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The Value of a TI Spot: Newbee’s Purchase of NA Dota 2 Team Forward Gaming

For every Dota 2 esports player and team, winning Dota 2’s The International , and hoisting up the Aegis are supreme honors, but it also means a life-changing income due to TI having the highest prize pool money in esports history every year. This year the event will be held in […]

League of Legends: LCS Summer 2019 Semifinal Preview

The LCS Summer Split is moving to Detroit! Here, the final four teams will fight for their spot in the Finals and a ticket to the World Championship. There are also valuable Championship Points on the line to help the teams go to Worlds. Team Liquid and Cloud9 both secured byes from the […]

Update: Echo Fox Terminates Contracts of Active LCS Roster

Update: Echo Fox announced this afternoon that it has terminated the contracts of its entire League of Legends Championship Series roster. The official LCS Echo Fox roster lists 14 people including 10 players, three coaches, and an analyst. When asked about the status of specific players, a representative of the company declined to comment. […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Nine | Day One Recap

Vitality vs Misfits Gaming Misfits Gaming , despite being locked out of playoffs, upset Vitality in the first match. It wasn’t the bloody, action-packed game expected from these teams, but MSF was clean when it mattered. Kirei kicked it all off by killing Attila under his tower for First Blood, who was already low […]

erkaSt to leave Grayhound after Berlin Major

Grayhound Gaming recently won the Asia Minor against TyLoo Gaming and secured their slot at the upcoming StarLadder Major: Berlin 2019. In a dreadful revelation, Erdenetsogt “erkaSt” Gantulga has disclosed that he will be leaving Grayhound Gaming after the major. The organization claimed that they could not secure Australian visa for 24-year-old Mongolian. He earlier […]

Dota 2: TI9 – Day 2 Recap

Day two of The International 9 is a wrap and what a crazy day of Dota it was. If your predictions ended up in the garbage, don’t feel bad. This TI has been full of so many surprises so far, it’s impossible to know what is coming next. Let’s take a look at some of […]

Former Lagardère Sports VPs Launch New Strategic Consultancy CSIGHT

Former Lagardère Sports executives Nicolas Gaede and Ulrik Ruhnau have left the company to launch their own sports consultancy called CSIGHT. While the company will position itself as a sports agency, CSIGHT will also work in the esports space.  Gaede served as the SVP of esports for Lagardère for nearly 18 months before his departure, […]

Riot Games Partners with Hat Accessory Brand SNAPS for LCS Summer Finals

SNAPS will produce a trio of branded hat accessories for the League of Legends Championship Series Summer Finals. Each design is limited to 200 pieces, which will be sold exclusively at the event. The LCS Summer Finals takes place at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on August 25-25, with Quicken Loans’ Rocket Mortgage serving as […]

The International 9 Group Stage: Day 2 Recap

The group stage is a phase where massive upsets can happen and ultimately shock the entire dota 2 community! Following up with the exciting day 1, day 2 just got even better! Day 2 is where the teams start getting comfortable and pull out exciting new metas out of their pockets! Day 2’s schedule included […]

Why Magic: The Gathering is Changing its Esports Approach for 2020

Wizards of the Coast’s $10M USD competitive push for Magic: The Gathering in 2019 was noteworthy not only for the significant dollar amount attached, but also the company’s attempt to merge the collectible card game’s traditional tabletop community with esports efforts for the brand new Magic: The Gathering Arena digital game. Across formats, […]

American Rapper Offset Makes Investment in FaZe Clan

Esports organization FaZe Clan receives investment from American rapper and songwriter Kiari Kendrell “Offset” Cephus. FaZe Clan continues to add partners to build a strong brand in the intersection of esports and entertainment. Content, merchandise, and brand partnerships are subject to growing the organization’s brand. On Thursday, FaZe Clan introduced American rapper and songwriter Kiari […]

Team Griffin Parent Company STILL8 Raises $4.5M Investment

Korean esports company STILL8 has raised ₩5B KRW from two South Korean investors: Dunamu & Partners, and Murex Partners. The company has raised a total of ₩23B to date and is looking to source further funding in 2020. Proceeds from the funding round will go towards building Team Griffin’s brand and expanding […]

StarLadder Enlists GRID for CS:GO Berlin Major Data Services

GRID will be the exclusive data partner for the StarLadder Berlin Major for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The firm’s services will be used to enhance broadcasts, create social media content, monitor competitive integrity, and secure StarLadder’s data. The $1M USD tournament will hold its finals at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena from Sept. 5-8. Esports data firm GRID […]

Fortnite: The Saga of Ghost Bizzle and Tfue

Timothy “Ghost Bizzle” Miller and Turner “Tfue” Tenney have been at each other’s throats for quite some time now in competitive Fortnite. Dating back to the Secret Skirmish in February, an unspoken rivalry seems to have developed between the two professional Fortnite players. Prior to the Fortnite World Cup, Ghost Bizzle was one of the […]

Call of Duty: CWL Championship Day 2 Recap

The Knockout Stage at the CWL Championship is now official. With notable upsets of Gen.G, UYU and Midnight Esports, we will see some amateur teams competing against professional teams in bracket play. All in all, pool play provided three victorious amateur teams in their respective pool. With the bracket set, we will see exactly how […]

Chat with Albert Cohen Former TSM Analyst | ESTNN Podcast Episode 1

ESTNN chats with Albert Cohen, former TSM Analyst for 2019 Spring, current Data Analyst for Misfits. We discuss his time in TSM. His thoughts on what went wrong during Summer for TSM; as well as his predictions for the 3 NA Worlds Representatives. Albert Cohen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlbertPCoh TimeStamps: What is an analyst?- 0:53 Difference between […]

CSGO and Apex Legends Cheaters have their credit card details stolen

In what can be dubbed as poetic justice, thousands of CSGO and Apex Legends cheaters have had their credit card details stolen after installing a malware contained in their cheats. Photo via SOPHOS A report by Sophos, a cybersecurity firm, states that a Malware called Baldr was installed along with the cheats that exposed the […]

Overwatch League Match of the Week Stage 4 Week 4 – Washington Justice vs Atlanta Reign

The race for the playoffs is heating up fast. With three teams locked in for the top 6 slots, and with some slots all but confirmed, multiple teams are battling it out for a place in the season playoff play-ins. However, three teams are already officially eliminated from the running. As such, these teams are […]

OverActive Media Hires New General Manager for Toronto Call of Duty Franchise

Esports organization OverActive Media has just announced that Dominique Gelineau will be its new general manager for the Toronto Call of Duty franchise. “Toronto is really seen as the city to represent Canada. Whether it’s in sports or in business, it really is a major hub for being that face of Canada on the international […]

CSGO: KnGv to Start for MIBR at Blast Moscow

A Dexerto report claims that Vito “kNgV” Gisueppe will play for the Immortals owned MIBR roster at the upcoming Moscow tournament. Jarek “DeKay” Lewis has reported that the MIBR organization is finalizing the process to acquire Giuseppe from his current team INTZ. Lewis claims that multiple sources close to the player and team have stated […]

The International 2019 – Day 1 Recap

The most awaited DOTA 2 event of the year, The International 2019 kicked off in Shanghai, China today. The International 2019 Group Stage is now LIVE! https://t.co/JFpIgmwCbT #TI9 pic.twitter.com/w53ZGjGh2G — Wykrhm Reddy August 15, 2019 Day 1’s schedule included 20 best of 2 games, divided into batches of 4. 4 best of 2’s were […]

DouYu Q2 2019 Revenues Up, Average Monthly Active Users and Paying User Base Growing

Chinese livestreaming platform DouYu reported its first quarterly financial results after going public on the NASDAQ in July. Total net revenues for Q2 2019 increased by 133.2% to ¥1.9B RMB from ¥803M in the same period last year. DouYu’s average paying user base for Q2 2019 is up 123.3% to 6.7M from […]

Call of Duty: CWL Championship Day One Recap

The first day of the CWL Championship is over, and ESTNN has all the results viewers need. Day One of the CWL Championship has drawn to a close. There were some upsets and some not so surprising results that dictate what will take place on Day Two. Although most of the professional teams saw early […]

Dota 2:TI 9 Day One Recap

The first day of The International 9 is all wrapped up, and ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov is here with a recap of the day. After a long wait, TI 9 finally kicked off in Shanghai! The biggest event in esports began today and it was full of exciting matches. Not only did fans get to see […]

NRG Esports CEO on Partnering With Marvel Entertainment

The collision of esports and pop culture can be felt across a number of industries from music to comic books, apparel, and film. This has opened the door for esports organizations and players alike to form mutually beneficial marketing partnerships with giant brand names. Disney made its first esports partnership in June when Marvel Entertainment […]

Pringles Announced as LEC Summer Finals Sponsor

Potato chip brand Pringles will sponsor the League of Legends European Championship Summer Finals. Some 115M Pringles cans across Europe will feature codes that allow League of Legends players to enter to win rare character skins or a trip to the LEC studio in Berlin. The LEC Summer Finals will take place in Athens, […]

Fortnite Championship Series Start Date, Format and Prizes

The Fortnite Championship Series is only two days away, and ESTNN has everything fans need to know about what’s at stake. Fortnite is on the cusp of its first Trios tournament series. The success of the Fortnite World Cup elevated the Battle Royale title to another level; Epic made the decision to effectively eliminate Duos […]

Riot Games to Sell Echo Fox’s LCS Franchise Slot After Kroenke Deal Falls Through

Riot Games will handle the process of selling Echo Fox’s League of Legends Championship Series slot for the 2020 season and beyond. The league will hold an expedited 30-day application process starting on August 16. A report claims that Echo Fox had a pair of offers after a proposed deal with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment […]

SK Gaming Adds ARAG as Insurance Partner

German insurance firm ARAG is SK Gaming’s latest non-endemic partner. The companies will collaborate on content and event activations, with plans to highlight ARAG’s efforts to combat cyberbullying. The ARAG logo will also appear on SK’s jerseys. ARAG offers insurance products focused on digital concerns, and looks to develop additional products in relation to competitive […]

PUBG Corp. on PUBG’s South Korean Success, Hosting Nations Cup in Seoul

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS co-director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene was born in Ireland, but his namesake game was born in South Korea via a collaboration between Greene and studio Bluehole . While the game has roots in Greene’s previous battle royale mods for other games, PUBG‘s own South Korean heritage seems to have helped […]

Secretlab Named Official Chair Provider for The International 2019

Gaming chair brand Secretlab will serve as the official chair of The International 2019, the biggest annual tournament for Dota 2. This year’s event, to take place in Shanghai, China, will once again feature the largest prize pool in esports history – nearly $33M USD at time of writing. Secretlab will provide chairs for the […]

Overwatch League Season 2 Stage 4 | Week 4 | Power Rankings

Another week, another set of Overwatch League Power Rankings. This week, the Shock stay on top and the Fuel run out of gas. Stage  4 Week 4 Overwatch League Power Rankings 1. San Francisco Shock What is there to say that we haven’t said already? This team, while not as dominant as before, has proven […]

League of Legends: The End of Echo Fox in the LCS

The future of who will take the Echo Fox slot in the LCS remains unknown. On August 14, Echo Fox entered into an agreement with Riot Games that has terminated their participation in the LCS. But unfortunately, the previous deal between Echo Fox and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment  has been canceled. Furthermore, KSE is getting […]

Four Best TFT Team Comps to Play in LoL

Teamfight Tactics is Riot Games’ newest adaptation of League of Legends . Since its release, it has been wildly popular among LoL fans and people who’ve never played the game alike. Seeing one’s favorite champions in this new style and game mode can be exhilarating, but it can go the other way as well. […]

“We Won’t Limit Ourselves to Studio Formats Only” – Head of WePlay! Esports Eugene Luchianenco

Eugene Luchianenco, Head of Esports at WePlay! Esports, sat down with ESTNN to talk about the grassroots tournament scene, WePlay!’s recent Dota Underlords tournament, and what the future holds for WePlay!.  Earlier this month, tournament organizer WePlay! hosted the first open tournament for Dota Underlords, Valve’s newest game and one of the most popular entries […]

Tencent Q2 and H1 2019 Financial Results: Mobile Games Perform Strong, Peacekeeper Elite Outside Top 10 Earners

Tencent reported its interim 2019 financial results, with total revenues for H1 up 18% YoY and total revenues for Q2 up 21% YoY. Total revenues for Q2 2019 increased to ¥88.8B RMB from ¥73.7B in the same period last year. Peacekeeper Elite surpassed 50M daily active users in China and PUBG […]

Call of Duty Championship Pool F Preview

In the Call of Duty Championship Pool F, 100 Thieves is scary strong. Just mere hours remain before the beginning of the final CWL Championship in history. The MLG era of competitive Call of Duty is coming to an end. Franchising is coming despite how fans and critics feel about that general idea. The entire […]

Dota 2: TI 9’s Fantasy Challenge Picks and Tips

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks players through the TI 9 Fantasy Challenge. The Fantasy Challenge is one of the most interesting things to do every time TI rolls around. Apart from winning extra battle points, players can also see how they stack up against their friends! Having said that, in order to be competitive, players must […]

Team Liquid Signs Newzoo as Strategic Data Partner

Team Liquid has announced a strategic data partnership with market intelligence company Newzoo. The company will provide Team Liquid with insights on the industry while the esports organization will, in turn, provide input on Newzoo’s research that will assist it in strengthening its market estimates. “This partnership with Newzoo adds their market intelligence and expertise […]

The International 9 Survival Guide: All you need to know to follow the event

The most awaited event of the year in DOTA 2 eSports begins tomorrow in Shanghai, China. An entire year of qualifiers and events builds up to this mega event. The International 2019 is now lit. All teams have checked in and the media days have begun. HYPE! #TI9 pic.twitter.com/hJDk2QJyUz — Wykrhm Reddy August 13, […]

Super League Gaming Partners With Tencent for PUBG Mobile U.S. Amateur Esports

Super League Gaming will establish a City Champs amateur league for battle royale shooter PUBG Mobile. The company will also host social gameplay events, live stream competitions, and produce video content based on its PUBG Mobile tournaments. PUBG Mobile is the smartphone and tablet version of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, and has 50M global daily users, according […]

Watch Out For These Five Teams At StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 – New Challengers Stage

The fifteenth CS:GO major is right around the corner as Berlin is all set to host the most prestigious event of Counter-Strike. Earlier today, Valve also unveiled viewer’s pass, stickers and graffiti which can be bought from the in-game store. The major comprises of three sets of eight teams – The Minor Challengers, The Returning […]

Gfinity Australia To Close After Current Sim Racing Season

Gfinity Australia was launched in 2017 by radio company HT&E’s events arm as a licensed version of the UK Gfinity brand. Gfinity Australia ran a city-based league concept in 2018 across three esports – CS:GO, Street Fighter V, and Rocket League – while in 2019 it narrowed its focus to Rocket League and iRacing competitions. […]

Drodo Studio Announces Seven Partners for Auto Chess Invitational, Virtus.pro Unveils Chinese Logo and Team Jersey

Last week, due to the upcoming $33M USD Dota 2’s The International, several partnership and sponsorship deals were signed between brands and esports teams. The tournament organized by American Dota 2 developer and publisher Valve Corporation, will be the first-ever esports tournament held in China to exceed ¥100M RMB distributed […]

Entity Gaming announces PUBGM show match between India and Pakistan

As a part of their Independence League, Entity Gaming have announced a PUBG Mobile show match between India and Pakistan. The game will be aired on Entity Gaming’s YouTube channel at 4 PM tomorrow, on the Indian Independence Day. The announcement comes from Entity’s deep belief in the words ‘Liberty’ and ‘Fraternity’, a part of […]

Astralis and the Pressure to Perform: A Starladder Berlin Major 2019 Preview

“To the stars; and back”. If ever there was a phrase that summed up Astralis and their journey in the last year or so. The Danish stack had a supposed mental hurdle of not being able to convert their good placements into event victories at the onset. The Rise But, bringing in gla1ve in place […]

Dota 2: The Arcana Vote Ends Soon

Dota 2’s Arcana vote nears its end, and there are only two heroes left to vote for. After some epic duels, there are only two heroes remaining in Dota 2’s Arcana vote – Ogre Magi and Windranger. These are definitely two heroes that not that many people expected to be int he final two but […]

Huya Continues Growth in Q2 2019, Mobile Strategy Translates to User and Revenues Increase

Chinese livestreaming platform Huya continues growth, reaching seven quarters of continued profitability and booking a net income of ¥122M RMB . Total net revenues for Q2 2019 increased by 93.6% YoY to ¥2.01B from ¥1.04B in Q2 2018.  Paying users increased by 46.7% YoY to 4.9M while average monthly active users rose 57.3% […]

DreamHack Anaheim, First U.S. West Coast Edition, Announced for February 2020

DreamHack Anaheim in Anaheim, California, will be the company’s first-ever expo on the U.S. West Coast. The gaming and esports convention will take place from Feb. 21-23, 2020 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event will include to-be-announced professional esports tournaments, along with other activities and performances for attendees. DreamHack Anaheim has been announced for […]

Brawl Stars World Championship 2019 announced

Brawl Stars is an upcoming name when it comes to Mobile Esports and Supercell has just announced a World championship featuring three stages along with a live grand final in South Korea with $250,000 up for grabs. The top 8 teams from around the world will compete in the live finals. The first stage, the […]

CSGO Berlin Major: oBo is twice the age of NEO

Esport is a very fast-paced division where in esport athletes or more knowingly professional players begin their career as early as 15-years of age. On the other hand, several pros are either sidelined or they retire in their late 20s while few even get to play until their early 30s. Retirement age is this early […]

