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League of Legends MSI Leads Year-Over-Year Growth For Riot Games on Twitch

League of Legends’  Mid-Season Invitational isn’t your standard esports tournament. As opposed to leagues like the LoL Championship Series  or LoL European Championship , the MSI is one of the game’s three annual international competitions, pitting the best performing regional teams from the Spring season against one another. To make a more traditional sports comparison,… […]

Tencent Esports Launches Referee Training Program, LGD and SN Rebrand for LPL Summer Season

Over the past week, the Chinese esports industry has seen several partnerships and sponsorships were signed between esports teams and non-endemic brands, three LPL esports teams rebranded, and key developments made by two game publishers – Valve and Tencent Games. Among the top stories: Tencent Esports partnered with Shanghai sport bodies to launch an esports… […]

Riot Launches League of Legends Collegiate Body, Names Advisory Board Members

Riot Games  has named the six members of the advisory board to the new Riot Scholastic Association of America , its standalone division to handle college and high school League of Legends  esports. The advisory board members are: Big Ten Network VP/Marketing Erin Harvego; Mountain West Conference Senior Associate Commissioner/ Government & Legal Affairs Carolayne… […]

Q1 2019’s Most Impactful PC Videogames: The Year of Growth

Update: An earlier version of the header graphic contained headlines that did not reflect the totality of the data represented in the article. The image headlines have been updated. Both the Overwatch League  and NBA 2K  League have expanded. Viewership for Western League of Legends pro leagues is up year-over-year. Across the esports industry, leagues are… […]

ELEAGUE to Host Mortal Kombat 11 Tournament at RTX Austin

ELEAGUE will hold a Mortal Kombat 11 tournament at Rooster Teeth’s RTX Austin convention in July, following online qualifiers via Battlefy. The live grand finals event will stream via Twitch, with cable channel TBS to air a one-hour highlights special later this summer. AT&T Fiber will be the presenting sponsor for the tournament. ELEAGUE, the… […]

Chinese Organization Snake Esports Appears to Rebrand to ‘LNG Esports’

Chinese League of Legends team Snake Esports unveiled a new logo on its home venue in the Chinese city of Chongqing, with the new name LNG Esports. The new logo features a Chinese mythical creature; a “Qilin,” reflecting the given name of Snake’s current owner Li Qilin—CEO of Viva China Sports, and an executive board… […]

“In 10 years, I hope to be in a reputed organization, continuing to play:” Agneya “Marzil” Koushik

Continuing with the “Talkesport Interact” Series, today, we will be interviewing Agneya “Marzil” Koushik. Marzil is currently playing for Signify, which was formed a day before DreamHack Mumbai, after having played for OpTic India. The team made it to final but were unable to convert it to silverware. Marzil not only plays the game professionally, […]

Valve Developing Its Own Standalone Version of Dota Auto Chess

Game publisher Valve Corporation is currently developing a standalone Dota Auto Chess game. Valve said it had contacted Drodo Studio for direct collaboration, but the partnership did not pan out due to “a variety of reasons.” The two companies will support each other with their standalone versions. Valve registered a new trademark, “Dota Underlords” on… […]

ZOWIE DIVINA Women’s Asia CS:GO Championship 2019 Announced

Zowie Divina has announced an all Women’s CSGO Event called the Divina Women’s Asia CSGO Championship 2019, which will feature the best Female CSGO players across Asia. The event, which runs from June 20-23, will be Zowie’s second Women only event of the year, with the ZOWIE DIVINA Women’s PUBG Thailand Championship 2019 being announced […]

A new Steam Chat only mobile app is released

In a surprise to everyone, Steam just revealed a new Chat-Only mobile app which will feature the new modernized steam chat UI that we are using currently on the desktop client. Valve in a Steam Blog announcement detailed the new app and its feature. The new app is available for both iOS and Android and […]

Dota 2 Russian-Language Viewership on Twitch Reaffirms Regional Prominence

In just the first few months of the 2019 calendar year, Dota 2  has shown that its esports events attract more than just an English-speaking audience on Twitch. Numerous high-profile tournaments and Majors so far this year have had Russian-language broadcasts on Twitch with viewership figures that match, or even surpass, English-language coverage. During this… […]

Here’s what no one noticed about Team Liquid’s journey in MSI 2019

It as been less than 24 hours since the end of the  MSI 2019 at Taipei, Vietnam. The tournament was simply amazing. Since it hosted some of the most memorable games in the competitive world of the League of Legends. At the end of the competition, Europe met NA in grand finale, where G2 Esports […]

Here’s what to expect from the new lineup of Mousesports

It been over sixty days, since mousesports made incredible changes to its roster. The team recruited, the talented David “frozen” Čerňanský, One of the best Turkish players,  Özgür “woxic” Eker and in-game leader Finn “karrigan” Andersen. The star trio formed an incredible synergy with Chris “chrisJ” de Jong and Robin “ropz” Kool. Things kicked off […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, May 13 – 19

The Mid-Season Invitational for League of Legends boosts viewership for the title keeping it as the only game to record more than 20M hours watched February. The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch , from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Analytics.    … […]

Razer and Evil Geniuses Agree to Two-Year Peripherals Sponsorship

Evil Geniuses has partnered with Razer for a two-year sponsorship deal spanning peripherals such as headsets, keyboards, and mice. The companies were previously partnered from 2013 to 2015. Evil Geniuses has qualified for Dota 2‘s The International 2019, which has a crowdfunded prize pool that has already surpassed $13M USD. Razer  and Evil Geniuses  have… […]

DreamHack Partners with The European Tour, Omen by HP to Sponsor Rotterdam Event

DreamHack has announced new partnerships concerning esports and gaming events in Europe. The European Tour will team up with DreamHack to host its first esports competition, for World Golf Tour, at Made in Denmark. Omen by HP has been named presenting partner for DreamHack Rotterdam—the main event of the new annual Rotterdam Games Week. Digital… […]

State Farm Renews, Expands Sponsorship Deal With Riot Games

Riot Games  has signed insurance sponsor State Farm to three-year extension that includes global events for the first time. State Farm, which became the newly reconstituted North American pro circuit’s first sponsor in 2018, will stay with the League of Legends Championship Series  through ’21, and will also sponsor the global World Championships, Mid-Season… […]

DreamHack, Esport-Management, ZOWIE Announce All-Women ‘DreamHack Showdown’  

DreamHack has partnered with Esport-Management and ZOWIE to launch DreamHack Showdown, an all-women Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament. The inaugural DreamHack Showdown will take place during DreamHack Valencia on July 5-7. Featuring a prize pool of $100K USD, the event is designed to raise visibility for women that play CS:GO professionally. DreamHack  has entered into… […]

Tfue sues Faze Clan over an oppressive Gamer Contract; Faze Clan responds with facts

Popular Streamer Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has sued Faze Clan for an oppressive Gamer contract. The lawsuit filed by one of the most popular content creators is shaping up to be a milestone moment in player contracts and talent representation in the industry. There have always been allegations of players and content creators being deprived of […]

How Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney’s Suit Against FaZe Clan Could Impact Organizations and Creators

Turner “Tfue” Tenney, a professional Fortnite  player, as well as popular streamer and content creator for FaZe Clan , has sued the organization for what he claims are violations of California law and the state’s Talent Agencies Act. According to the complaint, which was filed on Monday and first reported on by The Hollywood Reporter, Tenney… […]

Tfue sues Faze Clan over “Oppressive” contract making him loss significant money

Turner Tenney aka Tfue is one of the biggest Fortnite streamers on twitch and also one of the biggest talents in the Fortnite pro scene right now. He is also a member of Faze Clan and recently earned a spot in the Fortnite World Cup Finals while playing under the FaZe tag. On Monday, a […]

Queso part ways with lineup following match fixing scandal

Queso, the Spanish Organisation, have parted ways with their lineup after the players were found to be guilty of losing a match on purpose in, a local tournament, Spanish LVP Superliga Orange. In a game between Queso and the Tenerife Giants, Queso lost the game on purpose to avoid playing Giants in the playoffs of […]

PUBG Corp. EMEA Esports Operations Manager on Battle Royale Challenges: ‘It’s Uncharted Territory’

PUBG Corp.’s PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS  continued its big 2019 esports push this weekend with the beginning of Phase 2 of the PUBG Europe League . This extended middle phase, which spans eight weeks of league play instead just three, comes with $350K USD up for grabs, not to mention qualification for July’s GLL GRAND SLAM: PUBG… […]

Johnta joins Winstrike as a coach

Ivan “Johnta” Shevtsov, ex-coach of Tyloo, has joined Winstrike and will be taking the role of a coach from in the Russian organization, according to their Twitter. Spring is time for changes We already told you about new players in Dota 2 team, so it’s time for CS:GO roster. Meet our new coach – @JohntaCSGO […]

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Phantom Sight Revealed by Ubisoft

Yesterday, at the Season 9 Pro League Finals in Milan, Italy Ubisoft revealed details about the upcoming Year 4 Season 2: Operation Phantom Sight for Rainbow Six Siege. The second update for Year 4 is set to introduce two new operators, map rework, changes to the ranked mode and some balance changes. The new update […]

Mediapro Fully Acquires LVP Owner Fandroid

Mediapro has acquired the remaining shares in Liga de Videojuegos Profesional owner Fandroid, taking full control of the company. The deal is reportedly valued at €22M . Mediapro previously acquired a majority share in Fandroid in 2016. The LVP operates the Spanish Superliga Orange league, which includes League of Legends and Call of… […]

Invictus Gaming Signs Partnership Deal with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Invictus Gaming has partnered with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank for a co-branded credit card in China. Cardholders will receive an exclusive “IG 2018 League of Legends World Champion Victory” copper coin. SPD Bank partnered with Chinese multi-game tournament organizer National Electronic Sports Tournament , and a former main sponsor of Tencent’s King Pro League … […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, May 13 – 19

Turner “Tfue” Tenney posts his first 3M+ hours watched week of 2019, leading an esports-heavy week of viewership on Twitch that has six esports channels in the top 10. The following channels are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch , from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, May 13 – 19

Turner “Tfue” Tenney posts his first 3M+ hours watched week of 2019, leading an esports-heavy week of viewership on Twitch that has six esports channels in the top 10. The following channels are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch , from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO… […]

Esports Apparel Brand H4X Appoints Cole Gurman as New CEO

H4X officially announces Cole Gurman, son of founder Jon Gurman, as the company’s chief executive officer. Jon Gurman will stay on as chairman with a focus on strategic licensing partnerships and retail initiatives. As CEO, Cole Gurman will bring a financial background and “millennial mindset” to the apparel brand, with an emphasis on improving player… […]

Esports Apparel Brand H4X Appoints Cole Gurman as New CEO

H4X officially announces Cole Gurman, son of founder Jon Gurman, as the company’s chief executive officer. Jon Gurman will stay on as chairman with a focus on strategic licensing partnerships and retail initiatives. As CEO, Cole Gurman will bring a financial background and “millennial mindset” to the apparel brand, with an emphasis on improving player… […]

cs_summit 4 will be the most stacked CS Summit to date; which teams will be taking part in the event?

  CS Summit 4 is starting in less than a week and there’s a major twist with this edition. Instead of being a less competitive event with a more relaxed atmosphere, we will be having the most stacked CS Summit yet. Six teams will be taking part in the event as always. However, out of […]

cs_summit 4 will be the most stacked CS Summit to date; which teams will be taking part in the event?

  CS Summit 4 is starting in less than a week and there’s a major twist with this edition. Instead of being a less competitive event with a more relaxed atmosphere, we will be having the most stacked CS Summit yet. Six teams will be taking part in the event as always. However, out of […]

NCAA’s Decision Presents a Golden Opportunity to Pave the Path Ahead for Esports

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. The NCAA has been researching and considering the establishment of a framework for collegiate esports. While there were minor apprehensions regarding NCAA’s control over Collegiate esports, there was a general consensus that NCAA’s involvement could prove […]

Was the Vertigo Map Addition a Hasty and Unnecessary Decision?

In March 2019, Valve added Vertigo to the Active Duty Map pool in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. It was a controversial decision, one which caught everyone by surprise. The addition of Vertigo came out of the blue and teams have to quickly adapt to the new map. They have to form strategies and understand various angles […]

EPICENTER 2019 Major – EU, NA and CIS Teams

Even though MDL Disneyland Paris Major finished just a few days ago, the qualifiers for the next one are nearly over. Sadly, EPICENTER will be the last Major before TI 9. This also makes it one of the most important ones because it’s the last chance to get a decent amount of DPC points. Let’s […]

LCS Tells Echo Fox to Take “Corrective Action,” NCAA Opts Out of Esports

The LCS calls for Echo Fox to take “corrective action” over racist comments made by a shareholder, the NCAA tables esports talks indefinitely, and the Overwatch League signs a deal with Upper Deck. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last… […]

Ninja & Tfue failed yet again to qualify for the World Cup

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ fought hard in the Arena Mode over the weekend. Yet after giving a decent performances he still barely missed out on the qualification. Ninja paired up with Malachi “Reverse2k” Greiner in the weekend’s North America Eastern qualifiers for the Fortnite duos World Cup Finals. They got 86 points which just two shy […]

Possible downfall of Epic Games store?

Epic Games Store appeared from the blue, and made its name by making exciting announcements. The creators promised to take only 12% of the profits of games published in EGS, and also added a 5% commission for using the Unreal Engine. On Steam, developers have to give 30% of sales to the store which according […]

RNG qualifies for the EPICENTER

The EPICENTER regional qualifiers are about to conclude in a few hours. So we are almost aware of almost all the participants that will be participating in the last Major of the season. One of the most shocking results was witnessed in the Chinese region were we saw a team prevailing against all the odds. […]

EG & VP qualify for the EPICENTER Major

The regional qualifiers of the EPICENTER Major have concluded. The NA region will be represented by it best team, Evil Geniuses. EG have secured qualification for The International 2019. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop them to claim a spot for the last Major of the year. The team aims to prepare itself for the most prestigious […]

SEA, Chinese, and SA qualifiers of the EPICENTER Major come to an end

Let’s have a look at the teams that qualified for the Major. TNC are back The last Major of the event is all set to take place on 22nd June. With more than a month remaining, the qualifiers of the competition are keeping the fans glued to their screens. Since all the teams are fighting […]

G2 dominates Liquid in the grand final of MSI 2019

After weeks of highly entertaining action, wee saw two western team make their way to the grand finale. Yet after brutal domination, G2 proclaimed the title of MSI 2019 champions. The day before the final we say some surprising results from the semifinal stage. Bothe favourites of the competition, China’s Invictus Gaming and Korea’s SK […]

Respawn announces plenty of bug fixes for next update of Apex Legends

In the next update for Apex Legends, developers will partially fix sound problems and some known gameplay bugs. Respawn Entertainment studio unveiled the details to the community on the subreddit of the game. Sound Bugs Representatives of the company assured that after the update, problems with sound will occur quite less, and they are unlikely […]

NA region rises from the depths at LoL MSI 2019

For a lot of years, the competitive landscape of NA League of Legends was a joke to the other top regions. Many analysts and critics rated North American teams as chokers on the international stage. We believe that they were right since looking at the competitive history of MSI and Worlds the North American teams […]

Mousesports edge past Valiance; win The Grand Final of DreamHack Open Tours 2019

The Grand Final of DreamHack Open Tours 2019 was played between Mouz and Valiance. The Best of Three series saw mouz take it away with a scoreline of 16-12 on Train and 16-11 on Mirage. The Europeans make this their first LAN victory after revamping their roster following an exit at the European Minor Scoreline: […]

LoL News: Europe’s G2 Esports Takes MSI 2019 over Team Liquid

ESTNN breaks down the MSI Finals between North America’s Team Liquid and Europe’s G2 Esports The Mid-Season Invitational’s Dramatic Conclusion It’s safe to say that the honeymoon phase of defeating world-renowned legends SKT T1 pales in comparison to the accomplishment of finally giving Europe its first taste of major gold in 8 years. The west […]

Starladder announces China and Oceania invited teams for Asia Minor Closed Qualifiers

Starladder have revealed the invites for the upcoming Closed Qualifiers for the Asia Minor which is set to take place in the first week of June. The China Closed Qualifier takes place from June 6-8 with 16 teams battling for 2 spots. Out of that, 8 teams to be invited include the likes of favourites […]

Valve announced important dates for the upcoming competitions

Valve has recently unveiled the important dates for the qualifiers of the ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor and the Short film contest. Let’s have a look at the details of both announcements. Valve officially revealed to the Dota 2 community that ImbaTV and StarLadder will be organizing the last Minor of the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit. […]

MIBR qualifies for ESL Pro League Season 9

MIBR defeated Renegades 2-0 and secured qualification for the finals of the ESL Pro League Season 9 tournament. The win came in the best of three series with an incredible performance from the Brazilians. they won 16-2 on the Mirage and had a bit of tough time on Train with a 16-14 win. The […]

ESL announces the groups for ESL One Birmingham 2019

The ESL One Birmingham 2019 is all set to take place in a few weeks. The organizers have recently unveiled the groups, and it seem like we will have three of the best teams in the world in a single group. Let’s have a look at each group. The group of death The Group A […]

NA takes on EU in the grand finale of MSI 2019

If there is one thing that League of Legends has taught us, it is that: You should never underestimate your opponents. Proof of this statement are the two teams that will fight in the final of the MSI. Both G2 and Team Liquid have beaten the favourites of the competition for the opportunity to win […]

Vertigo receives backlash from CSGO pros due to site layout

Earlier this year, CSGO Dev pushed an update to the game which updated the altered the Active Duty Map Pool. Cache was taken out and replaced by a recently reworked Vertigo. The map has gained interest in the professional scenario after Nordavind played the first ever professional game on the map and thrashed AGO with […]

