with soccer clubs Paris Saint-Germain, West Ham… […]

Why The International Shanghai’s Prize Pool Could Surpass the Fortnite World Cup

Dota 2’s  The International Shanghai has broken last year’s prize pool record. Last year’s purse reached a total of $25.53M USD, while the current prize pool has exceeded $25.64M at time of writing. It took 55 days to break last year’s record, with an almost 1500% increase on the base prize pool of $1.6M…. […]

Apex Legends: Season 02 Is Live

ESTNN’s Phillip Miner takes players through the now-live Apex Legends’ Season 02. Be prepared, however; the patch is massive. Apex Legends fans, be sure to put aside some time for downloading today, as the hotly anticipated Season 02 is upon us. In fact, the download should be live by the time you read this. According […]

Dota 2: TI 9 Direct Invite Teams Overview

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans and viewers through all of the directly invited teams of the upcoming TI9. Before EPICENTER Moscow, the last DPC Major of the season, fans knew almost all of the teams that had snagged a direct invite to TI 9. Now, following the end of that epic tournament, we know all […]

Virtus.pro to try new players, benches OKOLICIOUZ and adds phr

Virtus.pro have revealed that Michal “OKOLICIOUZ” Glowaty will be moving out of the active lineup. Russian organization further revealed the addition of 22-year-old Tomasz “phr” Wójcik. Michal was added to the lineup soon after Paweł “byali” Bieliński decided to step down from the roster. His short span was the lineup did not end with the […]

RFRSH & Astralis Announce Two-Year Logitech G Partnership

RFRSH Entertainment has announced they have entered into a two-year partnership with Logitech G. RFRSH Entertainment, owners of the Danish Counterstrike squad Astralis, announced a two-year partnership with Logitech G to provide equipment and peripherals to the Danes. This is the second RFRSH-owned team Logitech has sponsored in the past week. Last Wednesday, Logitech G […]

Overwatch: Montreal Rebellion Signs Vizility and Mistakes

The Montreal Rebellion revealed the signing of two players last night: Jeffrey “Vizility” de Vries and Stanislav “Mistakes” Danilov. The Montreal Rebellion have announced that they have signed DPS players Jeffrey “Vizility” de Vries and Stanislav “Mistakes” Danilov to their active roster. Meet the New and Improved Rebellion Vizility Vizility climbed his way into the […]

Riot Games, Freaks 4U Gaming, and Lagardère Sports Partner for German League

League of Legends publisher Riot Games has signed a long-term partnership with agencies Freaks 4U Gaming and Lagardère Sports. The three companies will jointly create a new national league for the German-speaking market, succeeding the current Premier Tour.  Lagardère Sports is the exclusive marketing agency for the League of Legends European Championship , while Freaks… […]

Budweiser applies for “the official beer of esports” trademark

As the esports market continue to post high numbers of growth in the last decade with no signs of slowing down, many big corporate entities have shown interest in the market and  want to get a piece of the gaming pie. As of today, Esports alone pulls a majority of marketing deals of the brands […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, June 24 – 30

League of Legends  viewership takes a dip as Riot Games’  newer Teamfight Tactics auto-battler game mode produces 15M hours watched.  Meanwhile, Fortnite sits slightly lower than it was during World Cup qualifying weeks as top influencers experience inconsistent summertime viewership.  The following content is ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch … […]

CSGO Tips: How-To Utilize Commands

Playing CS:GO without utilizing the wealth of console commands available is like playing a game but only ever trying its demo – you simply can’t unlock the whole experience. That said, it can be hard to know what commands to prioritize implementing when so many exist. With over 3,000 CS:GO commands in the game, you’re […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, June 24 – 30

Summer Games Done Quick saw a bump in hours watched year-over-year on its way to dominating Twitch in terms of viewership.  Meanwhile, influencers saw a slump in viewership as no broadcast personality managed to pull more than 1.6M hours watched, and only three produced more than 1M. The following channels are ranked according to the… […]

Overwatch: AvastCon May Actually Be Happening

Everyone’s favorite dream event may actually take place. It seems that Overwatch League fans should be excited about a possible event that originated from a meme, as AvastCon might actually come to pass. It even has a website. Created by Connor ‘Avast’ Prince, AvastCon appears to be taking place at a Chuck E Cheese in […]

Apex Legends: Everything You Need to Know About Ranked Mode

We finally have details on Apex Legends’ long-awaited Ranked Mode. One of the most awaited features coming to Season 02 of Apex Legends is the new Ranked League. Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment has revealed details on this hotly anticipated feature in an official Reddit post on the r/apexlegends subreddit. How Ranked Mode Works, Straight […]

Echo Fox Adds We Are Nations as Apparel Sponsor

We Are Nations has been named the new clothing sponsor for Echo Fox. The first clothing line is available now, and We Are Nations will produce new jerseys along with additional apparel for the team. We Are Nations is also the official apparel partner for the League of Legends Championship Series , which Echo Fox… […]

Nike Partners with Brazillian Esports Organization FURIA

FURIA announced a partnership with Nike today on the teams official website. It will debut as FURIA’s CS:GO team takes the stage at ESL One Cologne. Brazillian esports organization FURA revealed a sponsorship with Nike today, per the company’s official website. This partnership is Nike’s first entrance into team sponsorships. The sport fashion conglomerate partnered […]

Activision Blizzard Reveals Two More Franchises for Call of Duty League

Activision Blizzard announced today that Immortals Gaming Club and WISE Ventures will field franchises in the upcoming Call of Duty League. Immortals Gaming Club will field a Call of Duty Franchise when the League starts next year, according to Activision Blizzard. According to the team, Immortals will retain the newly purchased OpTic Gaming brand for […]

Activision Blizzard Announces Two More Teams for Call of Duty League

Activision Blizzard  has selected Immortals Gaming Club  for a Los Angeles, California, slot in the upcoming franchised Call of Duty  League . Immortals’ own announcement stated that the company’s team will compete under the recently-acquired OpTic Gaming  brand. Additionally, Activision Blizzard announced that WISE Ventures, an investment fund launched in late 2018 by Minnesota… […]

Dota 2: TI9 Breaks Record, Is Now the Largest Esports Prize Pool Ever

The International 9 now has the highest prize pool ever for a TI tournament. The International 9 has now officially broken the record for the highest prize pool of all time, having raised over $25M USD. Now that the EPICENTER Major has ended, all eyes are on TI9. We already know all of the direct […]

Allied Esports Adds Simon Property Group as Shareholder; Announces ‘Simon Cup’ Tournaments

Simon Property Group is acquiring $5M USD in shares of Black Ridge Acquisition Group, which signed a definitive agreement to acquire Allied Esports and World Poker Tour from Ourgame International in December of last year. Allied Esports will collaborate on the development of dedicated esports venues and experiences at select Simon locations throughout the U.S…. […]

TI9 overtakes TI8 Prize Pool; Teams Prepare for the International Qualifiers

The International 2019 is unique in several ways. It is the first Dota 2 International to take place in the Asian Continent. It is a region which has a huge Dota 2 fan-base and we expect TI9 to be extremely successful. As with every year, the International Prize pool just keeps setting new records. It […]

Dota 2: Dendi returns to Professional Dota in Pango

Dendi announced his return today to professional Dota. EPICENTER was the last Major of this DPC season and it was a true joy to watch. As soon as it ended, Valve announced Patch 7.22d, which made things even better. And then, just when fans thought that it can’t get any better, the news of Dendi […]

ESL One Cologne 2019: The Group B Teams Preview

The ESL One Cologne is called the Cathedral of Counter-Strike. It features the best Counter-strike teams in action and is rightfully called an unofficial major this year. The tournament takes place in the iconic Lanxess Arena and features a seating capacity of 18000 people.  This year’s edition will have a prize pool of $300,000 and […]

China Mobile Partners with TJ Sports, Blizzard, and NetEase for ‘China Mobile Cyber Competition’

Chinese telecommunications company China Mobile has partnered with TJ Sports, NetEase, and Blizzard Entertainment to host the “2019 China Mobile Cyber Competition” featuring a total prize pool of over ¥1M RMB .  China Mobile will apply “5G+4K” technology to provide an “exclusive 4K ultra HD watching experience” on both television and mobile devices for… […]

peacemaker resigns from head coach position at Heroic

Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu has decided to resign from the head coach position at Heroic. With this change, peacemaker will not be standing behind Heroic at ESL One Cologne 2019, the tournament which has 13 of the top 15 teams and is set to start tomorrow. While coaching Heroic, peacemaker and the team were able to […]