CSGO Berlin Major: oBo is half the age of NEO

Esport is a very fast-paced division where in esport athletes or more knowingly professional players begin their career as early as 15-years of age. On the other hand, several pros are either sidelined or they retire in their late 20s while few even get to play until their early 30s. Retirement age is this early […]

Keemstar’s Minecraft Monday Serves as Another Example of Broadcaster Influence

Over the course of 2019, there have already been numerous games and events that have benefited greatly from the involvement of high-profile Twitch influencers, and Daniel “Keemstar” Keem’s Minecraft Monday event is no exception. The idea behind Minecraft Monday is similar to Keem’s popular Friday Fortnite series that was a part of the battle royale’s […]

StarLadder Berlin Major stickers released

Prepare your Steam wallets—stickers for the upcoming Valve Major are out. The official stickers of the StarLadder Berlin Major—the 15th Major in history—have arrived in CS:GO, and they’re just as good-looking as expected. Like the Faceit Major in 2018, this set contains 24 teams of stickers, with eight rosters in each of the three status […]

Head & Shoulders releases commercial featuring Virus.pro RAMZES

As around last year’s TI8, we reported the partnership between the carry of Virtus.pro’s Dota 2 lineup Roman “RAMZES” Kushnarev and Head & Shoulders. As the first The International in China returns this year and is just around the corner, the campaign is back at it again. RAMZES and HeadShoulders have released a commercial this time with him […]

Dota 2: TI 9 Groups, Tiny’s Prestige Item and Custom Creeps Revealed

With just a day until the biggest event in Dota 2’s history, we finally know the two groups in the tournament. As you can see, both groups seem to be reasonably balanced. However, Group A will definitely be a lot more interesting to watch. After all, Team Liquid and Team Secret are in it. Group […]

Call of Duty Championship Pool E Preview

Pool E overall provides one of the more interesting mixtures of teams of all the pools previously covered. Check out ESTNN’s recent breakdowns of Pool A, Pool B, Pool C and Pool D as we gear up for the final CWL Championship in an illustrious history. This championship feels different as we transfer over from […]

League of Legends: Patch 9.16 Breakdown

Riot Games has been hard at work in churning out a fresh patch to League of Legends, taking a specific focus on the middle lane of the game. Smaller changes are occurring this time around in an effort to balance the pool. By the way, this is also the patch where the newly reworked Pantheon […]

Overwatch: Sigma and Role Queue – Patch 1.39 Overview

Today, Activision-Blizzard released a new hero and matchmaking system, along with some bug fixes and general adjustments. Overwatch Patch 1.39 Highlights New Feature: Role Queue! This is probably the most anticipated feature ever for Overwatch players – the role queue matchmaking system. It allows players to choose their role before the game starts. This will […]

Teamfight Tactics: Patch 9.16 Breakdown

Another week is in the books for a fresh patch to Riot Games’ successful auto battler. This patch introduces the first of many new champions and origins to the game with the release of “Hextech” units. Along with the new class of heroes to combat with, both Hush and the Demon synergy have also […]

Teamfight Tactics: Beta Pass Returns with BP V.2!

With the success of the first Beta Pass of Teamfight Tactics, Riot Games is looking to double down on their efforts to maintain the player base for the next eight weeks. Included in the pass are weekly challenges, icons, emotes and brand-new arena chromas to customize your game even more. In addition […]

PUBG Global Championship Set for Oakland in November

Oakland will host the finals of the PUBG Global Championship for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS this November. The earlier rounds will be held at the OGN Super Arena in Los Angeles in November. The tournament features a $2M USD base prize pool, with more to be added via the sale of in-game items. The season-ending PUBG Global […]

Overwatch: Sigma is now Live in Competitive Play

Sigma is now live in Overwatch’s competitive playlists. Sigma, the new tank character of Overwatch, made his debut less than an hour ago along with Patch 1.39. Usually, new heroes are only available in quick play and arcade, at least initially, so players can get used to them before playing competitively. However, it seems Activision-Blizzard […]

Pittsburgh Knights Partners With Zoomph For Sponsorship Analytics

Esports organization Pittsburgh Knights has signed a three-year deal with analytics platform Zoomph to measure its sponsorship deals. Zoomph will measure social media and Twitch engagement to provide insights on the Knights’ current sponsor relationships. Additionally, the Knights organization will serve as a product advisor for Zoomph’s platform and services. “Customers have asked us to […]

Secretlab Signs Gaming Chair Deal With Astralis

Competitive Counter-Strike brand Astralis has partnered with gaming chair maker Secretlab. The deal will make Secretlab the organization’s official gaming chair partner. Astralis-branded chairs will be made available for purchase by Secretlab, and the custom line will also be used by the team’s players and staff.  Secretlab has partnerships in place with a number of […]

Vega Squadron to halt its CSGO operations

Vega Squadron, an esports organization that participated in three recent CS:GO Majors, decides to temporarily shut down it’s CS:GO operations. Vega Squadron takes a pause in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Learn more: https://t.co/gnvwCo75MH#CSGO #OnlyVega pic.twitter.com/mWUfKTWdfe — Vega Squadron August 13, 2019 All of Vega’s players have been up on the market, including Denis “seized” Kostin, […]

WePlay! to Host Reshuffle Madness 2019

Just days after WePlay! announced that they will be hosting an amazing event with a $300K USD prize pool, we are in for another threat. In addition to that, there will be a new tournament starting in around a month from now. It’s called WePlay Reshuffle Madness, and it will have an impressive $50K prize […]

Teamfight Tactics Continues to See Decreased Viewership: Top Twitch Content, August 5 – 11

Beta testing for Riot Games’ auto-battler Teamfight Tactics has continued its downward trajectory. Meanwhile, Fortnite viewership is still adjusting to a lack in star power following the exit of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins for rival streaming platform Mixer.  The following content is ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch from Monday to […]

S1mple Suspended On Twitch

In a shocking turn of event, one of the highly skilled CS:GO player Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev’s Twitch channel is suspended. Natus Vincere star player is one of the most popular streamer on Twitch and several players tune in to watch his gameplay. The reason behind 21-year-old’s ban is not clear yet. the best CSGO player […]

Heroic add LOMME as head coach

Following the departure of  Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu, Heroic have added LOMME to their ranks as a head coach. LOMME fill in the void left by peacemaker’s departure, who left the Danish team before ESL ONE Cologne. We are pleased to welcome our new CS:GO coach:Frederik “LOMME” Nielsen! Read More: https://t.co/bESe2xqYAr#BeHeroic @LOMMECS pic.twitter.com/omVyHGQOHP — Heroic […]

ESL Gets Kunkka for Midas Mode 2.0

For those of you who have no idea about Midas Mode, it is basically a new type of game mode which got developed by MoonDuck. Having said that, this year’s event is definitely going to be even crazier. After all, there are already a couple of very powerful heroes present. From the front of the […]

Dota 2: Afoninje & BOO!K Leave Gambit

Gambit Esports was one of the biggest surprises in this DPC season. They had an amazing season and even managed to win a couple of big events. However, sadly for them, they started to lose at the very worst moment. What happened In fact, Gambit and Alliance both were contenders for the last spot of […]

Coldzera reveals to have received four offers; opens up about his time at MIBR

In a recent interview with ESPN Brazil, Marcelo “coldzera” David shed light on several instances that took place during his tenure at MIBR. He further briefed about future and his determinants in deciding upcoming team. Photo HLTV Marcelo revealed that the addition of former Cloud9 major winning star players – Jake “Stewie2K” Yip and Tarik […]

Top 20 finalists for Pubg Mobile India tour 2019 Revealed

The list of top 20 teams to qualify for the finals has been released following the conclusion of the group A semi-finals of the PUBG Mobile India Tour 2019. The group finals are all set to be held in Jaipur. Here’s the list of top 20 teams to qualify for the group stage finals to […]

NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett invests in Triumph Esports

15-time NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett is investing in full-service esports company Triumph Esports through his event management and production company, Big Ticket Sports LLC.  The newly formed Triumph Esports currently has two assets: Rivalcade, a competitive esports and experiential event company, and Triumph Gaming, an esports team and player development organization competing in the Overwatch […]

Opinion about the new Dota 2 matchmaking system

After almost a week after the huge experimental update on the newly reformed matchmaking system and with the community have a mixed opinion about the same, here’s our opinion regarding the new matchmaking system. First of all, Valve, decided to scrap the concept of solo and party MMR, in order to push players to play […]

Statespace Raises $2.5M Seed Funding Round Led by FirstMark Capital

AI-based training program developer Statespace announced a $2.5M USD funding round, bringing total funding to $4M. Statespace launched a free esports training program called Klutch in 2017, which is nearing 1M users. FirstMark Capital’s investment portfolio also includes Riot Games, Discord, and game developer Proletariat. Statespace, developer of the AI-based esports training program Klutch, announced […]

Call of Duty Championship Pool D Preview

As we continue our coverage of the Call of Duty World League Championship 2019, we next look at Pool D. Please see our previous breakdowns on Pool A, Pool B and Pool C where we highlight storylines coming into the last major tournament of Black Ops 4. In Pool D, we have Team Reciprocity, Team […]

Dota 2: TI 9 Battle Pass Heroes Prediction

Today, ESTNN has the best picks for the hero specific section of the Battle Pass predictions. There are less than 3 days until TI 9 begins! This means that you still have some time left to decide which predictions to put in your compendium. Yesterday, we took a look at the most likely tournament predictions […]

Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. Finalizes Acquisition, Allied Esports Entertainment Officially Formed

Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. finalized its acquisition of esports venue owner Allied Esports and World Poker Tour operator WPT Enterprises from Ourgame International. The newly formed Allied Esports Entertainment will trade on the NASDAQ with the ticker AESE and received $18M USD in investments including equity investments of $5M each by Simon Property Group and […]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Stands Out as Most-Watched Game in Evo Debut on Twitch

The Evolution Championship Series for fighting games saw a slight decrease in viewership among its top Twitch channels from last year. The event, held in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, had four channels that were among the top 10 most-watched over the weekend, but they generated less hours watched than the top three channels covering […]

A lack of high-profile esports tournaments and events outside of the Overwatch League and League of Legends Championship Series play led to a top 10 laden with influencers from a number of different of backgrounds. The following channels are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch from Monday to the following […]

Dota 2: Mushi to Coach Mineski at The International 9

Mineski was the last team that managed to secure a spot for TI 9 in SEA. Even though they were one of the best teams in the region, something happened along the way that led to their downfall. Luckily, they added the Bulgarian prodigy Nikobaby just in time for the qualifiers. After an amazing five-series […]

CSGO: The Huge Potential of Karrigan’s Mousesports

Mousesports is currently contesting the lower end of CS:GO’s top 10, but they have huge potential to place well at the upcoming StarLadder Major. Mousesports as an organization had a great run in 2018. They won ESL One New York and were, for a brief period, the world’s second-best counterstrike team. However, the beginning of […]

Ninja Expresses Disapproval of Twitch Using His Former Channel to Promote Lewd Content; Twitch CEO Apologizes 

Twitch has promoted other channels on Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ channel since he exited the platform for Mixer.  The automated recommendation system recently promoted a channel airing pornographic material, and Blevins took to social media to express his disapproval.  Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has apologized on social media, adding that the account airing lewd content has […]

Activision Blizzard Seeks Ways to Expand  Overwatch League Teams’ Sponsorship Revenue

The Overwatch League is helping teams get better sponsor exposure and more inventory to sell, according to sources, as the franchises look to bolster this crucial revenue stream. Sponsorship is an important area for the second-year OWL, which allows its teams to sell a limited number of ad spots on jerseys among other inventory such […]

Honda Gears Up for League of Legends, NetEase Plans $710M Esports Park

Honda signs as the automotive partner for North American League of Legends, NetEase plans to invest over ¥5B RMB to build an “Esports Park” in Shanghai, and Bumble Teams with Gen.G for an all-women team. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top […]

Top 50 Video Games of All Time: Expert’s Choice

There are many video games that players play and cherish. With countless worlds and stories to explore, the appeal of video games will never fade. There are an incredible amount of titles out there, but a select few stand above the rest. The following top 50 games are ordered by their Critic’s Rating (as recorded […]

LCS Summer 2019: CLG vs OpTic Quarterfinal Recap

Game One CLG and OPT team compositions with OPT Dhokla center. Is it even possible to lose a game after taking four Barons? Counter Logic Gaming made OpTic Gaming answer that with a yes by beating them with superior late-game shot-calling. The early game was relatively even, with OPT getting First Blood onto […]

Dota 2: TI 9 Battle Pass Tournament Predictions

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov has our predictions for the Dota 2 Battle Pass predictions minigame. With less than four days until TI 9, fans should be buckling down for a great pinnacle event. Interestingly, anyone with a Battle Pass can make some pretty fun predictions for the tournament. It’s definitely not a new feature, but its […]

Call of Duty Championship Pool C Preview

FaZe Clan tops the list in Pool C for the Call of Duty Championships. We are just five days away from the commencement of the Call of Duty World League Championship for Black Ops 4. Thirty-two of the best professional and amateur teams will represent their organizations at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. […]

Opinion: Why Multi-Game Esports Tournaments Like WCG 2019 Still Matter in China

Right now, when people think of the biggest esports tournaments, what might come to mind is the League of Legends World Championship, Dota 2’s The International, or a CS:GO Major.  In its short but fast-paced history, esports has seen a transformation from multi-game tournaments hosted solely by third-party companies, to more individual game tournaments hosted […]

LCS Summer 2019: TSM vs Clutch Quarterfinal Recap

Game One TSM and CG team compositions for Game One with CG Damonte center. The first game of the day certainly delivered on the hype for the series, as Clutch Gaming brought down Team SoloMid . It all started off at six minutes with a team fight in the middle lane. Here, Huni got […]

Dota 2: Dendi Leaves Na’Vi, Becomes a Free Agent

Natus Vincere, also known as Na’Vi, announced today that Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin is leaving the team. Dendi did not play under Na’Vi’s banner in the last DPC season. The legendary mid-laner decided to try his luck elsewhere and he ended up joining a SEA team called Tigers. Even though they had good players, the results […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Eight | Day Two Recap

SK Gaming vs Splyce SK and SPY team compositions. The first match of the day was an incredibly close one with a ton of action, but when the smoke cleared Splyce emerged victorious over SK Gaming . This was expected to be one-sided in favor of SPY but SK fought tooth and nail against […]

Overwatch: The Solo Queue Guide to Defeating the Orisa-Roadhog Combo

ESTNN’s Cole Ricke takes players through the best counters to the Orisa/Roadhog combo in Solo Queue. With 2-2-2 role lock coming very soon, one of the biggest changes is that the new strongest tank duo is Orisa and Roadhog. Previously only used as a defensive tank line or on Escort maps for a pirate ship […]

TalkEsport Is On Discord

We are proud to announce that we have officially launched a Discord server for TalkEsport! Discord is an all-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that is free, secure and works on both your desktop and phone. Join us and be part of the community; interact with fellow gamers in our text channels, use the […]

Lenovo India announces Rainbow Six Siege tournament with 3,00,000 INR Prize Pool

Lenovo India has announced their first Rainbow Six Siege Tournament in India. The tournament will have a prize pool of 3,00,000 INR. The registration for the event will begin from the 9th of August and will continue to the 15th of August. Lenovo has not revealed the dates of the event to the public. The […]

PUBG Mobile 0.14.0 Update Reveals new Zombie mode

Tencent is known for rolling out regular updates for Pubg Mobile with innovative and exciting content to keep the players tapped in this massively popular Battle Royale game, and so another update is on its way! The update will be released on Aug. 14 and will modify the existing zombie mode of the battle royale […]

Shroud’s Twitter hacked, spews hate speech

Michael “shroud” Grzesiek, the retired professional Counter-Strike player and world-famous streamer, has had his Twitter account hacked an hour ago. Since the hack, that took place an hour ago, the account has been tweeting out NSFW content since. The hacker claims that they will leak Shroud’s “nudes”. The user does not limit themselves there. They […]

CSGO: Cajunb Returns to OpTic, Refrezh Benched

Danish CS:GO veteran René “cajunb” Borg has made his professional return to OpTic Gaming, reuniting with former teammates Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen and Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke. The move sees young talent Ismail “refrezh” Ali put on the bench. Ali originally joined the team in January of this year following a promising run as a stand-in for […]

OpTic Gaming add cajunb, remove refrezh

Optic, the Danish team, have added René “cajunb” Borg to replace Ismail “refrezh” Ali in the active roster. The move was announced by Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen on his Twitlonger, explaining that the former Cloud-9 stand-in seemed like a better fit for the team and “finally clicked in-game” following a turbulent period of 4 months due […]

Dendi parts ways with Na’Vi

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word DENDI? Na’ vi. Natus Vincere=Dendi and Dendi=Natus Vincere. But that is not the case anymore. Earlier today, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin was released from his contract by Natus Vincere, at the player’s request. From now on @DendiBoss becomes a free agent! […]

Fortnite Championship Series Detailed Breakdown

The Fortnite Championship Series is right around the corner, and ESTNN has all the info you need. The Fortnite Championship Series is upon us. After the well-received and highly rated Fortnite World Cup, it’s not surprising to see Epic Games doubling down on esports. The recently introduce Trios format will be the center of the […]

No Major Balance Patches are Expected for Dota Underlords Soon

Dota Underlords is slowly but steadily becoming one of the most popular games on Steam. Having said this, it is still in very early access, which means the game has plenty of regular updates. In fact, the last one occurred just a couple of days ago and it features some minor changes. For instance, TerrorBlade […]

