Sports

  • Watch sensors track a full-court basketball game in real time

    Watch sensors track a full-court basketball game in real time

    Here’s your cool sports hardware demo of the week: ShotTracker, the Kansas City-based startup whose team-focused offering can track and collect analytics from an entire basketball game in real-time, is demoing for all 31 games of the NAIA D1 Men’s National Championship tournament this week in Kansas City. It’s the first time automated, real-time stats have been available… Read More

  • Twitter adds lacrosse to its live-streamed sports lineup

    Twitter adds lacrosse to its live-streamed sports lineup

    Twitter today announced another content partnership to bring more live-streamed sports to its social network — this time, with the National Lacrosse League, of all things. Lacrosse represents an opportunity for Twitter to build out a network of sports programming that TV channels don’t want and don’t air because of their smaller numbers. Read More

  • Twitter will live stream 1,500 hours of eSports, including original content

    Twitter will live stream 1,500 hours of eSports, including original content

    Twitter’s latest live streaming deal will see the network gaining access to 1,500 hours of esports competitions, through new partnerships with ESL and DreamHack. The agreement brings over 15 events from the ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters and DreamHack circuits to Twitter, where they’ll be available for live viewing on the web and mobile devices, through the Twitter app. Esports is… Read More

  • Dovetale wants to let brands of any size use influencer marketing

    Dovetale wants to let brands of any size use influencer marketing

    Influencer marketing is red-hot right now. Whether you realize it or not, a material percentage of your Instagram feed today is probably content posted by people getting paid….a lot. It’s not unheard of for the platform’s most popular accounts to get paid over $100,000 per post, and major brands collectively are spending an estimated $255 million per month on sponsored… Read More

  • Instagram VP Kevin Weil joins board of social fitness app Strava

    Instagram VP Kevin Weil joins board of social fitness app Strava

    If you’re trying to build the Instagram for exercise, it helps to have the guy building Instagram for Instagram. That’s why Strava has added Instagram head of product Kevin Weil to its board of directors. Formerly SVP of product for Twitter, Weil has proven his skills through a rapid set of launches at Instagram, including its surprisingly successful Snapchat Stories clone. Read More

  • The importance of streaming to e-sports Crunch Network

    The importance of streaming to e-sports

    There are three key ingredients for a game or pastime to become a sport: playing, competing and viewing. The ability to play and compete are necessary steps in the transformation from game to sport. However, broadcasting and viewing are the crucial components to enable widespread adoption and popularity. Just as with offline sports, e-sports require these elements. Read More

  • The next big gold rush Crunch Network

    The next big gold rush

    As we look to the next evolution of our digital ecosystem, it seems certain that virtual goods will play a much larger role. From vanquishing new breeds of digital monsters to defining a modern asset class, virtual goods will enable new experiences and redefine traditional ones. Indeed, this new gold rush will create opportunities for the enterprising prospector and shovel-seller alike. Read More

  • The NBA is creating its own eSports league for the basketball game NBA 2K

    The NBA is creating its own eSports league for the basketball game NBA 2K

    The rise in popularity of eSports has mainly been focused around leagues that play games like League of Legends, Dota and Counter-Strike – all games that aren’t actually sports-related. But eSports games that are modeled after actual sports are also extremely popular – for example the Madden NFL and FIFA soccer franchises are some of the most popular games made for Xbox… Read More

  • DraftKings has received a Malta gaming license, paving the way for European expansion

    DraftKings has received a Malta gaming license, paving the way for European expansion

    DraftKings was just approved for a Controlled Skill Games License from the Malta Gaming Authority, which is the entity that runs gaming in Malta – a small island nation south of Italy. While this may not sound like a big deal, (especially considering Malta has a population of under 500,000 people) the nation is part of the European Union, meaning DraftKings can now expand into some other… Read More

  • Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

    Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

    A new company named Sigma, founded by alumni of mobile app search engine Quixey, aims to take records and certifications currently trapped in the analog world and bring them online. To do so, the company has raised $4.35 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and other investors. The idea originated in late 2014, during a scuba trip in Belize that Sigma cofounder and… Read More

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