Team Liquid Teams Up With Marvel, Chinese League of Legends to Expand

Team Liquid partners with Marvel for merchandise and content, Chinese League of Legends opens bids for new franchise slots, and Anheuser-Busch files for “the official beer of esports.” Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! Team Liquid Partners… […]

15-Year-Old Stabs Brother to death over PUBG Mobile

A minor in Thane, Mumbai stabbed his 19-year-old elder brother multiple times with a pair of scissors for scolding him multiple times while playing PUBG Mobile. The 15-year-old stabbed his brother Mohammad Shaikh to death after Mohammad tried to stop him from playing PUBG Mobile said the police. According to PTI reports, Senior police inspector […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major – Final Day Recap

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans through the final day of the Moscow EPICENTER Major. After a week of amazing Dota 2, it is finally time to say goodbye to one of the most amazing Majors in this DPC season. There were a lot of surprises along the way but in the end, Vici Gaming was […]

EPICENTER Major – Vici Gaming done it again

EPICENTER was the last Major for this DPC season. What’s more, it was also the last hope for some teams to get to that direct TI invite. Some of them succeeded, others didn’t. Having said that, … is the team which is definitely the happiest following their success in the tournament. In fact, this was […]

Dota 2: Patch 7.22d Patch Notes

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks players through Dota 2’s Patch 7.22d. Literally minutes after the last Major of this DPC season ended, Valve announced the newest Dota 2 patch – 7.22d. Similar to 7.22c, the latest version of 7.22, 7.22d it mainly focuses on both buffing and nerfing several heroes. Here is a list of some […]

Signify wins ESL India Premiership Summer Season LAN Finale

The Finals of the ESL India Premiership Summer Season LAN Finale took place between Team Entity and Signify. Signify, the team which disbanded their operations citing conflict of interest made their way to the finals after a quick 2-0 victory over Global Esports on Inferno and Train. Both the maps had a 16-7 scoreline. Entity […]

The Cathedral of CSGO: ESL One Cologne Group A Peview

If there is one tournament that is near synonymous with Counter-Strike Global Offensive, it is ESL One Cologne. The 2019 edition of the tournament will see all the top teams in attendance in Germany. Featuring a $300,000 prize pool, the tournament will have sixteen teams competing for the glory at the ‘The Cathedral of Counter-Strike’.  […]

The Cathedral of CSGO: ESL One Cologne Group A Preview

If there is one tournament that is near synonymous with Counter-Strike Global Offensive, it is ESL One Cologne. The 2019 edition of the tournament will see all the top teams in attendance in Germany. Featuring a $300,000 prize pool, the tournament will have sixteen teams competing for the glory at the ‘The Cathedral of Counter-Strike’.  […]

League of Legends’ Teamfight Tactics Takes Auto-Battler Popularity to the Next Level on Twitch

Beta testing for League of Legends’  new “auto-battler” strategy game mode called Teamfight Tactics has made waves on Twitch since testing began about two weeks ago, signaling a potential shift in viewership for strategy-based videogames.  Riot Games  announced that it planned to release the game mode after Drodo Studio’s  Dota 2  mod called Dota Auto Chess … […]

Insurer R+V Versicherung Named Supplier of League of Legends Premier Tour

Insurance company R+V Versicherung will become the supplier of the Premier Tour, a Riot-sanctioned competition for the German-speaking market. The insurer will support the Premier Tour Summoner Cup competition, which will conclude at gamescom 2019.  This announcement precludes the Premier Tour’s development from a tournament circuit into a multi-tiered league. R+V Versicherung, a German insurance… […]

NA vs EU Rift Rivals 2019: Day 3 Relay Race Recap

Today was the final installment of the epic battle between EU and NA. This year’s Rift Rivals has been fairly lopsided so far, with EU dominating day one but NA making some upsets on day two. Today, the teams fought in a best-of-five relay race series. Essentially, each team will play at least one game […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major – Day 7 Recap

  It was our second last day of the EPICENTER Major today. The remaining teams in the lower bracket battled it out for a chance to play in tomorrow’s finals. We saw some unexpected surprises on the main stage. PSG.LGD vs TNC Predator Our first games of the day were PSG.LGD versus TNC Predator. LGD […]

The Twelve Direct Invites to TI9 Shanghai: A Short Preview

    The final Major of the Dota Pro Circuit 2018-19 is currently underway in Moscow. The EPICENTER Major 2019 features the best Dota 2 teams in action. With several strong teams no longer a part of the tournament, EPICENTER offers a glimpse into the shifting tides and strengths of teams before The International 2019. […]

STARK Esports Agency to Bring On Infront Manager

Marcel Sandrock will join STARK Esports as the agency’s third managing director. Sandrock spent a five-year tenure at Infront Sports & Media, most recently as manager for esports and gaming. STARK Esports represents several FIFA 19 players currently playing for professional soccer clubs, and consulted the German Football Association on esports. German agency STARK… […]

ESL Pro League Shows How Non-Majors Can Generate Twitch Viewership for CS:GO

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  Majors are the pinnacle of Valve’s  first-person shooting game as an esport. Two times a year, CS:GO steals the spotlight from all other esports as the top teams across the world compete to claim the title of Major champion. Just like the way a Major in tennis or golf holds more significance… […]

NA vs EU Rift Rivals 2019: Day Two Recap

Team Liquid vs G2 Esports TL and G2 team compositions with G2 Caps center. Photo via LoL Esports. Team Liquid brought some hope for NA with a big win over G2 Esports . They won the 2v2 for side select before moving into the crazy 5v5. G2 drafted a rather… unique team composition that […]

CoD: Winners and Losers from CWL Rostermania

ESTNN’s Ashwin Palepu takes fans through the winners, losers and the questions marks after CWL’s ensuing Rostermania. Rostermania has finally calmed down a little bit, so now seems like a good time to see who did well, who got better, who lost terribly and who we can’t make a judgment on just yet. Let’s jump […]

Overwatch: Toronto Defiant adds Mangachu

Toronto continued its additions today with the signing of Mangachu. The Toronto Defiant announced earlier today that they have signed Canadian DPS star, Liam “Mangachu” Campbell. Mangachu is well-known in the competitive scene, with fans referring to him as the “silly hero specialist” due to his ability to play off-meta heroes like Mei, Torbjorn and […]

Twitch Reveals Amazon Prime Day Tournaments, Promotions

Twitch will host tournaments and offer special promotions for parent company Amazon’s Prime Day event in July. The company has partnered with Electronic Arts for an Apex Legends tournament in Las Vegas and a London competition featuring EA Sports titles. The Twitch Presents channel will also host Prime Day livestreams that spotlight some of Amazon’s… […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major Day 6 Recap

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans through the Day 6 of the Dota 2 EPICENTER Major. Slowly and steadily, the last Major for this DPC season is coming to an end. We will remember this event with some of the most surprising results at a big event recently. Having said that, today was the most important […]

Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition Adds Sponsor Roadrunner Records

The Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition will have music provided by Roadrunner Records for between-match breaks and the Twitch livestream. Roadrunner Records is a division of Elektra Music Group, owned by Warner Music Group—a sister company of Mortal Kombat 11 publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The 2019-20 Pro Kompetition has a $250K+ USD prize pool… […]

Misfits CEO Says Leagues Should ‘Look to Diversify’ from Twitch and YouTube

In late May, Riot Games  announced that it would be introducing a Pro View feature to its syndicated League of Legends  broadcasts. Now fully rolled out in key regions including Europe, North America, and China, the tool lets viewers access point-of-view streams for all matches, all for a once-per-split fee.  On a recent episode of the… […]

Anheuser-Busch Wants to ‘Own the Space’ with the ‘Official Beer of Esports’ Trademark

Head of US Sports Marketing at Anheuser-Busch InBev Nick Kelly said that the brewer recently trademarked the “official beer of esports” phrase because it saw an opportunity to leverage the fractured nature of the space to try to own it for the company.  Anheuser-Busch has deals in the esports space with Overwatch League  and the… […]

Overwatch: Toronto Defiant signs Logix

Toronto Defiant announced the signing of Logix from their Contenders team today. The Toronto Defiant recently announced that DPS player Logix will be joining their main roster. Logix has been called up from the Defiant’s Contenders team, Montreal Rebellion, and is now returning to the Overwatch League stage. Today we call up another from @MTLRebellion. […]