CSGO: Fragadelphia Rocked by Shooting Threat

The tournament organizer alerted the FBI after a player threatened to “shoot up” the event in an online match. Fragadelphia contacted the FBI and other authorities after a CS:GO player threatened to “shoot up” the upcoming Fragadelphia LAN. N3rd Street Gamers CEO John Fazio addressed the threat and stated in a tweet that Fragadelphia will […]

Call of Duty Championship Pool B Preview

Pool B is chock full of talent at every level. Pool B of the Call of Duty Championship provides a balanced group of teams that have all led different paths toward qualifying. Upsets are always in play when looking at a pool that does not have one overwhelming favorite, and the reality is that any […]

Guns of Boom end ties with ESL

Guns of Boom, the massively popular mobile esports game has reportedly ended its ties with ESL and will focus on organizing its own tournaments. Game Insight, the developers behind this title, revealed it is working on the third season, and that that the goal of Guns of Boom esports is to provide more competitions to players through […]

ESPN and ABC pulls Apex Legends tournament broadcast following mass shootings

After the two mass shooting that took place in the US last weekend, many politicians have come forward and blamed “violent video games” as the main reason for the deterioration of human values and cause of ever-rising mass shooting incidents. Following the public condemnation by President Donald Trump, ESPN and ABC have pulled out of […]

World Cup Helps Fortnite Lead the Pack: Top 10 Twitch Content, July 2019

Fortnite led all forms of content on Twitch for the month of July, but a serious decrease year-over-year in hours watched leaves the door open for other forms of content to push into the upper tier.  The following titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch, from July 1-31, with […]

Fortnite Champion Series Season X Features $10M Prize Pool, Controversial Mechs

The Fortnite Champion Series begins August 17 and will offer a $10M USD prize pool. Top weekly teams and those with the most “Series Points” will move on to the Season X Finals on Sept. 20-22. The B.R.U.T.E. mech will remain in all core game modes and competition, despite player backlash. Epic Games announced […]

ESPN Delays Airing of X Games Tournament on Cable TV In Response to Mass Shootings

As we previously covered here, the most recent X Games in Minneapolis, MN had an official Apex Legends tournament on August 2-3. This was a boost to the Apex Legends esports scene, as the event was live-streamed on multiple Twitch channels as well as Twitter. However, if your only option for some reason is to […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Eight | Day One Recap

Schalke 04 vs Misfits Gaming S04 and MSF team compositions with S04 on stage above. The first game of the week was an absolute wash, as Schalke 04 styled on Misfits Gaming . Trick was massive this game, starting off many plays to get his team a lead. He first ganked bottom, killing Doss […]

Circle K Stocking Vancouver Titans-Branded Souvenir Cups

Circle K Western Canada has announced a new promotion in collaboration with Overwatch League team the Vancouver Titans which will see Titans players featured on a limited run of souvenir cups.  @VancouverTitans @circlekwestcan bois out here representing pic.twitter.com/YLfokXqqHK — Jacob Canale August 9, 2019   Last month, the Titans also announced a giveaway in […]

LCS: OpTic Gaming’s Rise to Playoffs

OpTic Gaming is one of the LCS’ newer teams, and though they’ve struggled to prove themselves in the league, they’ve finally managed to make their first playoffs appearance. Their first three splits in the LCS were rough, as they missed playoffs every time. Thus, no one expected much of them for the 2019 Summer Split. […]

Nongfu Spring and Harbin Brewery Partner with LGD Gaming, China Citic Bank Sponsors PSG.LGD

Chinese esports organization LGD Gaming has signed partnership deals with beverage company Nongfu Spring and alcohol brand Harbin Brewery.  The organization’s Dota 2 team, PSG.LGD signed a sponsorship deal with China Citic Bank Credit Card, which will appear on PSG.LGD’s team jerseys.  All esports teams for both LGD Gaming and PSG.LGD will promote Harbin Brewery’s […]

Registrations for PUBG Mobile Club Open Fall Split 2019 have begun

The PMCO Fall Split 2019 is expected to be even bigger. PUBG Mobile invites players from all over the world to register and participate in the tournament and get a chance to show their skills at the global stage. The registrations for the PUBG Mobile Club Open Fall Split 2019, a global PUBG Mobile tournament, have begun from 8th […]

Activision Blizzard Reveals Sale of Eighth Call of Duty League Slot

During the company’s Q2 earnings call to investors, Activision Blizzard stated that eight Call of Duty League franchise slots had been sold. Prior to the call, only seven CDL teams had been confirmed for Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Paris, and Toronto. Activision Blizzard has not revealed additional information about the eighth […]

The Future of Mobile Esports, watch out for these games

So, it is inevitable to notice that mobile esports is growing at an unprecedented rate with more and more tournaments and events coming into the picture each passing year. Pc or Console gaming requires years of hard work and thousands of hours to master but the best thing about mobile games is that you can […]

These Mobile Gaming Titles Are Underway In 2019

So, it is inevitable to notice that mobile esports is growing at an unprecedented rate with more and more tournaments and events coming into the picture each passing year. Pc or Console gaming requires years of hard work and thousands of hours to master but the best thing about mobile games is that you can […]

CR4ZY – The quest to put Siberian CS on the map

A lineup with a Siberian core had never made it to a CSGO Major, up until the Starladder Major 2019 at least. CR4ZY shocked Fnatic en route to claiming the second of the two spots in a stacked Europe Minor to become the first Siberian core to qualify for the Major. It is easy to […]

CR4ZY – The quest to put Serbian CS on the map

A lineup with a Serbian core had never made it to a CSGO Major, up until the Starladder Major 2019 at least. CR4ZY shocked Fnatic en route to claiming the second of the two spots in a stacked Europe Minor to become the first Serbian core to qualify for the Major. It is easy to […]

Dota 2: WePlay! Announces Tug of War: Mad Moon LAN Event

WePlay! just ran a successful Dota Underlords tournament, but they’re back to Dota 2 with their Tug of War: Mad Moon LAN event. TI is just around the corner, but there is already news about new tournaments coming up in 2020. Check your calendars, because WePlay! has announced their Mad Moon LAN event to be […]

Dota Underlords: August 8 Update Notes

Dota Underlords has a brand new update, and ESTNN has the patch notes. Valve is constantly pushing new updates to make Dota Underlords better, and today is no exception. Valve released a brand new patch yesterday, so let’s take a look at what’s new. SPOILER ALERT – it’s mainly full of balance changes. We’ve compiled […]

OWL and Method Lead an Esports-Heavy Month: Top 10 Twitch Channels, July 2019

Esports-related channels accounted for the top three most-watched on Twitch in July as well as a majority of the top 10 overall.  Meanwhile, Method’s win in the World of Warcraft raid race to world first provided a notable change from July’s top 10 last year.  The following channels are ranked according to the total number […]

DouYu Renews Partnership with PSG.LGD, Announces Separate ‘Rocket Launch’ Marketing Event

Chinese livestreaming service DouYu and esports team PSG.LGD have extended their deal into a long-term partnership.  The renewed partnership covers social media and livestream promotions, and will keep the DouYu logo on PSG.LGD’s team jerseys. In July, DouYu raised $775M USD in its U.S. initial public offering . The company will also launch a “DouYu […]

Bayes Esports Solutions Acquires Exclusive Data Rights for League of Legends Esports

Berlin-based data startup Bayes Esports Solutions has attained exclusive worldwide distribution rights for the top League of Legends competitions.  The DOJO Madness/Sportradar venture will improve the granularity and accuracy of match data for broadcasts, live tickers, and other applications. Bayes CEO Martin Dachselt emphasized that no media company to date has received data at such […]

Call of Duty Championship: Pool A Preview

Call of Duty Championship Breakdown by the Pool Photo via Call of Duty World League. The stage is set for the greatest Call of Duty players in the world to compete against one another at the Call of Duty Championship. A $2M USD prize pool is at stake and competitors are additionally seeking the often […]

LCS Summer Playoffs 2019: Which Team Should You Root For?

Throughout this summer, LCS teams have been extremely competitive. All top 8 teams were in playoff contention until the very last day, resulting in 3 tiebreakers to determine the 2nd and 6th place playoff spots. All teams coming into playoffs look capable of taking games off each other. Despite this, the top three teams currently […]

Teamfight Tactics Patch Notes 9.15B

Teamfight Tactics’ Patch 9.15B is full to the brim with balance changes. Last night Riot Games dropped a small patch in an effort to try to balance some items and champions while also fixing a few bugs. Despite being a relatively small patch, some pretty impactful nerfs and buffs went live, potentially shifting the meta […]

Call of Duty: Activision States Black Ops 4 Microtransaction Revenue Exceeds Previous Call of Duty

In a report about their Second Quarter revenue, Call of Duty publishers Activision Blizzard have revealed that they’ve made bank on microtransactions. CEO Bobby Kotick has revealed the following statistics about Black Ops 4 and its microtransactions: “Activision had 37 million MAUs. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 MAUs grew year-over-year versus Call of Duty: […]

League of Legends: LCS Summer 2019 Playoff Preview

The LCS Summer Split is reaching its inevitable end. Six teams emerged from the fires of the regular season and are ready to take to Summoner’s Rift to fight for a spot in the Finals. These six teams fought hard to secure their spots with hopes of making their way to the World Championships. Many […]

Overwatch: Sigma’s Best Hero Combos – Which Work Best?

What are the best ultimates to combo with Sigma’s Gravitic Flux? We’ve got you covered. Overwatch’s newest tank hero, Sigma, should go live sometime around the beginning of September. As players scramble to figure out his kit on the test server, many will be looking to the future when they can finally use the Dutch […]

FaZe Clan Partners With Burger King to Launch Vegetarian ‘Impossible Whopper’

Burger King promoted the launch of its Impossible Whopper through a partnership with FaZe Clan. Members of the FaZe Clan team regularly produce “challenge” videos, so Burger King was able to integrate a taste test into a partner’s existing content strategy. The partnership activation included a blind taste test of Burger King’s new plant-based Impossible […]

Dota 2: Summer Scrub Update #2

Valve just released the second part of their summer update for Dota 2. Tuesday’s update introduced the new, experimental matchmaking changes to Dota 2, and today players will have a chance to see Part 2.   What’s New in the Summer Scrub Update 2 It is important to note that the majority of the changes […]

Valve releases Summer Scrub update for DOTA2

As promised by Valve, they have released the Summer Scrub update, which fixed a host of bugs that were reported by players in the game and on Reddit. The Summer Scrub Update Part 2 is now LIVE! https://t.co/qD01ysQWvO #Dota2 pic.twitter.com/3ntEV9NDYx — Wykrhm Reddy August 8, 2019 Also, in the update are some Quality of […]

LCS: TSM to Start Spica as Main Jungler over Akaadian and Grig

Yesterday, LCS caster Isaac “Azael” Cummings Bentley stated on Twitter that Mingyi “Spica” Lu will be TSM’s starting jungler for the 2019 Summer Split playoffs. This news came as a shock to many. This is because TSM themselves announced that Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham would have sole possession of that role in July. Spica has been […]

FBI involved after CS:GO player threatens to “shoot up” Fragadelphia event

After Damian “DROID” Boulware, received a message during a match of CS: GO by a player, going by the name of “ohcgnor‎”, who threatened to “shoot up” Fragadelphia “irl” . After the game, Droid posted the screenshot of the chat on his Twitter. pic.twitter.com/7U6Czdy7Zo — DROID August 6, 2019 […]

FaZe Clan Head of Esports Discusses Apparel, Partnerships, and Call of Duty League

American esports organization FaZe Clan was born as “FaZe Sniping” on YouTube in 2010, gaining a reputation for Call of Duty trick shot montage videos. While FaZe still focuses on esports and content creation, it also presents itself as a lifestyle brand with merchandise and apparel. Despite the team’s exploration of industries beyond gaming, FaZe […]

HyperX announces full peripherals sponsorship for Pubg Nations Cup

HyperX®, a division of Kingston Technology announced full peripherals sponsorship for PUBG Nations Cup. Top-tier players from around the globe will compete in this international competition as the world’s best PUBG teams face off for a shot at glory. HyperX will be the official sponsor, providing the event with quality gaming equipment including Cloud Alpha, Cloud […]

MoAuba wins FIFA eWorld Cup 2019

Thousands of people crammed into the O2 Arena in London to sit in front of the spectacular FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 stage where one FIFA 19 player would make history and become World Champion. The German Werder Bremen player overcame the odds to defeat MSDossary, become World Champion and take home $250,000 in prize money. […]

Esports as an Equalizer: A Chat with Permastunned Gaming

Together, Jeremy ‘Shattovv’ Martin, Florian ‘Caddelane’ Schorner, Jacob ‘Yakobis’ Stanley, Marc ‘ZaW’ Werner, and Marek ‘Marard’ Ardamica make up Permastunned Gaming. A professional Dota 2 team with a pretty unique outlook on the game, and life in general. And if you’re wondering about their name, yes, it’s a pun. Each member of Permastunned’s roster has […]

$400M in Media Value – 5 Key Findings from the Tencent/Riot Games LoL China White Paper

China’s League of Legends Pro League is an industry-standard example of how a franchise competition model can work in esports. Since it began in 2013, the LPL has become the most successful esports tournament series in China, in terms of sponsorship and media rights. According to Dai Bin, vice general manager of Tencent Interactive […]

HyperX Added as PUBG Nations Cup Sponsor

The PUBG Nations Cup will feature HyperX as an official sponsor. HyperX peripherals such as headsets, keyboards, and mice will be used at the global competition. The $500K USD PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS tournament takes place this weekend at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea. This weekend’s PUBG Nations Cup in Seoul, South Korea, will feature […]

Honda Named Exclusive Automotive Partner of League of Legends Championship Series

Honda has partnered with Riot Games to become the exclusive automotive partner for the League of Legends Championship Series , including LCS Scouting Grounds. Team Liquid partnered with the brand earlier this year, making Honda the first automaker in North America to sponsor both an esports team and league. Riot likens the duel partnership to […]

PUBG PC Lite Open Beta Update: New Map, New Mode and More

Bluehole Corp., the developers have shipped yet another update for PUBG PC Lite and it’s a major one. The recent update ends private beta and marks the beginning of open beta alongside a fresh season. Developers have included a beta version of 4vs4 mode restricted exclusively to the new map – Bodie in First Person […]

Virtus.Pro revealed new identity for TI9

Earlier today, VP revealed their new identity, new logo and new branding for the upcoming The International DOTA 2 Championship to held in Shanghai, China from August 15th-25th, 2019. Shanghai deserves its own bear. Introducing our logo and uniform for TI9 #GOGOVP pic.twitter.com/w2kyeIaEmG — Virtus.pro August 8, 2019 They explain their decision to rebrand […]

Dota 2: Virtus.Pro Unveils Special TI-Only Branding

Virtus.Pro has introduced TI-specific branding for Valve’s upcoming The International 9. There is exactly one week left until the biggest event in Dota 2 begins – TI 9. With that in mind, it looks like a Dota 2 powerhouse is having a little fun with their logo in the lead up to the tournament. For […]

Overwatch: Toronto Defiant Responds to Logix’s Complaints of Missed Scrims

Toronto Defiant VP of Global Content and Communications Paulo Senra says that the team will “continue to engage in unique and compelling content opportunities. Last weekend, Toronto Defiant’s Andreas “Logix” Berghmans was quoted on stream stating that the Defiant was unable to practice prior to an important match against the Philadelphia Fusion due to several […]

Overwatch League Stage 4 | Week 3 Power Rankings

ESTNN’s Cole Ricke has this week’s edition of our Overwatch League Power Rankings for Week 3 of Stage 4. San Francisco Shock While they don’t look as dominant as usual, the Shock is still on top of the Overwatch League. With a deep bench of DPS players to rotate out and test, the Shock is […]

PUBG Mobile to get Erangel 2.0 and a collaboration with The Walking Dead

Almost every month, Tencent Games releases a major update to adding new features and refreshing the overall design. At the ongoing PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 Global Finals, the company announced the arrival of Erangel 2.0 Map for PUBG Mobile. To recall, Erangel 2.0 map is already available for PUBG PC users, so there […]

PENTA.1860 Signs Stadtsparkasse München as Jersey, Event Sponsor

PENTA.1860, the League of Legends team of PENTA Sports and TSV München von 1860 e.V., announced a partnership with Stadtsparkasse München. The Stadtsparkasse München logo will be featured on PENTA.1860 team jerseys effective immediately. As PENTA.1860’s first Munich-based sponsor, the two organizations will host local events to “further promote” esports in the region. German League […]

The Centre informs Bombay HC that it is difficult to ban PUBG: Report

Battle Royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been under the scanners for a long time now. Multiple countries have banned already. The governments of those countries argue that it has a harmful effect on the youth. Different places in India too have banned the game in the past. But it has not faced a blanket ban […]

PUBG Mobile 2020 World League teased

James Yang, Global eSport Director of PUBG Mobile at Tencent Games, revealed some great news about the future of the game during the third and final day of the PUBG Mobile Club Open Spring Split . Yang, in particular, announced the birth of the PUBG Mobile 2020 World League, an official eSport competition for […]

Shanghai Reveals New Esports Venue Standards, Honor of Kings Adds Auto Battler Mode

Last week’s incredibly high temperatures couldn’t stop players and fans from coming out to the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference . While game publishers showcased their latest wares, multiple esports business developments were also announced in the event’s host city of Shanghai.   Among the top stories: the Shanghai government has unveiled regulations […]

PUBG Mobile Star Challenge 2019: Teams revealed

The PUBG MOBILE STAR CHALLENGE  is the second iteration of the Star Challenge Series, produced by VSPN .  16 of the very best and popular gaming creators will be teamed up with top PUBG Mobile Pro players for a fight of stardom and a massive prize pool of 250,000 US$ during this summer. This […]

Valve announces talents for The International 2019

With only a week left for The International to start, Valve just added a little spice to the hype train and announced the amazingly talented individuals that will host, cast and analyse but most importantly entertain the audience and give us a little insight. Your hosts for TI9 – Literally, legendary line up with the […]

Dota 2: The TI 9 talents lineup has been published

Today, Valve released a new blog post in which they are hyping fans for the upcoming TI 9. Alongside that, one can now go to the in-game Compendium to check the complete list of Casters and Talents for this year’s event. Photo via Wykrhm’s Facebook page. Of course, all the big names from the English […]

Inside E11 Gaming’s Performance at the Fortnite World Cup

Native to Canada,  Eleven Gaming is one of the newer esports organizations on the scene. In late 2018, NHL player Zach Hyman of the Toronto Maple Leafs established E11. Hyman saw a booming industry in esports and decided to enter the scene with an all-new organization. Fortnite is the only game that is apart […]

Global Summoners War Esports Tournament

Com2uS, the developer of the renowned massively multiplayer online game, Summoners War: Sky Arena, had announced the official launch of the Summoners War World Arena Championship 2019 in June this year. The new format of the World Championship would be based on a dual tournament. Players from all over the world have registered for the […]

NetEase Plans $710M Esports Park in Shanghai

Chinese game publisher NetEase announced its plans to invest over ¥5B RMB to build an “Esports Park” in the Shanghai Qingpu district. Multiple esports projects will be hosted in the park related to product design, venue, teams development, talent construction, and user experiences. NetEase will build China’s first “class-A venue” in the park, […]

Overwatch: Chris DeAppolonio is the new President of the Houston Outlaws

The Houston Outlaws have found their new president. The Houston Outlaws announced Chris DeAppolonio as the new president of the organization this morning, according to a tweet from DeAppolonio himself. I am thrilled to announce my new role as president of the @Outlaws. The brand, team, & staff are dear to me having prior worked […]

A first in CSGO’s history, FNATIC will miss a Major; what’s next for them?