ILG Cup season 3 Announced

LXG today announced season 3 of INDIAN LAN GAMING Cup, which is set to begin in June featuring a prize pool of Rs 1.6 crore, out of which 1.1 crore will be in cash and the other 50 lac would be redeemable for gaming gear. The tournament will take place in 20 cities, including […]

Team Envy to Replace Jdm – Report

According to prominent esport journalist Jarek “DeKay” Lewis, the North-American organization is looking for potential replacements as they plan to bench Josh “jdm” Marzano. Josh joined Envy is September 2018 along with Kory ‘SEMPHIS’ Friesen, Noah ‘Nifty’ Francis, Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson and Steven ‘reltuC’ Cutler. After a series of unsatisfied results, the lineup went through […]

Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez: ‘You Will Know This is the G2 Esports Headquarters’

With considerably less infrastructure required compared to a sports training ground, esports team offices often act as dual headquarters for management, and a place for players to practice. Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez, a former esports player, founder and CEO of G2 Esports , has taken his Berlin-based company to a new dedicated office space. The result is… […]

Esports Leaders Talk Overwatch, Call of Duty and the Evolution of the Esports Industry

OverActive Media , the esports organization behind the Overwatch League’s Toronto Defiant team, hosted their first OAM UpFront event in downtown Toronto on the evening of May 16. OAM recently purchased team Splyce, acquired a spot in the upcoming Call of Duty franchised league, and received an investment from rapper The Weeknd. The event, called […]

Dota 2: MDL Disneyland Paris Major Meta Analysis

A few days have passed since the end of one of the most interesting DPC events yet. However, the qualifiers for the final Major of the year – EPICENTER are on their way. As we know, each tournament has its own unique meta that sometimes differs from the pub meta. It is time to look […]

Here’s what you should know about CS:GO

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was launched in 2012 by Valve. To this day, it is one of the most successful titles of the eSports industry. The game is the successor to Counter-Strike: Source, which was one of the most prestigious title in the early 2000s. The success of the franchise was replicated in CS: […]

Wick’s Bounty arrive in Fortnite

On thursday Fortnite launched a new special event and skin to celebrate  the premiere of John Wick’s third film. In partnership with the film franchise, Epic Games’ Battle Royale features an official skin of the main character, played by actor Keanu Reeves. We also see the arrival of  a new LTM squad mode named “Wick’s […]

MIBR qualifies for ECS finals

MIBR beat Team Liquid 2-0 last night and won the finals of the fourth week of ECS Season 7. the team led by Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo won 16-6 on Mirage and 16-11 on Vertigo. Although it is only a qualifying stage, this is the first victory of the team in a final since it recruited […]

Team Liquid takes down Invictus Gaming at LoL MSI 2019

The first round of the playoffs started with the confrontation between Team Liquid against the favourites, Invictus Gaming. The NA side fought against the world to beat the reigning world champions 3-1 and eliminate them from the MSI 2019. Game 1 The match started with both teams competing for supremacy from the first minute. Gao […]

Pulling out the best contender between G2 Esports and SK Telecom T1

Let’s have a comprehensive look into the semifinalists of MSI 2019 and see which team will come out top. G2 eSports G2 has performed quite superbly coming into in this. Apart from their 0-2 record against the bottom last team of the group stage, Phong Vũ Buffalo. The side has made a number of noticeable […]

Latest scandals and news in the League of Legends

Let’s have a look at some of the latest stories in world of League of Legends that will surely worth your time. Riot not interested to change employee contracts Riot Games recently responded to the demands of employees who on May 6 called a strike at the company’s office. The developers of League of Legends […]

Riot Games to Create Governing Body for Collegiate League of Legends Esports

Riot Games is creating a stand-alone governing body for collegiate League of Legends  esports, according to a source. The move comes weeks after the NCAA BOG decided not to establish a framework for esports governance, and further entrenches the precedent that game publishers, not the NCAA or other third parties, will control… […]

NCAA Votes to Not Govern Collegiate Esports

The NCAA’s Board of Governors voted to table the issue of governing and holding championships for collegiate esports, reports Sports Business Journal. The collegiate sports organization had explored the topic with help from a consultancy firm, to see how it could approach esports and overcome challenges. Esports games such as League of Legends and Rocket… […]

X-Bet.co Rampage Series #5 will see the best SEA Dota 2 teams in action

The X-Bet.co Rampage Series #5 is an online tournament hosted by X-bet.co for South East Asian teams. With the current lull in Dota 2 esports LANs, South East Asian Dota 2 fans have something to look forward to. With a prize pool of € 5,000 EUR, there are many local teams vying to win this […]

MIBR clinches spot at the ESL Pro League season 9 finals

MIBR have secured their spot in the ESL Pro League season nine finals yesterday, sweeping Renegades. They join fellow Brazilians Luminosity and Detona at the 16-team event featuring some of the best CS:GO teams in the world. The competition started for MIBR on 14th May against Isurus, compLexity, and Renegades. They played bo3 series against […]

BLAST Pro Series, Astralis & the surrounding controversy

Astralis, BLAST Pro Series and their parent organization, RFRSH Entertainment has been under the radar as they have become the center of controversy and gratuitous decisions. Be it skipping tier one events or the exclusivity of BLAST Pro Series, neither of them is not received well by the community. If Team Liquid are really skipping […]

Update: Echo Fox Working With ‘Highest Level of Urgency’ to Meet LCS Demand of ‘Corrective Action’

Update: Echo Fox has responded saying it is trying to work quicker than the timeframe imposed by the LCS: “We are working with the highest level of urgency to remove the investor from the Echo Fox organization. Our internal timeline has always been shorter than the one announced yesterday by Riot Games, with whom we… […]

Gameloft to host first ever esports tournament for Asphalt Mobile series

Gameloft the mobile developer behind big titles such as Asphalt series, Nova series, Uno, etc. is all set to host its first ever esport tournament for Asphalt 9: Legends. Today the company made a joint announcement with Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming brand about the “Asphalt Esports Series”. The esports Series is set to start from […]

New Scheduling for Dota 2 Majors Helps MDL See Increased Viewership on Twitch

Following The International in 2018, Dota 2  developer Valve  announced plans for a reworked professional circuit schedule for the game that would include five Majors and Minors for the 2018-2019 season. The plan came after a 2017-2018 season that included a hectic schedule of nine Majors that was back-loaded with three of them happening in May… […]

HIVE Berlin Esports Business Conference 2019 Video Directory

On April 11, 2019, over 150 esports industry professionals came together in Berlin, Germany, for the HIVE Esports Business Conference. Thought leaders, brand representatives, executives, and more shared their insights, made connections, learned about the industry, and watched a fashion show where models put on an energized dance performance bedecked in esports apparel. For a taste… […]

Tencent Revenues Up 16% for Q1 2019; Will ‘Invigorate’ Game Business With Mobile Titles

Tencent reported total revenues of ¥85.5B RMB for Q1 2019, up 16% YoY from ¥73.5B in Q1 2018. Smartphone game revenues declined 2% YoY to ¥21.2B due to fewer game releases, but user engagement increased due to international battle royale titles. Tencent says it is “invigorating” its game business with mobile… […]

The Mid-Season Invitational Semifinals: SKT T1 Vs. G2 Esports

The Semifinals of MSI is upon us. The teams that made it through are exactly the ones you’d expect: G2, SKT, Invictus Gaming, and Team Liquid. The second Semifinal will be SKT versus G2, so let’s take a look at it. The Teams SKT T1 The three-time world champions are back on the international stage […]

Zonic answers the critics for missing out BLAST Pro Series

Astralis coach Danny zonic Sorensen commented on the latest statements from fans that the team is paying too much attention to the BLAST Pro Series tournaments and refusing to participate in other CS: GO championships. In an interview, Sorensen said that Astralis has the same obligations to BLAST as other participants in the season. According […]

The underdogs of MSI 2019

Before the start of the playoff we will analyze the underdogs of the MSI 2019. Do they have what takes to compete against IG and SK? Let’s have a look. G2 Esports and the Struggle for Consistency In the early stages of the competition the French side, G2 was rated as the team that can […]

Complexity Gaming Partners with Mamba Sports Academy, HyperX for Mind Gym

Complexity Gaming has unveiled a Mind Gym at its new GameStop Performance Center headquarters, which offers mental training and recovery activities. The facility was built in partnership with Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy, and also features HyperX headsets. The GameStop Performance Center also features a Miller Lite Player Lounge via a sponsorship deal with MillerCoors…. […]

ScreaM acclaimed as top CSGO player with most headshots

While being called “Headshot Machine” was fully justified, there was no stat to back up that Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom really was a headshot master. Until now. A video posted by Youtuber CliperinoPP shows a timeline of the number of headshots hit by professional players over the years and as of today, it is topped by […]

OverActive Media Acquires MediaXP, Forms OAM LIVE Division

OverActive Media has acquired esports-centric events company MediaXP, and formed its own OAM LIVE division as a result. OAM LIVE will offer partners “an end-to-end solution” for esports and gaming events and broadcasts,” said CEO Chris Overholt. MediaXP founder Ken Silva has joined OverActive Media in an unspecified role. OverActive Media  today announced the acquisition… […]

Gen.G Signs Douyu as Chinese League of Legends Streaming Partner

Livestreaming platform Douyu has been named the official Chinese streaming partner of Gen.G’s League of Legends team. Gen.G may pursue similar deals for its other teams, possibly with different streaming platforms. In April, Gen.G raised $46M USD from various investors, while Douyu filed for a potential $500M U.S. IPO with the New York Stock Exchange…. […]

Inside Complexity Gaming’s Rebrand, Alignment with Dallas Cowboys

Earlier this month, Complexity Gaming  unveiled a significant rebranding effort, trading the red-and-black aesthetic that defined its previous 16 years of existence for a new, yet familiar blue-and-white palette and star logo. They’re familiar because they are the colors and logo of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, which became Complexity’s sister company when Cowboys owner Jerry… […]

Fortnite Season 9 Content Overshadows World Cup Qualifying Efforts on Twitch

For the past month, top Fortnite  players across the globe have been competing in an attempt to qualify for this summer’s World Cup event that will bring with it a sizeable $30M prize pool. While not every influencer involved in competing has managed to benefit from streaming their qualification attempts, top broadcasters like Tyler “Ninja”… […]

Complexity Gaming enters in partnership with MillerCoors

North American esports giant Complexity Gaming has entered in a strategic partnership with MillerCoors, the brewing company famous for their alcoholic beverage brand Miller. As a part of the deal, Miller Lite will be the exclusive alcoholic beverage of Complexity Gaming. This will be a first significant move for MillerCoors to enter in the Esports […]

STILL8 CEO Wants to Globalize Team Griffin and Korean Esports

Seo “Shark” Kyung-jong began his pro gaming career in 2002, at the age of 15. His transition from player to caster, following eight years of competition in StarCraft: Broodwar , is now a fairly common path that many players walk once their career ends. But only a handful have taken his next step of entrepreneurship; building a… […]

Shroud reveals future plans for Apex Legends

Recently in his stream Shroud has given interesting insights for the future of Apex Legends. Let’s have a look at what he has to say. Possibility of economy in competitive Shroud revealed that the developers of Apex Legends considered the possibility of adding an economic system to professional matches, as in CS: GO. Participants in […]

MiBR advances to the grand finals of ECS Season 7

MIBR was victorious against eUnited as they beat them 2-0 last night. This win ensures that the Brazilians now advance to the finals of the fourth week of ECS Season 7. The two sides competed on Mirage, Nuke and Inferno with the scoreboard showing 16-6, 4-16 and 16-14 in favor of the side led by […]

The golden teams of LoL MSI 2019 playoffs

After fourteen days of exciting actions, the group stage of the MSI 2019 has come to an end. We now know the four teams that will be competing for Supremacy in the playoffs of one of the most prestigious competitions. In the group stage we had the pleasure of witnessing some exciting duels. So far […]

Valve makes economy update in CS: GO

Less than 12 hours ago Valve introduced a new update for CS: GO. This update includes some interesting changes to the economy of the game. The developer has also introduces new changes for the game’s battle royale mode, Danger Zone. The update also adds, a new button labelled as  “Looking to Play”. This feature will […]

Patch 9.01 arrives in Fortnite

Epic Games has issued the patch notes for the Fortnite update 9.01. It features all changes that will arrive in the game in few hours. Players of Battle Royale will welcome  the tactical assault rifle a new weapon, which is particularly suitable for fighting in a small space. In addition, there are balancing changes and […]

John Wick is coming up to Fortnite

The developer of Fortnite, Epic Games has recently announced an upcoming limited time mode in the next few days. The official account of Fortnite recently tweeted some interesting emojis that are reference to the movie. The account tweeted money bags, a pencil and a man with a dog. This is more than a hint for […]

Lenovo North America to Sponsor Team SoloMid Training Facility Lounge

Team SoloMid has added Lenovo North America as its official PC sponsor. Lenovo will outfit the Lenovo Legion Lounge at TSM’s upcoming Los Angeles training facility with PC hardware. Lenovo will also hold exclusive events and giveaways with TSM. Team SoloMid  today announced a partnership with Lenovo North America, with the PC hardware company… […]

LCS Instructs Echo Fox to Take ‘Corrective Action’ Over Alleged Racist Comments

The LCS has concluded a preliminary investigation into alleged racist comments by an Echo Fox shareholder. Echo Fox has 60 days to take “corrective action” or the LCS will take its own formal action against the organization. The LCS reiterated its stance against “hate speech, threats, and bigotry.” The League of Legends  Championship Series … […]

Invictus Gaming Partners With Lilbetter, Epic Games Store Opens in China

Last week saw a number of interesting developments in China’s gaming and esports industry, including a new game platform operated in China, an esports organization and a game publisher partnered with clothing brands, and a government-pleasing copy of one of the world’s most popular mobile games released in the country. Among the top stories: Invictus… […]

Complexity Gaming Partners With MillerCoors in Alcoholic Beverage Deal

The deal represents MillerCoors’ first significant investment into esports. MillerCoors will name the player lounge at Complexity’s new headquarters. A content series will also be jointly produced revolving around the best esports stories from Complexity players. Complexity Gaming  and MillerCoors have unveiled a new strategic deal that will make Miller Lite the official alcoholic beverage… […]

Proving Grounds to be held in Bengaluru this Weekend featuring more Games than 2018

Proving Grounds is one of the largest and prominent community driven event in the Indian esport circuit. The organizers have announced it’s the second season as the 2018 variant was indeed a success. The tournament was held on May 19-20, 2018, with international appeal at the heart of Bengaluru, Koramangala. The event had 173 participants […]

Esports Sponsorship ROI

“We are at a tipping point where more than ever before, brands are seriously looking at esports as a massive marketing opportunity.”  Adrian Staiti, Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships at Lagardère Sports via Esports Insider The secret is out: Competitive video games are a bona-fide marketing platform for reaching younger audiences across the globe. So, it’s no surprise that […]

AOC Announces Long-Term Event Partnership With Red Bull

AOC and Red Bull have entered into a long-term partnership that includes 10 European events in 2019. Gaming monitors will be provided to teams competing at esports events sponsored by Red Bull and select events will offer AOC prizes. AOC previously partnered with Red Bull as an official sponsor of Red Bull Guardians and Red… […]

Its time to put India on the esports map: Global Esports’ t1to

Continuing on our TalkEsport’s Interact series, where we feature talent from the esports circuit. Our featurette for the day is Rahul “t1to” Sridhar. Tito is currently playing for Global Esports after having played on 2ez Gaming, the team he joined in June 2017. Tito does not only play the game professionally, but he also streams […]

’The Esports Broadcast Format is Not Finished’ — Gustav Käll, Universal Music Group

Last year, esports tournament organizer ESL and Universal Music Group Europe teamed up to create a record label called Enter Records aimed at promoting music targeted at an esports audience. For Gustav Käll, head of esports at Universal Music Group and the head of Enter Records, music in video games and musical performances at esports… […]

The Benefits of Building Regional Esports Leagues

Grassroots leagues, specifically competitions that cater to national players, are a new experiment in esports. With an abundance of languages and tournament operators, European League of Legends  integrated its continental talent pool last year, and now holds series of 14 national competitions in lieu of the old Challenger Series, or tier-two Academy league. On the… […]

PashaBiceps returns to competitive CS:GO

Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski, the veteran AWPer from Vitrus.Pro, has returned to the professional CSGO scene with a team called Youngsters. The team, Youngsters, will see Pasha mark his return to the scene after being teamless since Vitrus.Pro ceased competition due to a string of lacklustre performances. Pasha has taken 4 new players under his wing […]

Format Changes to Overwatch League Stage Playoffs Drive Viewership on Twitch

The Stage Two Overwatch League  playoffs over the weekend displayed how the league’s ability to make broadcast adjustments can affect viewership on Twitch . During the league’s inaugural season, stage playoffs took place on Sunday following a full week of regular season action, but this season the league made each of its four stage playoffs bigger… […]

New CS:GO Update tweaks Loss Bonus, Adds upcoming LAN Events in Watch Tab

The latest CSGO Update has brought major changes to Danger Zone as well as some economy changes which will impact competitive play. With respect to the economy, the round loss bonus has been capped at 5 rounds. This means that if a team wins a round after losing more than 5 successive rounds and immediately […]

League of Legends: Patch 9.10 Highlights

League of Legends’ patch 9.10 dropped today with some important changes. Because the Mid-Season Invitational is being played on patch 9.8, the focus of this patch is on Solo Queue and problems that arise there. There’s some love given to struggling champions, nerfs to the terrors and even a brand new champion! Along with this […]

MiBR makes it to the semifinals of ECS Season 7

MIBR won against Team Singularity 2-1 and advanced to the semifinals of the fourth week of ECS Season 7. Despite some moments of instability during the series, the Brazilian team exhibited they are the superior side and managed to defeat the Americans. With the victory, MIBR returns to compete in the semifinals of week four […]