Dota 2: Infamous Disbands

Infamous disbanded today as announced in a tweet from a member of the squad. EPICENTER is definitely not a tournament that Infamous will remember. They came into the event with some hope to earn the precious DPC points. However, this did not happen mainly because they were in one of the strongest groups. What’s more, […]

The Calling: How a Passion for Gaming and Sports Developed Into an Esports Career

The Esports Observer continues its series of interviews aimed at increasing the visibility of women working within the esports industry. You can read May’s edition here. This month, The Esports Observer spoke with four women from prominent game developers to find out how they got involved in the industry, how their roles fit into the… […]

Team Liquid partners with Marvel for special Avengers themed jerseys

North American esports organization Team Liquid has announced a strategic partnership with entertainment giant Marvel. Teaming up with Marvel, Team Liquid will be releasing a series of Avengers themed jerseys. All players in Team Liquid will be donning new Avengers themed jerseys at all events. This year long partnership will be first for Marvel. As […]

Final Week of Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers Produces Mixed Viewership Results on Twitch

The conclusion of qualifications for the Fortnite  World Cup last week helped the battle royale game hit 3.8M hours watched on Friday, the second most-watched day for Fortnite on Twitch  in June.  While the total was enough to be among the top days for Fortnite on Twitch during the month, the figure fell into the… […]

Dota Underlords: New Patch

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov is back with another set of patch notes for Dota: Underlords. There’s a brand new patch for Dota: Underlords! Dota Underlords is Valve’s newest title, and it’s slowly becoming one of the most popular games on Steam. The game came to be after the boom of Dota 2 Auto Chess, which led […]

Charlotte Hornets’ NBA 2K League Team Named Hornets Venom GT

The Charlotte Hornets’ NBA 2K League team will be called the Hornets Venom GT. Hornets Venom GT will join the league in 2020, and is the 22nd franchise to be added. The team will activate around the announcement today and tomorrow with events and giveaways in Charlotte.  When the next NBA 2K League  season begins… […]

John Deere to Sponsor Farming Simulator League Team

The upcoming Farming Simulator League will feature a team sponsored by farming equipment brand, John Deere. Other agricultural equipment brands Lindner, Horsch, Bednar, and Krone will also sponsor teams in the league. The Farming Simulator League season begins at FarmCon 2019 in July, and will have a €250K prize pool across the year-long… […]

NA vs EU Rift Rivals 2019: Day One Recap

Cloud9 vs G2 Esports G2 and C9 team compositions with C9 Licorice center. Photo via LoL Esports. The first match of the tournament featured G2 Esports demolishing Cloud9. In typical G2 fashion, they utilized flex picks fantastically and even stole C9’s Yasuo-Gragas combo. In game, they slaughtered C9 all over the map. Mikyx killed Sneaky […]

Team Liquid Partners with Marvel Entertainment on Merchandise, Content

Team Liquid and Marvel Entertainment have announced a strategic partnership. The collaboration initially spans Marvel-themed Team Liquid merchandise, and will later include further merchandise and crossover content. Team Liquid’s League of Legends Championship Series team debuted Captain America-themed jerseys at today’s Rift Rivals competition.  Team Liquid  and Marvel Entertainment have announced a strategic partnership… […]

Breaking News: Team Liquid Partners with Marvel Entertainment, Reveals Crossover Jerseys and Merch

Well, now we know what Project Whirlwind was all about. In what may be one of the largest esports partnerships of all time, Team Liquid unveiled a strategic partnership with Marvel Entertainment today when the TL League of Legends team entered the Rift Rivals tournament wearing Captain America/Team Liquid crossover jerseys. The partnership includes exclusive […]

Bell Partners with OverActive Media, Acquires Minority Stake

Canadian communications company Bell has partnered with and acquired a minority stake in OverActive Media. The multi-year partnership applies to all OverActive Media franchises, current and future, as well as all Bell brands and subsidiaries. OverActive Media is the parent company of Splyce and the Overwatch League’s Toronto Defiant.  Splyce and Toronto Defiant  parent OverActive… […]

OAM Announce Strategic Partnership With Bell

OverActive Media announced Bell, Canada’s largest communications company, as a Founding Marketing Partner.  OAM and Bell Partner Up OverActive Media revealed a strategic partnership with Canada’s largest communications company, Bell, today. As part of the deal, Bell acquired a minority interest in OAM and became OAM’s first Founding Marketing Partner. The multi-year agreement includes […]

GameStop Partners with Fighting Game Pro Jwong to Create Video Content

GameStop will add Justin Wong to its roster of esports pros to help create video content. This continues GameStop’s investment in the esports space, but is a first with an individual player. GameStop is already partnered with teams such as Complexity, OpTic Gaming, and Team Envy. Videogame retailer GameStop  has announced a partnership with fighting… […]

ESL reveal groups and schedule for ESL One Cologne 2019

ESL One Cologne is set to be a spicy affair, featuring most of the top teams of the Counter-Strike ecosystem, as per the HLTV Rankings. ESL have now revealed the groups and Schedule for the event that is set to start from July 2, 2019. Based on the current ESL #CSGO World Ranking, the First […]

Overwatch League Power Rankings Stage 3 | Week 4

ESTNN’s Malik Shelp walks fans through our Overwatch League Power Rankings for Stage 3, Week 4. Last week was all about the Sombra-Reinhardt duo’s: between Danteh and Muma, BQB and Fate, FCTFCTN and Shax, RCK and Fusion we could be seeing a new meta dominate the scene. The Double Sniper saw some love last week, […]

Apex Legends Season 02 Trailer Leaked, Shows Major Changes

The trailer for Season 2 of Apex Legends leaked online, and we’ve got everything you need to know. The trailer for Season 02 of Apex Legends has leaked! Whether or not the leak was intentional we’ll never know , but regardless, Apex fans have been […]

Dota 2: TI9 Open Qualifier Registration Is Now Open

Today, teams can register for the TI9 Open Qualifiers for Dota 2. TI9 Registration is now open Starting today, you can now register to take part in the Open Qualifiers for TI9, which will take place from July 3-6. There is only one more direct invite slot left for the biggest event in Dota 2- […]

Merchandise and Streetwear: Two Sides of the Esports Apparel Market

Advertorial – this article is sponsored by We Are Nations and Meta Threads. The esports apparel market has experienced significant growth in recent months. Between an increased retail presence, league-level merchandising deals, and multiple new partnership announcements, esports specific merchandise and apparel is in higher demand than ever before. “It’s accelerated extremely fast,” We Are… […]

Overwatch: Seoul Dynasty’s Fissure Retires

Seoul Dynasty announced Fissure’s retirement early this morning. The Seoul Dynasty announced on their Twitter that their main tank player, Chang-hyung “Fissure” Baek, would be retiring from the Overwatch League and professional Overwatch, effective immediately. [ Thank you, Fissure ]#RoarOn pic.twitter.com/nvpyXlKQ3w — Seoul Dynasty 🐯 June 27, 2019 Fissure’s History Fissure has become a […]

RFRSH Entertainment and Origen Sign Two-Year Deal With Logitech G

Origen, the League of Legends team of RFRSH Entertainment, has signed a two-year partnership deal with Logitech G. Logitech G will supply the team with equipment to be used in the League of Legends European Championship. Origen will serve as a brand ambassador for Logitech G products and assist in the introduction of new products… […]

Riot Games, Nielsen to Offer League of Legends Esports Sponsorship Valuation

League of Legends brand exposure data will now be included in Nielsen’s Esport 24 syndicated sponsorship valuation product. Riot Games will give Nielsen access to its aggregated streaming viewership data, including Pro View. Nielsen will also measure brand exposure during select League of Legends events throughout 2019 and 2020. League of Legends  developer, publisher, and… […]

Signify disbands operations citing conflict of interest

One of India’s leading and prominent esports organisation, Signify, will be seizing all its operations effective 1st July 2019. Signify brand and their accompanying teams will be dissolved. Horizon Sports India Pvt. Ltd., the original creators of brand Signify had a conflict of interest over the structure of ownership with other partner Cobx Gaming Pvt. […]

Dota 2: Immortal Treasure II & The Mo’Rokaiu Event Coming Soon

It appears as though Battle Pass owners are getting spoiled once again. After Valve announced the addition of their Battle Pass Level Bundle, players can now also claim the Dark Willow Announcer Pack. Having said that, this item is available only for the Battle Pass owners with 75 or more levels. Immortal Treasure II and […]