When it comes to household organizations in CSGO pro scene, FNATIC is one of the first to come to mind. Of course, with such a history comes controversies. The infamous olofboost from 2014, flusha hacking accusations and more, are all in FNATIC history. However, FNATIC also hold various records. They’re the first CSGO organization to […]

Summer Scrub Update: Valve Releases New Experimental Matchmaking Update

Valve has released a new Matchmaking update which will alter the working of the current system. The update changes Dota 2 hoping to reduce toxicity and urging players to play together with friends.  The Matchmaking Update is just one part of the Summer Scrub Update. The second update will release after the International 2019. Let’s […]

Dota 2: OG Releases Documentary, TI 9 Hits $32M USD

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov is here with today’s Dota 2 news roundup. Even though it’s been almost an entire year since OG won TI 8, RedBull has finally released their eighty-minute documentary featuring the team. Everyone’s excited, to say the least – OG is one of the most loved teams in the world. Fans can watch […]

PUBG Mobile Lite has topped the free game chart on Google Playstore

Pubg Mobile took the gaming world by storm with nearly 200 million active players on both ios and android. Tencent has launched a lighter version of the game, built for low-end devices and optimized to work with minimal network requirements, promises to be as gruesome and intense as the full version. PUBG Mobile Lite is […]

Leaders and The Esports Observer Collaborate for The Esports Forum

With the esports industry predicted to reach $1.1B USD in global revenue this year, the opportunity within the space has never been greater. Leaders and The Esports Observer , sister companies within the newly formed Leaders Group, will host The Esports Forum on Oct. 9 at The Sport Business Summit, part of Leaders Week London […]

Chris DeAppolonio Named President of The Houston Outlaws

The Houston Outlaws this morning named Infinite Esports & Entertainment Executive VP/Partnerships Chris DeAppolonio president of the Overwatch League team.  The Outlaws had been owned by Infinite, but amid Immortals Gaming Club’s acquisition of Infinite – whose assets include the Outlaws and OpTic Gaming — Immortals is divesting the Outlaws, reportedly to Houston-based businessman Lee […]

Inside Team SoloMid at the Fortnite World Cup

ESTNN’s Matt Pryor takes fans through Team SoloMid’s performance at the Fortnite World Cup. Team SoloMid is one of the most popular esports organizations in existence, and their presence in Fortnite has been noteworthy from the beginning. Team SoloMid saw five players in total qualify for Fortnite’s biggest tournament to date. TSM had five players […]

G2 Esports Renews Partnership with paysafecard

Esports team organization G2 Esports and paysafecard have extended their partnership for a fourth consecutive year. The renewed agreement includes promotion across social and livestreams, branded giveaways, and dedicated team signings. Paysafecard was the partner for G2’s “Making The Squad,” an interactive talent show centered on Fortnite. Berlin-based esports team organization G2 Esports has partnered […]

AT&T, ESL, and DreamHack Executives Discuss Expanded Partnership

Telecom giant AT&T was described as “dipping toes into esports” when it first partnered with tournament operator ESL in June 2018 and activated at the E3 gaming convention. One year later, however, it’s fair to say that AT&T has fully submerged itself in the industry, thanks to additional sponsorships of Cloud9 and the NBA 2K […]

Indian Squad for Overwatch World Cup 2019 announced

Yes, you read that correctly. The Indian team for the Overwatch World Cup 2019 was announced a short while ago. Indians are used to seeing their country at the biggest esports event in the world, but thanks toRushindra ‘Salbatic’Sinha, Vasu ‘method’ Chaturvedi and Ashwath ‘Ashr’ Ravee and the entire Global Esports team, India will be […]

How Razer’s New Streamer Program Creates and Leverages Its Own Nano-Influencers

It’s not uncommon for brands to utilize popular online personalities and videogame streams have become a hub for such partnerships, both endemic and non-endemic alike. While not all marketers have the budget to recruit Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, they still have the opportunity to reach talent at a pivotal moment in their career journey. This is […]

Ninja reaches 1 million subscribers on Mixer

Tyler “Ninja” Belvins, the popular Fortnite streamer, has recently broken 1 million subscriptions on Mixer.com. The news comes out only five days after Ninja signed an exclusive streaming deal with Mixer, the streaming company owned by Microsoft. Ninja had made the decision to be able to touch his roots and experience the reason he fell […]

Dota 2: Valve Releases Experimental Matchmaking Update

We all know how great Valve is as a developer and how much it likes to listen to the community and fulfil their wishes Keeping that in mind let’s take a look at the new experimental matchmaking update that valve pushed out a while ago. Experimental Matchmaking Update: https://t.co/2nC6t67pd6 — DOTA 2 August 6, […]

Most Dramatic Esports Moments

The world of esports has given us many dramatic moments over the years. The pure thrill and excitement offered by the biggest esports tournaments remain unmatched. We have witnessed some classic moments throughout the years that still garner discussion to this day. One of the best ways to watch esports is by placing bets online. […]

Dota 2: Valve Releases Experimental Matchmaking Update

Valve announced today that a new, experimental matchmaking algorithm for Dota 2 will break down MMR into a variety of categories. Today, Valve pushed some new changes to the Matchmaking system in Dota 2. According to an official update blog, “today’s update includes some engineering changes to the core matchmaking system to allow for bigger […]

Dota 2: The Semifinals of the Arcana Vote Are Here

This year’s Dota 2 Arcana Vote is going just the way most predicted it. Ever since Valve introduced the Battle Pass to Dota 2, the players have been able to vote each year for the next hero who will receive an Arcana. As usual, fans are giving some heroes a lot more love than others […]

Dota 2: TI 9 Immortal Treasure III Is Live

Finally, the long wait for Dota 2’s third Immortal Treasure is over. With less than ten days until The International 2019, Valve decided that it’s time for players to receive the third big prize from this years’ Battle Pass. Of course, everyone will get at least one Immortal Treasure III. However, if players want more […]

Update: Rick Fox Shares New Details Regarding Controversy, Sale of Echo Fox LCS Franchise Slot

Update: According to an August 1, 2019 email acquired by Upcomer, an unidentified “major investor” disputes a majority of Rick Fox’s statements on The Richard Lewis Show, going so far as to call some “flat out lies.” The email, which was directed at the “investment group,” echoes claims by investor Amit Raizada that Fox did […]

Bumble Signs Sponsorship Deal With All-Women Gen.G Team

Esports team Gen.G today announced its first all-female team as part of a deal that includes title sponsorship from networking/dating app Bumble. Terms were not disclosed for the deal, which will see Gen.G put together a roster of all-women pro Fortnite players, plus some gaming influencers.  Bumble’s app is unique among dating apps in that […]

League of Legends Overtakes Teamfight Tactics: Top 10 Twitch Content, July 29 – August 4 

Riot Games’ auto-battler Teamfight Tactics recorded fewer than 10M hours for the first time since beta testing began for the League of Legends strategy-based game mode.  Meanwhile, numerous streamers’ participation in events like Daniel “Keemstar” Keem’s Minecraft Monday has provided a boost in viewership overall for a game that is typically not popular on Twitch. […]

Anzu.io Raises $6.5M USD Series A Funding Led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures

In-game advertising platform Anzu.io completed a Series A funding round, raising $6.5M. Anzu.io inserts real-time ad campaigns into video game environments that appear as billboards, storefronts, etc. BITKRAFT Esports Ventures led the round with WPP, and Axel Springer Digital Ventures also participating through undisclosed amounts. Video game advertising platform Anzu.io announced that it has raised […]

German Games Industry Association Appoints Manager for Marketing & Esports

Kristin Banse will take the position of manager for marketing and esports for Germany’s games industry association. A journalist in Germany’s esports space, Banse was most recently an editor for Freaks 4U Gaming, and head of social media for gaming content creator Bonjwa. The association’s esports division counts developers, publishers, promoters, and agencies among its […]

Overwatch League Match of the Week | Stage 4 | Week 3 | Philadelphia Fusion vs Vancouver Titans

ESTNN’s Charlotte August is back with a preview of this week’s Overwatch League Match of the Week. Overwatch League’s Stage 4 Week 2 saw some surprising but incredible match results. The 2-2-2 role lock has introduced new compositions, and some teams have surprised the fans with their prowess in the new meta. Several teams could […]

Fortnite World Cup Champion Appearance on Tonight Show Signals Change in Mainstream Media’s Approach to Esports

Soledad O’Brien has a wealth of experience on her resume as a journalist, and before she was the host of Hearst Television’s “Matter of Fact,” O’Brien was on the forefront of reporting about esports for a mainstream audience in 2013 when she attended the League of Legends World Championship on behalf of HBO’s “Real Sports.” […]

President Trump on repeated mass shootings: “Gruesome and grisly video games”

In a probable attempt to deflect the upcoming debate over gun control, the Republicans have taken a stance to pass on the blame of repeated mass shootings onto video games tagging them as “violent and dehumanizing”. Since the two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that claimed more than 30 lives, several Republican politicians have […]

Toyota to Sponsor BLAST Pro Series Moscow

The Moscow stop of the BLAST Pro Series will feature Toyota as a sponsor. This is the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament brand’s first car sponsor. The $250K USD tournament takes place on Sept. 14 at VTB Arena in Moscow. September’s BLAST Pro Series Moscow Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will feature Toyota as its official car […]

Matcherino Adds $1.5M Investment from Wells Fargo, Galaxy Digital

Tournament operations platform startup Matcherino has announced a new $1.5M USD investment from Wells Fargo and Galaxy Digital. It’s the latest addition to Matcherino’s Series A-1 funding round, which has raised more than $4.1M to date including investments from aXiomatic Gaming and Seven Peaks Ventures. Matcherino has worked with brands such as GameStop and EA […]

Inside Ghost Gaming’s Performance at World Cup

Ghost Gaming is truly an original organization in competitive Fortnite. Much like the other two organizations covered, Ghost Gaming is all in. There are twenty total active Fortnite players on Ghost’s competitive roster. Top to bottom this is one of the most stacked organizations out there in terms of talent. Five total players battled through […]

Millennials By The Numbers: Powering Esports

When it comes to gaming, millennials are very much active in all areas. This encompasses all forms of gaming from playing on Xbox and Nintendo Switch, all the way through to card games at Royal Vegas online casino. You could go as far as saying that millennials are the future of the gaming industry, helping […]

Overwatch: Fuel’s aKm will Split Time with Taimou This Week

A report by Dallas Morning News writer Tommy Magelssen states that aKm will split time with Taimou this week. Dallas Morning News Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Magelssen reported today that the Fuel gave Dylan “aKm” Bignet this week off to take care of some family issues. Head coach of the Dallas Fuel, Aaron “Aero” Atkins […]

The International Eighteen: A TI9 Team Preview

Since, everyone in the Dota universe knows that August is a TI month, here is a short rundown of the final eighteen teams that will battle it out in Shanghai, China for a prize pool of over a $30 million dollars and ultimately the Aegis of the immortal. The International 9 is being held this […]

The International Eighteen: A TI9 Team Preview

Since, everyone in the Dota universe knows that August is a TI month, here is a short rundown of the final eighteen teams that will battle it out in Shanghai, China for a prize pool of over a $30 million dollars and ultimately the Aegis of the immortal. The International 9 is being held this […]

Dota 2: TI9 Regions Preview – CIS & NA

NA and CIS are definitely the weaker regions at TI 9, but what are their strengths? TI9 starts in just a few days, and all teams are set to show their best. Having said that, regions in the DPC have as unbalanced as they are this season. Europe is clearly dominating with six EU teams […]

Dignitas Delves into Background and Progress of Clutch Gaming Merger

Next year will see the return of two long-established esports brands to League of Legends: Immortals and Dignitas. The latter competed in the League of Legends Championship Series as far back as 2011, but when the league introduced a permanent partnership model, Dignitas was one of several endemics that didn’t make the cut. Through […]

Evo Fighting Game Tournament Takes Over the Weekend: Top Twitch Channels, July 29 – August 4

Evolution Championship Series ,  the year’s biggest tournament for numerous fighting games, led the way over the weekend with two channels that combined for more than 3.5M hours watched on Twitch.  Meanwhile, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ exodus from Twitch could benefit other top Fortnite streamers like Turner “Tfue” Tenney.  The following channels are ranked according to […]

Epic Reports 19K Attendees for Fortnite World Cup, Garners Mainstream Media Attention

The Fortnite World Cup was a success because it showed the gaming world that major events can be held around the series while also using the game’s cachet to bring esports closer to the mainstream, industry executives say. Epic Games held the inaugural three-day event at the U.S. Tennis Association’s Arthur Ashe Stadium two weekends […]

The Games With The Biggest Player Base

Not eSports: The Games With The Biggest Player Base eSports have seen incredible growth in the last couple of years. More people play CounterStrike, League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite or the other entries on the list of the top 10 eSports today than ever before. These games are massive and have player bases that others […]

CSGO: Can ENCE be the Best?

ENCE is undoubtedly a strong team, but will they ever be able to reach the pinnacle of CS: GO? Just a few months ago, ENCE looked like one of the hottest new prospects in Counterstrike. An all Finnish line-up, the likes of which fans have never seen in the top tier of CS: GO, took […]

“It’s crucial to create an experience that’s not just the game” – Paul Hamilton, ATL Reign Pres. and CEO

ESTNN’s Malik Shelp interviewed Atlanta Reign President and CEO Paul Hamilton and explored the Atlanta Reign brand and the upcoming geolocation of the Overwatch League with an eye to the future. In 2019 we saw the Overwatch League achieve new heights by introducing 8 new expansion teams, Homestand events and an announcement for a full […]

July Esports Investments Recap: DouYu’s U.S. IPO, 100 Thieves’ Series B, and Simon Invests in Allied Esports

July 2019 was a huge month for money flowing into esports-related companies, led by Chinese livestreaming service DouYu’s U.S. IPO, alongside 100 Thieves’ Series B funding round, and Simon Property Group’s investment in Allied Esports. Other top stories include the acquisitions of SteelSeries and ORIGIN PC, along with the potential sale of Echo Fox’s League […]

Dota 2: Yol accuses Clutch Gamers of Witholding Salary

Professional Dota 2 player Vladimir “yol” Basov has accused the Clutch Gamers organization of refusing to pay his salary. Clutch Gamers is a professional Dota 2 based in Malaysia. At first, the team had a roster consisted entirely of players from the Philippines. During its early days, the team found a fair amount of success […]

Ninja Leaves Twitch for Mixer, Fortnite Readies Next Esports Move

Ninja leaves Twitch for rival streaming platform Mixer, Epic Games announces the next move for Fortnite esports, and more legal trouble brews around esports organization Echo Fox. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Esports Monday Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days!  Ninja Teams With […]

Which team has the the highest TI winning chance

Introduction With less than two weeks until the biggest tournament of the year, the hype is getting bigger and bigger. Soon, we will be able to watch the most interesting tournament of the year. However, for the fellow esports betters out there, watching is not going to be enough. Having said that, here are some […]

Kakafu leaves BIG

Alexander ‘kakafu’ Szymanczyk, the coach of BIG, has announced on Twitter that he has stepped down from the position of Head Coach from BIG. Additionally, he has announced that he seeks a new project as a coach or analyst internationally. Recently, BIG has been making headlines due to their roster changes. First, veteran, German, CS:GO, […]

U.S. Politician Blames Video Games for mass shooting in Texas & Ohio

Kevin McCarthy, a top Republican politician from California suggests that video games “dehumanize individuals” which contributes to events of mass shooting. In a television interview on Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures” when asked about the two deadly mass shooting in Texas and Ohio the top Republican expressed his concerns about the “bad influence” of video […]