LoL MSI 2019 round 4 review

The fourth round of the group stage of Mid-Season Invitational 2019 came to and end on Monday. With the results, Invictus Gaming, G2 Esports and SK Telecom T1 have secured an early berth in the playoffs. Team Liquid and Flash Wolves are still in contention for fourth place in the semifinals. Phong Vũ Buffalo […]

Virtus.Pro shocks the fans as they defeat FaZe Clan at ECS

Last night, Filip “NEO” Kubski made his debut for FaZe as the new in-game leader against none other than Virtus.Pro. NEO represented the CIS side for almost four years, so this encounter made things quite exciting for everyone. This match inaugurated the the fourth week of ECS season 7 and V.P comprehensively dominated this encounter […]

9.10 Patch arrives in League of Legends

Riot Games has released patch 9.10 for League of Legends main client. Let’s have a look at the major changes of the latest patch: Yuumi arrives on the main client After getting so much a attention in the past weeks, Yummi finally arrives in the Summoner’s Rift. We believe that the champion is quite unique and […]

Oro and Yermpy caught cheating in Solo World Cup qualifiers

It seems the the players still haven’t learned to not to cheat from the 14-day ban of Damion “XXiF” C. This verdict was made last week week and he was banned from further competing in the qualifiers of the World Cup. Apparently this punishment is still not enough to discourage cheating in the Battle Royale. […]

The winners and the losers of BLAST Pro Series Madrid

The BLAST Pro Series took place last weekend at Madrid Arena. The competition left us with many surprises some of those will truly go down in the history books of CS: GO. In this article we are going to analyze which teams are looking in better shape after this event, as well as the team […]

Valve makes small changes to the DPC as it prepares for the next year

The MDL Disneyland Paris Major has come to an end with Team Secret claiming their second Major victory for this DPC season. While the team was already qualified to TI9, this victory further cements their position as the best Dota 2 team in the circuit. In addition to two Major victories, Team Secret has also […]

NHL Reveals Gaming World Championship 2019 Sponsors, Activation Plans

The NHL Gaming World Championship 2019 for NHL 19 will have seven sponsors, each of which will activate at a Regional Final and/or the World Final. Honda and Scotiabank are returning sponsors from 2018, with Adidas, ASTRO Gaming, Brisk, Great Clips, and MGM Resorts added for this year’s tournament. The World Final will be held… […]

DOTA 2: MDL DISNEYLAND PARIS MAJOR | FINAL DAY RECAP

ESTNN wraps up the final day of the MDL Paris Major. After a week of amazing Dota, it is finally time to say goodbye to the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. This tournament was one of the most interesting DPC events during the season, as we saw tons of back-and-forth action as well as various surprises, […]

CoD News: Reports indicate Immortals is close to purchasing OpTic Owner Infinite Esports

Reports indicate that Immortals is close to a deal with Infinite Esports for its esports properties. Immortals Gaming Club, best known for their League of Legends team, appears to be buying the parent company of competitive gaming juggernaut OpTic Gaming, Infinite Esports. The Immortals primarily appear interested in buying Infinite for OpTic Gaming’s spot in […]

Call of Duty News: CWL Pro League is Back!

Call of Duty Pro League returns this week after CWL London, and we’ve got a quick reminder of how the Division A teams stack up! A week after CWL London, Division A of the CWL Pro League has returned to action. Halfway through the Pro League, let’s take a quick look at where our Division […]

Rainbow Six joins Melbourne Esports Open Lineup

A Rainbow Six Siege Six Masters tournament will take place at the Melbourne Esports Open. The first Six Masters took place in 2018 at PAX Australia. R6 joins the Overwatch Contenders and League of Legends Oceanic Pro League finals on the MEO tournament lineup. Ubisoft has announced that Rainbow Six Siege will be joining… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, May 6 – 12

A full week of esports action at the Mid-Season Invitational has League of Legends back above 20M hours watched as Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto V see small week-to-week increases. The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch, from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using… […]

OverActive Media Names Jason Toledano as CFO

Splyce and Toronto Defiant parent company OverActive Media has added Jason Toledano as its chief financial officer. Toledano’s past experience includes roles at food, retail, and telecom companies, including Loblaw Group, Weston Foods, and Bell Aliant. OverActive Media also recently acquired a franchise slot in Activision Blizzard’s upcoming geolocated Call of Duty league, giving it… […]

CSGO News: Has Team Liquid Broken The Curse?

Team Liquid finally took home a Tier-1 trophy at IEM Sydney, but have they broke their finals curse? For a long time, Team Liquid shone during group stages and in matches that ended up meaning almost nothing simply because they often failed in Grand Finals. Due to this, the squad had a tendency to “throw” […]

Nets Gaming Crew Adds Samson as Official Microphone Sponsor

Audio company Samson is now the official microphone sponsor of NBA 2K League team, Nets Gaming Crew. Samson’s G-Track Pro microphones will be installed at the team’s studio and used for streaming. The Nets Gaming Crew is the official team of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and joined the league for the 2019 season. NBA 2K … […]

Allied Esports, TV Azteca Unveil NATION VS NATION PUBG Tournament

Allied Esports and TV Azteca have announced NATION VS NATION, a PUBG tournament featuring North American and Mexican teams. This is the first product of the companies’ previously-announced partnership, which will span esports events, content, and a content delivery platform. NATION VS NATION is Allied Esports’ first production for the Latin American market. After signing… […]

Washington Justice Names NBA 2K League Veteran Grant Paranjape as VP of Esports Business

Overwatch League franchise Washington Justice has named Grant Paranjape as its new vice president of esports business. Paranjape is a former pro player and led the development of Wizards District Gaming for the inaugural NBA 2K League season. In his new role, Paranjape will lead business and team operations, expand the local Justice fanbase, and… […]

Team Secret leading the DPC rankings!

In the first half of the season, Team Secret and Virtus.pro comprehensively dominated the Dota Pro Circuit ranking. The teams made it to the grand finals of the first two major competition and after the tournament in Chongqing had an equal number of points. In Stockholm Secret finished at fourth place and lost the first […]

ENCE wins BLAST Pro Series Madrid

In the rematch of the IEM Katowice final, ENCE beat Astralis to be crowned the champions of the BLAST Pro Series Madrid. This Sunday, the Finnish lineup defeated the best in the world twice: in the group phase and in the grand finale. ENCE beat Astralis 2-0 to lift their first BLAST Pro Series trophy. […]

Here are the new contenders for The International 2019

The season is coming to an end, but the interest associated with invites at The International 2019 has almost completely disappeared. Stable performances of VP, Secret and Evil Geniuses throughout the season. Led the community believing that most of the spots for TI will remain undecided before the start of the EPICENTER major. Yet, in […]

Here’s what you should except from Dota 2 Patch 7.22

The strongest heroes of the meta are not only determined by the win and the high pick rate, but also by the first banning stage of the draft. In MDL Major 2019, we saw several OP heroes which include: Doom, Drow Ranger, Enigma, Nyx Assassin and Dark Seer. Every single of these have at least […]

PashaBiceps returns to CS:GO

One of the most experienced players of the game, Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski has made a comeback to CS: GO. The star of Virtus. Pro has returned after announcing his retirement form the competitive landscape back in December 2018. The veteran player has joined Youngsters, a polish tier 3 team. Jarząbkowski made his first appearance with […]

Valve announces its verdict for third qualifier spot at EPICENTER Major

In all previous majors, there were three slots for North America, although all the representatives of this region, except for Evil Geniuses, did not rise above the 9-12th place. Many believed that the slot should be given to a more deserving region. With the announcement of EPICENTER, the organizers declared that two qualier slots will […]

MDL Disneyland Paris Major – Team Secret have done it again

After over a week of the highest quality Dota, the MDL Disneyland Paris Major is finally over. The winner? You guessed it – Team Secret. They have been nearly flawless during the entire DPC season, which makes them one of the favorites for TI 9. Let’s take a look at their journey to the trophy. […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, April 29 – May 5

Esports took over Twitch this week with the MDL Disneyland Paris Major for Dota 2 accounted for both of the platform’s top two most-watched channels. Every week, The Esports Observer releases a list of the top 10 Twitch  channels, ranked by total number of hours watched for the week, from Monday through Sunday, with data… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, May 6 – 12

Esports took over Twitch this week with the MDL Disneyland Paris Major for Dota 2 accounted for both of the platform’s top two most-watched channels. Every week, The Esports Observer releases a list of the top 10 Twitch  channels, ranked by total number of hours watched for the week, from Monday through Sunday, with data… […]

Upper Deck to Produce Overwatch League Trading Cards, Collectibles

Upper Deck has signed a multi-year deal to make trading cards and other collectible items based on Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League. The company’s e-Pack platform lets fans collect and trade digital cards, as well as order physical versions of owned cards at any time. This is the first esports partnership for Upper Deck, which has… […]

Magic: The Gathering Esports Seeks to Diversify Pro Scene with New Additions

Magic: The Gathering has thrived as a physical collectible card game for more than 25 years, but the game’s status as an esport is still rather new. This year marks the start of the Magic Pro League, with 32 top players given a play and streaming contract to compete in weekly Magic: The Gathering Arena… […]

NEO joins FaZe

Filip “NEO” Kubski, who was tipped to join Faze clan by multiple insiders and reports, has finally confirmed his move to the European Organization via Facebook. Earlier we had reported that the Polish legend will be joining Faze, in a bid to replace Finn “karrigan” Andersen as the In Game Leader to ease the pressure […]

Neo to join FaZe: Reports

According to a report by Cybersport.pl, Filip “NEO” Kubski could make a move to Faze Clan after being spotted playing alongside other members of the squad in a private server. The reports suggest that he could make way for Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev, who was not seen playing, as evidenced by this screenshot. Photo via Cybersport.pl […]

OWL Finals Coming to Philadelphia, Kit Kat Sponsors LA Valiant

The Overwatch League grand finals will be held in Philadelphia, Los Angeles Valiant partners with Kit Kat, and OGN will take the reins for the Clash Royale league. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! Overwatch League Grand… […]

ENCE Win Blast Madrid, Put an End to Astralis’ Nuke Win Streak

The Blast Pro Series Madrid has come to an end and Finnish team ENCE emerge as the victors. The Finnish team took revenge for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major Grand Final loss. They defeated Astralis in two straight maps to secure their first Blast Pro Series victory. This tournament saw many of Astralis’ streaks come […]

The International 2019 prize pool Reaches $10 Million in Just Three Days

Valve on Saturday announced that its Battle Pass for The International 2019, to be held in Shanghai, has reached record numbers in 3 days which has caused the prize pool to reach a whopping $10 million. This beats the previous record held by TI 18 by $2.2 million at the same time. On the first […]

Tencent to shut down PubG Mobile in China for a more “patriotic” alternative

Tencent the owner and maker of every so popular mobile battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Mobile failed to secure a license from the Chinese government to collect revenues from the game. Due to this Tencent has decided to shut-down the game PUBGM in China and replace it with a new game […]

Ence defeat Astralis to win BLAST Pro Series Madrid

Ence beat Astralis, the Danish side, with a 2-0 scoreline in the Finals of Blast Pro Madrid. The Finns were crowned champions and took home 125,000$ in prize money. Ence were on a roll throughout the tournament, finishing at the top of the Group Stage standings with a 4-1 record to book a ticket to […]

Ence break Astralis’ streak on Nuke at BLAST Pro Series Madrid

The first map of the Best of Three finals was Nuke, followed by Train and Dust2. The vetoes of the finals can be found below: Astralis removed Mirage ENCE removed Vertigo Astralis picked Nuke ENCE picked Train Astralis removed Overpass ENCE removed Inferno Dust2 was left over Astralis have been well known for having a […]

Dota2’s TI9 Prize Pool Reaches $10 Million in Just Three Days

The International 2019 prize pool continues to grow at a rapid pace. In fact, it is the fastest growing TI prize pool in the history of Dota 2. The International 2019 takes place from August 15-25th at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai. The International 2019 Battlepass was released by Valve on the 8th of […]

Natus Vincere: A Fantasy lineup that might work

A team that has always been in and around the top echelon of the Counter-Strike circuit, there was a time when Natus Vincere were a shoe-in to be one of the teams to be left standing towards the business end of major events. Oh, how the mighty have fallen since. The addition of s1mple, which […]

Fortnite Season 9 summarized notes

Fortnite received Season 9 this morning on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and, mobile platforms of Android and iPhone. This time around, Epic Games bet on a futuristic theme for the Battle Royale, bringing many changes to key map locations. They have also made several changes to the creative and Save the World. […]

Method’s World of Warcraft Mini-Raid Race Streams Deliver Sustained Interest on Twitch

World of Warcraft’s  raid races have quickly become one of the must-see competitive video gaming events on Twitch. Even though, the most recent raid release, Crucible of the Storm, only serves as a smaller, intermediate raid, there was no shortage of viewership on Twitch for the race to complete it. In the fall, esports organization… […]

Dota 2: MDL Disneyland Paris Major | Day 6 Recap

The sixth day of, arguably, one of the most interesting Majors of this years’ DPC is over.  Two more teams had to pack their stuff and go home. Let’s take a look at what happened. Lower Bracket PSG.LGD vs. Virtus.Pro We finish our #MDLDisney run in the 7th-8th place. Thanks to @MarsMedia for the fairytale […]

Overwatch News: LA Valiant Roster Shakeup: Fate to Florida Mayhem, New Players Signed

The LA Valiant has traded Fate to the Florida Mayhem and added several new pieces. The Los Angeles Valiant have announced some huge changes in their roster, including the trading of their main tank, Fate. Florida Mayhem has signed Fate as their new main tank in order to try and improve the Mayhem’s results, as […]

How Beyond The Summit Marries Professional Production With Grassroots Atmosphere

This article was produced in partnership with Beyond The Summit. The esports industry has largely graduated from school gyms and church halls of old. Grassroots, volunteer-driven tournaments have given way to sold-out convention centers and arenas full of lights, smoke, and music. While many tournament organizers have moved towards a professional presentation that recalls traditional… […]

The best midlaners of MSI 2019

The main event of the MSI is fast approaching and all eyes will be on the mid lane. Since 3 exceptional League of Legends players, Faker, Rookie and Caps will be in action. Faker Faker and Rookie are two exceptional players who are constantly being compared. 2018 was an amazing year for the Chinese, SK […]

BLAST Pro Series Madrid overview

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, BLAST Pro Series Madrid, will take place on 10 and 11 May. This will be the third edition of the year 2019, that takes place in Spain. The tournament will host six great powers of the competitive landscape of CS: GO in the Madrid Arena. In all, the […]

The battle of three top-laners – LoL MSI 2019

Let’s see which top laner is capable of carrying his team to the MSI title. Theshy Theshy is now considered the best player in the top lane. He is very well capable of destroying his opponent with an unparalleled mastery of skills. Already popular before the 2018 Worlds, he only confirmed his talent throughout the […]

Modern Times Group Reports 3.9% Sales Growth YoY in Q1, Esports Returns to Growth

Modern Times Group recorded sales of 967M kr SEK for Q1 2019, up 3.9% from 931M kr in the same quarter last year. Sales in MTG’s “owned and operated” esports properties rose 16.9% in Q1 to 244M kr . Esports Services sales increased 12.3% to 91M kr , compared to 81M kr… […]

League of Legends: The Mid Season Invitational | G2 Esports Overview

G2 Esports was a dominating force through the duration of the LEC. They, in the end, went 6-0 against Origen including setting a new record for fastest game in the LEC and proving that they were the superior team in the region. Some fans and even analysts have given arguments that […]

OGN Partners with Supercell to Produce Clash Royale League Season 2

The Clash Royale  League is about to return for its second season, with a prize pool of at least $1M USD—and this time around, Supercell has brought on a partner to handle the majority of the league’s production. As announced today, South Korean TV network OGN will produce the Clash Royale League for the… […]

Lagardère Sports to Serve as Commercial Agent for T1 Entertainment & Sports

Lagardère Sports will be responsible for marketing commercial rights for T1 Entertainment & Sports. T1 is a joint venture between Comcast Spectacor and SK Telecom, that includes three-time League of Legends world champions SKT T1. Lagardère Sports is currently an exclusive partner of the League of Legends European Championship and RFRSH Entertainment. Lagardère Sports has… […]

Call of Duty Twitch Channel Esports Viewership Up Year-Over-Year Following CWL London

Call of Duty  World League London brought the war-themed, first-person shooting game’s esports scene back into the spotlight on Twitch  this past weekend with 1M hours watched on the official CoD channel, and an average of 23K concurrent viewers. When Activision Blizzard  released its most recent version of one of gaming’s highest-profile franchises last fall, a… […]

United States Senator introduces bill to ban CSGO case, keys type micro-transactions

Representative Josh Hawley has declared that he is acquainting a bill with the Senate floor that will boycott plunder boxes and pay to win micro-transaction in computer games that are “played by minors.” This bill targets amusements that are played by those under 18. The bill is designated “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games […]

Call of Duty Mobile surpasses 10 million preregistration

Activision expressed amid their ongoing meeting financial specialist call that the Call of Duty Mobile amusement worldwide has outperformed 10 million pre-enlistments on Google Play Store. The iOS App Store does not have a pre-register choice for the diversion, until further notice. Activision intends to bring pre-dispatch betas of the Mobile diversion this late spring […]

League of Legends: The Mid Season Invitational | Invictus Gaming Overview

The defending World Champion’s come to another international tournament to defend the dominance of the LPL. Invictus Gaming will have to prove themselves against a resurging SKT side, that will want to show the world that Korea can still be the most dominant region. Invictus Gaming has the best players in multiple roles and is […]

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major | Day 5 Recap

The first day of the main event in Paris is officially over. The lower bracket eliminations continue, and we saw four teams head home today. Complexity Gaming, Mineski, Pain Gaming, and Keen Gaming all said goodbye to the main stage. If you missed out on catching the games live, here are a few of the […]