Clash Royale: CRL West Week 4 Highlights

NRG vs. SK SK won the 2v2 set and ThunderStruck kicked off King of the Hill with a win for NRG over Soking. SergioRamos came out and swept NRG, taking down ThunderStruck, Hazard, and Carter to win the match for his team. Team Liquid vs. Complexity Complexity continues their dominance in 2v2 and Razzer secures […]

League of Legends: NA vs EU Rift Rivals Power Rankings

The Rift Rivals between Europe and North America is only one short day away. In this tournament, each region sends their top three teams from last split to duke it out for a year’s worth of bragging rights. Its not as high a prize as Worlds or MSI, but the rivalry between the two regions […]

Dota 2: Battle Pass Level Boost and Treasure Bundle on Sale Now

With just a few days left from the last Major of this DPC season, all eyes are slowly starting to focus on the upcoming TI, the most notable Dota 2 tournament. The current prize pool for TI 9 is around $19,600,00, which is just insane. Having said that, it still needs more to surpass last […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major – Day 5 Recap

It was a full day of lower bracket matches today at the EPICENTER Major, with four of our teams eliminated. Let’s see who ended up heading home at the end of day five. PSG.LGD vs Forward Gaming Game one showed that PSG.LGD can still outmanoeuvre when they’re outdrafted. It was a difficult game for Maybe’s […]

Evil Geniuses and PVBET Agree to a Two-Year Sponsorship

Evil Geniuses and Philippines-based betting company PVBET have entered into a two-year sponsorship. This is the first Asian-focused sponsorship Evil Geniuses has ever signed. Earlier in May, the firm PEAK6 Investments LLC acquired Evil Geniuses and assigned a new CEO, Nicole LaPoint Jameson. North American esports organization Evil Geniuses  has announced a two-year sponsorship deal… […]

Evil Geniuses and FVBET Agree to a Two-Year Sponsorship

Evil Geniuses and Philippines-based betting company FVBET have entered into a two-year sponsorship. This is the first Asian-focused sponsorship Evil Geniuses has ever signed. Earlier in May, the firm PEAK6 Investments LLC acquired Evil Geniuses and assigned a new CEO, Nicole LaPointe Jameson. North American esports organization Evil Geniuses  has announced a two-year sponsorship deal… […]

Origen and Logitech Announce Partnership

The LEC’s Origen and peripheral-maker Logitech announced a partnership this afternoon. Logitech and RFRSH Team Up RFRSH Entertainment and Logitech revealed their two-year partnership today in an official press release. Origen, a RFRSH brand, will start to use Logitech products when competing in the LEC. Additionally, the players will “be integrated in[to] the development of […]

Overwatch League Match of the Week | Stage 3 | Week 3 | London Spitfire vs. Los Angeles Valiant

ESTNN’s Charlotte August is back with the Match of the Week for Week 4 of the Overwatch League. Overwatch League Match of the Week The Stage 3 Playoff picture is beginning to take shape in the Overwatch League. This marks the last Stage Playoff round of the season, and teams are giving their all in […]

FACEIT Announces Quake Pro League for 2019-2020

FACEIT will operate the official Quake Pro League for Quake Champions, with weekly competition taking place between August 2019 and August 2020. The 20 chosen players will first compete at QuakeCon 2019 in July to determine the global ranking. Quake Champions launched in 2017, with more than $2.1M USD in prizing awarded to date, according… […]

Five Awpers Cloud9 can target to replace Cajunb

Cloud9 are rumoured to be set for a roster change, with daps coming in to take over the role of the In-game Leader, with TenZera the other touted addition. The changes will add some much-needed structure to their lineup. But, there still remains the question of what role cajunb will assume. Autimatic has proven to […]

Get Ready for the ‘Official Beer of Esports’ as Anheuser-Busch Files Trademark

On June 17, 2019, U.S. brewery company Anheuser-Busch filed a trademark for the word mark, “The Official Beer of Esports” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office .  In addition to this, Anheuser-Busch filed trademarks for the word marks “The Official Beer of Gamers” and “The Official Beer of Gaming.”  Through its Budweiser brand,… […]

Team SoloMid Announces Partnership with Venmo

Team SoloMid has partnered with PayPal’s mobile payments service, Venmo. According to a source, the companies will activate around Fortnite player/streamer Ali “Myth” Kabbani, as well as give money away via the Venmo app. Kabbani recently appeared in videos with actor Samuel L. Jackson to promote the Warner Bros. film, SHAFT.  Team SoloMid  has… […]

Tencent Esports Partners with Manchester City F.C., Establishes Tencent Esports Tech-Union

Last week was one of the most significant periods of the year for the China esports industry. During the Tencent Global Esports Summit, the esports industry in China witnessed a number of new partnerships and developments between Tencent and esports organizations, but also a signal from the government and society that esports has the potential… […]

Dota Underlords: Planned Updates and Features for Underlords

A report by PCGamesN has revealed some of the upcoming features for Dota: Underlords, and there are a ton. Gaming news outlet PCGamesN released an article yesterday detailing the new features that fans can expect to come to Valve’s auto-battler in the near future. New features include things like an expanding hero roster, ranked matchmaking, […]

CSGO: Next BLAST Event to be held in Copenhagen

Looks like the next BLAST event is heading to Demark. RFRSH Entertainment and BLAST Pro Series announced this morning that the next BLAST Pro Series Event will take place in Copenhagen. BLAST will host the tournament itself in the 12,000-seat Royal Arena in downtown Copenhagen, and the press release states that fans will be able […]

Dota 2: Mineski Adds Nikobaby

Looks like Mineski has found their replacement for the recently released Ahjit. Mineski Reloaded Mineski announced the addition of Nikobaby this morning as a replacement for their long-time carry, Ahjit. This DPC season has been very hard for Mineski. In fact, their most notable performance is a second place at ESL One Mumbai, which was […]

PUBG Corp. Director of Central Esports on PUBG Nations Cup, Long-Term Sustainability

From August 9-11, PUBG Corporation  will host its first-ever global competition for battle royale shooter PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS , the PUBG Nations Cup. Taking place at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea, the $500K USD event will feature national teams from 16 countries across five continents, offering a different kind of large-scale PUBG competition than we’ve… […]

Peacekeeper Elite: The Sacrifices Tencent Had to Make for Monetization

This is the second in a two-part series on Peacekeeper Elite, which looks specifically at what sacrifices Tencent  had to make to get its PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS  mobile game approved for monetization by the Chinese government. Specifically, this article will outline the key content differences between PUBG Mobile and Peacekeeper Elite, and the effect this new… […]

League of Legends: The Top Champions to Watch for at Rift Rivals

Karma The first champion on this list has had a lot of spotlight on her recently. Karma was given significant buffs to her Inner Flame and Inspire and made her into a high priority powerhouse in solo queue and professional play. She wasn’t on the radar at all before these buffs, but since […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major – Day 4 Recap

ESTNN walks you through Day 4 of the EPICENTER Major Moscow. Another day passed by at the last Dota 2 Major of this DPC season. Yesterday, Team Liquid showed everyone that their roster change to w33 was for the better as the European powerhouse blazed through LGD and Virtus.Pro in the Upper Bracket. Be sure […]

Facebook Gaming Integrates StreamElements Into Livestreaming Tools

Livestream tools provider StreamElements has been integrated into Facebook Gaming. StreamElements creates overlays, chatbots, contests and other engagement tools for streamers on Twitch and YouTube. More than 700 million people tune into gaming groups, watch gaming videos, or play games on Facebook every month, according to the social network. StreamElements  announced that its livestreaming tools… […]

Dota Underlords: Balance Update

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov breaks down Dota Underlord’s latest balance update. Dota Underlords is Valve’s latest title. The game is nearly the same as Dota 2 Auto Chess, which is a custom game made by Drodo Studios. Despite that, Dota Underlords is becoming more and more popular as each day passes by. What’s more, even the […]

French Counter-Strike Is on the Edge of a Successful Future

Team Liquid secured their third Intel Grand Slam victory at the ESL Pro League. It was a momentous occasion since the tournament featured nearly all the best teams in Counter-Strike. As the celebrations of Team Liquid’s *era* are still going on, there is another story in development. The rise of the French Counter-Strike scene is […]

Cloud9 loan Golden to the Ninjas for the Berlin Major

The Ninjas in Pyjamas announced Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim as a stand-in for the upcoming Berlin Major. The Ninjas in Pyjamas were in the Top Eight at IEM Katowice and thus securing their Legends Status. The Swedish roster lost 0-2 to the eventual Champions, Astralis; however, for many fans, they had already accomplished their goal […]