Inside FaZe’s Performace at the Fortnite World Cup

FaZe is an organization that has stood the test of time. Part owner Richard ‘Banks’ Bengtson has helped build quite an empire since its inception in 2010. In the organizational history, they have participated in almost every esports title to date. It came as no surprise when FaZe entered the realm of Fortnite in early […]

LCS Summer 2019: Week Nine | Day Two Recap

OpTic Gaming vs Cloud9 OPT and C9 team compositions with OPT Arrow center. Cloud9 really brought the heat in the first match of the day up against OpTic Gaming . They played extremely fast and brutally dominated OPT through the early game. C9 caught out and killed Big for First Blood, then Nisqy killed […]

Fortnite Season 10 announced with new Mech Vehicle and RIFT Zones

Fortnite Season 10 brings forth a new experience for Battle Royale Fans. Season X brings about changes to the map, Rift Zones as well as a two-player vehicle named the Brute Vehicle. The new season has a unique theme based on Time Travel and has brought back Dusty Depot.  The new update is live on […]

Dota 2: Valve’s Removal of the Unit Query Panel Has Upset Some Pro Players

Some Dota 2 pros are upset over a recent UI change just weeks before TI 9. The International 2019 is slowly approaching, and Valve is making the last tweaks before the beginning of the tournament. According to the last update from a couple of days ago, “The optional unit query panel has been removed. We […]

Dota Underlords: WePlay Tournament Day 3 – Results

Day Three of the WePlay! Dota Underlords open tournament was a doozy. Yesterday was the third day from one of the first big events in Dota Underlords – the WePlay! Dota Underlords open tournament. Having said that, we finally got the chance to watch the eight best players battling head to head.   WePlay! Dota […]

Fortnite: The Real Problem With BRUTEs

ESTNN’s Matt Pryor walks fans through The state of Fortnite as it stands has breached into total chaos. Fortnite Season X released on August 1st, 2019 to generally poor reception. While many professional and casual players can adapt to the rotational items that no longer exist, the big problem lies with the B.R.U.T.E. suits that […]

Rick Fox Shares New Details Regarding Controversy, Sale of Echo Fox LCS Franchise Slot

Over the past several months, esports organization Echo Fox as been the subject of controversy involving racism and financial trouble. Co-founder Rick Fox went on The Richard Lewis Show this week and finally opened up about the ordeal that ended with Echo Fox deciding to sell its slot in the League of Legends Championship Series […]

MortaL announces break from competitive PUBGM scene

Indian PUBGM star and Team Soul member Mortal has announced an indefinite break from the competitive PUBGM scene. The Youtube star iterated that the PMSC 2019 will be his last competitive event with Team Soul, after which he plans to focus on streaming full-time. Mortal explained his decision in length, citing family responsibilities and the […]

Apex Legends: Team SoloMid Claim Overall Victory at X Games Tournament

Just like the Battle Royale game this Apex Legends tournament at ESPN’s X Games is based on, many teams entered, but only one can be called the winner. That winner for Day 2, the final day of the tournament, is none other than Team SoloMid. Their roster consisted of Jordan “Reps” Wolfe, Mackenzie “Albralelie” Beckwith, […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Seven | Day Two Recap

SK Gaming vs Misfits Gaming SK and MSF team compositions with the MSF squad above. The first game of the day was an action-packed brawl, with SK Gaming emerging victorious over Misfits Gaming and breaking their losing streak. It was quite a volatile match early though. MSF put a lot of focus on […]

Dota 2: The (Most Likely) Top Picks for TI 9

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov takes viewers through what we think will be the pro’s top picks at TI 9. The International 2019 is getting closer with each day that passes by. Apart from being the most important tournament of the year, TI is also life-changing due to its incredibly high prize pool. In fact, this years’ […]

FaZe Clan countersues Tfue for ‘betrayal’ and breach of contract

Fortnite star Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney becoming a rising sensation in May when he sued his employer, Faze Clan, claiming that they took most of his income for themselves and had a very exploitive contract which was illegal according to California’s law. Faze Clan denied the reports and claimed that they didn’t do anything illegal and […]

Apex Legends: Team SoloMid Take Day 1 of the X Games Tournament

ESTNN’s Phillip Miner takes fans through the first day of action at the X Games Apex Legends $150K USD tournament. Day 1 of the ESPN EXP Invitational, the official Apex Legends tournament of the X Games, has concluded! With it, fans got some scintillating action watching great players made some seriously clutch plays. Here are […]

Mixer Reaps Immediate Benefits From Exclusive Partnership With Ninja 

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Twitch’s most-watched streamer from 2018, announced on Thursday that he would be exclusively streaming on Mixer beginning this weekend, and his addition is already paying dividends for the platform. While with Twitch, Blevins had more than 14M followers, and during his prime in the spring of 2018, his subscription total on gaming’s […]

Analyzing the Fortnite Championship Series

Fortnite Championship Series With the Fortnite World Cup in the rearview mirror, many are questioning what is next. Thankfully, the team behind Fortnite has revealed the next installment in their esports journey. Coinciding with the release of Season X, the Fortnite Championship Series is now official. The statement from Epic Games indicates that “This in-game […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Seven | Day One Recap

Splyce vs Excel Esports SPY and XL team compositions with SPY Humanoid above. To kick off the LEC Week Seven, Excel Esports took a huge upset victory over Splyce . Though Xerxe ganked and killed Expect for First Blood, beautiful Irelia play from Mickey in the mid lane brought the game in their favor. […]

Sentinels CEO Sues Kroenke Sports & Entertainment Over Echo Fox LCS Deal

Sentinels CEO Ron Moore has sued Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, alleging that he was cut out of a verbal agreement to oversee its esports efforts. Moore claims in the suit that he was not informed of Kroenke’s reported plans to acquire Echo Fox’s League of Legends Championship Series franchise slot. Sentinels and Kroenke are […]

Tom Cannon Confirms Riot Games is Working on a New Fighting Game

Earlier today at EVO 2019, Tom Cannon confirmed that Riot Games is currently developing a fighting game. Cannon is a founder of EVO as well as an employee of Riot Games. In 2016, Riot Games acquired Radiant Entertainment, who is known for creating the game “Rising Thunder.” Though this was two years ago, there has […]

NBA 2K League Signing Bud Light As Official Beer Sponsor

The NBA 2K League on Friday will announce that Anheuser-Busch has signed on to make Bud Light the official beer of the esports series. Terms were not revealed for the deal, and the sides say that activation plans will be announced at a later date. A-B Head of U.S. Marketing Nick Kelly, who hinted at the deal […]

CSGO: Cache Rework Complete; to be Debuted in ESL One New York Showmatch

Cache will return at the ESL One New York Showmatch. After being removed from the competitive map pool in March of this year, Cache has been undergoing a rework at the hands of its original creators. Over the last few months, Cache creator Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling has been keeping fans updated on the status of […]

ESL ONE New York to Debut Reworked Cache in Showmatch

It’s official! Shaun ‘FMPONE’ Snelling broke the news via a video iterating that the rework of Cache is complete and the improved map will make it’s debut at ESL ONE New York. Although, FMPONE added that it will merely be played in the Showmatch that will precede the Grand Final of the event. https://t.co/3FFaPaB721 — […]

Which Teams Earned the Most Prize Money at the Fortnite World Cup?

Last weekend’s Fortnite World Cup was one of the largest esports competitions to date, awarding $30M USD between its Solo and Duos tournaments, along with about $3M further apiece for its Creative mode and Pro-Am tournaments. The New York City finals netted the game 14M hours watched via Twitch, with the official feed topping more […]

CSGO: KNGV Has Acquired a US Visa

Vito ‘kNgV’ Giuseppe has confirmed that US has updated the status of his US Visa to approved. Vito ‘kNgV’ Giuseppe has reportedly been targeted by MIBR as the replacement for legendary awper Marcelo ‘Coldzera’ David. The approval of his Visa could be an important step on the journey to joining a new roster. Gisueppe is […]

CSGO: Smooya and Nex Return to BIG, Bench Denis

The German organization Berlin International Gaming has confirmed an alteration to their CS: GO roster following the retirement of their IGL Faith ‘Gob b’ Dayik earlier today. BIG will bench Denis ‘denis’ Howell from the active roster and fill the remaining slots with returning players Owen ‘smooya’ Butterfield and Johannes ‘nex’ Maget. However, Maget will […]

CSGO: Gob B to Retire From Competitive Play

Decorated German IGL Faith ‘gob b’ Dayik has stepped down from the BIG roster and announced his retirement from professional play. Dayik had been a player for the German organization since 2017, but his tenure dates back to the Mousesports rosters of CS 1.6. The veteran IGL announced that he would be remaining with the […]

Joining the Esports Community By Working for Endemic Brands

The Esports Observer continues its series of interviews aimed at increasing the visibility of women working within the esports industry. You can read June’s edition here. This month, The Esports Observer spoke with five women from endemic esports brand partners to learn how they got involved in the industry, how esports differs from their other […]

BIG Clan bench denis, brings in smooya and nex

In the aftermath of Fatih “gob b” Dayik’s retirement and a chain of unsatisfactory results, BIG Clan has made a roster change. Denis “denis” Howell will be moving back to the bench while Owen “smooya” Butterfield and Johannes “nex” Maget will return to the active line-up. This move comes in as the management was convinced […]

Frotnite: Season X Has Completely Changed Competitive Fortnite

Fortnite’s Season X has completely changed the competitive landscape of the most popular battle royale in the world. Fortnite Season X Epic Games released Fortnite two years ago, and over that time it has endured a multitude of changes. Fans have seen locations, equipment and weapons come and go, and many of these items and […]

gob b announces retirement

32-year-old German in-game-leader Fatih “gob b” Dayik has decided to retire from professional Counter-Strike in order to ‘spend time with family and friends’. Faith is a brilliant in-game and his leadership has produced excellent results for BIG. Fatih has been a member of BIG Clan since around thousands days, claimed the organization. Further, he will […]

Update: Starbucks Signs on as Title Sponsor for Madden NFL 20 Classic

Update: Starbucks will serve as the presenting sponsor for the first Major of the Championship Series season which will now be called the Madden NFL 20 Classic Presented by Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew. Starbucks has only signed on for this event and as of this article’s publication will not activate at any other Championship Series […]

FaZe Clan Countersues Fortnite Player Tfue for Breach of Contract

FaZe Clan has sued player Turner “Tfue” Tenney in response to his lawsuit filed in May. The team alleges that Tenney has breached his contract, disparaged the team in violation of the contract, and other offenses. Tenney first filed suit against FaZe Clan alleging that he was under an illegal, one-sided contract. Esports organization FaZe […]

Kellogg’s Partners with N3rd Street Gamers for Walmart Tournaments, Watch Parties

The Kellogg Company has partnered with N3rd Street Gamers to sponsor Fortnite and Overwatch amateur tournaments to be held at Walmart locations. The Kellogg Company will also sponsor a $15K USD Overwatch Major in the National Championship Series. The companies have also partnered to host watch parties for the Overwatch League Grand Finals on Sept. […]

Ninja Teams With Mixer as Exclusive Streaming Partner

Top Twitch Influencer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced on Thursday that he has partnered with Microsoft’s live streaming service Mixer, and will now exclusively stream using the service, ending his reign as one of Twitch’s most-watched personalities.  Blevins was the most-watched Twitch streamer in 2018 following the rise of Epic Games’ battle royale game Fortnite and […]

Dan Fleeter Appointed Madison Square Garden Head of Esports, Counter Logic Gaming COO

Dan Fleeter has been named The Madison Square Garden company’s head of esports, as well as chief operating officer of Counter Logic Gaming . Fleeter will oversee all business efforts for CLG, including new initiatives, partnerships, league relationships, and event development. He previously was the company’s vice president of corporate development, and served on CLG’s […]

ESL Co-CEO David Neichel on Leadership Changes, Creating Value for Partners

Prior to joining ESL as its chief operations officer in 2017, David Neichel had spent seven years with Activision Blizzard, most recently as its vice president of international commercial development. Along with an earlier four-year stint with Electronic Arts, Neichel logged more than a decade on the publishing side of the games industry—but he told […]

Dota Underlords Head to Head Update

Dota Underlords is among the most played games on Steam right now. Having said that, since the game is in early access, there are regular updates that are trying to fix all the issues that occur. Today, the Dota Underlords devs released a new update called  “Head to head Update.” Let’s take a look at […]

A Closer Look Inside the 2019 World Cyber Games in Xi’an 

Between July 18-21, the 2019 World Cyber Games was reborn in the Chinese city of Xi’an, after a six-year hiatus. The event featured six games as official esports titles: Clash Royale, Dota 2, CrossFire, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Honor of Kings. The event featured an Olympic-inspired system, with China taking home the most gold […]

Report: Houston Outlaws Finds Real Estate Investor Buyer for $40M

Real estate investor Lee Zieben has agreed to acquire the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws for $40M USD, sources tell ESPN. The deal is pending approval from the league, and is expected to close in late August. Immortals Gaming Club acquired the Outlaws in June as part of the Infinite Esports & Entertainment deal, but must […]

SteelSeries Sponsors OG Ahead of The International Title Defense

Reigning Dota 2 The International 2018 champion OG has entered into a partnership with peripherals maker SteelSeries. The team will compete in The International 2019 in August, which has a still-rising prize pool that currently sits at $31.1M USD. OG is also sponsored by Red Bull and Socios. Videogame peripherals maker SteelSeries has announced a […]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Reveal- Full Recap

In one of the largest reveal events in recent history, Infinity Ward finally showed off Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer game mode. On July 30th, Infinity Ward invited several YouTubers and other Call of Duty content creators to capture gameplay on an early build of their new game. Today, they followed that up with […]

Dota 2: Team Spirit Releases Their Dota 2 Roster

The CIS Dota 2 scene has always been one of the most interesting to watch. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that each team is so unique. Having said that, the roster of Team Spirit used to be one of the most promising ones because it featured some of the biggest […]

Ninja To Stream Exclusively On Mixer, a streaming platform owned by Microsoft

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a world-famous video game streamer, has announced that he will no longer be streaming on Twitch. He will exclusively be streaming on Mixer, a streaming platform owned by Microsoft.   Ninja made the announcement on his Twitter via a video. The next chapter,https://t.co/lvn9KBjEYq pic.twitter.com/tljVgyM3bG — Ninja August 1, 2019 In the video, […]

Ninja Teams With Mixer as Exclusive Streaming Partner

Top Twitch Influencer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced on Thursday that he has partnered with Microsoft’s live streaming service Mixer, and will now exclusively stream using the service, ending his reign as one of Twitch’s most-watched personalities.  Blevins was the most-watched Twitch streamer in 2018 following the rise of Epic Games’ battle royale game Fortnite and… […]

Dan Fleeter Appointed Madison Square Garden Head of Esports, Counter Logic Gaming COO

Dan Fleeter has been named The Madison Square Garden company’s head of esports, as well as chief operating officer of Counter Logic Gaming . Fleeter will oversee all business efforts for CLG, including new initiatives, partnerships, league relationships, and event development. He previously was the company’s vice president of corporate development, and served on CLG’s… […]

ESL Co-CEO David Neichel on Leadership Changes, Creating Value for Partners

Prior to joining ESL as its chief operations officer in 2017, David Neichel had spent seven years with Activision Blizzard, most recently as its vice president of international commercial development. Along with an earlier four-year stint with Electronic Arts, Neichel logged more than a decade on the publishing side of the games industry—but he told… […]

Fortnite: A Look Inside 100 Thieves’ Performance at the Fortnite World Cup

ESTNN’s Matt Pryor takes fans through 100 Thieves’ performance at last week’s Fortnite World Cup. 100 Thieves has been involved in competitive Fortnite since July of 2018, and the organization has seen several talent changes in that span of time. Players like Parallax and Risker joined in the early goings, but left in 2019. It […]

A Closer Look Inside the 2019 World Cyber Games in Xi’an 

Between July 18-21, the 2019 World Cyber Games was reborn in the Chinese city of Xi’an, after a six-year hiatus. The event featured six games as official esports titles: Clash Royale, Dota 2, CrossFire, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Honor of Kings. The event featured an Olympic-inspired system, with China taking home the most gold… […]

CSGO: RFRSH Will Sell Astralis and Origen to a New Ownership Group

Astralis’ parent company RFRSH Entertainment have reportedly agreed to the sale of their CS: GO team. According to a report from dr.dk, RFRSH has arranged the sale of Astralis to a separate ownership group that primarily consists of Danish investors. Nikolaj Nyholm, the Director of RFRSH, has announced that he will be stepping down from […]

Report: Houston Outlaws Finds Real Estate Investor Buyer for $40M

Real estate investor Lee Zieben has agreed to acquire the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws for $40M USD, sources tell ESPN. The deal is pending approval from the league, and is expected to close in late August. Immortals Gaming Club acquired the Outlaws in June as part of the Infinite Esports & Entertainment deal, but must… […]

Chinese PUBG Teams Walk Out of MET Asia Series, Shanghai Holds Ceremony for Registered Esports Athletes

In the last week, the esports industry in China saw several partnership deals and developments in its ongoing esports athletes registration system, as well as a seven-team walk out in an international PUBG tournament, due to what the teams felt was “unfair treatment” by tournament organizer MET Events.  Among the top stories: Shanghai held a […]

One Billion People Watch Esports Games

The 2019 report published by Q3 Global Digital Statshot shows the number of viewers of esports games have breached the one billion mark. The report comes in line with the number of people using social media which has crossed the 3.5 billion. ‘Almost 1 billion people around the world have watched an esports tournament in […]