The International 2019 Prize Pool Breaks Record in Less Than 24 hours

The International’s prize pool for 2019 is already at $8.5M USD. The first 24 hours exceeded last year’s numbers in that same time frame by almost $2M. Last year’s winner OG Esports took home about 44% of the $25.5M prize pool The International, Valve’s  annual Dota 2  tournament, is no stranger to large prize pools. In 2018,… […]

The Benefits and Challenges of Immortals Acquiring OpTic Gaming

Last week, esports organization Immortals  announced the completion of a $30M USD Series B funding round, along with the acquisition of Brazilian matchmaking platform Gamers Club. The organization intends to use that capital to seek new opportunities which, according to a report by ESPN, could include acquiring OpTic Gaming . The report states that Immortals is… […]

Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoff Primer, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of ESTNN’s Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoffs Primer! Last time, we covered the top four teams heading into the playoffs, now it’s time to cover the four underdogs. And without further ado, let’s get down to it! New York Excelsior It’s quite shocking to see the NYXL in 5th place in […]

BLAST Pro Series Madrid show first steps to final for Astralis’ incontestable reign

  This weekend fans will be watching another BLAST Pro Series event, this time in Madrid. However, this event might have more implications than we think. After all, this might be the point where Astralis era starts fading away. Why is that? Let’s understand below. Did skipping events really led Astralis to this point? One […]

Get On My Level 2019: Making Canadian Fighting Game History

Toronto’s largest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament will be making fighting game history once again this year at Get On My Level 2019 hosted by Even Matchup Gaming. “Myself and the EMG team could not be happier with the growth GOML has seen year to year,” Joseph Cribari, the Director of Esports at Even Matchup […]

The Blast Pro Series Madrid Tournament Preview

The Blast Pro Series returns with its Madrid iteration. After a very successful tournament in Miami, RFRSH entertainment will be moving to Spain for its next iteration. As usual, the Blast Pro Series Madrid will feature six teams competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The tournament will take place on two days ( 10th […]

Turtle Beach Reports Q1 2019 Net Revenue of $44.8M USD, Highest Q1 in Company History

Turtle Beach reported Q1 2019 net revenue of $44.8M USD, the highest first-quarter sales in company history. The company attributes its record sales to a strong line-up of AAA titles released over the holiday season, as well as the demand for console headsets for use with battle royale games. Increased revenues allowed Turtle Beach to… […]

How Allied Esports CEO Jud Hannigan’s Decade in China Led Him Into Esports

The first time that Allied Esports  CEO Jud Hannigan encountered competitive gaming, he quite literally stumbled upon it. That formative moment came in 2006, early on in his lengthy stint in China, as he hunted for a bathroom at a restaurant. The first door he opened didn’t reveal his intended destination, but instead showed a… […]

Electronic Arts Reports $4.95B Net Revenue for FY 2019, Shares Plans for Apex Legends

Electronic Arts reported net revenue of $1.24B USD for the fourth fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2019, a decrease of 22% from $1.58B in the same quarter of FY 2018. For the fiscal year 2019, GAAP net revenue was $4.95B, compared to $5.15B for FY 2018. EA recognized esports and competitive game modes as… […]

CS: GO News: Heroic bench mertz, sign NaToSaphiX

Heroic has signed Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen to replace Daniel “mertz” Mertz who the organization announced they released earlier this morning. Heroic announced that they benched Daniel “mertz” Mertz earlier this morning. Soon after, Heroic announced the signing of his replacement, ex-Sprout free agent Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen. Daniel “mertz” Mertz will from today move to the […]

The International 2019 prize pool has already reached $8 million

It was only yesterday that the long-awaited “The International” Battle Pass and compendium were released with a host of old and new features and cosmetics. As usual,25% of all proceeds from the battle pass are added to the prize pool of The International DOTA 2 tournament. Just like all recent years, the prize pool began […]

Justin Dellario, Twitch – ‘Esports and Twitch Are Synonymous’

Outside of the Overwatch League , there aren’t many prominent examples of esports leagues or tournaments that are still exclusive to a single streaming platform—and that typically works in Twitch’s  favor. Whether exclusive or not, any major tournament or event is likely to be available via the streaming platform, and many users are invested in using… […]

Chaos Esports Club releases two players, to announce new players soon

Following their last place exit at the ongoing MDL Disneyland Paris major, after losing against fellow Brazilians paiN Gaming, Chaos Esports Club have announced that they have released two players from their DOTA 2 roster. The two unfortunate players are Otavio “tavo” Gabriel, who played the role of offlaner for the team and Danylo “Kingrd” […]

MDL Paris Major Day 4 Recap: EG & NIP win, Chaos Esports and Fnatic eliminated

After an exciting day three, the MDL Paris Major action resumed on Tuesday, 7th May 2019 at Disney’s Newport Bay Club, Disneyland, Paris. Let’s recap yesterday’s events. At the end of day two, the playoffs bracket looked like: The schedule for the day included the following games: Upper Bracket Games: The first game of the […]

Brollan: The Swedish front runner doing the magic for Fnatic

The newest name on every fnatic fan’s chattering, Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin has been doing well to prove his talent on the big stage and for a big organization. Perhaps, the prodigy started his career with an all Swedish project called passions, wherein he surprised everyone. A 15-year-old dominating everyone on the server against people well […]

IEM Sydney Player Visa Issue Highlights the Esports Industry’s Recognition Problems in Australia

Intel  Extreme Masters Sydney continued to grow in both scale and stature this past weekend, but one logistical problem pointed to improvements needed in Australia’s immigration department to better serve the needs of elite international esports players. More than 7,500 fans turned up on each of the three days to watch some of the world’s… […]

Esports News Weekly Brief: May 1 – May 8, 2019

Welcome to the ESTNN Esports News Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week on May 8th, including a Riot Games’ employee walkout, the TI 9 Battle Pass breaking records, and TL taking home their first IEM Grand Slam title at IEM Sydney. Let’s dive right in. League of Legends […]

Fortnite Season 9 release date announced

Season 9 is all set to arrive in Fortnite. Through a recent Twitter post, the developers of Epic Games announced that the launch of the new season will take place this week. The specific date of the launch already fixed: Season 9 celebrates its premiere on May 9th. In a Reddit thread, Epic Games openly […]

More BLAST Pro Series competitions are coming your way in 2019

In 2020, RFRSH Entertainment will host from 9 to 12 BLAST Pro Series CS: GO tournaments. This was announced by commentator Matthew Sadokist Trivette on Twitter. Insider Jarek DeKay Lewis noted that the organizers did not confirm this information. Trivette mentioned this rumor in a conversation with Duncan Thorin Shields, who recently criticized Team Liquid […]

Dive inside the world of TI9 Battle Pass

After much anticipation, the TI9 Battle pass has finally made its way to the main client. The developers have made the verdict that this year’s TI theme will be Overgrown, enchanted jungle ruins. The Battle Pass comes with exciting new features and we will give you a comprehensive overview: The Basic outlook First, the basic […]

What Would an Overwatch Spinoff Look Like? Here’s Three Ideas

Last week, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack hinted at the possibility of other Overwatch-themed games in an earnings call to investors. ESTNN takes a look at what those games could look like. On the Activision Blizzard earnings call last week, J. Allen Brack, the newly installed President of Blizzard, hinted that there might be something […]

CS:GO News & Predictions – Na’vi Academy, Liquid and Shields

There is a lot to talk about with CS: GO and esports in general right now. Are academy teams making a comeback? Will Astalis lose their No. 1 spot? Will Team Liquid go to ESL Cologne or Blast Pro? As always if you plan on using your CS: GO knowledge at online sportsbooks like Bovada, […]

Super League Gaming Partners with NetLevel to Expand Movie Theater Footprint for Amateur Tournaments

Super League Gaming has partnered with NetLevel, a company that installs high-speed fiber networks at movie theaters for esports competitions and events. The deal more than triples the number of movie theater venues that can host Super League Gaming amateur tournaments, with NetLevel absorbing the company’s existing connections. Super League Gaming has also recently expanded… […]

Is the Blast Pro Series style of tournament formats and invites good for the CSGO Scene?

The Blast Pro Series of events is a relatively new entry into the Counter-Strike Global Offensive esports scene. These series of tournaments are organised by RFRSH Entertainment which has a vested interest in the Counter-Strike esports scene. They already have a majority stake in the World’s best Counter-Strike team in Astralis. The past year has […]

Is the Blast Pro Series style of tournament format and invites good for the CSGO Scene?

The Blast Pro Series of events is a relatively new entry into the Counter-Strike Global Offensive esports scene. These series of tournaments are organised by RFRSH Entertainment which has a vested interest in the Counter-Strike esports scene. They already have a majority stake in the World’s best Counter-Strike team in Astralis. The past year has […]

Overwatch League Season 2 | Stage 2 Playoff Predictions

ESTNN Overwatch Contributor Cole Ricke breaks down each playoff game for the Overwatch Stage 2 Playoffs. The Overwatch League’s Season 2 Stage 2 is coming to a close, and that means the best part is just around the corner — playoffs! With a few teams seeing their first playoff appearance going head to head against […]

Valve releases Dota 2 Battlepass for 2019 International

Valve has finally released the Dota 2 Battle pass for The International 2019. The release date remains the same as last year. As usual, 25% of all Battle pass sales contribute to the TI9 Prize pool. Valve contributes a base amount of $1.6 million for The International every year. The International 2019 will take place […]

Fortnite Twitch Channel Sees Decline in Viewership While Influencers Benefit From World Cup Qualifiers

This weekend marked the second round of qualifiers for the duo portion of the Fortnite  World Cup, and as the qualification process continues, viewership on the main Fortnite Twitch channel has seen a decline. The channel’s average concurrent viewership of 19K was down from 24K for the first week of duo qualifiers April 20-21, and… […]

Tencent Global Esports Annual Summit Planned, RNG Hosts Debate Competition

Last week was significant for the China esports industry. Not only did a game publisher reveal its tournament and esports business summit plan, but also some notable non-endemic sponsorships and partnerships with professional teams, players, and tournament organizers. Among the top stories: Tencent Esports announced its plans for the “Tencent Global Esports Annual Summit,” which… […]

Overwatch League Grand Finals Announced for Philadelphia

The Overwatch League Grand Finals will be held at the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia. Prizes for the top two teams total $1.7M USD. The event will be livestreamed exclusively on Twitch and broadcasted in the U.S. on the ABC network. The Overwatch League  season is at its midway point, with the Stage Two… […]

Dota 2 News: TI 9 Battle Pass is already breaking records

The TI 9 Battle Pass is already smashing records only a few hours after its release. Just a few hours after its release, the Battle Pass for this years’ TI has managed to accumulate a record-breaking prize pool. The current prize pool is sitting is now over $6,000,000. According to sources, this is the highest […]

Honor of Kings World Champion Cup Plans, $2.36M Prize Pool Unveiled

Tencent has announced $2.36M total prize pool money for 2019 Honor of Kings World Champion Cup. The winner of the tournament will earn $1M. The tournament series will take place in three different cities including Seoul, South Korea; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Shenzhen, China. The top two teams from China and South Korea’s Spring Season… […]

Capcom Reports $113M Net Income for FY 2018, ‘Redoubles’ Esports Efforts

Capcom reported net income of ¥12.55B for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, an increase of 14.8% compared to FY 2017. The company said it is “redoubling its commitment” to esports which includes the expansion of Street Fighter League to the U.S. Capcom attributed much of the year’s financial success to Monster… […]

IGZ announces PUBG PC Tournament for India with 60,000 INR

IGZ is coming up with second season of it’s PUBG PC FPP tournament. First tournament was held in late February earlier this year with ₹30,000 on the stake. Inaugural season was a success and it received applauds from the community for efficient functioning and time management. Now, the organizers have revealed information for second season […]

Rainbow Six Siege Patch Activates Reverse Friendly Fire

In a dev blog, the developers at Ubisoft shed some light about the upcoming Reverse Friendly Fire update for Rainbow Six Siege. As the name may suggest some, the RFF system is aimed to keep griefers in check. In RFF system if a player-friendly fires a teammate accidentally or for griefing reasons, the said teammate […]

Vietnam to Host $500K Arena of Valor World Cup in Late June

The 2019 Arena of Valor World Cup will again host 12 teams. $200K USD will be awarded to the top team. Team M8HEXA has already qualified from the Singapore/Malaysia/Philippines region. Tencent and Garena  have finally expanded on details of the previously announced Arena of Valor World Cup coming to Vietnam this year. The 12-team event will… […]

EA plans to bring Apex Legends to mobile devices

In the conference call on 7th May, EA confirmed that they have plans to release Apex Legends in China and on mobile devices soon. Apex Legends is one the most popular free-2-play battle royale game that became popular overnight after its release. The game managed to reach a staggering 50 million players within 2months of […]

Microsoft releases Minecraft Classic for browsers

Minecraft is just days close to its 10th year anniversary. With the game becoming a decade old Microsoft have revealed that they plan to celebrate this with host of announcements for the game. And as a part of 10th-year-anniversary announcements, Microsoft have released Minecraft Classic! a free-2-play browser game. Minecraft classic isn’t new to old-time […]

SAP Joins MDL Disneyland Paris Major as Analytics Partner

SAP will continue supporting Dota 2 esports as the official analytics partner of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. The software company will use its SAP Hana system to provide in-game data, to be displayed on-screen with software partner Layerth. This follows SAP’s support of Dota 2 events including the Kuala Lumpur Major, ESL One events,… […]

League of Legends: The Mid Season Invitational | Flash Wolves Overview

Flash Wolves should be a household name for people that are longtime viewers of professional League of Legends. Many know the Flash Wolves as the famous ‘Korean Killers’, The team that has always been a thorn in the side of SKT and other top Korean teams. Regardless of what you remember from the Flash Wolves, […]

PGL Partners With Make.TV to Increase Off-Season Viewership

Make.TV will use its cloud-based Playout system to help with off-season rebroadcasts. The reruns will be hosted on PGL’s Twitch channel with ad breaks. Make.TV recently signed a deal with Mixer to broadcast tournaments at Microsoft stores. Content distribution company Make.TV has partnered with PGL  in an effort to help the esports events organizer monetize… […]

Dota 2: TI 9 Battle Pass Overview

Finally, we are able to purchase this years’ Battle Pass! It includes a new game mode, living towers, consumables, a Coach’s challenge, and many other exclusive rewards. And of course, 25% of all Battle Pass sales will increase the prize pool of The International 2019. There are three options to choose from when you purchase […]

Fallen wins Gold Play Button

Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, MIBR athlete, became the first Counter-Strike player: Global Offensive to reach the one million mark on YouTube. The news was given by the player last night on Twitter where he posted the photo of the play button. The MIBR captain created his channel in 2011 and began to produce content […]

Overwatch League News: Dallas Fuel Sign Envy Contenders Main Tank Trill

The Dallas Fuel announced today that they have signed Ashley “Trill” Powell to an Overwatch League contract. The Dallas Fuel announced this evening that they have signed Ashely “Trill” Powell from their Overwatch Contender’s team to an Overwatch League Contract. Powell will enter the Fuel roster as a main tank. According to a press release […]

The International 9 Battle Pass and Compendium released!

The battle pass page introduction reads as: “The International Battle Pass is here to blaze a trail into the heart of the Dota summer season. Loaded full of exclusive features and legendary rewards, the Battle Pass is your treasure map to mythic fortune and glory as we journey to the conclusion of this year’s Dota […]

MIBR gets direct invitation to BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles

One of the best Brazilian teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, MIBR will compete in another tournament in 2019. The team was invited to the BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, a competition that will take place between 12 and 13 June in the American city. The Brazilian side is the third of the six teams that […]

The International 2019 and the new DPC circuit

One of the most prestigious competitions of the eSports industry, The International 9 is all set to take place in a few months. To be more precise, the International will kick off in August. As we come closer to the competition Valve is starting to release some information about the event. Let’s have a look […]

Team Liquid are the PEL Kick-off Cup champions

PUBG Europe League – Kick-off Cup ended on the 6th May. The competition hosted 32 teams which competed for $ 125 thousand. Let’s have a comprehensive look at how Liquid reigned supreme in the competition. No one can stop Liquid The European team just can’t cease to display exceptional performances. Liquid previously ranked second in […]

OG winning strategy revealed

David GoDz Parker, the founder of Beyond the Summit, jokingly pointed out that Valve will help OG with MDL Disneyland® Paris Major with the release of the Dota 2 Battle Pass. He noted that the team has found a winning strategy again with Anatan ana Fam. Parker tweeted the joke after Valve announced that he […]

We Are Nations Now Selling Apparel Through Walmart Marketplace

Esports apparel maker We Are Nations has signed a partnership with Walmart’s online store. Merchandise from partnered teams such as G2 Esports and OpTic Gaming is available to purchase via the Walmart Marketplace. The Walmart Marketplace just launched an Esports Fan Shop with items from numerous teams. Esports apparel company We Are Nations today announced… […]

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major | Day 4 Recap

Join us as ESTNN recaps Day 4 of the MDL Paris Major. The second day of the playoffs was as interesting as expected. Sadly, two more teams had to leave the tournament, in addition to the two that left yesterday. Tomorrow is a day off, so make sure to watch the games that you missed. […]

DreamHack Open Tours 2019 Talent Crew Features Bleh, Vice, dusT

DreamHack earlier revealed six invites for DreamHack Open Tours which will be held from May 17-19 with $100,000 USD on the line. G2 Esports, mousesports, Ghost Gaming are prominent contenders attending the event in France. Today the organizers have revealed on-air team for the upcoming event. Get ready France! This super awesome lot will be […]

G2 Esports, mousesports invited to DreamHack Open Tours 2019

DreamHack Open Tours 2019 will be held from May 17-19 at Exhibition Center of Tours, France with $100,000 USD on the stake. Alongside G2 Esports and mousesports, AVANGAR, FrenchFrogs, Ghost Gaming and Valiance Esports also received invites for the event. On the other hand, Windigo qualified through Europe qualifier while Instinct sealed their slot through […]

NRG to attend ESL One Cologne 2019

NRG Esports have received eleventh and second-last invite for one of the most prestigious event throughout the calendar — ESL One: Cologne. The list of actual contenders is beforehand stacked up due to the presence of Astralis, FaZe Clan, ENCE eSports, MIBR and Natus Vincere. However, one more invite is pending with the organizers and […]

Overwatch League Twitch Viewership Declines as Teams Return to Blizzard Arena

The chase for the final spots in the Stage Two playoffs for the Overwatch League  this past week saw a year-over-year decrease in average concurrent viewership with fewer highly competitive matches, despite more total matches being played. While six teams ended Stage Two this year just one game outside of the league’s eight-team playoff, the… […]

Milan Cerny SAP — Esports Will Have a Data Advantage ‘In the Long Run’ Over Sports

Global enterprise software company SAP made waves in the industry last spring when it announced a partnership with Team Liquid  to provide in-depth Dota 2  analytics using its HANA data platform. Since then, SAP has extended its services to other areas of the industry via partnerships with tournament operators such as ESL, DreamHack, and PGL…. […]

What Will the Future of Esports Look Like?