Blizzard Should Fix Some Key Problems in the Game with Overwatch 2

It is an open secret that Blizzard is actively developing Overwatch 2 as one of their next few games. However, the details about the new game are still murky and the lack of information definitely adds speculation to the potential and nature of the game. Overwatch reached 40 million players in the first half of […]

Cloud9’s reportedly new captain for their CSGO team can finally turn the tides for the North American organization

  With rumors circulating the internet and teases from the Cloud9 organization, it’s clear that C9 wants to do another roster change in their CSGO team. However, differently than past moves, this change might be what turn the tides for them. Reportedly, Cloud9 is in talks with Damian “daps” Steele, ex NRG in-game leader, and […]

Viewership Averages on Twitch Continue to Slide for Overwatch League, But Overall Hours Watched Improve

Average viewership for the Overwatch League  has continued to struggle on Twitch compared to the inaugural season last year as OWL finds itself in the dog days of summer.  In 2018, the league saw a dip in viewership for the final two stages as interest for the esport waned in the second half of the… […]

CSGO: FURIA Were Kings for an Hour, But Now They Need to Mix It Up

FURIA were kings for an hour. They shocked everyone with their impressive run at the ECS Season 7 Finals, but now they need to change up their game if they want to improve. At the beginning of the year, almost nobody knew about the relatively-unknown Brazilian team, FURIA. And now, after two S-Tier events, everyone […]

TJ Sports Opens LPL Franchise Slot Bids for 2020, Seeks New Partners

TJ Sports will open bids for one-two new franchise spots in the League of Legends Pro League in 2020. According to an official whitepaper, LPL content broke over 30B viewers in 2018. Riot Games and TJ Sports will co-host the 2020 League of Legends Worlds Championship. A joint committee will begin seeking partners for… […]

Golden to play for NiP on loan for StarLadder Major

NiP have confirmed the addition of Maikil “Golden” Selim to their roster following a loan deal with Cloud9. As @PlopskiCSGO is unable to attend the upcoming Berlin Major with us due to Valve rules, Cloud9 has agreed to lend us @goldenmajk as a temporary stand-in to complete the line-up in Berlin. Thank you @JackEtienne and […]

Microsoft Cuts Several Content Creation Jobs From Mixer and Inside Xbox

At least six employees have been laid off from Microsoft’s Mixer and Inside Xbox teams as of June 21. Former employees, all related to Mixer and Inside Xbox content creation, announced their unemployment on Twitter, citing budget cuts. Microsoft reported a 5% gaming revenue increase in 2019 due to growth in Xbox software and services…. […]

Peacekeeper Elite: Why Tencent Had to Release a PUBG Mobile Clone in China

On May 7, Tencent Games  shut down one of its most popular mobile games – PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Mobile  , in China, and simultaneously released a “new” battle royale game. In terms of game mechanics, maps, or even the logo, the game is strikingly similar to PUBG Mobile. It’s a classic “face changing” move by… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, June 17 – 23

Fortnite returned to the top of Twitch as high-profile streamers make their way back to broadcasting following a short break to attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Meanwhile, a new turn-based strategy game in League of Legends called Teamfight Tactics made its presence felt in its debut week on Twitch. The following content is ranked according… […]

Apex Legends Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

It’s an excellent time to be an Apex Legends fan. The hype may have died down significantly since Season 1, but Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts are set to put the hype machine back in motion for Season 2. A flurry of speculation and guessing surrounds this hotly anticipated update, so we here at ESTNN […]

The Converging Paths of Esports and Blockchain

Esports is now a lucrative industry, to the tune of $1.5 billion in revenue for 2018. Furthermore, it is projected to grow considerably in the coming years, largely because of the more-than-2.2 billion gamers estimated to be active all around the world. Sadly, only some 3% of these gamers are ultimately able to earn a […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major – Day 3 Recap

The third day of the EPICENTER Major was a day of action-packed games. We saw some games in our upper bracket series take unexpected turns, and our lower bracket series gave us some brutal stomps. Here’s how things played out today on the main stage. Upper Bracket Team Secret vs Virtus.Pro Secret […]

Team Liquid Teases the Mysterious “Project Whirlwind”

A tweet today from the official Team Liquid Twitter account announced the reveal date for the mysterious Project Whirlwind. Team Liquid’s official Twitter account posted a cryptic tweet this afternoon, teasing something called mysterious: “Project Whirlwind.” The tweet itself contains Team Liquid’s most prominent sponsors, including Monster, Alienware, SAP, Honda, HyperX, Need for Seat, and […]

ESL One Hamburg 2019 to Feature First Offline Dota Underlords Tournament

Dota Underlords, Valve’s new Auto Chess-inspired game, will hold its first offline tournament at ESL One Hamburg 2019. The €5K tournament will be open to all attendees of ESL One Hamburg’s main Dota 2 event, which has a $300K USD prize pool for pro teams. Dota Underlords is based on the popular Dota… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, June 17 – 23

The ESL Pro League Season 9 finale led an esports laden week for viewership on Twitch as high-profile influencers slowly made their way back to work after the Electronic Entertainment Expo took them from their channels.  The following channels are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch   from Monday to the… […]

Razer and Visa Partner for Southeast Asia Digital Payments Pact

Razer has partnered with Visa to develop a prepaid digital payments solution for the Razer Pay app. The partnership is initially targeted towards the Southeast Asia region, in which a majority of people do not have a bank account. The feature will roll out to Razer Pay in the coming months in Southeast Asia, with… […]

Overwatch: The Atlanta Reign’s Job Postings Pose Some Big Questions

The Atlanta Reign posted three job opportunities last night that have us thinking. Last night, the Atlanta Reign posted three job opportunities for inside the organization. That, in and of itself, is not groundbreaking. What is interesting, however, is what those job opportunities are. The fledgling Overwatch League franchise posted openings for a Director of […]

COD: Modern Warfare leads Gamestop Preorders After E3

After a few down years for Call of Duty, Infinity Ward’s return to the Modern Warfare franchise has people excited. Modern Warfare is Back Gaming retailer Gamestop has released a top 10 list of most preordered games after E3, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare tops the list. Infinity Ward’s return to the franchise clearly […]

Chinese Island Province of Hainan Plans $145.6M Esports Development Fund

The Chinese province of Hainan has announced an esports development fund, providing details on talent development, tax rates, international visa applications, tournaments, and esports streaming. Hainan’s government plans to use ¥1B RMB for esports development in the province, including support for esports companies and Hainan-located esports tournaments, with a maximum ¥10M for… […]

Team Liquid Won the Pro League Finals, but G2 Won the Fans’ Hearts

The ESL Pro League Grand Finals came to an end with Team Liquid emerging as the victors. This tournament victory marks their third Intel Grand Slam victory, and they were consecutive victories. Team Liquid’s win at the following events put them on course to becoming the next Intel Grand Slam Champion. Intel Extreme Masters – […]

A Five Year Esports Contract : Does It Make Sense ?

The Brazilian Esports organisation Furia recently announced that they have signed their roster for an additional five years. The CS:GO roster has recently risen up through the ranks and is currently ranked fifth in the world. This is a huge step up for the organisation which has never tasted such rankings and popularity in the […]

Team Liquid to Stream in China, Blizzard Global Esports Head Departs

Team Liquid will start streaming content in China, Blizzard’s global esports director departs, and Ninja signs his first book deal. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! Team Liquid Signs HUYA as Official Streaming Partner in China  … […]

Call of Duty Rostermania Recap

After CWL Anaheim, the CWL underwent its most eventful Rostermania of the Black Ops 4 season. With only two events left, one of them being the CWL Championship, players and general managers did all they could to assemble their best available roster to finish out the year. Ultimately, only OpTic Gaming, 100 Thieves, Gen. G, […]

League of Legends: 100 Thieves Look to Return to Championship Form

From a Shaky Start to Wild Win Streak At the start of 2019, not many people would’ve predicted that the former League of Legends Championship Series Finalists – 100 Thieves, would finish their spring season with a 4-14-win rate. A devastating start for everyone involved had one of the most star-studded North American rosters […]

LCS Summer 2019: Week Four Day Two Recap

Cloud9 vs Counter Logic Gaming C9 and CLG team compositions with C9 Zeyzal center. Photo via LoL Esports. Cloud9 showed they were ready for Rift Rival with a convincing win over Counter Logic Gaming . Wiggily did manage to secure First Blood for his bottom lane, but Svenskeren showed him up. He, along with […]