Super League Gaming Names Samir Ahmed as Chief Technology Officer

Samir Ahmed has joined amateur tournament operator Super League Gaming as its chief technology officer. Ahmed previously served in technological leadership roles for IMDb, Fandango, and M-GO, and owns 10 patents related to video technology. Super League Gaming’s board approved an equity award for Ahmed as an inducement to employment. Amateur tournament operator and platform… […]

Astralis gets a new owner for $15 million

The Danish organization RFRSH has sold it’s Counter-Strike group Astralis. Besides, RFRSH’s League of Legends group has moved to new-organization Astralis Group ApS. The CEO of RFRSH Nikolaj Nyholm has left his situation at the organization to progress toward becoming chief of the previously mentioned Astralis Group ApS. Also, he is presently in responsibility for. […]

Gary Vaynerchuk on Investing in Esports, the Opportunity Ahead

Long before being announced as an investor in and member of the ownership group of the Minnesota franchise of Activision Blizzard’s upcoming geolocated Call of Duty League, Gary Vaynerchuk had his eye on the esports industry. “I’ve been really paying attention in the back row for four to five years,” he told The Esports Observer. […]

New OverActive Media SVP Business Alyson Walker on Bringing Traditional Sports Background to Esports

Prior to joining OverActive Media  last year as its president and CEO, Chris Overholt led a long career throughout the professional and amateur sports worlds, with stints at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment with the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, as well as the Florida Panthers, Miami Dolphins, and Canadian Olympic Committee. Now in the world of […]

Extended Coverage of Warcraft Raid Race Helps Outperform Last Year’s, On Twitch

Esports organization Method finished World of Warcraft’s most recent raid race to world first as the first to complete Blizzard’s instance yet again, and it’s channel topped viewership for the game during the extended competition.  Previous raiding tiers at the end of January and fall of 2018 were completed by Method as the world’s top guild in just about six-eight days […]

Opinion: How Over-Regulation Endangers the Long-Term Success of the Overwatch League

Tobias M. Scholz is an Akademischer Rat for Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior at the University of Siegen in Germany. He has been involved in esports since 2001 and recently published the book “Esports is Business – Management in the World of Competitive Gaming.” He is also the founder of the […]

SteelSeries Sponsors OG Ahead of The International Title Defense

Reigning Dota 2 The International 2018 champion OG has entered into a partnership with peripherals maker SteelSeries. The team will compete in The International 2019 in August, which has a still-rising prize pool that currently sits at $31.1M USD. OG is also sponsored by Red Bull and Socios. Videogame peripherals maker SteelSeries has announced a… […]

First Apex Legends Official Tournament Announced

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment are finally taking the reigns of Apex Legends esports. They announcing a large scale event where teams will compete for their cut of a prize pool of $500,000, a first of its kind for Apex Legends. The tournament will feature 80 teams battling each other in a double-elimination bracket, meaning […]

Dota 2: Dreamhack to Host a Series of Weekly Dota 2 Tournaments

 Dreamhack is organizing a new series of Dota 2 events called DreamHack Weekly. DreamHack announced today that they will run a series of weekly Dota 2 tournaments via the organizer’s official website: “During August and September, we’ll be running weekly online Dota 2 tournaments… which will lead to a monthly qualification final. After both months, […]

Dota 2: OG and PSG Sign Sponsorship Deals with SteelSeries, Betway

OG has signed a sponsorship deal with SteelSeries, and LSG has inked a partnership with Betway. With TI 9 just around the corner, the hype is getting bigger and bigger with each day. Having said that, a lot of the top organizations in Dota 2 are getting new sponsors lately. PSG Esports and Betway PSG […]

Dota Underlords: Devs Tease Upgrades to Hero Visuals

The Dota Underlords developers teased a visual upgrade to heroes today on their official Twitter account. Just a couple of days ago, the official Dota Underlords twitter account released some of the upcoming changes to ranked gameplay. How about another peek at the next update? Coming soon, a large number of heroes will have their […]

CSGO ranks second in harassment rankings according to survey done by Anti-Defamation Leauge

In a survey conducted by Anti-Defamation Leauge, CS:GO has ranked second in harassment levels. In the survey, 75% of users reported that they have been harassed while they have played CS:GO. CSGO falls just short of DOTA 2, which leads the race with 79% of users reporting that they have been harassed while playing the […]

Chinese PUBG Teams Walk Out of MET Asia Series, Shanghai Holds Ceremony for Registered Esports Athletes

In the last week, the esports industry in China saw several partnership deals and developments in its ongoing esports athletes registration system, as well as a seven-team walk out in an international PUBG tournament, due to what the teams felt was “unfair treatment” by tournament organizer MET Events.  Among the top stories: Shanghai held a… […]

Gary Vaynerchuk on Investing in Esports, the Opportunity Ahead

Long before being announced as an investor in and member of the ownership group of the Minnesota franchise of Activision Blizzard’s upcoming geolocated Call of Duty League, Gary Vaynerchuk had his eye on the esports industry. “I’ve been really paying attention in the back row for four to five years,” he told The Esports Observer…. […]

Dota Underlords: WePlay!’s Underlords Open Tournament Kicks off this Week on Twitch

WePlay!’s first-ever Dota Underlords Open Tournament kicks off this week, and here’s everything you need to know. From August 1-4, WePlay! will stream their first Dota Underlords open tournament, featuring the top sixteen players from the open qualifiers which took place earlier last week. Over 5,000 players participated in the open qualifiers for their chance […]

New OverActive Media SVP Business Alyson Walker on Bringing Traditional Sports Background to Esports

Prior to joining OverActive Media last year as its president and CEO, Chris Overholt led a long career throughout the professional and amateur sports worlds, with stints at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment with the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, as well as the Florida Panthers, Miami Dolphins, and Canadian Olympic Committee. Now in… […]

CSGO: Who Made it to the Berlin Major – Asia Edition

ESTNN’s Benjamin Hodge Mckenna breaks down the teams that managed to secure a spot to the StarLadder Major in Berlin through the Asia Minor. It has been a hectic couple of weeks for CS:GO players and fans alike, most recently we’ve seen action from the hopeful teams looking to make an appearance at the StarLadder […]

Extended Coverage of Warcraft Raid Race Helps OutPerform Last Year’s, On Twitch 

Esports organization Method finished World of Warcraft’s most recent raid race to world first as the first to complete Blizzard’s instance yet again, and it’s channel topped viewership for the game during the extended competition.  Previous raiding tiers at the end of January and fall of 2018 were completed by Method as the world’s top… […]

Extremum ventures into CSGO, signs Russian lineup

Extremum, relatively a new name in the esports scene have signed former Quantum Bellator Fire and Winstrike Team players — Nikita “waterfaLLZ” Matveyev, Gregory “balbIna” Oleinick and coach Dmitry “iksou” Mikhaylichenko. Former Winstrike players will be joined by three young and upcoming talents from Russia. Fans will have high expectations from the roster since […]

Opinion: How Over-Regulation Endangers the Long-Term Success of the Overwatch League

Tobias M. Scholz is an Akademischer Rat for Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior at the University of Siegen in Germany. He has been involved in esports since 2001 and recently published the book “Esports is Business – Management in the World of Competitive Gaming.” He is also the founder of… […]

Team Secret partners up with a big clothing brand

Introduction The International 2019 is getting closer and closer with each day that passes by. After the end of The Summit 10, all eyes are set on the biggest event of the year. August. Shanghai. Ultra Limited Drop. See you at The International. pic.twitter.com/XyP60CsTJp — Team Secret July 29, 2019 Having said that, one […]

Japan to host world’s first esports tournament for differently abled

In a bid to raise awareness about disabled gaming, Japan will be hosting the world’s first disabled-friendly League Of Legends tournament during the Gunma Esports Festival in Japan. Four teams of five players each will be competing with each other for a prize of one million yen. The teams will only consist of gamers that […]

$500,000 Apex Legends preseason invitational tournament announced

Recently, EA and Respawn entertainment made a joint announcement about the upcoming Lan event for Apex Legends which will feature a prize pool of $500K. The event will be held in Kraków, Poland from September 13th to 15th. The event will feature 80 of the world’s best Apex Legends teams playing in a double-elimination bracket […]

The Complete Team List for Starladder Berlin Major 2019

The stage is set and the teams have been confirmed for the entire phase of the Starladder Berlin Major 2019. The Minors have ended with 8 teams earning qualification for the New Challenger Stage at the Major. The Play-In has also conferred upon 3 teams the right to enter the Main Qualifying Stage at Berlin. […]

Amit Raizada: The Catalyst of the Fall of Echo Fox’s LoL Division

Richard Lewis sat down with Rick Fox and talked about the situation that Echo Fox faced before selling their League of Legends spot to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment for upwards of $30 million. We take a look at the critical elements of this exclusive interview. We will overview of what occurred between Echo Fox and […]

Opinion: Should We Measure the Fortnite World Cup’s Worth in Gold?

Not long after the last shots were fired and those endless fortification pieces fell to the floor, the Fortnite  World Cup winners were front-page news. The next 24 hours were a rodeo of repetitive headlines, almost all focusing on the winnings: $3M USD for the solos champion, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, and another $3M for duos… […]

Stewie2K, dev1ce, NBK, dephh, Kjaerbye, DonHaci among others who reacted to Fortnite World Cup

CS:GO community is once again enraged and this time it’s Fortnite World Cup being the cause. With whopping $30 Million USD prize pool for the world cup, and even Dota 2’s The International’s prize pool has crossed $30 Million, CS:GO community is not quite happy with the developers. On the contrary, being the oldest and […]

As Bugha Wins Fortnite World Cup, Esports Prize Pools Outpace Professional Sports

ESTNN’s Matt Pryor explores the meteoric rise of esports prize pools. The rise of esports has been one of the more intriguing topics over the past 10 years. A steadily surging increase in viewership has come hand in hand with huge prize pools, and has monetarily benefited both organizations and players alike. Last weekend’s Fortnite […]

Riot Games Enlists Sportradar to Monitor League of Legends Betting

Data firm Sportradar will monitor global betting for Riot Games’ League of Legends competitions and report and investigate potential integrity concerns. The company will also work with Riot to review its policies regarding player integrity and help develop educational training initiatives. An LGD Gaming player was recently suspended in China’s League of Legends Pro League… […]

Dota 2: Dealing with Tilt and How Mastering it Can Win You More Games

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov walks players through dealing with frustration when playing Dota 2. Dota 2 is truly a wonderful game that gathers millions of players worldwide. However, the game always had one major issue – its community. Specifically, the sheer toxicity of this community is, sadly, one of Dota’s trademarks. In fact, in a recent […]

EA Announces $500K Apex Legends Preseason Invitational

The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational will feature 80 teams in a $500K USD tournament in Krakow, Poland, in September. EA’s newly-detailed Apex Legends Preseason initiative also includes ESPN’s EXP tournaments, including this coming weekend’s event at X Games Minneapolis. Many organizations have added Apex Legends teams in recent months, and FACEIT and Twitch have also… […]

CSGO: Who Made it to the Berlin Major – EU Edition

ESTNN’s Benjamin Hodge Mckenna breaks down the European teams that managed to secure a spot to the StarLadder Major in Berlin This weekend saw the end of the StarLadder Minors which culminated in the Minor play-in to determine who would be making it to the new Challengers stage. Now that the teams have been finalized, […]

Fortnite Racks Up 14M Hours Watched During World Cup Weekend: Top 10 Twitch Content, July 22 – 28

The Fortnite World Cup helped Epic Games’ battle royale game eclipse the 20M hours watched mark this week, with 14M of that coming on Friday-Sunday. Meanwhile, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek has helped yet another game, this time Overwatch, see a boost in viewership by playing the title. The following content is ranked according to the total… […]

Overwatch League Match of the Week | Stage 4 | Week 2 | Atlanta Reign vs. Houston Outlaws

ESTNN’s Charlotte August walks fans through this week’s Overwatch League Match of the Week – Atlanta Reign vs. Houston Outlaws. The fourth and final stage of the Overwatch League is in full swing, and the competition is heating up big time. Teams are clawing for a spot in the season playoffs, and with several teams […]

Dota 2: ONE Esports to Host a $500K USD Dota 2 Tournament

ONE Esports announced a $500K USD Dota 2 tournament yesterday. The hype for the biggest event in esports, which also has the biggest prize pool of any game as of today is getting bigger and bigger with each day. Having said that, there is constant news about some of the upcoming events in […]

CSGO: Who Made it to the Berlin Major – Americas Edition

ESTNN’s Caroline Rutledge is back with another in-depth look at the Americas teams that claimed their StarLadder Berlin New Challenger Spot. With the Minor stage of StarLadder’s Berlin Major circuit coming to an end, it’s time we take a closer look at the qualifying teams. The Americas Minor took place a few weeks ago and […]

OverActive Media Appoints New VPs Alyson Walker, Tyler Keenen

Incoming OverActive Media Senior Vice President of Business Alyson Walker previously worked at Bell, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, and the Canadian Olympic Committee. Tyler Keenan, who joined in April as vice president of global partnerships, previously worked at Stackt and Nike, and helped secure OAM’s recent deals with Bell and Canon. OverActive Media has… […]

CSGO: Who Made it to the Berlin Major – CIS Edition

ESTNN’s Caroline Rutledge presents an in-depth look at every CIS team that made it through the StarLadder Berlin Minor Stage. The Minor stage leading up to the StarLadder Berlin Major has come to a close! Fans are left with eleven teams qualifying through to the New Challengers stage. Through both the Minor and the Minor […]

Misfits Gaming Appoints Greg Stangel as Chief Revenue Officer 

Greg Stangel has joined Misfits Gaming as chief revenue officer . Stangel was the senior vice president of Fox Networks Group’s Global Solutions team, has worked for CAA, and the New York Mets. In this new role, Stangel will be responsible for global sales, partner relations, and driving revenue across the Misfits organization. Misfits Gaming … […]

HBSE-Backed StreamMetrics Debuts Audience Measurement Tool

Startup StreamMetrics has debuted an audience measurement tool that provides regionally-specific data across multiple services. The company’s seed round was led by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment Ventures. StreamMetrics plans to launch a Series A funding round in September. StreamMetrics, a new startup backed by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment Ventures , today announced the launch… […]

Rocket League Receives Game Approval in China

Rocket League has received game approval by the Chinese government, exiting a two-year beta period. The game will be free to play in the Chinese market. Receiving game approval in China is vital for publisher Psyonix and distributor Tencent to monetize Rocket League and build its esports ecosystem.  Chinese esports teams Edward Gaming and Royal… […]

‘Get Good’ by Ninja coming to book stores near you

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins whose rise to fame was witnessed by almost everyone is back again with another venture outside of gaming. This time is he writing a set of books about how to become an “unstoppable” gaming machine. A book that can help a scrub becomes ‘Pro’. The books are set […]

Fortnite World Champion Bugha beats Tiger Woods in earnings

The Fortnite World Cup 2019 featured a prize pool of $30 million in total. The winner of the Sunday finale, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was awarded with a staggering $3 million in prize money. After winning the World Cup alone he was able to outearn most sports athletes from sports such as Tennis, Golf, etc. According […]

Fortnite World Cup champion Bugha featured on The Tonight Show

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, a 16-year old US teenager is in the news after he won the Fortnite World Cup-winning a staggering $3 million in prize money. Following his victory, Bugha made an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” to talk about his victory lap. The Tonight Show is one of the biggest shows […]

Ninja at the Fortnite World Cup is Best for Business

The Fortnite World Cup came and went with a total prize pool of $30M USD being dished out to the best players across the globe. A notable personality known as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins was absent after failing to qualify for both the Duos and Solo competitions. Although nearly making the cut alongside his Duo partner […]

Fortnite World Cup Eclipses Half a Million Viewers on Twitch During Sunday Finale

Epic Games’  Fortnite  World Cup over the weekend produced the title’s best three days of viewership this year and its highest hours watched total for a single day since the grand finale of the Summer Skirmish event at PAX West last September.  The main Fortnite Channel led the way, posting its strongest days of viewership… […]

Epic Games Announces Fortnite Champions Series

The Fortnite Champions Series will begin with the game’s next in-game season, which starts on August 1. The competition will offer millions of dollars in prizing and be based around an online leaderboard. This past weekend’s Fortnite World Cup awarded $30M USD between Solo and Duos competitions, as well as $3M in a Creative mode… […]

Simplicity Esports to Acquire PLAYlive Nation and its 44 Game Centers

Simplicity Esports will acquire gaming center company PLAYlive Nation and its 44 locations in the United States. Simplicity, a publicly-traded company, fields teams across several games and operates one current gaming center of its own, with plans to build more. SMAAASH Entertainment acquired Simplicity Esports earlier this year.  Simplicity Esports  has announced a definitive agreement… […]

Fortnite World Cup Delivers 4M+ Hours Watched: Top 10 Twitch Channels, July 22 – 28

The World of Warcraft raid race helped esports organization Method lead the way for viewership on Twitch again this past week.  Meanwhile, the Fortnite World Cup maxed out at more than half a million viewers on Sunday, averaging nearly 200K viewers over 21 hours of coverage throughout the weekend.  The following channels are ranked according… […]

The Fortnite World Cup Experience: All About The Fans

It was the biggest event in the history of Fortnite , offering the largest prize pool to-date in esports. The Fortnite World Cup in Flushing Meadows, New York, at the home of the US Open, took place this weekend and the overall event design was very much about the fan experience. Inside the stadium, one of… […]

League of Legends: Riot Reveals Information on Pantheon Rework

Riot Games announced this morning that Pantheon’s rework is nearly complete. In addition, “the Unbreakable Spear” will drop onto Summoner’s Rift in patch 9.16. So far, most of the information given about Pantheon focuses on his looks and lore, not revealing too much about his kit, besides the ultimate. But that’s certainly not a bad […]

