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eMLS shifts Series 1 and 2 events online due to COVID-19

On Wednesday, Major League Soccer announced the cancellation of all in-person activities for the 2022 eMLS League Series 1 and Series 2 events planned for the first quarter of 2022 and a move to strictly online competition in response to the latest wave of COVID-19. Series 1, originally scheduled to take place Jan. 15-16 in […]

  • Riot Games to pay $100M for gender discrimination

    Video game giant Riot Games agreed to a $100 million payment to settle a gender discrimination suit involving more than 2,000 female employees, some of whom still work for the company. “We believe this is the right thing to do, for both the company and those whose experiences at Riot fell short of our standards […]

  • Faze Clan announces DraftKings partnership

    DraftKings announced a deal with FaZe Clan, becoming the esports organization’s official sports betting, iGaming, Daily Fantasy and free-to-play partner, as well as the official sponsor of FaZe Clan’s Counter-Strike esports team. As part of the deal, DraftKings will appear across FaZe’s digital content ecosystem. That includes custom content, livestream and tournament events along with […]

  • OWL’s Gladiators and CDL’s Guerillas gain new branding, facility

    Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), the owners of the Overwatch League (OWL)’s Gladiators and the Call of Duty League (CDL)’s Guerillas, announced on Friday that it will open a new operations facility in Playa Vista, Calif. to be called “The Keep,” and that the company will be renaming its esports division “The Guard.” In addition, […]

  • Immortals moving headquarters to Detroit area, adding Valorant team

    Immortals are moving their headquarters from Los Angeles to the Great Lakes Region, seeking to fill a need for esports in the region. The organization announced Tuesday that it will put its hub in the Detroit area, with “spokes” in other cities and college towns in the region. The move will take place in early […]

  • BlizzCon Online paused until further notice

    After two consecutive years of the BlizzCon fanfest getting canceled due to the pandemic, Blizzard’s planned online replacement, BlizzConline, was scrapped Tuesday, too. The gamemaker announced the news on the BlizzCon website without specifying a reason for axing the scheduled February event. No replacement date was given. The statement added, “Building an in-person BlizzCon is […]

  • FaZe Clan to be traded on Nasdaq at $1B variation

    FaZe Clan will become a publicly listed company on Nasdaq through merger with B. Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp., the esports organization announced Monday. B. Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp. currently is listed on Nasdaq under the name BRPM. “The proposed business combination transaction implies an equity value of approximately $1 billion for the combined […]

  • Misfits Gaming announces $35M funding led by Scripps

    Florida-based esports organization Misfits Gaming Group has announced a $35 million round of funding led by the E.W. Scripps Company. According to a release from MGG, Scripps will invest $10 million in the company, which includes its two Florida esports franchises — Call of Duty franchise Florida Mutineers and Overwatch franchise Florida Mayhem — as […]

  • TimTheTatman joins Complexity as part owner

    Complexity announced Monday that Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar has joined the organization as a content creator and part owner. Complexity’s parent company, GameSquare, has issued 5 million options to TimTheTatman that will vest over the three-year term of the agreement, according to a report by EsportsInsider.com. TimTheTatman, 31, is one of the biggest names in the […]

  • Astralis reports $2M loss while doubling revenue

    Danish esports club Astralis reported a loss of slightly more than $2 million in the first half of 2021 but still managed to nearly double its revenue compared to the same period in 2020. The figures come from Astralis’ financial report released Tuesday, which it was required to do as a publicly traded company. Astralis […]

  • L.A. Chargers partner with Esports Entertainment Group

    The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a partnership agreement with Esports Entertainment Group. The latter becomes the Chargers’ official esports tournament platform providers, whereas the Chargers receive an equity stake in Esports Entertainment and co-branded events through the Esports Gaming League (EGL). The Chargers are the latest professional sports team to reach an agreement with […]

  • Blizzard president steps down amid sexual harassment lawsuit

    J. Allen Brack stepped down from his role as president of Activision Blizzard on Tuesday, two weeks after a lawsuit was filed alleging a culture of sexual harassment inside the video game giant. In the esports realm, the company’s subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment founded and produces the Overwatch League. Activision Blizzard promoted executive vice presidents Jen […]

  • FaZe Clan cut Kay, suspend three over alleged scam

    FaZe Clan fired content creator Frazier “Kay” Khattri and suspended three other team members in relation to an alleged cryptocurrency scam. Jarvis “Jarvis” Khattri, “Nikan” and “Teeqo” received indefinite suspensions from the team, FaZe announced Thursday. The team tweeted, “FaZe Clan had absolutely no involvement with our members’ activity in the cryptocurrency space, and we […]

  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Austin Ekeler to headline esports event

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will be among the guests of the inaugural Players Symposium, an invitation-only conference and esports event launched by entertainment company Subnation Media. The Players Symposium will host more than 50 NFL players July 6-9 at Resorts World Las Vegas I, […]

  • Report: CDL, OWL teams studying return to live events

    Some teams in both the Call of Duty League and the Overwatch League are pushing for the return of live events in front of fans, a format that was halted last March by the COVID-19 pandemic. While teams in both leagues have approached Activision Blizzard Esports about restarting fan-attended events, the Esports Observer reported that […]

  • TSM signs 10-year, $210M naming rights deal with FTX

    Team SoloMid, an esports organization based in Los Angeles, signed a 10-year, $210 million naming rights deal with FTX Trading Limited and West Realm Shires Services Inc., which own cryptocurrency exchanges FTX and FTX.US. Founded in 2009, TSM now will be known as TSM FTX, effective immediately. “When I met Sam Bankman-Fried (the Founder and […]

  • Luminosity sign Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns

    Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has signed on with Luminosity Gaming, the organization announced Wednesday. Luminosity introduced Towns in a social media post, writing: “The NBA Draft isn’t until July, but we’ve got a signing to announce. We’re happy to welcome @KarlTowns to Luminosity! He’ll be joining our growing stable of talent that are passionate […]

  • Activision Blizzard announces $2.28B increase in Q1 revenue

    Activision Blizzard on Wednesday reported revenues of $2.28 billion in the first quarter of 2021, an increaase of 27.2 percent over the same quarter in 2020 Activision’s Call of Duty franchise has been key to the company’s success, particularly the free-to-play games, including Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Mobile, with in-game purchases […]

  • Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray joins FaZe Clan

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray became the latest celebrity athlete to join the esports organization FaZe Clan, the group announced Monday. Murray, who already streams video games on Twitch, will continue to do so with the handle FaZe K1. He will represent FaZe Clan, create content in other ways and is planning to invest and […]

  • Student-oriented Generation Esports raises $10.8M in funding

    Generation Esports has closed on a $10.8-million Series A round of funding to help grow its community-focused student-based initiatives, as well as its tournament platform. GenE is the founder of the High School Esports League, what it considers to be the longest running competitive gaming organization for high school students in North America, Australia and […]

  • Canadiens, Phil Kessel, Carl Hagelin join OverActive ownership

    OverActive Media announced Tuesday that the Montreal Canadiens have joined its ownership group and NHL players Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin also have come aboard OverActive’s list of celebrity and athlete owners. The Canadiens’ strategic investment helped OverActive Media exceed $40 million in a second closing on its private placement and signals Montreal’s move into […]

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