CSGO: NoChance looks for Bootcamp Sponsor and Org as Minor Approaches

A tweet from NoChance today signaled a need for a sponsor for their bootcamp prior to the Starladder Berlin Minor. The Mikail “Maikelele” Bill-led team NoChance is currently looking for a bootcamp sponsor in order to prepare for the upcoming StarLadder Berlin European Minor. NoChance is additionally still looking for an organization. So far we […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major – Day 2 Recap

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks fans through the second day of the Dota 2 EPICENTER Major in Moscow. The EPICENTER Major Had A Crazy Day 2 EPICENTER, the last Major for this DPC season, kicked off yesterday. We saw some very interesting results which the vast majority of the viewers certainly did not expect. Having said […]

CSGO: ESL Pro League Season 9 Break Song List

A savvy reddit user, u/j1mCS, managed to scope out ESL Pro League Season 9’s playlist for the tournament. What’s the ESL Pro League Season 9 Break Song? We’ve all been there. Tune into a Counterstrike tournament and go, “What’s that break song?” What follows is an exercise in futility, asking in Twitch chat and looking […]

How Co-Streaming Helps Twitch Streamers Create Unique Experiences for E3

The Electronic Entertainment Expo’s primary purpose is to inform consumers, retailers, and those in the gaming industry about what the new upcoming videogames and consoles will be in the next year or so. Developers travel to Los Angeles to tell everyone about their next big project or unveil the release date to a new game… […]

Report: MIBR considering LUCAS1 as a replacement for felps

A report from Jarek “DeKay” Lewis states that MiBR, famous Brazilian lineup, is in serious discussions with Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles to replace João “felps” Vasconcellos on the active lineup. The roster change comes following a string of bad results for the Brazilian lineup after felps was reunited with his former teammates in January of 2019. […]

Team Liquid is barely holding on to the ‘Best Team’ Title

Team Liquid is currently the world’s best team in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The team rose to the top partly due to Astralis’ absence from key events as well as their own success. However, there is a chance for Team Liquid to put up their third Intel Grand Slam victory. If they manage to win this […]

New Format Gives Hearthstone Esports a Viewership Boost on Twitch

The structural overhaul of online card game Hearthstone’s esports scene run by developer Blizzard Entertainment is paying immediate dividends for the game in the form of viewership on Twitch . Following a year of declining viewership for the title and rising competition from upcoming online card games like Artifact  and MTG: Arena , Blizzard announced that it… […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major – Day 1 Recap

EPICENTER, our final Major of this DPC season kicked off yesterday. Eight of our teams faced off in a series of Bo3’s to determine the seeding for Groups A & B. Let’s take a look at how the day played out. Opening Matches Group A: Team Secret vs. PaiN Gaming PaiN Gaming delivered a solid […]

LCS Summer 2019: Week Four Day One Recap

Team Liquid vs Golden Guardians TL and GGS team compositions with GGS Deftly center. Photo via LoL Esports. Team Liquid kicked off the day with a win over the Golden Guardians . GGS put Froggen ahead, with First Blood and First Tower, and amassed some decent early leads. But TL wouldn’t sit back, and […]

The Pros and Cons of a Subscription model in Gaming

The Gaming industry saw a multitude of subscription announcements in the past few months. E3 2019 saw three huge game companies announce their subscription services for gaming. Google, Ubisoft and Microsoft all came forth to announce their subscription passes for gaming. They join established players such as Sony’s PlayStation, EA Access and Origin Access. The […]

Matumbaman joins Chaos Esports Club

After Liquid’s incredible decision to send Matumbaman to the bench, it was just a matter of time before the talented Finnish player was going to end up in another roster.  Having said that, just a few days later, here we are. Matumbaman is now officially a part of Chaos Esports Club. “Lasse has experience in […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Three Day Two Recap

Vitality vs SK Gaming VIT and SK team compositions with the VIT squad on stage. Photo via LoL Esports. The first game of the day was an exciting one, with Vitality grabbing the win over SK Gaming . It did start off well for SK though, as Selfmade ganked mid to get Pirean First […]

Chaos Esports Club acquire MATUMBAMAN’s services

Chaos Esports club have officially added Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen, to their DOTA 2 roster, after a lot of teasing and leaks. Only yesterday, Chaos Esports Club had tweeted a video of Misery with MATUMBAMAN’s iconic TI winning shorts. . @MiSeRyDOTA doesn’t tolerate any mess, even from the NEW GUY #WhoCouldItBepic.twitter.com/4TINUhBkmE — Chaos E.C. […]

Dota 2: Chaos E.C. Officially Welcome MATUMBAMAN

Chaos E.C. have made the announcement official. Lasse Aukusti ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen will be joining the team’s active roster. Team Liquid’s decision to drop Matumbaman from their line-up came as shock to many Liquid fans. Earlier this week they announced Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar as Matumbaman’s replacement, w33 was previously playing with Chaos. Liquid debuted their new […]

Adidas Partners With Team Heretics; Sells First Branded Kit During Gamergy

Adidas has entered into an official apparel partnership with Spanish esports organization Heretics. Co-branded athletic clothing debuted for sale at Gamergy in Madrid June 21 and on the official Heretics website. Heretics also named Logitech as a peripheral sponsor on June 18. Spanish esports organization Team Heretics  has announced a “long-term” partnership with sports apparel… […]

Dota 2: Matumbaman Could Be Joining Chaos Esports Club

It’s been a few days since the somewhat unexpected decision of Team Liquid to put Matumbaman on the bench. Instead of him, the TI 7 winners decided to bring in w33 as their mid laner ahead of Epicenter. The Romanian prodigy is a skillful player, but only time will tell if he will fit in. […]

“The team will be able to try hard if they all care for each other” – An Interview with Coach Pr0lly

We sat down and talked with Neil “Pr0lly” Hammad, Head Coach of 100 Thieves, after their loss to Golden Guardians. Pr0lly talked about the slow start of 100 Thieves, what methods they are using to improve, his thoughts on the meta and how that has influenced the rise of the West. So this might be […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Three Day One Recap

Excel vs Vitality XL and VIT team compositions with the LEC stage above. Photo via LoL Esports. Vitality finally put their first win on the board with a win over Excel . As both teams were 0-4, many thought this match would be close, but VIT absolutely smashed their opponents. It all started with […]

Overwatch League Power Rankings Stage 3 | Week 3

ESTNN’s Malik Shelp takes viewers through the Power Rankings for Week 3 of the Overwatch League. Overwatch League Power Rankings Welcome to ESTNN’s Overwatch League Power Rankings for Week 3 of Stage 3. Last week, viewers caught an insane upset and fans and analysts alike are making their predictions for the playoffs. The Houston Outlaws […]

Florida Mayhem Owner On Korean-Roster Switch, Venue Plans

In April of this year, Overwatch League  team the Florida Mayhem  made sweeping changes to its player roster and coaching staff. As of the current stage, the team now has a full South Korean roster, a stark contrast to its roster at the end of the 2018 season, which was mostly made up of… […]

Esports Hospitality Concepts Co-Founder on Planning ‘Dynamic,’ Interactive Metarama Gaming + Music Festival

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Imane “Pokimane” Anys are watched by thousands on Twitch, but at this October’s Metarama Gaming + Music Festival in Las Vegas, fans will be able to see those popular streamers and others in person—or perhaps even compete against them. That’s the intended hook of the inaugural Metarama Gaming + Music Festival,… […]

HyperX Partners with Excel Esports, Vancouver’s The Gaming Stadium

HyperX is now the official peripherals sponsor of Excel Esports, which will use the company’s gear while competing in the League of Legends European Championship . Excel Esports and HyperX will also collaborate on a content series highlighting individual members of the LEC squad. The Gaming Stadium in Vancouver—Canada’s first esports arena—has also added HyperX… […]

The EPICENTER Major: The Final Chance for a TI9 Invite

The Dota Pro Circuit for 2018-19 is coming to an end in a very fitting manner in Moscow. The final event of the DPC Season is the EPICENTER Major in Russia. The tournament takes place at the CSKA Arena and features a massive prize pool of $1 million. However, in what is probably more important […]

Nicky Romero invests in esports organization ReKTGlobal

Esports Organisation RektGlobal announced today that they have added Nicky Romero as an investor. RektGlobal is the parent of Rouge gaming team which mainly competes in Fortnite and League of Legends. Romero will be joining as co-owner and board member and will support the continued international expansion of both RektGlobal and Rogue. Nick Rotteveel van […]