The future of esports looks extremely bright. Esports are no longer just a hobby or a way to kill time. Although not widespread yet, gamers can now play on university teams, major in esports in college, and make a professional career out of playing esports games. In the future, all of these are likely to […]

The International 2019 Battle Pass release date has been announced

Fans have been questioning Valve on social media and Reddit since the month began.“When will the battle pass arrive?” has been on everyone’s mind. But worry not, we finally have the answer. According to a tweet from Valve’s official DOTA 2 Twitter handle, The International 9 Battle Pass and compendium released on 7th May 2019 […]

MDL Paris Major Day 3 Recap: Europe Dominates, Beastcoast & Empire Eliminated

After an exciting day two, the MDL Paris Major action resumed on Monday ,6th May 2019 at Disney’s Newport Bay Club, Disneyland, Paris. Let’s recap yesterday’s events. At the end of day two, the playoffs bracket looked like: UPPER BRACKET: LOWER BRACKET: Upper Bracket Round 1 Games: First upper bracket of the day saw Team […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, April 29 – May 5

The Mid-Season Invitational for League of Legends pushed it ahead of Fortnite for the first time since the LoL Championship Series and LoL European Championship Spring Split’s conclusion. The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch, from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Analytics…. […]

Denmark Publishes Esports Strategy, Creates Panel to Encourage Industry Growth

Danish government officials revealed a new strategy for encouraging the growth of esports in the country. A dedicated Esports Panel will be formed this spring to help guide industry growth, foster up and coming talent , create/maintain healthy communities, and address parent concerns. The initiative is supported by Denmark’s Minister of Culture Mette Brock… […]

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 3 Highlights

It was an exciting first day of playoffs at the MDL Paris Major in Disneyland yesterday. We saw stomps and tilts as our teams continue to fight it out for a place in the finals. If you missed out on yesterday’s games, don’t sweat it. We’ve got the recap and highlights for you right here! […]

Riot Employees Stage Walkout to Protest Forced Arbitration Policies

Employees of Riot Games staged a walkout on Monday, demanding that the company eliminate its forced arbitration policy. Around 100-150 employees were in attendance, joined by several local supporters, and backed by hundreds of #RiotWalkout posts on Twitter. The protest raised issues around Riot Game’s company culture and handling of sexual harassment cases. An estimated… […]

Streamers continue to struggle in Fortnite World Cup qualifiers

The Week 4 qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup ended this weekend. Some of the streamers displayed impressive performances compared to the past weeks. They almost qualified for the World Cup which is far better than failing in the last phase. On the other hand, some top names like Jake “POACH” Brumleve of Team Liquid […]

Popular cores of MDL Disneyland Major

One of the most anticipated competitions of the season, MDL Disneyland® Paris Major is currently taking place. The competition kicked off on 4th May, and we are done with the group stages. We saw 44 games in the first phase of the competition, which was enough to have a look at the latest meta of […]

Popular support picks of MDL Disneyland Major

Let’s have look at the popular support picks that has become exceptionally popular in the past few weeks. These picks can also help you to boost your MMR. Yet we advise to do it fast since these heroes are bound to be nerfed in the next patch. Nyx Assassin Nyx had a very poor […]

OG and Team Secret continue to shine in MDL Paris Major

The matches of the first round of the playoffs ended a few hours ago. The Europeans, Team Secret, and OG beat the Chinese PSG.LGD and the Russians Virtus.pro to advance to the next phase of the Upper Bracket. The Western sides banished their opponents into the depths of Losers’ Bracket. Team Secret X PSG.LGD In […]

MIBR invited to Blast Pro Series Los Angeles 2019

After attending Blast Pro Series in São Paulo and Miami this year, FalleN and co. have received invitation to attend third Blast Pro Series event — Los Angeles 2019. The event will be held at Galen Center on July 12-13 with a prize pool worth $250,000 USD. Like other Blast Pro Series tournaments, this event […]

Douyu May Delay U.S. Stock IPO Over Trade Tariff Worries

A planned IPO from Chinese livestreaming company Douyu may be delayed over trade tariff uncertainty. Tweets by American President Trump have caused a drop in world markets. The tariff discussions likely affected Huya’s IPO strategy last year. Chinese livestreaming platform Douyu  reportedly could put off its planned initial public offering on the New York Stock… […]

Two teams are out of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major

Today was the third day of one of the most interesting Majors of this DPC season. The playoffs began earlier today with the Upper Bracket, followed by the deadly best-of-one eliminations in the Lower Bracket. MDL Disneyland Paris Today Team Secret vs PSG.LGD We close out the series 2-1, and advance to the #MDLDisney Upper […]

Overwatch League Stage 2 Playoff Primer, Part 1

Welcome to the Overwatch League Primer for the Stage 2 Playoffs! Much like our primer for the Dallas Fuel Ultimate Weekend, we’ll be breaking down each of the teams who have made it to the stage playoffs, starting from the first-place team in the stage to the eighth. So, without further ado, let’s get right […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, April 29 – May 5

Led by the Overwatch League, esports took over Twitch this past week, taking up six of the top 10 spots for most-watched channels. Every week, The Esports Observer releases a list of the top 10 Twitch  channels, ranked by total number of hours watched for the week, from Monday through Sunday, with data compiled using… […]

Kit Kat Sponsors Los Angeles Valiant, Plus Overwatch League’s First Rivalry Weekend

Kit Kat has become the official candy sponsor of Immortals Gaming Club’s Overwatch League franchise, The Los Angeles Valiant. The Hershey’s-licensed brand is also the entitlement partner of Kit Kat Rivalry Weekend, taking place August 24-25. This is Kit Kat’s first esports partnership. Nestlé brand Kit Kat (licensed by Hershey’s in the U.S., which negotiated… […]

League of Legends: MSI Play-In Round 2 Recap

This morning, four teams battled in the MSI Play-In Round Two for a ticket straight to the main stage. The first best-of-five series debuted Team Liquid taking on Phong Vu Buffalo , and was a fairly one sided affair. After that, the Flash Wolves fought Vega Squadron  to the same effect. This series was […]

Gillette Signs Marketing Deals with Five Honor of Kings Pro Players

Gillette has partnered with five Chinese esports players from the mobile game Honor of Kings, for a series of promotional campaigns. One of the players, Peng “Fly” Yunfei, has been featured in a Gillette commercial that aired on Chinese social media platform WeChat. Gillette has used the images of all five players on a campaign… […]

Team Liquid finally secure a Grand Final win with IEM Sydney 2019

IEM Sydney 2019 came to a close with Team Liquid winning 3-2 over Fnatic in the Grand finals. The Finals saw the Swedes competing against the North Americans in a series that went the full distance of five maps. Fnatic showed up in strength and it could very well have been their trophy if they […]

miCKe returns to The Alliance, Madara stays on, qojqva on leave

Following their strong 3rd place finish at the recently concluded OGA DOTA PIT MINOR, Alliance announced changes to their roster. The famous Swedish organisation had been using Omar “Madara” Dabachach as a stand-in over the last month, who was playing instead of Michael “miCKe” Vu, who was on temporary medical leave. Welcome @MadaraDotA2 to the […]

Epic Games to Acquire Psyonix, Fnatic and Immortals Raise Funds

Epic Games will acquire Rocket League developer Psyonix, Fnatic and Immortals each announce new funding rounds, and the first spots in the Call of Duty league are revealed. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! Epic Games to… […]

MDL Paris Major DAY 2 Recap: Playoffs Bracket solidified, favourites make the upper bracket cut

After an exciting day one, the MDL Paris Major group stages resumed on Sunday, 5th 2019 at Disney’s Newport Bay Club, Disneyland, Paris. Let’s recap yesterday’s events. At the end of day one, the standings were as follows: Virtus.Pro, Team Secret, Vici Gaming and Evil Geniuses already solidified their positions in the upper bracket of […]

NRG Esports Adds Sneak Energy Drink Brand as Sponsor

NRG’s latest sponsor is Sneak, a brand that makes energy drink powder mixes. The companies are collaborating on content, with Sneak also teasing competitions and merchandise drops. NRG president Brett Lautenbach said the team puts a priority on seeking partners that are “a good cultural fit.” NRG Esports  has added energy drink brand Sneak as… […]

Fortnite: “Tfue” Slams Banned Player After Accusations of his Performance

Fortnite professional “Tfue” slams banned player after accusations come rolling in after his performance in the World Cup Qualifier on May 4th. During last week’s qualifiers, week three, many players were found guilty of cheating in a variety of ways – mostly by being “fed” kills. Of these players were the two notorious cheaters, Ronaldo […]

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 2 Highlights

After the dust settled from the first day of the Major, day two turned out to be just as exciting. There were many fantastic moments and clutch plays, let’s take a look at what happened. Group A Keen Gaming vs. Beastcoast The first series of the day was between EE’s squad and the Chinese Keen […]

Apex Legends in a dire need of official tournaments

Apex Legends was launched on February 4th and immediately became the leader of Twitch in terms of the number of viewers. Already eight hours after the release, developers reported about a million registered users, and a month later – about 50 million players. Owing to its success, NRG eSports, Team SoloMid and 100 Thieves were […]

Riot Games changes the contract for their employees

The development studio of League of Legends, Riot Games announced that it would delete the clause for internal disputes concerning disputes about sexual harassment at work – but only for new employees and if they explicitly request this. Riot Games, the developer studio behind the successful MOBA League of Legends, announced it was making adjustments […]

Players are experiencing weird bugs in Fortnite yet again

In Fortnite Battle Royale, the new item “Shadow Bomb” is likely to get banned. Since a glitch ensures that players stay invisible on a permanent basis, that could pose a huge problem in the World Cup qualifiers. The item Shadow Bomb which was recently introduced with patch 8.51 makes you invisible for 6 seconds. You […]

Team Liquid are the champions of IEM Sydney 2019

The NA side, Team Liquid reigned supreme in the grand finale of the IEM Sydney. The side outplayed the hot favorite, Fnatic to take home their first major title of 2019. The finale! The first match of the series took place on Cache where Fnatic started off in a dominating style by winning nine rounds. […]

CoD News: 100 Thieves Claim the trophy at CWL London

100 Thieves leave London with the CWL London trophy. CWL London is officially over, and 100 Thieves have claimed its trophy! The team, led by former OpTic Gaming player Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, defeated EUnited in the Grand Finals to take the win. Earlier that day, 100 Thieves beat OpTic Gaming in the Winners Final, and […]

MSI Play-In Round 2 Preview: FW vs VEG

The Mid Season Invitational Play-In group stage closed earlier today with the conclusion of Group B‘s games.Vega Squadron pulled ahead of the rest of the pack to emerge victorious and now is set to play the Flash Wolves tomorrow for a chance to go straight to the Main Stage. VEG, the representatives from […]

The 13 Best Pictures We Snapped at the Overwatch League Dallas Ultimate Weekend

Well, we’re a week past the end of the Overwatch League Dallas Homestand, but we’ve got 13 of our best pictures that our photographers snapped at the event. Enjoy! 13. Fuel Fans were hyped for their first series against the Valiant 12. Even Reinhardt has to take a breather every now and again. 11. Sometimes, […]

MDL Paris Major Day 1 Recap: VP, Team Secret, EG and VG top their groups

The penultimate major of the current DPC season, MDL Disneyland Paris Major, kicked off yesterday, May 4th at Disney’s Newport Bay Club, Disneyland, Paris. The 16 teams were divided into 4 different groups. With the group stage only lasting 2 days, a lot of games happened simultaneously. Two teams from each group played a game […]

Liquid beat Fnatic to win IEM Sydney 2019

The IEM Sydney Grand Final was going to be played between Liquid and Fnatic. Liquid made their way to the finals without dropping a single map following victories over top teams. Fnatic, on the other hand, clawed through the lower bracket and made it to the finals. Grand Finals Liquid vs. Fnatic Fnatic won Cache […]

Eternal EnVy and Team Team signed by BEASTCOAST

Though Eternal Envy and TEAM TEAM were recently in the spotlight for all the wrong reason, here is some positive news from their end. Eternal Envy and the rest of the TEAM TEAM roster were signed by a lesser-known North American organisation called “BEASTCOAST”, who make their foray into the DOTA 2 scene with this […]

Black^ joins Infamous for the rest of the DPC season

Dominik ‘Black^’ Reitmeier has officially joined Infamous, the famous Peruvian organisation alongside Oliver ‘Skiter’ Lepko, Mariano ‘p4pita’ Caneda, and Malthe ‘Biver’ Winther. The team is missing a 5th player who should be announced soon. Welcome Black^ Today we announce our new player for the rest of the season: @BlackDotA2. He will be playing as midlaner […]

Virtus Pro Withdraw from ESL One Birmingham, to attend home event instead

A while ago, defending champions Virtus Pro announced that their DOTA 2 roster would be skipping ESL ONE BIRMINGHAM 2019, to which they were invited. Unfortunately, our Dota 2 squad will miss ESL One Birmingham 2019. Read the full statement on our website: https://t.co/7QM4XcBMDj pic.twitter.com/zVT6fjmCrr — Virtus.pro @ #MDLDisney Major April 26, 2019 Roman […]

League of Legends – The rise of Sona/Taric combo

In League of Legends , champions are chosen according to the lane and role they will play in the game. However, in some cases, professional players of LoL decide to dare and change champions from their original roles. This is the case of the Sona and Taric duo. Both support champions, have witnessed incredible […]

Fortnite competitive news in a nutshell

In the last 24 hours, Epic Games made a strong verdict against the cheaters, XXiF and his friends. Meanwhile, Microsoft announced to release an Xbox One S console exclusively for the Fortnite players. Lastly, FoRze signed a new player for the Qualifiers of the Fortnite World Cup. XXiF and friends banned! Epic Games punished Damien […]

Razer Uses April Fool’s Day Joke to Test Demand for Toaster, Now In Development

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced that the Razer toaster, a fake item presented on April Fool’s Day, is now real, and in development. Positive feedback prompted Razer to test consumer demand by way of likes on a Facebook page. Tan said he is putting together a team of designers and engineers to make the toaster—… […]

Dota 2: MDL Paris Major – Day 1 Highlights

Day one of the MDL Paris Major at Disneyland is finished and our teams are now moving into the next phase of the competition. We saw some fantastic performances across the day’s series, with plenty of action-packed games and some truly beautiful Dota 2 being played by the pros. There were plenty of thrilling moments, […]

770 thousand cheaters banned in Apex Legends!

Respawn recently reported on the fight against cheaters in Apex Legends. The developers of the “royal battle” in the Titanfall universe revealed that since the release of the title in February 2019, they have successfully blocked more than 770 thousand illegal accounts. According to executive producer Respawn Drew McCoy, the new reporting system has greatly […]

The dark horses of MDL Disneyland® Paris Major

Let’s have a look at the teams whom we believe have the potential to shock the world in one of the biggest Dota 2 competitions of the year. EG A possible strong contender of MDL Paris Major is Evil Geniuses. Representatives of North America did not reach the grand finale of a single Major tournament. […]

Up & Close with 15-year-old Chinese CSGO Pro Escudo

Following up on our TalkEsport’s Interact series, where we feature talent from the esports circuit. Our new guest is Francisco “escudo” Mascarenhas. Escudo is a 15-year-old CSGO Pro from Macau, China. Escudo is currently playing for Team Brutality in ESL India Premiership: Summer Phase of the Masters Cup. Malav: So escudo, you mentioned earlier that […]

North makes a dangerous roster move as their first player swap in 2019, will this be the last straw for the organization?

