Tag: Esports

Playfull raises $2 million to bankroll rewards for playing League of Legends

Playfull has raised $2 million to build out a platform that rewards gamers for playing League of Legends and other popular esports games. Based in Los Angeles, the company tracks player gaming performance across several popular esports games and delivers gamers personalized rewards for meaningful achievements and wins. It’s another step toward what I call […]

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PlayVS raises $50 million more for high school esports platform

PlayVS has raised $50 million for its platform for high school esports. The round comes just 10 months after the company raised a previous round of $30.5 million and 15 months after PlayVS raised $15 million. That’s $96 million in only 15 months. That’s a whirlwind fundraising record, and Delane Parnell, CEO of the company, […]

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XY Gaming raises $2.5 million for its global esports tournament platform

XY Gaming has raised $2.5 million for its global esports tournament platform. With XY Gaming, players compete for cash prizes. San Francisco-based XY Gaming has already hosted more than 16,000 tournaments and 12.5 million games to date. KB Partners and Varga Capital co-led the seed funding round. Catering to all skill levels, XY Gaming organizes […]

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Riot Games says 10-year-old League of Legends hits 8 million concurrent players daily

For a 10-year-old game, League of Legends is doing spectacularly well. Riot Games said today that the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game hits about 8 million peak concurrent players every single day. And the company plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a day of livestreams and events on October 15. That includes a […]

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Packers Receiver Teams Up With Vikings Safety on ‘Fortnite’

Getty Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling squaded up with Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith online ahead of Sunday’s rivalry game. Before they meet as rivals for Sunday’s noon kickoff between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Harrison Smith joined forces online for a little battle-royale action. The Packers wide […]

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Skillz teams up with IGDA to introduce new game makers to game developer chapters

Mobile esports company Skillz has joined with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) to empower game developers by connecting them to Skillz’s community of 30 million players and 17,500 new game makers. San Francisco-based Skillz makes it possible to play esports matches in mobile games, and it has built up an audience of 30 million […]

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Two Bit Circus adds social gaming and esports events for fall season

Two Bit Circus is doubling down on its social gaming community with the addition of new events and esports gatherings for its fall season. The entertainment venue opened as a “micro-amusement park” and a kind of modern virtual reality arcade last year in downtown Los Angeles. Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus, is the […]

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Intel To Host An Olympics-Sanctioned eSports Tournament In 2020

The Olympic games is typically home to more traditional sporting events. However, in recent times, it seems that the people behind the Olympic games have slowly started to change their minds, where a few years ago, they have acknowledged that eSports is considered as a sporting activity. Advertising As if to prove their commitment on […]

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Intel will broadcast Street Fighter V and Rocket League esports tournaments ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Intel is investing heavily in digital technology for the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020, and it will host and broadcast Street Fighter V and Rocket League esports tournaments ahead of the athletic competition. The Intel World Open tournaments will have a $500,000 prize pool and take place in Tokyo ahead of the Olympics next summer. […]

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GamesBeat Decides 125: Terry Violet Beauregarde

Nintendo had a lot to say last week, and the team dives into that on the GamesBeat Decide podcast. On this week’s episode, reviews editor Mike Minotti gives World of Warcraft Classic the full seal of approval and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb is digging Control as well as Super Nintendo games on Switch. In […]

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Gaming hot topics debate: loot boxes, addiction, parental advice, esports hype, and store wars

We had a raucous but intelligent debate about video game hot topics at the recent GameDaily Connect event in Anaheim, California. Under the lights of the Disneyland Hotel, we held a panel discussion that touched on some of the most controversial topics with some loose cannon speakers. I moderated a debate session that covered contemporary issues […]

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How a seasoned investment team looks at esports hype

There’s a lot of hype in esports. But there’s also a lot of growth. Lots of investors have jumped on the bandwagon in the past few years, and Daniel Mitre is one of them. Mitre just became the CEO of New Wave Esports, an acquisition, investment, and technology development company that is focused on the […]

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Xbox rolls over Nintendo to lead a sleepy August for gaming industry TV spend

The summer slump for gaming brands continued in August, with the industry’s estimated total spend coming in around $3.6 million, down from July’s $6.2 million. Xbox surpassed longtime frontrunner Nintendo to claim 30.7% of the industry outlay, followed by Rockstar Games with 28.8%. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution […]

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Why Anheuser-Busch is pouring beer and money into esports

Anheuser-Busch is one of the brands that isn’t shy about embracing esports. It is a non-endemic brand, meaning it isn’t born and bred with gamers the way that, say, esports headsets are. It’s a mainstream brand looking to break into the previously insular world of esports a with authentic experiential marketing. Some brands have been […]

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BoomTV buys American Video Game League to expand collegiate esports

BoomTV has acquired the American Video Game League in a move to expand collegiate esports. The AVGL is one of the largest producers of collegiate esports events, content, and community initiatives. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. BoomTV is known for its popular bi-weekly event series Code Red, which reaches more than 5 million monthly users […]

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Acer unveils 300Hz gaming laptop for $2,800, Planet9 esports platform

At IFA 2019 in Berlin today, Acer unveiled two gaming laptops, a gaming chair, an esports platform, four new monitors, two more refreshed laptops, an all-in-one desktop, and four Chromebooks. The company clearly didn’t want to wait for CES 2020 before unloading its latest wares. The first and most obvious trend at IFA this year […]

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Nielsen: How to properly measure the impact of esports for brands and advertisers

Esports is predicted to be a very big business in the future, and it is already amassing huge audiences. Brands and advertisers want to dive into it, but first the business has to be properly measured and understood. And that’s the job of Nicole Pike, the managing director of Nielsen’s global esports business. I spoke […]

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Outsourcing firm Pole to Win International launches esports team

Pole to Win International, a tech and video game development outsourcing firm, said it is launching an esports team based in India. The PUBG Mobile team is composed of former members from the Indian Tigers as well as other top pro players. The team is already one of the top three teams in India, having […]

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Ready raises $5 million for hyper-casual esports platform

Ready, the maker of The Ready Games hyper-casual esports tournament platform, has raised $5 million in funding. Bitkraft Esports Ventures led the round with participation from new investors Comcast Ventures and Eldridge Industries. Ready defines hyper-casual games as simple tap games where the player can control gameplay with no more than two tap gestures. Ready […]

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