Drodo Studio and ImbaTV to Host $1M Auto Chess Invitational in Shanghai

Drodo Studio, ImbaTV, and Long Mobile will host the first official Auto Chess mobile esports competition in Shanghai this October, with a $1M USD total prize pool. The Auto Chess Invitational will feature both direct invites and regional qualifiers, to be held in August. Auto Chess is available on the Apple App Store and Android,… […]

Secretlab CEO Ian Alexander Ang on His Youthful Education in Gaming and Esports

Secretlab  became a prominent gaming chair manufacturer via a steady international rollout and key partnerships with esports teams, events, and pop culture licenses. However, the original formation of the company couldn’t have been more straightforward: the founders wanted something, couldn’t find it in the marketplace, and thus decided to make it themselves. Co-founder Ian Alexander… […]

Dota 2: The Most Dangerous Heroes at the EPICENTER Major

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks us through the most dangerous heroes for teams to pick at the EPICENTER Major. Most Dangerous Picks The Epicenter Major is going to be the last Major for this DPC season. This means that it is also the last chance for some teams to hold on to that direct invite for […]

Viewership Trends Show the Importance of E3 to Twitch as an Endemic Streaming Platform

Twitch  as a media platform is known for its deep connection with gaming companies and videogame culture. So it only makes sense that one of the biggest conventions for the industry, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, plays a vital role for Twitch when it comes around every summer. Each year, numerous high-profile influencers take time off… […]

The Switch’s VP of Gaming Sees Esports Ahead of Traditional Sports in Key Areas

The Switch, a managed private cloud service provider for the broadcast media industry, is heading into esports. With a broadcast track record that includes events like the Superbowl and the Academy Awards, it works at the highest tier of sport and entertainment broadcasting. But the company’s new head of gaming suggests esports already stacks up… […]

EPICENTER Major Survival Guide, follow the last Major of the 2018-19 DPC season

The final major of the 2018-19 DPC season, Epicenter kicks off tomorrow. The event is being held in Moscow, Russia at the CSKA Arena. The event is scheduled from June 22nd-30th, with the final 3 days being in the CSKA Arena. The #EPICENTER Major starts on 22 June and we’re glad to announce the groups […]

Team Liquid Signs HUYA as Official Streaming Partner in China

Team Liquid has partnered with HUYA to broadcast its player livestreams from North America and Europe to viewers in China. Select content livestreamed on HUYA will be translated in real-time for viewers, creating new opportunities for fan engagement. Tightened livestream regulations have made it difficult for fans to access content from Western organizations in China,… […]

“I really want to play Teemo top” An Interview with CLG Ruin

We caught up with Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min, Top Laner for CLG, after their victory over Golden Guardians during week three of the LCS.  We were able to ask him about how he feels in the LCS, the difference between the different regions he has played, and even some picks he would like to pull out […]

Dota Underlords is Now in Open Beta

You probably know by now that Dota 2 Auto Chess is one of the most successful games nowadays. That’s why some of the top game developers decided to make a similar title in order to grab the ever growing fan base. Valve’s own project is called Dota Underlords. The game was first available only to […]

TV Azteca to Invest $5M in Allied Esports, Collaborate on TV Channel and Venue

TV Azteca will make a $5M USD equity investment to become an Allied Esports shareholder, with the companies planning several strategic initiatives. The companies will create a 24-hour digital esports and videogame channel for the Mexican market, and establish an esports venue and other regional facilities. Allied Esports and TV Azteca recently collaborated on a… […]

The 2019 League of Legends World Championship Finals Will Be Held in Paris

League of Legends‘ 2019 World Championship events will be held in Europe, with the Finals taking place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Nov. 10. The previous stages will be held across Madrid and multiple locations in Berlin. MasterCard, Alienware, and Secretlab are global partners for the 2019 World Championship. Europe will play host… […]

Entity Gaming announce roster for TI9 Qualifiers, add Luciano to active lineup

Entity Gaming have announced their roster in the lead up to The International 9 Qualifiers. The lineup consists of three stars of the Indian Dota 2 circuit with two experienced imports. Entity Gaming have already qualified for the ESL INDIA Premiership 2019 Summer LAN Finale that is scheduled to take place on 29-30 June in […]

LCS Match of the Week Preview: TSM v Optic

This week, Team SoloMid and Optic Gaming will battle on the Rift to break away from the six-team clump in the standings. Both teams have a lot to prove and defeating the other is crucial for them. OPT started off this split undefeated, but lost games against Cloud9 and Team Liquid. TSM is the […]

ePunks Names AVerMedia Technologies Official Broadcasting Partner in One-Year Deal

AVerMedia Technologies and European esports organization ePunks announced a one-year collaboration partnership. Video capture cards will be provided to ePunks’ streaming teams and focus will be given to the organization’s broadcasting channels. This is ePunks’ first collaboration with a digital imaging product manufacturer. European esports organization ePunks has entered into a one-year partnership with video… […]

PUBG LITE Beta registration begins in India

PUBG is a well-known game among gamer’s in India whether be it on the PC or the Mobile version, everyone has played or at least have heard about the game. With the ever-so popularity of the game, a new and lighter version of the game is bound to generate new buzz and have people excited. […]

100 Thieves Adds Former Infinite Esports VP to Leadership Team

100 Thieves has hired former Dota 2 pro Jacob Toft-Andersen as vice president of esports. The organization will restructure the responsibilities of other staff members in charge of esports operations. Toft-Andersen previously worked for Infinite Esports & Entertainment, which was acquired by Immortals Gaming Club earlier this month. Esports organization 100 Thieves  has appointed former… […]

Magic Gaming, Esport-Management Partner to Host Organized Pro-Am NBA 2K Tournaments

The Orlando Magic’s NBA 2K League team, Magic Gaming, has partnered with online platform Esport-Management. Esport-Management will host organized Pro-Am NBA 2K tournaments that offer “unique” prizes. The tournaments will allow players outside the NBA 2K League to stay competitive while giving coaches and recruiters access to new talent. Magic Gaming , the NBA 2K League … […]

Mineski part ways with Ahjit, to announce a new player soon

Earlier today, Mineski Pro team, in a Twitter release, announced that they have parted way with Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son, who played the role of carrying within the team. This change comes after a slew of below-par performances from the team, and since Mineski have not qualified for THE INTERNATIONAL directly, they have their eyes […]

w33 joins Team Liquid, to debut at EPICENTER Major

A while ago Team Liquid moved Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen out of their active DOTA 2 roster and started looking for replacements to fill his role of MID laner. After many days of rumours and leaks, they finally announced his replacement. Joining Team Liquid is none other than Aliwi “w33” Omar, who is a veteran […]

PUBG Nations Cup to Bring $500K Global Tournament to Seoul

The PUBG Nations Cup will bring international squads to Seoul for a $500K USD tournament this August. Sixteen countries will compete in the global PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS tournament. PUBG Classic events will take place in Stockholm and Bangkok in the weeks leading up to the PUBG Nations Cup. PUBG Corporation will host a global PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS … […]

Dota 2: Mineski releases Ahjit ahead of TI9

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov breaks down Mineski’s carry problem. Apart from w33 joining Team Liquid, one of the most notable SEA teams is also tinkering with their roster. Today, Mineski parted ways with Ahjit after his six-month run with the organization. If fans are looking for a reason for the release, they should look no further […]

Dota 2: Team Liquid Adds w33 Ahead of EPICENTER

Team Liquid has added w33 to round out their roster ahead of EPICENTER. Team Liquid Add w33 As was rumored, w33 is Team Liquid’s new fifth after the team moved MATUMBAMAN to the inactive roster just a couple of days ago. This change comes just in time for the upcoming EPICENTER Major. The last Major […]

Dignitas Opening Production Studio and Training Facility Near Newark’s Prudential Center

Dignitas has established a production studio and training center adjacent to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The 2,500 square-foot facility has a studio presented by broadcast platform Caffeine, as well as gaming PCs for Dignitas teams to train with. The Rocket League Championship Series Season 7 World Championship takes place at the Prudential… […]

Opinion: Second Annual Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am Lacks Luster of Original E3 Event

The sequel almost never lives up to the expectations of the original. Any time a movie becomes a box office hit, the resounding approval by the general public makes producers think a second installment is a necessity. However, when the final product is released, it doesn’t garner nearly as much interest as its predecessor. With… […]

Apex Legends Strategy: How To Choose A Character That Will Help You Win

In terms of characters variety, this battle royale is a truly unique game of this genre. If we take a look at some other popular games like Fortnite, we can also see a range of characters, but they only look different. This means that your success doesn’t depend on the character you select. In Apex […]