Dota 2: Patch 7.22f Patch Overview

ESTNN’s Veselin Ignatov takes players through Dota 2’s latest patch, 7.22f. In a typical Valve fashion, they decided to release a new patch literally minutes after the end of the last tournament before TI 9 – The Summit 10. It was definitely a very interesting event so if you missed any of the action, read […]

Mom thought I wasted time: 15-yr-old on winning ₹7.7 cr in gaming

Jaden Ashman from Essex, UK won approximately $2.25 million after coming in second place in Duos sections of Fortnite World Cup 2019. The 15-year-old will be sharing this prize money with his Dutch partner, Dave Jong. Fortnite World Cup 2019was a 3-day-long tournament with a $30 million prize money and was held inside the Arthur […]

ONE Esports to Launch With Tokyo, Jakarta, and Singapore Events

The ONE Esports series will launch with two $500K USD Dota 2 events in Singapore and Jakarta, and two Tokyo fighting game events. Former Battlefy executive Carlos Alimurung has been named CEO of ONE Esports, while PGL will act as a production partner.  The $250M backed ONE Championship is running its esports spinoff in partnership… […]

BookMyShow Esports: Former Zowie exec Ashwin Jain has a new challenge

BookMyShow, India’s most popular ticketing platform is exploring opportunities in the esport domain. Founded in 1999, 20-year-old ticketing giant has hired Ashwin Jain, former Zowie India Marcom & Brand Manager. Ashwin Jain, has his roots laid back to the early days of Indian esport scene. 26-year-old has worked alongside prominent organizations ranging from MSI Gaming, […]

BTRG signs Indonesian star xccurate

After a period of a year and an half with TyLoo, Indonesian star-AWPer is finally set to resume his journey with Big Time Regal Gaming . He was earlier benched by TyLoo after the organisation signed WingHei “Freeman” Cheung in June earlier this year. Kevin “xccurate” Susanto was signed by the Chinese firebrand in early […]

Call of Duty League to Start at Home, Blizzard Co-Founder to Depart

The Call of Duty franchised league will go straight into home games next year, Blizzard Entertainment’s co-founder departs, and The International prize pool exceeds $30M USD. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! Call of Duty League Format… […]

LCS Summer 2019: Week Eight | Day Two Recap

OpTic Gaming vs Golden Guardians OPT and GGS team compositions with GGS Froggen center. The Golden Guardians took a big win over OpTic Gaming in the first game of the day. It wasn’t the most action-packed game, but GGS’ early game leads translated very well to team fights. Contractz started it off by […]

Dota2: The Summit 10 Recap

The last event before the biggest tournament in Dota 2 is finally over. There were a lot of exciting and fun games to watch but probably the most entertaining part of the event was the commentary. Let’s take a closer look at what happened during the groups and afterward. Group Stage The main stars of […]

Bugha Wins Fortnite Solo World Cup

On the final day of the Fortnite World Cup, the best 100 Fortnite players from around the world competed in the Solo portion of the World Cup. While the Duos portion of events has generally been the more popular of the two events, the solo event stood out at the World Cup this past weekend, […]

Dota Underlords is Expecting a Big Ranked Update

Valve’s Dota Underlords is one of the most popular games on Steam, despite the fact that it is still in its early days. Additionally, Valve has updated the game constantly, and it looks like there’s a huge update in the pipeline. Next week’s update will include a handful of new features. One of those is […]

Top Twitch Streamers Show How Evolution of ‘Just Chatting’ Can Grow Brand

Tim “TimTheTatman” Betar starts his stream the same way every day. Turning on his camera after playing an intro video montage, the hefty, heavily tattooed influencer begins a daily conversation with his viewers filled with memes, banter, donations, and videos.  It’s Betar’s way of slowly working his way into the broadcast without necessarily playing a… […]

F1 New Balance Esports Series China Championship Details Announced

The F1 New Balance Esports Series will begin its regional China Championship beginning in August. The winner and runner-up of the China Championship will be entered in the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Draft for the next season. The 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series has a $500K USD prize pool and an expanded events schedule,… […]

Opinion: This is how Fnatic should line up after the Starladder Berlin Major

Another promising roster bit the dust for Fnatic. While the Xizt-led stack had their days towards the top end in competitions, they faltered when it mattered the most, bowing out of the European Minor. Fnatic will not be attending the Starladder Berlin Major. It’s a tough prospect to gulp down for the fans, who had […]

Dr Disrespect: “Not Fortnite, but CSGO should have $30M tournament”

Multiplayer online battle arena has taken the entire gaming community by storm ever since the launch of prominent battle royale titles in 2017. This list includes Playerunknown’s Battleground, Fortnite, Apex Legends and it goes on. However, not every game had a joyride to become an esport title, few did, some didn’t. Fortnite was launched […]

Fortnite: Cooler Aqua and Nyhrox Win Fortnite Duos World Cup

Today, the fifty best duo Fortnite pairs from around the world competed in the Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. The Duos, who either represent North America, Europe, Asia, South America, or Oceania, have spent the last ten weeks attempting to qualify for the tournament. These qualifiers were divided by […]

LCS Summer 2019: Week Eight Day One Recap

Team Liquid vs OpTic Gaming TL and OPT team compositions with TL Doublelift center. The first game of the day was a crazy back-and-forth, but in the end, Team Liquid emerged victorious over OpTic Gaming . Their victory mostly came through Impact’s Aatrox, who amassed a large gold lead through farm and the First […]

Dota 2: Top Players That Won’t Be At TI9 Part 2

In Part 1, we looked at two of the biggest Dota superstars who won’t attend this years’ TI. If you missed it, feel free to read it here. Having said that, let’s take a look at other top players who won’t be making the trip to Shanghai. Danil “Dendi” Ishutin When fans think about professional […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Six Day Two Recap

Rogue vs Vitality RGE and VIT team compositions with the RGE squad above. Vitality started off the day with a crazy win over Rogue . It was a back-and-forth match filled with throws and action. In the early game, RGE capitalized on VIT over-aggression to get a lead for themselves. When VIT dove the […]

The Rise of Fortnite – By The Numbers

The following infographic is part of our retrospective series exploring the launch, growth, and esports structure of Fortnite. Click here to read Part One.   Read More

Gen.G Esports Inks North American Apparel Deal with Meta Threads

Gen.G Esports has partnered with Meta Threads on a North American apparel deal. Meta Threads will produce Gen.G apparel beginning with a 2019 Pro Jersey, available now. Gen.G opened its new Los Angeles headquarters and training facility this week.  Gen.G Esports  has partnered with Meta Threads  on an apparel manufacturing and distribution deal for North… […]

ESL Clash of Nations’s final will be in Bangkok

Introduction ESL has always been one of the biggest event organizers in Dota 2. Apart from the amazing ESL One tournament series, the organization also has another very promising set of tournaments called Clash of Nations. Having said that, they just announced that the final of this amazing series will take place in Thailand’s capital […]

Police shut down Faze Clan’s New York pop-up shop due to massive crowd showing up

Yesterday, in celebration for several of their pro players being selected for upcoming Fortnite World Cup 2019 in New York, Faze Clan decided to setup a standalone pop-up shop at a nearby Sporting Goods Store. Several of Faze Clan players and staff were present at the shop to meet up with fans. But things went […]

Fortnite: Battle Royale – The History Of A Perfect Storm, Part Four

Over the last two seasons, the Fortnite  World Cup has loomed large. But while many players have had eyes firmly on chasing the prize, Epic Games  continued to… […]

Superstar musician Alan Walker teams up with PUBG MOBILE

LOS ANGELES – July 25, 2019 – World-renowned Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker is teaming up with PUBG MOBILE again to release an exclusive song “Live Fast” as a brand-new collaboration. The acclaimed musician will also drop in live on Day 1 of PUBG MOBILE CLUB OPEN 2019 SPRING SPLITS GLOBAL FINALS at July 26, to participate in a show match and […]

LEC Summer 2019: Week Six Day One Recap

Schalke 04 vs SK Gaming S04 and SK team compositions with the SK squad above. Schalke 04 started off the weekend with a fairly clean win over SK Gaming . Both teams utilized very different strategies, but in the end, S04 played much better to their 5v5 win condition. The match started off rough […]

CSGO: Former Players Accuse NiP of Witholding Prize Money and Mistreatment

ESTNN’s Caroline Rutledge walks fans through the current controversy surrounding Ninjas in Pajamas. Ex-professional Counter-Strike player Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson accused his former organization Ninjas in Pyjamas of withholding prize money and the mistreatment of players on The Richard Lewis Show earlier this week. Fifflaren was a member of the legendary from 2012 to 2014 and […]

Dota 2: Newbee’s New Team Will Only Compete at TI 9

Yesterday,  Newbee announced that they will add Yawar, CCnC, pieliedie, Snekying and MSS under their banner in order to take part in the upcoming epic tournament – The International 2019. This was definitely unexpected, which is why fans immediately started to ask a lot of questions. Having said that, in order to answer the most […]

LEGO, Blizzard Partner for Overwatch Twitch Rivals Charity Competition

The Twitch Rivals LEGO Overwatch Workshop Showdown was held in partnership between The LEGO Group, Blizzard Entertainment, and Twitch.  The streaming competition saw online teams battle in Overwatch, with the winning squads in each region having LEGO kits donated to their children’s charity of choice. Blizzard and The LEGO Group are already partnered for a… […]

Madden NFL 20 Championship Series Announced with Sponsors Pizza Hut, SNICKERS

The Madden NFL 20 Championship Series season will include four majors that are closely tied to NFL events. SNICKERS will return as a sponsor, while Pizza Hut is a new addition. Players will compete in the new in-game Pizza Hut Stadium during majors. Additional details will be revealed tonight following a Twitch livestream about the… […]

huNter: “I had many offers over the years but I’m happy in this lineup”

The European Minor is always a CR4ZY affair. But, it was more so this time around, with the likes of fnatic, mousesports and North among the teams vying for the two spots available at the Starladder Berlin Major. Photo Via HLTV It was CR4ZY though, that stole the show, beating fnatic and North on their […]

Fortnite: Battle Royale – The History of a Perfect Storm, Part Three

Through its first year, Fortnite  had moved beyond the status of a successful game and became a global pop culture phenomenon. But Epic Games  still wanted more. The developer wanted to convert this… […]

Method Stream Tops World of Warcraft Raid Race Viewership After One Week

The current World of Warcraft  raid race to world first has proven itself to be a challenging and extended fight to the finish for all of the world’s top guilds, and the inclusion of coverage by Red Bull  as well as live streams from top guilds has been a boon for the grassroots event’s reach… […]

John Deere on the Opportunity of Farming Simulator League

The Farming Simulator League  kicks off this weekend at Giants Software’s  own annual FarmCon 19 event, and the €250K European league will bring in several team sponsors that have never before set foot into the esports space. As promised earlier this year, the publisher has wrangled a number of farm-tech companies to back… […]

Rogue Launches Rogue Nation Fan Club with Premium Subscriptions

Esports team Rogue has started a fan club called Rogue Nation, which offers both free and paid subscription options. The premium membership levels offer increasing benefits, such as the ability to play with Rogue pro players and receive Rogue merchandise. The fan club was created in partnership with Fullcube, which operates an insider relationships program… […]

BackCap Episode 1: Babybay and Dogman | From Contenders to the Overwatch League

Welcome to BackCap, an all-new web series where we interview players about their experiences as a competitive gamer, and the world of esports. This month we kick-off Season 1 Episode 1 with Babybay and Dogman from the Atlanta Reign of the Overwatch League. These two professionals are not only brimming with personality but have made […]

Overwatch Has Generated $1B USD From In-Game Purchases Since Launch

Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch has made a billion dollars through in-game purchases since the game launched in 2016. SuperData, a Neilson-owned video game data research company, recently published its monthly Worldwide Digital Games Market analysis that revealing a global video game market revenue growth of 2% to $9.2B USD in June. While major licenses such as League […]

Call of Duty League Format for 2020 Season Revealed

Activision Blizzard  Esports this afternoon will announce that next year’s inaugural season of the new Call of Duty  league will immediately start with a home/away format for events. The video game publisher is launching the new city-based Call of Duty league next year and is also now in the second year of running the similarly… […]

Team Liquid Parent aXiomatic Invests in Agency AoE Creative

aXiomatic Gaming, the owner of Team Liquid, has invested in startup agency AoE Creative. AoE Creative was co-founded by Infinite Esports & Entertainment veterans who worked on branding initiatives for the Houston Outlaws and OpTic Gaming. aXiomatic Gaming has disclosed $21.5M in funding so far in 2019, following more than $50M in disclosed funding in… […]

Toronto Defiant Adds Canon Canada in Multi-Year Sponsorship Deal

Canon Canada will sponsor the Overwatch League’s Toronto Defiant in a multi-year partnership. A Canon logo will appear on the Defiant jerseys, plus the teams are planning content initiatives and a contest. Defiant owner OverActive Media has also secured the Toronto franchise spot for next year’s geolocated Call of Duty League, also from Activision Blizzard…. […]

Overwatch: Player Impact Rating Explained

Activision Blizzard announced a new away to measure how well a player performs in Overwatch League matches yesterday: Player Impact Rating. Blizzard announced a new way to measure the efficiency of players during their matches yesterday: the Player Impact Rating system. This new data aims to provide more accurate data to compare players in […]

Dignitas Explains How CS:GO Set the Stage for Women’s Esports

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  has a long history of fielding women-only esports tournaments. It was one such event—the 2014 Electronic Sports World Cup tournament in Paris—that inspired Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido to found an all-women CS:GO roster. Team Karma was born in 2014, which would later become Dignitas  CS:GO Fe.  “We were the only team… […]

LEC: Gorilla and Soaz Leave Misfits

Earlier today, Misfits Gaming announced that Paul “sOAZ” Boyer and Kang “Gorilla” Beom-hyun have left their League of Legends roster. The announcement came from their Twitter, where they wished their departed players the best with short videos. Beon-hyun’s is below, but you can find Boyer’s here. Our dear friend @lolGorillA leaves Misfits today. Thank you […]

Fortnite: Battle Royale – The History of a Perfect Storm, Part Two

The journey from sidenote to superstar success was now in the history books, as explored in part one, but now the question turned to longevity. Did Fortnite  have staying power? Would its seasonal Battle Pass concept… […]

Overwatch: Chengdu Hunters add Huang “leave” Xin

It’s been a busy day in the Overwatch League so far, and the Chengdu Hunters are no exception. The Chengdu Hunters have announced that they have signed Chinese DPS player Huang “leave” Xin to their roster. Welcome Leave to join Chengdu Hunters! Due to the age restriction, Leave will not be available for the rest […]

Overwatch: Seoul Dynasty Release Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon

The Seoul Dynasty have announced that they have parted ways with DPS player Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon. Having recently placed Byeon on their inactive roster, the team mutually agreed to terminate his contract to allow him to seek new opportunities. According to a tweet from Byeon, he said that he had agreed to part ways with […]

Strafe App Closes $3M Seed Round Led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures

Esports mobile app Strafe has raised a $3M USD seed round, led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. The app features real-time scores, statistics, news, and other data for eight top esports games, as well as a social betting component. BITKRAFT Esports Ventures is an early-stage investment fund that has also invested in companies such as H4X… […]

Overwatch League Power Rankings | Stage 4 | Week 1

ESTNN’s Cole Ricke is back with our Overwatch League Power Rankings for Week 1 of Stage 4.   1. Vancouver Titans The Titans may have stumbled last stage during the playoffs, but they are still inarguably the best team in the league. Even in a 2-2-2 role lock, the Titans will make a splash with […]

Newbee acquires ex-Forward Gaming roster for TI9

Just a few days ago, North American organisation Forward Gaming shut down operations, citing lack of funds, thereby rendering its DOTA 2 squad homeless, just before the biggest event of the year, The International. I regret to announce that Forward Gaming ceases to exist. Read: https://t.co/uraZA6gDr6 — David Dashtoyan July 21, 2019 The Forward […]

DreamHack Exploring China Opportunities, in Talks with Wuhan Partner

DreamHack is currently exploring its interests in running a festival in China in 2020. Christoffer Melin, head of operations, attended a local press conference in the city of Wuhan to announce the company’s interest in the region.  The partnership between DreamHack and a local partner in Wuhan is still strictly in the discussion phase, a… […]

CORSAIR Acquires Custom Gaming PC Maker ORIGIN

PC components and peripherals company CORSAIR has acquired ORIGIN PC, a maker of customized gaming computers. ORIGIN PC will remain a separate brand within CORSAIR, and will begin integrating CORSAIR’s components into its builds. CORSAIR sponsors esports teams such as Team Envy, Invictus Gaming, and BIG, as well as the Dota 2 CORSAIR DreamLeague. PC… […]

Dota 2: Newbee is Going to The International 9 – Acquires Forward Gaming Roster

The Professional Dota 2 scene has always been one of the most interesting ones to follow. This claim is backed up yet again with another amazing turn of events – despite their abysmal performance, missed opportunities and more, Newbee will be going to TI 9. But wait, there is a catch to it – they […]

Dota Underlords Update – Huge Arc Warden Changes and More

Dota Underlords is one of the most popular auto battlers out there. But as the game is still currently in development it frequently gets updated. Having said that, the newest update debuted today and it features a lot of changes. Let’s take a look at what’s new! General Changes Fixed random crashes. Small tweaks to […]

China’s Video Game Policy Is Influencing American Developers

ESTNN’s Malik Shelp sheds some light on how China’s draconian video game policy is influencing American video game developers. Unless you’re out of the loop, it’s pretty common knowledge that China holds a monumental stake in the gaming industry. They provide a substantial percentage of the user base for popular games like League of Legends […]