  North path has been full of holes since the team released Magisk, back in 2016. Thing continued got worse once k0nfig and Cajun were kicked in early 2017 and since them it has been a downfall. So, for the first roster change of theirs in 2019, North is making a serious bet. What this […]

Fnatic to face Liquid at finals of IEM Sydney 2019

The semi-finals of IEM Sydney 2019 brought massive action at the table. Team Liquid dominated MIBR and advanced to the finals with 2-0 scoreline of a best of three series. Whereas, Fnatic put before their best performance to beat NRG Esports 2-1 to win the finalist spot. The game began in inferno, leveled at train […]

MiBR falls yet again at IEM Sydney 2019

MIBR is eliminated from the IEM Sydney 2019,competition of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive . Fallen and co. lost to Team Liquid on Saturday 2-0. The Brazilians were outplayed on Mirage 10-16. While on Nuke they lost after overtime, 15-19. The big final will take place on Sunday, between the US team and Fnatic. Game 1 […]

Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers Help Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney Post Strong Viewership on Twitch

The third week of Fortnite  World Cup qualification saw one of Twitch’s  top streamers earn a spot in the competition’s solo event. Turner “Tfue” Tenney made his name on Twitch when he was winning weekly Fortnite tournaments, and this week his push to qualify for the World Cup finals in July was a boon for… […]

Valens to coach Cloud9, Rambo departs

Rambo joined the North-American organization after  Soham “valens” Chowdhury was transferred to Data Science wing at Cloud9 earlier this year in March. However, the relocation did not lead to necessary results. Cloud9 had a poor appearance at BLAST Pro Series Miami with five consecutive losses against Na’Vi, Astralis, MIBR, Liquid and FaZe. Although, Cloud9 finished […]

Immortals raises $30mn to takeover OpTic Gaming

Immortals have completed a $30 million Series B funding round and will rebrand their holding company and undergo executive changes that include founder Noah Whinston stepping down from a managerial role in the company, the team told ESPN on Wednesday. Immortals will rebrand their holding company to be named Immortals Gaming Club, which owns the […]

The IEM Sydney 2019 Semifinals Preview

IEM Sydney 2019 is the biggest Counter-Strike event in Australia. The tournament sees the top teams in participation and is characterized by the very energetic crowd and the Australian enthusiasm. The 2019 edition of IEM Sydney saw 16 teams competing against each other in the Group stage and the First part of the playoffs. Team […]

Call of Duty: CWL London Day 1 Recap

London was calling the Call of Duty World League to it, and did the CWL deliver on the first day! Some significant technical issues delayed the festivities, but the fans and players alike made the best of that situation to hilarious results. And the Pool Play didn’t disappoint either, especially with teams like OpTic Gaming […]

Secretlab Designs Official Gaming Chair for Dota 2 MDL Disneyland Paris Major

Secretlab has designed the official gaming chair that will be used by players, casters, and staff at the Dota 2 MDL Disneyland Paris Major. The event, a partnership between Disneyland Paris and tournament organizer Mars Media, is France’s first-ever Dota 2 Major. The $1M USD tournament features 16 teams, including Team Secret, Virtus.pro, and Evil… […]

Team Secret and Virtus.pro fight for the No.1 DPC rank

Let’s have a look at the top two teams of the competitive landscape of Dota 2 and what they are capable of in the Paris Major. The All-Rounder, Team Secret The Stability and the desire to give 100% at each tournament is the best quality of Team Secret. The team has already guaranteed itself a […]

Is OpTiC Gaming coming back to NA LCS?

Immortals eSports club is planning to buy OpTic Gaming organization and return to the League of Legends professional scene. This was reported by ESPN journalist Jacob Wolf. According to Wolf, Immortals is going to bid for Infinite Sports and Entertainment, which owns OpTic Gaming, as well as its Call of Duty, CS: GO, League of […]

MIBR to compete in the semifinal of IEM Sydney 2019

MIBR qualified for the semifinals of IEM Sydney 2019 of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Thursday. The Brazilians defeated mousesports 2-0 with a 22-19 victory on Mirage and 16-10 win on Overpass and now the Brazilians will face Team Liquid in the playoffs. The match will be played on Saturday. Game 1 The MIBR […]

Complexity Gaming Unveils Dallas Cowboys-Inspired Rebrand

Complexity Gaming has introduced a rebranding effort that closely mirrors the look of its sister team, the Dallas Cowboys. The new blue-and-white jerseys and other apparel are now available for purchase. Complexity Gaming was purchased by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and investor John Goff in November 2017. Complexity Gaming  has introduced a significant rebranding effort,… […]

CompLexity Gaming Reveals Rebranding & Team Manifesto

Complexity Gaming, one of esports’ longest-running organizations, announced a total rebrand today, complete with a new logo, jerseys and merchandise. Complexity Gaming announced a full rebrand today to coincide with the organizations move to their new headquarters, the GameStop Performance Center. The new design mirrors that of Complexity’s sister team, the Dallas Cowboys. In addition […]

Hearthstone World Championship Sees Year-Over-Year Increase in Hours Watched on Twitch

The Hearthstone  World Championship produced 3.1M hours watched for its four days of competition on Twitch from April 25-28, up from last year’s event which produced 2.4M hours watched in January of 2018. While the event saw a boost in overall hours watched, the average viewership of the event didn’t improve much. This year’s 37K… […]

CS: GO News: Valens back in as Cloud9 Head Coach, Rambo Out

Cloud9 Valens will transition back to the Cloud9’s CS: GO Head Coach role just a month after vacating the position. Cloud9 has switched back to Soham “Valens” Chowdhury as the C9 Counterstrike: Global Offensive Head Coach. Ronald “Rambo” Kim is leaving the position after a short trial period starting in January ended in him becoming […]

Danish Prime Minister is a true lover of CS:GO

The commitment of certain European countries to video games and esports is growing at a rapid pace. Both Poland and Denmark are taking the lead in the Old Continent with various beneficial initiatives. Yesterday, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, played Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at the Astralis headquarters. During his visit, he also […]

Rocket League becomes part of the Epic Store

Studio Psyonix, which supports and publishes the Rocket League, has become part of Epic Games. This was announced on the RL website. Psyonix representatives noted that in the short term nothing will change for fans of the Rocket League. In the long run, they plan to add a game to the Epic Games Store. According […]

Riot makes champion changes in patch 9.9

The patch 9.9 arrives today in League of Legends with tons of changes to the trio Aatrox, Tahm Kench, and Blitzcrank. Let’s have a comprehensively look in each one of them at how they will impact the meta. Aatrox The Passive of Aatrox from now on will not reduce the shields and healing capabilities of […]

Capcom, Super League Gaming Partner for Street Fighter V Amateur League

Capcom and Super League Gaming will hold city-based and city-vs-city amateur competitions for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. Super League Gaming will also add the game to its platform for tournament organizers to enable community-run competitions at affiliated venues. Capcom Media Ventures is a newly-announced entity formed in part to oversee Capcom’s esports initiatives outside… […]

Valve announces format and schedule of next DPC season

Recently valve announced the dates of the next Dota Pro Circuit season . Along with the dates. Valve has also announced that they will be in charge of determining the formats for both Minors and Majors in the upcoming DPC season. As the DPC 2018-2019 season is moving towards its end, with only 1 minor […]

MDL Disneyland Paris Major set to begin

Mars Media and Disneyland Paris bring you the fourth Dota 2 Major of the Dota Pro Circuit 2018-2019 season. 16 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams will battle it out at Disney’s Newport Bay Club and Disney Events Arena from 4th May 2019-12th May 2019.15 teams have been decided via the six online regional […]

April Esports Investment Recap: Gen.G and aXiomatic Raise Millions, Celebrities Back Teams

April 2019 saw several prominent investments in the esports industry, including eight-figure funding rounds closed by Gen.G. Esports  and Team Liquid  parent company aXiomatic , respectively, as well as a handful of prominent celebrity investors and preparations for a potential $500M USD initial public offering from a major Chinese livestreaming service. In all, the month… […]

Forward Gaming replaces player, just before MDL Disneyland Major

The North American region is undergoing a huge shuffle with most teams making changes before the next set of events come around. First, it was Forward Gaming and J Storm making changes, then TEAM TEAM and Complexity came in with a few changes of their own. Not long after their last roster shuffle, Forward Gaming […]

NiP, fnatic deliver game of the year at IEM Sydney 2019

The Swedish Counter Strike presented an epitome of their performance in Australia. Decade-old rivals Ninjas in Pyjamas & fnatic awe’d fans in the quarter finals of IEM Sydney 2019. Fnatic finally beat NiP 2-1 in the series, but the scores won’t tell you the full story of the game. The impressive display of skills, experience […]

Activision Blizzard Exceeds Q1 Earnings Outlook Citing Esports, Core Franchises

Activision Blizzard reported net revenue of $1.8B USD for Q1 2019, exceeding its outlook of $1.7B but dropping overall compared to Q1 2018. Core franchises such as Call of Duty, Candy Crush, and Overwatch were cited as drivers of revenue during the quarter and will remain the focus of continued investment. Esports initiatives create “enduring appeal” for its… […]

Valve Dates 2020-21 CS:GO Majors, Seeking Tournament Organizers

Valve has set dates for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major tournaments in 2020-21, and is seeking proposals from organizers. The events are planned to take place in May and November each year. Valve recently faced criticism by dating the upcoming StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 following the players’ seasonal break. Valve  has established dates for the… […]

Dota 2: How-To Properly Snowball

You have probably heard the term snowballing while playing Dota 2. It means that once a hero gets enough momentum, they become much stronger in comparison to other heroes. Usually, heroes that tend to snowball often are also the best when it comes to gaining MMR, especially in the lower MMR brackets. That’s why it […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, April

Grand Theft Auto V and Hearthstone end April with month-over-month increases in viewership, while Apex Legends continues a precipitous decline from the top spot it held in February. The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch , from March 1-31, with data compiled using TEO Analytics. Year-Over-Year   On… […]

MSI Play-In Round 2 Preview: TL v PVB

The 2019 Mid Season Invitational is well underway, with the Play-In stage over halfway done. This stage was divided into two groups with four emerging regions each. Group A was considered the group of death, and they finished their group stage on Friday. The representatives from Vietnam, Phong Vu Buffalo , proved victorious. Now, their […]

Splyce and Toronto Defiant Owners OverActive Media to Field CoD Franchise Team

According to a press release, OverActive Media is one of the first five organizations to sign on to Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty franchising plan. According to a press release and the Activision Blizzard earnings call, OverActive Media , the owners of Splyce and the Toronto Defiant, is one of the first five organizations to […]

Breaking: First Five Call of Duty League Franchise Owners Revealed

On its Q1 2019 earnings call today, Activision Blizzard  announced the first five cities and owners for the upcoming geolocated Call of Duty  League. The spots for Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; New York, New York; Paris, France; and Toronto, Canada will be owned by Atlanta Esports Ventures, Envy Gaming , Sterling.VC , c0ntact Gaming, and OverActive Media ,… […]

Activision Blizzard Announces First Five Call of Duty Franchise Teams

Activision/Blizzard, the publisher of Call of Duty, announced the first five franchised teams for the Call of Duty World League this afternoon in their Q1 2019 Earnings Call. Activision/Blizzard officially announced the first franchised teams for Call of Duty World League   today on their 2019 Q1 earnings call. The move was previously mentioned during […]

Boston Red Sox bans Fortnite

One of the major franchises of the baseball league has officially called it quits on Fortnite. The Boston Red Sox team won its ninth World Series title in October 2018. However, since that achievement, the baseball side has declined in form. We can assure you that the fans and the players cannot put the blame […]

Overwatch All-Star event details revealed

The All-Star festivities of the Overwatch League will kick off on the 15th of May. The event is a set to the take place in California at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank. We can expect an exciting All-Star weekend since some of the best players will be competing. The organizer, Blizzard announced the different modes […]

Asking Alexandria to Perform at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles

The Los Angeles BLAST Pro Series tournament will feature metal band Asking Alexandria, the first musical performer in the series’ history. The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will feature six teams and a $250K USD prize pool, and take place on July 12-13. RFRSH Entertainment recently announced a season format for the BLAST Pro Series, culminating… […]

Top 10 Overwatch League Signs We Saw at the Dallas Homestand

There were some great fan-made signs at last weekend’s Overwatch League Dallas Homestand Event. Here’s our Top 10 list of the ones that we saw. #10. Taking a page out of Zenyatta’s book, this Overwatch fan was flanked by both a Dallas Fuel fan and a Houston Outlaws supporter. #9. It’s a buff to both […]

Alban Dechelotte, Riot Games – LEC Doesn’t ‘Need to Copy Anyone’

Following the success of the League of Legends Championship Series’  transition to a franchise-based model, the European LCS  came into the 2019 season with a new name and logo as the League of Legends  European Championship utilizing a similar structure. The ensuing first half of the year has been marked with viewership growth on… […]

CSGO News: Valve Sets Dates for ’20 and ’21 Major Tournaments

In a surprise move, Valve set the dates for the 2020 and 2021 Counterstrike: Global Offensive Major tournaments last night. Valve has announced the dates for the 2020 and 2021 CS: GO Majors last night. The Majors are the ultimate tournaments in the Counterstrike: Global Offensive landscape, and have traditionally taken place in early September […]

How Epic Games Can Turbo-Charge Rocket League Esports

For fans of car-soccer, yesterday’s news hit like a rocket-powered bump out of nowhere: after nearly two decades of independence, Rocket League  developer Psyonix  has been acquired by Fortnite  maker Epic Games . The companies had worked together long ago, when Psyonix was primarily a support studio before Rocket League’s success, but it was still an… […]

Virtus.pro sign OKOLICIOUZ

Vitrus.Pro, the legendary Polish organization, has confirmed the addition of Michal “OKOLICIOUZ” Glowaty from EURONICS. @okoliciouz will replace @byalics in our CS:GO line-up in the upcoming tournaments and qualifiers: https://t.co/KkTsIrmhSg pic.twitter.com/D8YfpqSc0L — Virtus.pro May 2, 2019 Yesterday, Byali confirmed all rumors of him leaving Vitrus.Pro through an Instagram post where he stated that the […]

North replace Cadian with JUGi; Valde steps up as team captain

North, the Danish team have announced that they have signed Jakob “JUGi” Hansen who will be taking over the big green from Cadian. “I feel that the time has come for me to take on extra responsibilities within the team.” Today we promote @Officialvalde as team captain and welcome @JUGiOfficial as new AWP’er. This also […]

The Battle Between DotA 2 and Artificial Intelligence

DotA 2 is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena or MOBA game developed by Valve Corporation which was based on the original game Defense of the Ancients or DOTA. The game is played by two teams of five players whose primary aim is to take over the opponents’ base located at the corner of the map. […]

New York Is Soon Getting Its First Esports Arena

Talking at SportsPro Live 2019 in London, the previous Austria worldwide uncovered that he had bought a 36-section of land complex containing 70 structures for the advancement, which will incorporate an inn and the US city’s originally committed focused gaming scene. Fuchs, 33, turned into the primary Premier League player to dispatch his own esports […]

Dota 2: The Worst Current Items

As we know, whenever the hero meta changes, the go-to items also change. Let’s take a look at some of the worst items to get in patch 7.21d right now. Octarine Core Octarine is a fascinating item in Dota 2. It got introduced to the game in patch 6.84, and in the beginning, there was […]

Capcom Forms Capcom Media Ventures for Esports and Media Licensing Businesses

Capcom has restructured its esports and media licensing businesses, forming a new Capcom Media Ventures entity to comprise both. Capcom Media Ventures will handle all esports efforts outside of Japan, including the Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour. The Los Angeles-based company will also oversee entertainment licensing for productions based on Capcom’s myriad game franchises…. […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, April 2019

Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar stayed at the top of Twitch in April, but Fortnite’s return to prominence has Turner “Tfue” Tenney hot on his heels. The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch , from April 1-30, with data compiled using TEO Analytics. Year-Over-Year   As was the case in… […]

Esports News Weekly Brief: April 24 – May 1, 2019

Welcome to the ESTNN Weekly Brief! Here’s your rundown of all the esports news for the past week of May 1st, including a new League of Legends champion, an in-depth recap of the Overwatch League Dallas Homestand, and a mysterious Fortnite… erm… mystery! Let’s dive right in. League of Legends In League this week, Patch […]

Overwatch League Playoff Spot Predictions Season 2 | Stage 2

ESTNN’s Cole Ricke takes a look at the remaining games left in Stage 2 and gives his best playoff spot predictions for the teams that still have a chance. Teams Guaranteed A Playoff Spot With only one week left before Stage 2 ends, five teams have already secured their place in playoffs while others are […]

Epic Games acquires Rocket League Dev Psyonix, Rocket League to become Epic Store Exclusive

Epic Games has announced the acquisition of San Diego-based Rocket League developer Psyonix. Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced that the North Carolina-based studio has acquired Rocket League-developer Psyonix. A blog post from Psyonix revealed the news today along with a short FAQ. The blog post states in no uncertain terms that Rocket League will […]

Reboot Vans return for Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers

The Reboot Vans makes its return to the tournament and Arena mode of Fortnite. These vans allow the players to respawn their teammates, Yet they were moved from all the competitive modes. The reason why Epic removed it was of bug that affected the scoreline of the matches. These vans were available in normal modes. […]

Valve releases new map for Danger Zone

For the lovers of ago an exciting update has arrived. Valve has introduced a new map to the Danger Zone battle royale game mode. Apart from the new map tons of other changes have been introduced to improve the experience of the Danger Zone. Sirocco is the name of the new map that makes its […]

Valve starts accepting applications for DPC 2019-2020

Valve has announced that they have started taking applications for the new DPC season. This confirms that Valve will stick with the Dota Pro Circuit for the upcoming year as well. They have also announced the dates for the Dota 2 events from next year. There will be five Dota 2 Majors and Five Minors […]

Breaking: Epic Games to Acquire Rocket League Developer Psyonix Studios

Rocket League  developer Psyonix Studios  has announced that it will be acquired by Epic Games , the company behind Fortnite . In a statement on the Rocket League website, Psyonix stated that Rocket League will eventually be added to the recently-launched Epic Games store. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Psyonix also stated that the acquisition… […]

Top contenders of MSI 2019 – Part 2

Since MSI is kicking off in a few hours, it will be the perfect time to evaluate the top contenders of the 2019 edition. Let’s have a comprehensive look at the two favorites: 2) SK Telecom T1 Faker makes his return to the big stage. One of the best players in the world is back […]

Top contenders of MSI 2019 – Part 1

Let’s have look at the top five candidates that will have their eyes set on the trophy in Vietnam. 5) Team Liquid Team Liquid arrives into the competition after missing out on several previous editions. The NA side remodeled itself in 2019, to finally win the LCS. However, despite lifting the Spring title the team […]

Official: Byali leaves Virtus Pro

In an Instagram post, Byali has confirmed that he has departed from the Virtus.pro active lineup. The move was first reported by Cybersport.pl, which stated that Byali was set to depart the roster as he was “unhappy with the team’s results”, putting an end to speculations which stated that internal conflict during a boot camp […]