Reasons Why LoL Remains King on the Esports Scene

In 2011, just two years after making its debut, League of Legends boasted an impressive monthly player base of around 11.5 million. That number grew to a whopping 67 million by 2014 making it more popular than DOTA and Warcraft III. As a result, League of Legends ascended the esports throne. By 2017, the monthly […]

Overwatch: Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge is Live – All You Need To Know About the New Skin, Twitch Drops, and Sprays

Baptiste Reunion Challenge – All You Need to Know Yesterday, Blizzard released a mini-event called “Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge,” adding event-exclusive skins, icons, and sprays all relating to Overwatch’s newest character. The event comes with a brand-new Overwatch short story that examines Baptiste’s background in detail. Combat Medic Skin First off, it’s pretty easy to unlock […]

Random House Imprints to Publish Books From Streamer Ninja

Streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has authored a series of books that will be released between a pair of Random House imprints. Ninja: Get Good and Ninja Notebook will release in August from Clarkson Potter, while Ninja: The Most Dangerous Game will follow in December from Ten Speed Press. Management firm Loaded arranged the deal with… […]

Astragon Entertainment to Sponsor Farming Simulator League Team

German game publisher Astragon Entertainment has sponsored a Farming Simulator League team, which will play as Astragon Hektar Helden. The first Farming Simulator League season begins at FarmCon 19 from July 27-28. The season spans 10 European events in 2019-2020, with a €250K total prize pool and sponsors such as Intel and Logitech…. […]

Plopski replaces dennis in NiP; Get_Right’s future unsure

Following a string of mediocre results, NiP has decided to make changes to their roster. The move was reported yesterday by DeKay and speculated that Plopski will be joining the team. Ninjas in Pyjamas welcomes new blood to the CS:GO roster. Read more at https://t.co/syjKFAojTV#GONINJAS #CSGO pic.twitter.com/iFO1Xb51nF — Ninjas in Pyjamas June 19, 2019 […]

LGD Gaming Fined for Match-Fixing, Valve Releases Test Version of Dota Underlords

The esports industry in China did not see many sponsorships and partnerships in the last week, but there were still some key developments, including political esports tournaments, game development, and the punishment of a team for alleged wrongdoing. Among the top stories: TJ Sports fined LGD Gaming players, team manager, and a coach for match-fixing,… […]

LEC Match of the Week Preview: G2 vs Fnatic

European giants will clash this weekend on Summoner’s Rift in one of the most important matches of the LEC Summer Split. This match is none other than the one between Fnatic and G2 Esports. Both teams have historic legacies in European League of Legends and a score to settle. This match is sure to be […]

BLAST Pro Series Hits Moscow in September, Winstrike Co-Producing

The BLAST Pro Series will hold its fifth event of 2019 at the VTB Arena in Moscow from Sept. 13-14. Winstrike will co-produce the event and handle regional and location production and promotion. Six teams will compete for a share of the $250K USD prize pool, with Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and ENCE announced… […]

CSGO: New Patch Nerfs the AUG, Adds 20th Anniversary Map and Chicken Capsule

Valve has released a patch for Counterstrike: Global Offensive that finally nerfs the AUG and celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Counterstrike. Last night, Valve pushed a patch to Counterstrike that made some fun changes to Dust 2 in competitive matchmaking and adjusted the AUG CT-side rifle. Let’s break them down. And today’s Release Notes. We’ve […]

Overwatch: How the Outlaws Upset the Shock and What It Means for the Team in Green

ESTNN’s Malik Shelp breaks down what may have been the biggest upset the Overwatch League has ever seen. The most significant upset of the year occurred this weekend in the Overwatch League, and it’s a big deal. The Houston Outlaws took down the Stage 2 champions, the San Francisco Shock, this weekend […]

Dota 2: EPICENTER Major Preview and Group Breakdown

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov takes viewers through what they can expect that the last Dota 2 Major before TI 9, EPICENTER Moscow. After an entire season full to the brim with tons of action, it is finally time to watch the last Major of the 2018/2019 Dota Pro Circuit. Starting on June 22, sixteen of the […]

Blizzard’s Global Esports Director the Latest to Exit Company

Kim Phan, global esports director for Blizzard, has left the company effective June 14. Phan will pursue a “new endeavor” within the gaming industry, she wrote in a post on the TeamLiquid.net forums. The departure occurs less than a month after Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer left for a job at Epic Games. Blizzard… […]

New Overwatch Patch Adds Replay System and Changes to Several Heroes

Blizzard released a new update for the month of June which brings about significant changes to the game. The new update also brings with it more to the lore and the background of Overwatch. The new story pertains to Bapitiste and his past, providing further context to the game lore. In addition to the past, […]

Twitch acquires Social Networking platform Bebo for $25 Million

Twitch a subsidiary of Amazon, just acquired social networking platform Bebo for an amount close to $25 million. Together with Bebo, Twitch aims to work on its esports business and for Twitch Rivals series promotion. As per the contract, Twitch will retain all the employees of Bebo and IP. Twitch wasn’t the only […]

Twitch Reportedly Acquires Social Network Bebo for $25M

Twitch has reportedly purchased social networking site Bebo for $25M USD. Other terms were not disclosed. The acquisition would be used to further bolster Twitch’s esports initiatives, especially Twitch Rivals, a source said. Facebook and Discord were also bidding for the site, according to reports. Amazon’s Twitch  has purchased Bebo for a reported $25M USD… […]

Counter-Strike’s 20th Anniversary Update: retro Dust II and AUG nerf

Today’s update cherishes the 20th anniversary for Counter-Strike with a retro version of Dust II. However, the retro version is available in casual mode only. Alongside the homage, this update has addressed certain requests of professionals as well as the community. The devs have nerfed AUG to ‘bring its utility more in line with other […]

Rainbow Six Pro League Season X Adds Acer Predator as Sponsor

Acer Predator is the latest Rainbow Six Siege esports sponsor, beginning with Pro League Season X next week. The exclusive deal covers North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, with the partnership lasting until November 2020. Acer will supply Predator hardware for offline matches and live events, as well as activate with a fan… […]

Esports Takes Step Closer to Olympic Inclusion

The prospect of esports being included in future Olympic Games has taken another step closer to becoming a reality after tech giants Intel held talks with the International Olympic Committee , the Games’ governing body. The two parties came together to discuss the possibility of esports being introduced to the Games. The IOC has previously […]

Overwatch League Match of the Week | Stage 3 | Week 3 | London Spitfire vs. New York Excelsior

ESTNN’s Charlotte August is back for another Match of the Week. This week, we’ve got the London Spitfire vs. the New York Excelsior. We’re now in the middle of the Overwatch League’s Stage 3! With the Season Playoffs drawing closer, every match matters for the final standings. A few teams have already been eliminated from […]

Three Storylines at ESL pro League Season 9

The ESL Pro League Season 9 is starting on the 18th of June 2019. The culmination of several months of online matches will see most of the Top CS: GO teams in action. It is after many months that we will be witness to top quality Counter-strike with all the top teams in attendance. The […]

Valve Announces Dates for the International 2019 Qualifers

The International 2019 is shaping up to become the biggest esports tournament in history. The crowd-funded tournament has already reached nearly $19 million in the prize pool and looks set to reach $30 million very soon. For the Dota 2 esports scene, The International remains the fulcrum for the players and the organisations. It is […]

LPL: LGD Gaming Members Banned for Match Fixing

Earlier today, the LPL found that multiple members of LGD Gaming are guilty of match fixing. The LPL released an official report that details the types of rule violations and punishments. Jungler Xiang “Condi” Ren-Jie is at the center of this controversy with an 18 month ban, but a substitute player and two members of […]

CSGO: Niko Embraces the AUG Meta and Dominates TYLOO

After months of ignoring the AUG meta, FaZe Niko has finally gotten on board. When Valve reduced the AUG price, many teams were quick to get on board. Top teams like Team Liquid and Astralis jumped on the bandwagon, leaving the M4A4 behind in favor of the scoped weapon that allowed them to hold tighter […]

Report: AdreN to form team new team with ex-Gambit teammates

In a report from Jarek “DeKay” Lewis, the ex-Gambit core of AdreN, Hobbit, and Mou could reunite under a new banner and start competing again. In 2017, this lineup of Dauren ‘AdreN’ Kystaubayev,  Rustem ‘mou’ Telepov and Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khassenov added with Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko and Mikhail “Dosia” Stolyarov. The team is incredibly famous for […]