Overwatch: We Tested Sigma Against Every Hero and Here’s What We Learned

ESTNN’s Overwatch expert Cole Ricke tested Sigma against every hero in the Overwatch roster, and here’s what he found out. Sigma’s release onto the Public Test Realm afforded us the opportunity to pit the gravity-wielding character against every single Overwatch hero, and we found out some interesting tidbits and interactions that we didn’t expect. After […]

The Powerful Potential of The Fortnite World Cup for the Esports Industry

This weekend marks a monumental yet bipolar time in the world of esports. Fortnite, a game that suffocated the rest of its competition since releasing as a battle royale, will be the featured game in a thirty million dollar esports tournament from Epic Games. The tournament will give esports a chance to follow Fortnite into […]

Dota 2: The Summit 10 Starts Tomorrow

The tenth iteration of the fan-favorite Dota 2 Summit event starts tomorrow. Even though this years’ DPC is over, there is still one more tournament to watch before The International 2019. The Summit 10 is one of the most player and viewer-friendly Dota 2 events out there.   did we say see you next season? […]

FanAI Appoints New Vice Presidents Randy Stude and Karim Varela

Randy Stude, a 13-year Intel veteran, has been named FanAI’s vice president of sales and marketing. Karim Varela, who was chief technical officer for dating app Coffee Meets Bagel, has joined as FanAI’s vice president of technology. FanAI delivers esports sponsorship performance data to clients, and is now expanding into traditional sports as well.  Esports… […]

CCTV Runs Feature on WCG in Morning News, LPL Adds Anti Ticket Scalping Rule

Last week, the esports industry in China saw several new partnership deals, as well as a new ticket purchasing rule in the League of Legends Pro League . In addition, the World Cyber Games was reborn in the Chinese city of Xi’an after a six-year break.  Among the top stories: China Central Television … […]

Fortnite: Battle Royale – The History of a Perfect Storm

On the weekend of the upcoming Fortnite  World Cup, July 25 will mark two years to the day since Fortnite: Save The World officially launched. Back in that first month of launch, no one would have predicted what was to follow. Reading early reviews, hints were there. While the game failed to impress critics because… […]

The stories behind CSGO graffiti

Counter-Strike has lived along all ages of casual and competitive esports. The game has grown as the time progressed and alongside, several remarkable moments are immortalized within the game. Valve, the developers, have made sure these dynamic plays find a place at the heart of Counter-Strike. Let us take a look at each of these […]

Team SOUL’s VISA approved, will attend PMCO 2019 in Berlin

Team SOUL, whose VISA for Germany was earlier rejected twice by German embassy, after all this, have finally received their VISA. Team SOUL will be travelling to Berlin to attend PMCO 2019 PUBG Mobile event held on July 26-28, i.e. upcoming weekend. Team SOUL had earlier won PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 Indian qualifier to […]

Pashabiceps led Polish stack Youngsters qualify for Loot.Bet Season 3

The Counter Strike scene has missed the presence of ‘papabiceps’ for a while now. After being released by Virtus.Pro, the Polish stalwart had turned into more of a regular streamer. But, Pashabiceps’ playing career is far from over and it looks like the biceps will be action again, with the veteran leading a group of […]

Pittsburgh Knights Announce Event Sponsors, Brand Activations at Replay FX 

Carvana, Red Bull, the U.S. Army, Kraken Rum, and MSI join Pittsburgh Knights as event sponsors. The partnerships will kick off during Replay FX, a videogame and pinball expo taking place in Pittsburgh on August 1-4. Replay FX will also receive support from Pittsburgh Knights organization partners Sheetz and Smile Direct Club, as well as… […]

Echo Fox Submits Proposal to Sell LCS Franchise Slot

Echo Fox will sell its League of Legends Championship Series franchise slot, and has submitted a sales proposal to the league. ESPN reports that the buyer is Los Angeles Gladiators owner Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, at a purchase price of $30.25M USD. LCS commissioner Chris Greeley said that if the league rejects the proposed… […]

Razer Reunites with Mousesports as Peripherals Partner

German organization mousesports has added Razer as its new gaming peripherals partner. The companies were previously partnered years ago in a deal that began in 2009. Players will use Razer keyboards, mice, and headsets while competing in games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends.  German organization mousesports  has announced a new partnership… […]

Entity Gaming signs skillZ

Jayanth “skillZ” Ramesh is the newest addition to Entity Gaming’s Counter-Strike roster. Soon after ESL India Premiership Summer Finale 2019 ended, Agneya “Marzil” Koushik moved from the ex-Signify lineup to BL4ZE Esports consisting of former Team w1ngs players while Jayanth started practising along with Entity Gaming. Jayanth earlier played alongside former w1ngs players. So far, […]

How Team Liquid Became CS:GO’s Best: From Perennial Chokers to Grand Slam Champions

The North American roster once floundered when it mattered, but now they are the greatest show Counterstrike: Global Offensive has to offer. How Team Liquid Turned It Around Team Liquid is well on their way to becoming the most successful team in CS: GO History. After a dominant 3-0 victory over ENCE in the Grand […]

Tencent to Stream NBA 2K League Playoffs, Finals in China

Tencent Holdings will stream NBA 2K League games via its platforms in China. Condensed versions of Playoffs and Finals games will stream via Tencent Sports, Tencent Video, and Tencent News, which collectively have hundreds of millions of daily users. The NBA has had a partnership with Tencent since 2015 to broadcast league games in China…. […]

Overwatch: Sigma Ability Overview, Competitive Release “by September 1st”

Sigma is live on the PTR, and ESTNN is here with his kit breakdown. Overwatch’s 31st hero, Sigma, is now live on the PTR. Sigma’s kit revolves around manipulating gravity and controlling areas for his teammates. He has the ability to project a barrier, and his ultimate is a huge, circular, area-of-effect stun. Let’s break […]

CSGO: MIBR Rumoured to be Targeting kNgV as Coldzera’s Replacement

A Dexerto report places Vito ‘kNgV’ Giuseppe squarly in MIBR’s sights. In a report by veteran journalist DeKay, the Immortals owned MIBR roster is targeting Vito ‘kNgV’ Giuseppe as their permanent 5th to replace Coldzera. The report also suggests that MIBR will complete Giuseppe’s acquisition shortly after the StarLadder Major. The need for a new member […]

Epic Taps IMG To Handle Media Rights for Fortnite World Cup Finals

IMG  today will announce that Epic Games  has appointed it to manage and distribute this weekend’s Fortnite  World Cup finals to 33 digital media partners around the world.  The inaugural event is this weekend at the USTA’s Arthur Ashe Stadium in N.Y., and Epic Games has stayed away from selling sponsorship or linear media rights… […]

Dota Underords – Two Strong Setups to Help You Win More

Dota Underlords is slowly becoming one of the most popular games on Steam. In fact, the entirely new genre, called “Auto-battlers,” is taking over the gaming scene with the speed of light. This means only one thing – very soon we will have a new legitimate category of esports. Even though there are a lot […]

NASCAR Takes Diminished Role in eNASCAR Heat Pro League

NASCAR declined to join the joint venture between 704Games  and the Race Team Alliance that owns the eNASCAR Heat Pro League esports series, according to sources, but the sanctioning body remains involved in the effort. The three entities jointly announced the new esports effort last December, and it was originally thought that NASCAR was an… […]

Gen.G Opens Los Angeles HQ and Training Facility

Gen.G Esports has opened its new United States headquarters and training facility in Los Angeles. The organization’s Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Apex Legends teams will train out of the space, which also houses content creators and U.S. staff. The facility is located in Electronic Arts’ L.A. studio building, with players housed in nearby apartments… […]

Evil Geniuses to Drop Out of Call of Duty Next Year

Evil Geniuses will exit the Call of Duty esports scene after a five-year tenure in the game. The organization explicitly stated it will not take part in the Call of Duty World League 2020 season, nor the planned city-based franchise league. Evil Geniuses announced its acquisition by Chicago firm PEAK6 Investments LLC in May… […]

Dota2: Boom ID to add SEA’s #1 MMR Player

SEA Dota 2 team Boom ID will add Muhammad ’InYourDream’ Rizky to their roster. Boom ID is a very interesting team that exploded onto the SEA scene a couple of months ago. Shortly after, they failed to qualify for TI 9, which meant the team was first in line to make some roster changes in […]

ESL North America Senior VP of Brand Partnerships on Activating the United Center for IEM Chicago

The United Center is an iconic part of Chicago’s sports history. Opened a quarter-century ago in 1994 to replace the original Chicago Stadium, the United Center hosted the NBA’s Bulls during the last three of the Michael Jordan-led championship runs in the ’90s, and has also been the home of the NHL’s Blackhawks during its… […]

No Separate Qualifier for India as ZOWIE announce new format for EXTREMESLAND 2019

ZOWIE have announced the qualifying format for the 2019 edition of their flagship grand Asian event EXTREMESLAND. There has been a visible change in the format from previous iterations. But, perhaps, the most worrying one for Indian fans is the removal of a separate qualifier for India. Instead of a dedicated qualifier for India, a […]

Raid Race Provides Boost for World of Warcraft: Top Twitch Content, July 15 – 21

Twitch Rivals helps Teamfight Tactics return to the top of the charts after a couple of weeks of declining viewership. Meanwhile, the raid race to world first provides a boost in viewership for World of Warcraft as numerous channels covering the race record notable hours watched totals. The following content is ranked according to the… […]

NRG Esports unveils new logo, gets re-branded

North-American esport organization NRG Esports earlier teased about brand overhaul previous week tweeting, “a whole new nrg coming july 22nd,” and further linked it’s online store along. As the date approached, the organization went through a radical change with their merchandise and logo. a whole new nrg coming july 22nd https://t.co/2jOFMO0d0f — NRG July […]

Former Starcraft 2 Pro Geoff Robinson Passed Away at 33

Geoff ‘iNcontroL’ Robinson has passed away at the age of 33, to the shock of many among the StarCraft 2 fraternity. With immense grief, we announce Geoff’s unexpected passing due to sudden illness Saturday. We ask privacy as his family works to understand what happened and make arrangements. To honor Geoff or offer comfort to […]

Evil Geniuses to Withdraw from Competitive Call of Duty

Evil Geniuses is an esports organization known for fielding competitive teams in various esports games such as Dota 2 and Rocket League. They are known in the competitive Call of Duty scene as the winners of the CWL Championships in 2018 during the WWII season. However, despite their impressive victory in 2018, they failed to […]

Top 10 Most-Watched Twitch Channels, July 15 – 21

Esports organization Method has again leveraged the World of Warcraft raid race to world first to help it lead all channels in terms of viewership. Meanwhile, Turner “Tfue” Tenney and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek continue to provide consistently strong viewership that tops all other influencers on Twitch. The following channels are ranked according to the total… […]

Dota 2’s The International 2019 Prize Pool Surpasses $30M

The prize pool for Dota 2‘s The International 2019 tournament has topped $30M USD to date. The total is primarily crowdfunded via in-game Battle Pass sales, with 34 days of funding left until the final tally is reached. The International 2019’s prize pool has now surpassed the $30M pool of this coming weekend’s Fortnite World… […]

Sigma Will Be Overwatch’s 31st Hero

Today, Blizzard unveiled Sigma, Overwatch’s newest hero. After two teasers, Blizzard has announced Overwatch’s 31st hero – Sigma. According to his Origin Story video, Sigma is an astrophysicist who wants to discover what the universe’s secrets are. Unfortunately for Sigma, he doesn’t know that he himself is being used as a living weapon. Not much […]

A Look at IEM Chicago 2019’s Brand Activations

The Intel  Extreme Masters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  tournament returned to Chicago for a second year this past weekend, moving from its temporary home of the Wintrust Arena to the United Center, home of the NBA’s Bulls and NHL’s Blackhawks. The United Center is a much larger venue, with a concourse that is separated from the… […]

Call of Duty: EUnited Claim Victory at CWL Miami

EUnited took down Gen.G Esports to claim the top spot at CWL Miami. The EUnited squad, which includes CWL fan-favorite James “Clayster” Eubanks, finally came out on top at a CWL event. EUnited made their way through the Winners Bracket of the CWL Miami Playoffs and defeated Gen.G Esports in a second best-of-five Grand Final. […]

Overwatch League Introduces “League Picks”

League Picks will allow players and fans to earn Overwatch League tokens for correctly picking the winner of Overwatch League matches. The Overwatch League have announced that it will launch a new way to earn Overwatch League tokens, called League Picks, for Stage 4. It’s quite a straightforward project, but in order to understand the […]

Blizzard Co-Founder Frank Pearce Latest to Depart Company

Frank Pearce, one of Blizzard Entertainment’s three co-founders, has announced his departure from the studio. Co-founder Michael Morhaime left in 2018, while Allen Adham remains as a senior vice president after returning in 2016. Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer left in May, while Blizzard’s global esports director Kim Phan followed in June. Blizzard Entertainment  co-founder… […]

Dota 2: n0tail Is Working on a Dota 2 Tutorial

OG’s Johan “N0tail” Sundstein is currently developing a Dota 2 tutorial for players. When you think of a diverse professional player, one of the first names that comes to mind is Johan “N0tail” Sundstein. The Danish superstar is one of OG’s most important players. He’s also one of the reasons for OG’s success at TI […]

NRG Unveils Rebrand and Clothing Drop

North American esports organization NRG unveiled their teased rebrand today, complete with new merchandise. NRG showed off their new rebrand today. The organization also unveiled new additions to their merchandise store and a new catchphrase, “100% Unapologetic.” THE TIME HAS COME #NRGFAMnew lookfirst dropsame 100% unapologetic attitude pic.twitter.com/gaMWd2ErR9 — NRG July 22, 2019 Two […]

Intel Esports Marketing Manager on Keeping $1M CS:GO Grand Slam ‘Special’ with Rule Changes

Team Liquid  has been on an incredible run in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  in the last three months, winning major tournaments such as Intel  Extreme Masters Sydney, DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 , the ESL Pro League Season 9  Finals, and ESL  One: Cologne 2019. Those four wins alone earned the team $575K USD in prize… […]

Overwatch: Blizzard Teases Sigma, Overwatch’s 31st Hero

Blizzard released a teaser yesterday showing off what looks to be Overwatch’s 31st hero. The official Overwatch Twitter account released a teaser yesterday for what looks like Overwatch’s next hero, Sigma. What is that melody? pic.twitter.com/oUccDda42Z — Overwatch July 21, 2019 The tweet somewhat confirms that rumor. The teaser itself features someone standing listening […]

CSGO: Team Liquid Wins IEM Chicago 3-0 Over ENCE

Team Liquid dismantled ENCE in a 3-0 rout to take home the trophy at IEM Chicago. North American organization Team Liquid added another trophy to their case last night as they took down Finish team ENCE in a best-of-five.  TL dominated ENCE on the first two maps of Overpass and Nuke. ENCE was only able […]

Geoff Robinson, Starcraft Pro and Caster, Dies at 33

Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson, an ex-Starcraft 2 professional player and caster, has passed away at age 33. According to a tweet from his official Twitter account, Starcraft 2 pro and caster Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson has died at age 33 due to a “sudden illness” yesterday. With immense grief, we announce Geoff’s unexpected passing due to sudden […]

SNICKERS Named The Official Chocolate Bar of the NBA 2K League

Mars, Inc. and the NBA 2K League announced a deal making SNICKERS the official chocolate bar of the league. An activation featuring the brand will take place during the league’s regular 2019 season broadcasts on various platforms. SNICKERS joins a growing list of candy brands involved in esports including Kit Kat, Reese’s, and Hershey’s.  The… […]

100 Thieves Raises $35M, Overwatch League Reveals Home Market Plans

100 Thieves closes a $35M USD Series B funding round, DouYu’s U.S. IPO quadruples that of rival platform Huya, and the Overwatch League sets its home market plan for 2020. Missed any of the biggest esports business news last week? The TEO Monday Morning Briefing recaps the top headlines from the last seven days! 100… […]

How GameOn and Challengermode Brought Esports to the Baltics

Every country has a competitive gaming presence of some kind. Whether it be school clubs or events at a local game store, gamers coming together for competition needs no interpretation. But for Simona Dailidonytė, a native of Lithuania, her goal was to bring the worldwide excitement of esports to the Baltic states.  Dailidonytė told The… […]

Dota 2: Newbee Are Your WCG Champs

Every top team encounters problems now and again. However, Newbee took it to an entirely new level during this DPC season. In fact, not only did they qualify for just a few events, but even when they did, the results were just not there. As the season progressed, Scc and Co. decided to focus on […]

Team Liquid defeat ENCE to win IEM Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

The International 2019 Prize Pool Crosses $30 Million

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

How Training Facilities Can Enhance an Esports Team’s Value

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

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

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

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

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

Do You Have What it Takes to Play Professional Esports?

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

A Small $25k Online Event Before TI 9

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

Wiz Khalifa partners with North-American org. Pittsburgh Knights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dota Underlords Gameplay Update: Sunbreeze

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

CSGO: 100 Thieves to Return to Counterstrike

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

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

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

Pittsburgh Knights Partner with Rapper Wiz Khalifa

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

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

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

Pittsburgh Knights Announce Strategic Partnership with Wiz Khalifa

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

Dota 2: TI9 Region Preview | China

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

Every Stage 4 Change for the Overwatch League

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtus.pro and Epicenter owner ESforce will be merged with game publisher Modern Pick Entertainment. Internet services company Mail.ru Group Limited has a 3% share in Modern Pick, and will transfer 51% of ESforce assets to the company at a total