Overwatch News: Dallas Homestand Grades for Every Team

In leui of our usual power rankings, ESTNN breaks down the performances of every team that played at last weekend’s Dallas Homestand. The Dallas Homestand was the very first time Overwatch League teams were able to compete outside of the usual Burbank studio in regular season matches. Because of this, not all teams were able […]

Magic Gaming Partners with Full Sail University

The Orlando Magic’s NBA 2K League team, Magic Gaming, has partnered with the Orlando-area Full Sail University. Full Sail is focused on media and technology careers, and has a collegiate esports team and new esports facility on-campus. The companies will collaborate on content to appear both at Magic Gaming’s practice studio and Full Sail’s own… […]

Foot Locker to Sell Champion Athleticwear Esports Apparel at Retail

Foot Locker, Inc. will sell a Champion Athleticwear line based on five esports teams, both online and at select retail locations. The apparel line includes jerseys, t-shirts, and sweatshirts featuring the logos and branding from OpTic Gaming, Dignitas, Counter Logic Gaming, Spacestation Gaming, and Renegades. The company’s Champs Sports location in Times Square, New York… […]

ESL One New York Returns to Barclays Center in September

ESL One New York will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the fourth year running, with a $200K USD Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament. The event will also host the season two ESL Mobile Open finals for PUBG Mobile, Clash of Clans, and Asphalt 9: Legends. The MSI Gaming Arena will also return with its… […]

Mountain Dew to spend 40% of its marketing budget targeting gamers

Mountain Dew, a subsidiary brand of Pepsi Co., is all set to increase its marketing budget to target the gaming market. Mountain Dew has set its sight on gamers. The company will spend 40% of its marketing budget to reach gamers. The gaming market being relatively new and growing at exponential growth makes […]

The International Shanghai Dates Announced, RW Shark Loses Spot in LDL Spring Season for Cheating

Last week, the Chinese esports industry saw a number of key developments related to upcoming Dota Auto Chess tournaments, an annual esports event announed dates, and a professional esports team lost its spot for cheating. Among the top stories: Valve officially announced the dates of The International 2019 Shanghai; WCG signed an exclusive media rights… […]

Fnatic raises $19 million in Series A funding

Popular Swedish Esports org Fnatic has secured a Series A funding amounting to $19 million, which was announced today on their website. Tech Entrepreneur and owner of LVL1 group Lev Leviv was the major backer in this round along with Raptor Group, Unbound, BlackPine, Joi Ito and Beringea. In the statement they also announced a […]

IEM Sydney day two recap

The second day of the tournament saw 4 more teams being eliminated from the tournament and other teams being demoted to the lower bracket to still have a shot at the 250,000$ prize pool and being crowned champions at the event in Australia. Second Round: Group A: Lower Bracket: In the lower bracket, Renegades were […]

Overwatch League Homestand Provides Most-Watched Days of Stage Two on Twitch

Only eight teams played in over the course of two days of action in Dallas, Texas, as the Overwatch League  held its first-ever homestand weekend, but that didn’t prevent the league from having its most-watched days of action in Stage Two so far on Twitch . While a typical OWL weekend includes 4 days of action… […]

Crazyguy to stand-in for Entity Gaming at ESL India Premiership

In Entity’s today’s ESL India Premiership: Summer Phase match against w1ngs, the Indian Organisation were spotted playing without Đorđe “DJOXiC” Niciforović and Ngô “crazyguy” Anh Công was used as a replacement. This incident comes shortly after Entity came back to India to play ESL India Premiership: Summer Phase after a month-long boot camp in Serbia. […]

League of Legends: A Closer Look at Group B of MSI

ESTNN takes a dive into Group B of MSI, breaking down the teams and their histories ahead of the Mid Season Invitational. With the recent news that Riot has updated the schedule and all groups will play on consecutive days with only a day of rest before the second half, the change makes it interesting […]

Luminosity Gaming Adds Rapper Tory Lanez to Ownership Group

Grammy-nominated rapper and singer Tory Lanez has joined Luminosity Gaming’s ownership group, and will serve as a global ambassador for the team. Lanez will create content for the team, interact with fans, and otherwise lend his expertise from the music industry. Other music acts that have become team co-owners over the last year include Drake,… […]

Immortals Rebrands Holding Company Following $30M USD Series B Funding, Acquisition of Gamers Club

Immortals, LLC has acquired the Brazilian game matchmaking platform, Gamers Club. The brand has rebranded its holding company to Immortals Gaming Club and closed a $30M USD Series B funding round. Funds will be used to build infrastructure in Brazil, as well as expand Gamers Club into other games and markets. Immortals, LLC announced… […]

League of Legends vs. DOTA 2

An introduction to the two League of Legends and DOTA 2 are two of the most prominent MOBA’s or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games on the globe right now. The two might seem worlds apart, but they are actually both based on the same game mod which was Defence Of the Ancients which was released […]

Apex Legends players continue to face annoying bugs

A very interesting bug has recently popped up in Apex Legends. It allows players to jump around while in the downed state, meaning it is nearly impossible to kill them off. This is a very controversial bug since it not only makes it hard to kill the player. The downed man can feed information to […]

Another player get accused of cheating during Fortnite World Cup qualifiers

The Fortnite World Cup qualifiers are off to a rocky start. Since less than 24 hours ago, the community accused a player of cheating in the first phase of the competition. Team Rise’s XXiF is in the spotlight for getting “free” elimination points in week three of the qualifiers. The player teamed up with his […]

The battle of NA vs EU – MDL Disneyland® Paris Major

After NiP secured the last slot by winning the OGA DOta Pit Minor, we can now focus on the MDL Major Paris. Let’s have a look at the top contenders from EU and NA. Team Secret Seeing Secret qualify for the competition is not surprising at all. The EU side was the first team to […]

Dota 2: Pieliedie Joins Forces with Forward Gaming & VP to Play with a Stand-in

Forward Gaming FG is among the most interesting teams of this DPC season. They have had a lot of ups and downs but it seems like they were just unable to utilize their full potential. That’s why it is no surprise that the NA squad decided that it is time to make some changes. Yawar […]

Fnatic Raises $19M Series A Funding, Appoints New Leadership

Fnatic has announced a $19M USD Series A funding round led by board member and entrepreneur, Lev Leviev. The team has also made leadership changes, including appointing founder and former chairman Sam Mathews as CEO. Fnatic will use the capital to fund international expansion and marketing efforts, renew its focus on top-tier leagues, and expand… […]

New CSGO update introduces changes to DangerZone

Earlier today, a CSGO update sized at around 625 MB was shipped to the game which introduced many changes to Danger Zone and added few gadgets to change gameplay metas. The complete patch notes can be found here. The first part of the update look at the recently added Battle Royale mode in CSGO. Firstly, […]

NOW FIXED: Exploit in CSGO Lets Users Inject Cheat Commands to Other Players

Recently an exploit is witnessed wherein users who join your lobby could possibly enable several console commands leading to visibility through the walls, i.e. wallhacks. Eventually, Valve has taken down CS:GO lobbies while they investigate and solve the exploit. They further advised players to stay calm. Here is a list of console commands which can […]

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Operation Spectre Rising Begins Today

Blackout It has been a while since Treyarch made changes to Call of Duty Blackout’s main map. Recently, Call of Duty added a smaller and more fast-paced map, Alcatraz, and it seemed that this would be the direction that Treyarch went with their Battle-Royale mode: various types of maps with different combat styles. However, Treyarch […]

Pittsburgh Knights Add SmileDirectClub as Sponsor

SmileDirectClub, which makes teeth-aligning and whitening products, is the latest sponsor of the Pittsburgh Knights. This marks the first esports sponsorship for SmileDirectClub, which will be the “smile confidence partner” of the team. Knights players and streamers will use SmileDirectClub products, the company will sponsor a weekly video series, and the partners have multiple activations… […]

BFGoodrich to Sponsor DreamHack Dallas Rocket League Tournament

Tire brand BFGoodrich will sponsor the $100K USD Rocket League tournament at DreamHack Dallas from May 31 to June 2. It is the first esports partnership for BFGoodrich, which is owned by Michelin. This is the second Rocket League event in the DreamHack Pro Circuit, with two more on the horizon for 2019. BFGoodrich has… […]

ESL One New York 2019 Announced

ESL: One New York returns to Barclays Center for its 2019 edition with $200,000 USD prize pool. The fourth edition will be held from September 26-29 with a best of three GSL format while the grand finale being a best of five encounter. They still don’t understand, but soon they will. #ESLOne New York returns […]

IEM Sydney Day 1 Recap

As IEM returned to Sydney, ESL, 16 teams from across the globe fought for the title and  $250,000 USD on the table from April 30 – May 05. The tournament features a double elimination bracket. Here is how the bracket looks after Day one of #IEM Sydney 2019 Groups! Who do you think will join […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Content, April 22 – 28

Movement in the middle of the top 10 this week was highlighted by surges in viewership for Hearthstone, Mortal Kombat 11, and World of Warcraft. The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch , from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Analytics. Keep it Competitive… […]

League of Legends: The Mid Season Invitational | SKT T1 Overview

The dream team. That’s what everyone was calling the new line-up back in December. When SKT revealed their new roster, fans and analysts alike were astonished at the talent they’d procured. Mata, Khan, and Faker in the same squad? Who would have dreamed of such a team. Despite the early fanfare, the team was left […]

Overwatch League’s Dallas Homestand was a Resounding Success

The OWL Dallas Homestand was a fantastic event from a fan perspective. Last weekend, the Overwatch League put on one of its best shows to date in Dallas for their first ever Homestand Weekend. Fans and journalists alike have praised the event as a terrific opening salvo in Blizzard/Activision’s plans to introduce geolocation to their […]

Mike Sheetal, PlayBrain – Japanese Esports Market ‘At a Turning Point’

Japan has been a leader in the video game market for decades, but despite the competitive legacy of arcade games in the country, the modern esports boom hasn’t resonated as strongly as it has elsewhere in the world. That’s largely seen as a consequence of restrictive gambling and advertising laws—but those restrictions have been loosened… […]

Denmark Prime Minister visits Astralis HQ, plays Counter Strike with Astralis Players

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the Prime Minister of Denmark has been very local about his love for esports and his support for Astralis. From congratulating Astralis for their victories to giving a speech at Blast Pro Series Copenhagen 2018,  Mr Rasmussen has a constant source of motivation for the Danish legends. In a Linkedin post by […]

Fortnite Summer Smash Event Prize Payment Delays Questioned

A Summer Smash competitor posted accusations of Epic’s failure to pay prize money from the Fortnite Summer Smash at the Australian Open event. A series of screenshots and collected information from 25 participants suggests large sums of outstanding prize payments are still owed. Epic Games responded to the post with an official statement suggesting possible… […]

ESL Pro League Leaves Its Mark on Twitch During First Round

The ESL  Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  has made its way to Twitch , and even though the competition doesn’t have the same sort of clout that a Major holds, it’s leaving a mark on the platform in terms of viewership. In 2018, English and Portuguese coverage of ESL Pro League action, which started in… […]

NiKo to be unavailable for IEM Sydney Day 2 due to Visa Issues

Nikola “NiKo” Kovac will not take part in Day 2 of IEM Sydney, after being unsuccessful in securing a visa to Australia. After having missed Day 1 along with Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev, cosch Janko “YNk” Paunović and Karlo “USTILO” Pivac, most known for his time at Renegades will stand in for the duo. While AdreN […]

OGN Super League 2019 Plan Unveiled, LG and SONY Partner for Series

Korean esports production company OGN has announced its 2019 plans for the OGN Super League , which will feature multiple esports events and eight game titles—including Dota Auto Chess. The OSL plans to add games for PC, mobile, console, and even VR. In addition, OSL will set up an esports communication platform to connect players… […]

MSI partners with CompLexity Gaming as official hardware partner

The hardware giant MSI have partnered with CompLexity Gaming as an official hardware partner. As a part of the deal, compLexity Gaming will exclusively use MSI’s hardware be it desktop, video cards, laptops and monitors. MSI hardware will be powered by high-end Nvidia video cards to avail maximum performance. MSI will be retrofitting the GameStop […]

PUBG Europe League partners with DXRacer

The gaming chair brand DXRacer revealed that they have partnered with StarLadder for upcoming PUBG Europe League. The league represents Europe’s portion of 2019 Official competitive season held by PUBG Corporation. PUBG Europe League is one of six regional leagues alongside three additional regional circuits. The first of three phases just wrapped up on April […]

Gearbox reveals Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal event details

Gearbox is all set to reveal the gameplay of the much-awaited borderland 3 on Twitch in a special “Gameplay Reveal” event. During the event, the team at Borderlands 3 will invite“hundreds of streamers” to play the game and viewers will be able to earn in-game loot simply by watching the event on twitch after installing […]

Nintendo Switch Online reaches close to 10million subscribers in Half-Year

Nintendo Switch Online is a service that offers a suite of features for Nintendo Switch handheld game console which requires the user to purchase a subscription for 20$ annually. Since its launch on September 19, 2018, the online service has gathered around 9.8 million users. With Nintendo reporting 34 million units of Switch sold worldwide, […]

How Has The Growing U.S Esports Industry Benefited Other Industries?

It is pretty fair to say that the US esports industry is pretty huge right now. When you look at the scale of the growth it has seen in recent years, it is clear to see just how popular it is currently. By the end of 2019, it is thought that the US esports market […]

Microsoft to not include Minecraft’s creator Notch in 10 year Anniversary plans

Microsoft has confirmed that it will not be involving Minecraft creator Marcus “Notch” Persson in the game’s official tenth-anniversary celebrations, due to his controversial “comments and opinions”. Marcus “Notch” Persson sold Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 Billion USD in 2014. Notch first released the game to the public on 17th May 2009. With […]

Mogul.gg, Melbourne Esports, and Gfinity Australia Announce New Tournaments

April has seen a number of tournament announcements out of Australia, some for the first time, others returning with a mission to scale up or extend the reach of their 2019 efforts. Mogul.gg Hosts an Online Australian Apex Open Credit: mogul.gg Online tournament hosting service mogul.gg is running the Australian Apex Open, a $35K AUD… […]

Southeast Missouri State University to Establish Esports Space

Esports has been on rise and since the recent past, it has not been merely confied. It has reached new highs with facilitating universities into its ecosystem and establishment of esports stadium across regions. Queensland University and Robbert Morris University stepped up to offer scholarship to esports athletes while Malaysian Asia Pacific University and Tokay […]

Riot Games takes action against the spoilers of Avengers: EndGame

Riot Games, the company responsible for the game League of Legends have made an interesting decision. The developer has banned a player for three days after he revealed spoilers of the movie “Avengers: Endgame” in the game chat. Laptop-Guy user created a thread on Reddit with the email sent by Riot confirming the punishment. […]

Dota 2 Auto Chess Update: The End of Season 0

There is virtually no Dota player that has not heard of Dota 2 Auto Chess at least once by now. The incredibly popular arcade game just reached over 8 million players. It also got its own Twitch section as well as a mobile version of the game, which is currently available on Android. Update The […]

Ninjas In Pyjamas are your champions of OGA Dota Pit Minor

After an incredible last day of the Dota 2 minor, Ninjas in Pyjamas are the champions of OGA Dota PIT 2019. NiP takes home $125,000 USD and a trophy. With this win, the EU side has qualified to compete in the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major. NiP fighting the odds NiP was rated to finish strong […]

League of Legends MSI group B overview

The play-in phase of MSI 2019 will take place between May 1 and 7 in Vietnam. The stage brings together the national champions of the eight 2nd tier regions of the competitive landscape. After the end of the first phase, the leaders of each group will advance to the second stage where they will face […]

What Does It Take to Be a Successful Esports Streamer?

