Esports’ popularity ‘only scratching the surface’

By Steffan Powell and Vikki Blake

In truth, however, it’s been around much longer than you’d think, with the first organised event thought to have taken place way back in 1972 in the US.

Now with gamers regularly playing for millions in prize money to big audiences, and talk of younger fans losing interest in traditional sports, one esports boss says it’s time for the old guard to take note.

“If traditional companies don’t understand why video games are the largest entertainment industry in the world right now, then there has to be a shift,” says Carlos Rodriguez, CEO and founder of G2 Esports.

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Ninjas in Pyjamas denounces death threats and toxicity after winning controversial rematch

Ninjas in Pyjamas denounces death threats and toxicity after winning controversial rematch

Flashpoint 3, the biggest currently on-going event CSGO event has seen its share of controversies. After a rematch between Ninjas in Pyjamas and Anonymo this Tuesday, death threats aimed at players aggravated an already heated discussion. Let’s take a deep dive and understand what’s going on at the tournament at this time. Ninjas in Pyjamas […]

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Published at Wed, 19 May 2021 14:15:24 +0000

Ancient, CSGO’s newest competitive map will be played in tournaments from June onwards; what to expect?

Ancient, CSGO’s newest competitive map will be played in tournaments from June onwards; what to expect?

May started with a massive surprise to Counter-Strike fans. Not only Valve introduced a new case to the game, but on top of that, they refreshed the game’s competitive map pool with Ancient. The Active-Duty pool, of course, is the map list used in Valve-sponsored competitions as well as most tournaments. Composed of seven maps […]

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Published at Mon, 24 May 2021 18:00:54 +0000

Galaxy hops and evil plots: Behind the predestined Evil Geniuses and Elysian Brewing partnership

Galaxy hops and evil plots: Behind the predestined Evil Geniuses and Elysian Brewing partnership

In this piece — which is part one of ESI’s ‘Esports ‘n’ Beer’ series — we explore the fated partnership between North American org Evil Geniuses and renowned brewery Elysian Brewing, both headquartered in Seattle, Washington. That Pacific Northwest (PNW) gem, Seattle, has long been both a mecca and port of export for nerdy cultural capitals. […]
Published at Fri, 21 May 2021 17:07:01 +0000

Riot Games Announces Dates, Venue for League of Legends World Championship

Riot Games Announces Dates, Venue for League of Legends World Championship

The 2021 League of Legends World Championship will return to China for the second year in a row, a schedule adjustment due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The finals will take place on Nov. 6 at the Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen – a 60K+-capacity stadium that plays home to Chinese professional soccer […]

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Published at Sat, 22 May 2021 03:00:16 +0000

Esports Beijing 2021 Plan: $7.77M Honor of Kings World Champion Cup in National Olympic Sports Center, IEM and More

Esports Beijing 2021 Plan: $7.77M Honor of Kings World Champion Cup in National Olympic Sports Center, IEM and More

On May 20, the Beijing Municipality hosted an official press conference in the city, announcing the plans for “Esports Beijing 2021” series of events. Shaojian Liu, secretary of the Party Committee of State-owned Cultural Assets Management Center, announced that the Honor of Kings annual international competition, the Honor of Kings World Champion Cup (KCC), will […]

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Published at Thu, 20 May 2021 20:04:42 +0000

Rix.GG appoints Filip ‘SmX’ Liljeström as Esport Operations Manager

By Jonno Nicholson

UK-based esports organisation Rix.GG has appointed Filip ‘SmX’ Liljeström as its Esport Operations Manager.

Liljeström joins the organisation after a two-year spell at Fnatic where he managed its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team and was the organisation’s Esports Operations Coordinator.

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Flashpoint 3 opening week closes with controversies, disappointments and surprises

Flashpoint 3 opening week closes with controversies, disappointments and surprises

May 10th saw Flashpoint kicking off its third season. The event is offering a prize poll of US $50,000 to sixteen participating teams, but most importantly, RMR points are also up for grabs. RMR events, of course, are part of the Major circuit, and rewards points that will determine which teams will end making up […]

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Published at Mon, 17 May 2021 21:05:55 +0000

Overwatch League and Call of Duty to allow Betting and Liquor sponsors

Overwatch League and Call of Duty to allow Betting and Liquor sponsors

The Overwatch League and the Call of Duty League team can now feature betting and liquor sponsors as Activision Blizzard reverts its policy.

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Published at Fri, 14 May 2021 16:56:53 +0000

JBL Extends 100 Thieves Partnership, Signs LA Thieves

JBL Extends 100 Thieves Partnership, Signs LA Thieves

Audio brand JBL has extended its deal with 100 Thieves, remaining the organization’s official sound partner. The company will continue to provide its products to all 100 Thieves teams and content creators, now adding its Call of Duty League franchise LA Thieves to its portfolio. JBL will also continue its partnerships with streamers Tyler “TeeP” […]

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Published at Wed, 12 May 2021 17:56:39 +0000

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