Becoming successful in any discipline takes a lot of dedication and commitment – and esports are no different. If you want to become a successful esports streamer, there are certain technical skills that you will need. In addition, you also need to develop the mental abilities required to become a top performer in your field. […]

First Weekend Outside California Shows Power of Geolocation for Overwatch League

For the first time in Overwatch League  history, a weekend of regular season games was hosted outside of the Blizzard  Arena in Burbank, California, as the Dallas Fuel  hosted a shortened weekend of action at the Allen Event Center. Coming into the weekend, the excitement for the league’s first-ever homestand was made tangible as the… […]

Dota 2: The Groups for MDL Disneyland Paris Major Have Been Announced

Just a day after the EPIC Grand Final at the OGA Dota Pit Minor, information for the upcoming Major slowly starts to emerge. Today, we learned the groups as well as the schedule for the one-of-a-kind tournament. The MDL Disneyland Paris Major will take place from the 4th to the 12th of May in Paris, […]

compLexity Gaming Adds MSI as Hardware Sponsor

MSI is compLexity Gaming’s new sponsor for PCs, laptops, graphics cards, motherboards, and monitors. The company will provide compLexity players with computers and components, as well as outfit the team’s new headquarters with the same hardware. compLexity’s HQ in Frisco, Texas will have MSI products available for fans to test and purchase. compLexity Gaming  announced… […]

Red Bull and Ninja Launch Line of Headbands, Exclusive to Walmart.com

Red Bull has expanded its partnership with popular Fortnite  streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins to now include a line of Official Ninja Gameplay Headbands. The headband will be sold exclusively through Walmart.com beginning on April 30. The energy drink brand began its partnership with Blevins in mid-2018. In the announcement video for that deal, Blevins sported… […]

Top 2 favorites to lift IEM Sydney 2019 trophy

Let’s have a look at a couple of teams that will be aiming to lift the title on the Australian soil: Team Liquid Team Liquid arrives in Sydney as one of the favorites to lift the trophy. The team had a good showing in Miami. The NA organization lost to the reigning champions of IEM […]

The underdogs of IEM Sydney 2019

IEM Sydney is a very prestigious competition in the world of CS: GO. The teams from all over the world compete for Supremacy. Let’s have a look at a couple of teams that might not be a strong contender but have the potential to win it all. MIBR One of the underdogs of the IEM […]

Na’Vi is ready for the PUBG Kick-Off Cup

Natus Vincere finished the first phase of the Europe League on the 14th place and immediately disbanded the squad. For many fans of the team, this was a big surprise, because, before this disappointing result, the roster looked good. But, Vadim POKAMOLODOY Ulshin stated later that he simply did not want to perform with the […]

Ence invited to ESL One Cologne 2019

Finnish Organisation Ence have been invited to ESL One Cologne 2019 which will be held from July 2-7, with the playoffs being held at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne from July 5-7. They conquered the crowd at the #IEM Katowice Major with a shock Grand Final appearance. Now @ENCE have their eye on the Cathedral […]

cs_summit 4 on air team revealed

The organizers of the event have revealed the on-air team which will be leading the event held at Summit House in California from the 23rd of May to the 26th of May with a prize pool of $150,000 in the fourth instalment of the tournament. The on-air team see Tres “stunna” Saranthus, Halvor “vENdetta” Gulestøl, […]

Devils.one organisation and players part ways

The Polish organisation, devils.one, have announced that they have parted ways with their players. According to HLTV, the players parted with the organisation due to “internal tensions between the team” Photo: StarLadder The same was reported by DeKay who stated that the organisation, formerly known as Kinguin, offered the players newer contracts. However, those contracts […]

Caesars Entertainment and UNLV Partner for Innovation Hub

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment will open a technology hub in Las Vegas called Black Fire Innovation. The facility will replicate casino and resort elements—including an esports arena—for students and industry partners to use for testing and innovation purposes. Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas has hosted esports events for games… […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, April 22-28

The Hearthstone World Championship leads all channels with 3.1M hours watched as Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar sees a drop in viewership after changing from Grand Theft Auto V. Every week, The Esports Observer releases a list of the top 10 Twitch  channels, ranked by total number of hours watched for the week, from Monday through Sunday,… […]

CSGO News: Reports Indicate devils.one Roster Set to Leave Organization

Reports indicate that the players of the Kinguin-owned Counterstrike: Global Offensive team devils.one will not sign new contracts. A report from Jared “DeKay” Lewis this morning indicates that the players from devils.one, the rebranded Kinguin team, will not sign new contracts with the organization. DeKay cites that the players “disagreed on many terms of the […]

NHL Veteran Mike Modano Joins Tiidal Gaming Ownership Group

Lazarus Gaming parent company Tiidal Gaming has added NHL Hall of Fame member Mike Modano to its ownership group. Modano, who played in the NHL from 1989 to 2011, will also serve as a brand ambassador for Lazarus Gaming. Lazarus Gaming was previously known as SetToDestroyX before October’s rebranding. Tiidal Gaming Group, the parent company… […]

NiP wins the OGA Dota Pit Minor after an epic battle

The last day of the OGA Dota Pit Minor was very epic. Two series were played in total – the Lower Bracket Final as well as the Grand Final. The day started with an epic game between Alliance and EHOME. Many people expected the European team to dominate because they have been in outstanding form […]

ESL, Intel Reveal Schedule for Intel Extreme Masters Chicago 2019

ESL and Intel have announced that Intel Extreme Masters will take place in Chicago from July 20-21. The two-day tournament will host eight CS:GO teams from North America and Europe at the United Center with a prize pool of $250K USD. IEM Chicago 2019 will also be a part of the Intel Grand Slam,… […]

Byali to leave Virtus.pro – Report

According to a report from Cybersport.pl, Paweł “byali” Bieliński will be quitting the active lineup of Vitrus.Pro. Byali and Snax returned to the newly formed Polish roster of Vitrus.Pro alongside MICHU, snatchie and TOAO. After this reformed roster went live, the Polish legendary side attended only one tournament, Charleroi Esports, where the team was knocked […]

Top Five Most Valuable Esport Teams

Hundreds of millions of people across the world are now dedicated esports fans and this nascent industry is teeming with opportunity. A number of big teams have emerged over the past few years to take it into the mainstream and provide organization within a pursuit that was once a wild west. Many analysts expect esports […]

Niko and AdreN to miss the first match of IEM Sydney; YNK and Ustilo to stand in

Due to visa issues, Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev and Nikola “NiKo” Kovač will be unable to play their opening match of IEM Sydney against Chiefs. The International side will use the services of  Karlo “USTILO” Pivac and coach Janko “YNk” Paunović. #IEM: Due to Visa issues @YNk & @USTILO will stand-in for @fazeniko & @AdreNcs for […]

Overwatch League Holds First Home Game, Signs Bud Light

The Overwatch League signs Bud Light as a sponsor and hosts its first-ever homestand event, while Rick Fox plans to leave Echo Fox over racist comments from a shareholder. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! Overwatch League… […]

Dota 2: OGA Dota Pit Minor Recap

After a few days of intense Dota 2 action, the third Minor of 2019 has come to an end. There was tons of back-and-forth action, amazing moments, and clutch plays. Let’s take a look at what happened after the Group Stage. Upper Bracket Round 1 Never in doubt! 😎With some nice Naga song + Black […]

League of Legends: Diving Into Group A of MSI

MSI is around the corner, and many of the emerging regions are looking to make a splash. Group A is stacked, with the representatives of Turkey, Vietnam, Latin America, and Oceania battling it out for a chance to face Team Liquid. All four teams have hype around them with high hopes of making it into […]

G2 Esports is pushing their players to limits in Korea

Mid-Season International is just a few days and the competition will host some of the best teams in the world. It is no doubt that every team is preparing hard to make a mark in one of the prestigious competitions of the year and G2 are not taking anything for granted. The team is pushing […]

Epic is making harsh decisions for the players

The professional players and streamers of Fortnite are not happy at all. It is no secret that Epic Games has a clear recipe for maintaining such a huge player base that surrounds its battle-royale. Their secret to success is nothing other than offering an exceptional quantity of content and regular updates, the developer is yet […]

Astralis, Liquid and more; the first teams to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals are here

  After last week games, the first 8 teams qualified to ESL Pro League Season 9 have been revealed. Those eight teams are coming for the European and American divisions of the league and will be fighting for the $750.000 prize pool in June. So, which teams have been qualified so far? Let’s take a […]

‘Biggest Competitive Gaming’ of Epic Games’s Fortnite in Australia; organizers withholding prize money

A supposed financial turbulence has hit Fortnite creator Epic Games after it allegedly failed to pay the winners of Australian Open Fortnite tournament. The controversy erupted when one of the winners LeftRightGN reddited the details of him and the other 20 players who never got the payment they earned. The scale of the funds amounted […]

Overwatch News: Spitfire’s Profit Tells us how he really feels about GOATS

ESTNN sat down with London Spitfire’s Profit at the Dallas Homestand Weekend and got his take on the GOATS meta. It looks like the fans aren’t the only ones who are tired of GOATS. Joon-yeong “Profit” Park of the London Spitfire sat down with ESTNN after yesterday’s match and gave some candid remarks on how […]

Clash Royale League Reveals 12 Teams in New West Region

The Clash Royale League’s new West region consolidates three of last season’s regions into one—with half the total teams. The 12 teams include Immortals, Team Liquid, Dignitas, NRG Esports, and Tribe Gaming. This year’s Clash Royale League will feature a prize pool of “at least” $1M USD, and hold both Spring and Fall seasons across… […]

Report: Four Ex-Tyloo Players to join One Three

A report by 5EPlay states that Four ex-players of TYLOO will reunite in a team called Team One Three. Ex-players  Ke “captainMo” Liu, Hui “DD” Wu, Zhen “HZ” Huang and Yue “AE” Yu will be seen playing together under the banner of Team One Three The first two players in the team are Ke “captainMo” […]

Riot reveals the format for MSI 2019

MSI is the 2nd prestigious competition after the Worlds. It takes place after the end of the Spring Split of each Major League. The competition brings together the winner of the Spring Splits of each major region. MSI will take place on the upcoming weekend where, the champions of LPL, LMS, SEA and Latin America […]

The best toplaners for MSI 2019

We are one week away from the 2019 MSI. The competition hosts the best teams in the worlds that have reigned supreme in their leagues. The teams from all corners of the globe will come on a single stage to see which side is the best. We will witness some interesting strategies, owing to the […]

Fortnite removes Health-Shield Siphon in Latest update

After the reveal of Siphon feature in patch 8.20, the developers at Epic have reverted this feature suggesting that it was making people play lesser as the gaming got more competitive for 90% players. Epic introduced a controversial mechanic to game in update 8.20 called Siphon. As the name might suggest, Siphon allowed players to […]

Dota 2: Breakdown of the Current Most Popular Heroes

The official DPC season in Dota 2 is slowly coming to an end. Several different metas have formed during this period, but the current meta is one of the most intriguing. Patch 7.21d has been out since March, which means there’s been a lot of time to mature. If you are one of those people […]

Report: China expected to have 873 million gamers by 2023

China’s largest game streaming service DouYu, filed to go public in U.S stock market. The filing done by DouYu gave some interesting data regarding the gaming market in China, suggesting the gaming population might reach 873 million by the end of 2023. China being the biggest gaming market on the planet is actively aimed for […]

BlizzCon will arrive in November

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the dates and location of the new BlizzCon 2019 event. The big Blizzard celebration will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California in November. To be more specific, it will take place on the weekend on November 1st and 2nd. However, you can get the tickets much earlier, as […]

Breaking News: Allan Event Center Loses Power During OWL Spitfire/Eternal Game at Dallas Ultimate Weekend

Allan Event Center lost power today during the first game of the Overwatch League’s Dallas Homestand Weekend. UPDATE: 3:21 PM Team Envy, Owners of the Dallas Fuel, have confirmed to ESTNN that the power outage was due to an equipment failure at a nearby substation: “Equipment failed at a substation in Allan that services the […]

OWL’s Dallas Homestand is Bringing People together, and it hasn’t even started yet

Overwatch’s Dallas Homestand is just minutes away from starting, but fans are already having the time of their lives. “I can’t believe I drove all the way here and made friends already,” said a young woman wearing a Houston Outlaws jersey. I had seen her earlier, walking alone towards the Allen Event Center in Allan, […]

Yummi officially arrives in League of Legends

League of Legends will receive a new champion, the kitty Yuumi. The champion will be available to play on the test PBE server of LoL, from April 30. It belongs to the support class and, according to Riot Games, the champion is highly recommended for beginners. Yuumi’s abilities allow her to attach itself with […]

ESL steps in for the MVP vote

ESL One Mumbai 2019 was an exciting event. The competition hosted some of the most recognized names in the competitive Dota 2, which left us with great memories. However, recent controversy has emerged after the MVP award. This led ESL to make an official announcement before things got out of hand The competition came to […]

Respawn yet again delays Titanfall series

The developers of Apex Legends told users that they had postponed the development of a new game of the Titanfall series for the sake of updates for the “royal battle”. They also shared details about future patches that will be released in the coming weeks. Respawn Entertainment is working to solve problems with sound, low […]

G2 Esports a true contender for MSI?

As the playoffs of the LEC come to an end. We should have a comprehensive look into the strategy of the champions, G2 eSports. The EU side reigned supreme in the competition and will look to win the MSI 2019. The outplayed Origen in the Grand FInale of the Spring Split and established a formidable […]

BIG Clan: XANTARES to Miss IEM Sydney, LEGIJA Steps Up

Several rumours were floating around insisting the absence of Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş at IEM Sydney 2019. However, BIG Clan have confirmed these reports and the Turkish star player would not be able to attend due to VISA issues. His VISA is expected to arrive later and the organization further revealed that their coach, Nikola “LEGIJA” […]

Report: Gamers in China is Expected to Reach 873 Million By 2023

DouYu, the Twitch of China is filing in the U.S to go public. Their filing gave a lot of interesting data regarding esports and the Chinese gaming market. We have summarized the statistics that we found to be the most intriguing. Gamers in China is expected to reach 878 million by 2023 China is the […]

Hawks Talon GC Adds Raynor as Official Gaming Chair Sponsor

Atlanta Hawks NBA 2K League affiliate team Hawks Talon Gaming Club has added Raynor Group as its official gaming chair sponsor. Raynor Gaming became an official sponsor of the NBA 2K League in March. Hawk Talon GC also signed a multi-year partnership with Stance Socks. Hawks Talon Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League team of… […]

ESL announces IEM Chicago 2019

Electronic Sports League , one of the largest esports tournament organizer has announced the 2019 edition of Intel Extreme Masters: Chicago after it’s inaugural edition in 2018. This will be the 76th Intel Extreme Masters event. It will take place at the United Centre from July 18-21. Four teams each from America and Europe will […]

Dota 2: VP are Out, Gambit are In – ESL One Birmingham News

One of the best teams in the world has decided to drop out of ESL One Birmingham 2019. The reason for that yet again is conflicts with the scheduling. This means that this years’ event will have a new champion. Unfortunately, our Dota 2 squad will miss ESL One Birmingham 2019. Read the full statement […]

TNC.Predator makes a new TI winning addition to the team

TNC.Predator have had a below par season, until now, failing to qualify for the last 2 minors/majors. Their performance at ESL ONE Mumbai was a ray of hope in what has been a bleak season. It was evident that TNC needed a coach, someone to guide them to victory and they have done just that. […]

League of Legends: The 5 Champions to Watch for at MSI

League of Legends’ 2019 Mid-Season Invitational is on the horizon. Here, the best teams from each region battle it out for the chance at international fame. There are many different teams and play styles that will be played, with come exciting champion picks bound to be used as well. The current LoL meta is one […]

Dallas Fuel Reveals Sponsors for First Overwatch League Homestand Weekend

The Dallas Fuel will host the Bud Light Homestand Weekend – Dallas, the first-ever Overwatch League competition way from the Blizzard Arena, this weekend. Numerous brands will activate on-site, including Bud Light, Jack in the Box, T-Mobile, and GameStop. ESPN2 will broadcast from the event on Saturday night. The Dallas Fuel  will host the first-ever… […]

Rick Fox to quit Echo Fox over Racist comments from Shareholder

Former professional Basketball player, Ro has announced that he will be leaving the Echo Fox organisation, according to a report by Dexerto. The article by Richard Lewis publishes an email reported sent by Fox to his fellow shareholders. The letter clearly states Rick Fox’s reasons behind his decision to leave the Echo Fox organisation. There […]

Entity Gaming announces new Dota 2 Roster

This announcement comes just in time for the ESL India Premiership Masters League. While the team retained the trio of Krish “Moon”Gupta,Amit “Zapheto” Malwal and Shahab “Divine” Saleha , there have been 2 new additions to the team. Ilaan ‘HMY’ Baluyot and Sandro ‘LUCIANO’ Aguinaldo, who were stand-ins for the COBX Masters event held on […]

StarLadder Major Qualifiers details revealed

StarLadder has revealed the dates for the open qualifiers for the Major which will be hosted in Berlin, Germany. The Major will be in the Mercedes-Benz Arena which has previously hosted the grand final of the 2015 League of Legends World Championship last year’s PUBG Global Invitational. The qualifiers begin next month, with all games […]

Peter Warman, Newzoo – We Need a ‘New Way of Valuing’ Streaming Viewership

Since its founding in 2007, Newzoo  has emerged as a leader in gaming and esports analytics, working with brands such as Activision Blizzard , ESL , Google , HyperX , and many more to provide global insights. At HIVE Berlin, The Esports Observer sat down with CEO and co-founder Peter Warman to discuss how Newzoo helps companies understand the… […]

Overwatch League Dallas Ultimate Weekend Primer, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of our Dallas Fuel Ultimate Weekend Primer! Last time, we covered the London Spitfire, the Seoul Dynasty, and the Paris Eternal. Now, it’s time to cover the final two taking part in the Texas-based event: the Houston Outlaws and the Los Angeles Valiant. You can also catch up with the previous […]

Overwatch League Signs Bud Light for Remainder of 2019 Season

The Overwatch League   will announce today it’s signed Anheuser-Busch InBev as a sponsor for the rest of the 2019 season, making Bud Light the official beer of the esports league everywhere except China. The deal includes live activation at four key events and sponsored broadcasts on ABC/ESPN2 in the coming months, starting Saturday at the… […]

Freaks 4U Gaming Establishes French Subsidiary, Appoints Ex-ESL MD Samy Ouerfelli

German agency Freaks 4U Gaming GmbH has established a new France subsidiary and acquired office space near Paris to seek new business in the region. The company has appointed the former Managing Director of ESL’s French division, Samy Ouerfelli, as head of new business. Freaks 4U Gaming will also produce French-language Counter-Strike: Global Offensive broadcasts for partners… […]

Fortnite Uses Influencer-Driven Esports, In-Game Updates to Down Competitors on Twitch

At this point, Fortnite  is used to competing with other battle royale games on Twitch for streamer attention and viewership. The most-watched game on the platform from 2018 has experienced a number of ups and downs despite being one of the strongest influencer-based forms of content in terms of audience. During the first quarter of… […]

Global Esports ventures into PUBG

Global Esports have been venturing into projects after projects. From acquiring a training facility in South Korea to signing multiple rosters in India, Global Esports have come along ever since. Earlier this week, the organization signed a Dota 2 roster. Prior to Dota 2 squad, it’s CS:GO lineup went through a major overhaul since the […]

Groups for IEM Sydney 2019 revealed

As IEM returns to Sydney, ESL, earlier today has announced the division of sixteen teams in two groups for the Intel Extreme Masters: Sydney 2019. $250,000 USD is on the table as teams from across the globe will fight for the title from April 30 – May 05. The premier event will be hosted at […]

ESL One: Cologne 2019 Asia Open Qualifier #2 – Breaking Down Day 1

Seventy-one teams participated in the second qualifier of ESL One: Cologne 2019. All the matches on the first day were best of one matchup and four undefeated teams have advanced to the semi-finale — Absolute, Recca Esports, EHOME, IPET Gaming. Amongst the four teams, two will advance to the Asian Closed Qualifier which will be […]