esports

  • Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

    Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

    Game tech startup Skillz today launched a service that allows brands to easily sponsor and host mobile e-sports tournaments for any game titles that they like, as long as they are already part of the Skillz platform. As we’ve previously reported, Skillz enables developers to turn mobile games into tournament-playable titles without writing a ton of new code. Its technology operates as a… Read More

  • Amazon will host its first esports event for casual games on the Appstore next month

    Amazon will host its first esports event for casual games on the Appstore next month

    Amazon is expanding its investment in esports, with the announcement of its first-ever esports tournament focused on casual gaming to be hosted on its Amazon Appstore. Called the “Champions of Fire Invitational,” the event will bring together sixteen of the industry’s top video game streamers, who will compete for shares of a $100,000 cash prize on December 2nd, 2 to 9 PM PT. Read More

  • 76ers get into e-sports with purchase of Dignitas and Apex pro gaming teams

    76ers get into e-sports with purchase of Dignitas and Apex pro gaming teams

    The Philadelphia 76ers became the first American professional sports franchise to own an e-sports team with the purchase of pro gaming outfits Dignitas and Apex. If this isn’t proof positive that online pro gaming is big business, I don’t know what is. Read More

  • As e-sports’ popularity explodes, betting needs to be regulated Crunch Network

    As e-sports’ popularity explodes, betting needs to be regulated

    E-sports betting has boomed in the last five years, attracting investments from celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher — even the former NBA Commissioner, David Stern, has talked about it on many forums. Gambling in e-sports has charmed stakeholders, but it may have created a monster in the gaming industry. As with every growing industry… Read More

  • Twitter will stream its first eSports competition, starting today

    Twitter will stream its first eSports competition, starting today

    It’s no Twitch, but Twitter this weekend will live stream its first eSports competition on its service, thanks to a partnership with Eleague. Twitter will provide live coverage of the organization’s semifinals and championship held today and tomorrow in Atlanta, where teams will be playing Valve’s “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Game.” The first semifinal… Read More

  • Heads up Twitch, Facebook just hired gamer Snoopeh for its e-sports division

    Heads up Twitch, Facebook just hired gamer Snoopeh for its e-sports division

    459,000 years. That’s how long Twitch users spent watching other people play video games last year, and Facebook wants a piece of the pie. It might sound weird, but e-sports are wildly popular, and Facebook is getting serious about owning those video views. A source tipped us off that Facebook has hired e-sports super-connector and former professional gamer Stephen… Read More

  • Facebook Live attacks Twitch with game streaming

    Facebook Live attacks Twitch with game streaming

    If people spend a lot of time doing something on the Internet, you can bet Facebook wants a piece. Its latest conquest attempt is the video game streaming business ruled by Twitch and YouTube. Today, Facebook announced its working with World Of Warcraft maker Blizzard to build social login and Facebook Live video streaming into their games, starting with its new blockbuster… Read More

  • Yahoo brings eSports coverage to mobile with launch of new app

    Yahoo brings eSports coverage to mobile with launch of new app

    Yahoo has recently been trimming down its digital media business, with the closure of several of its online magazines, but other verticals – including eSports – are still seeing investment. To that end, the company has now launched its first eSports mobile application on Android. The new app brings eSports match coverage, including the ability to watch live or replay past games… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Predictions On The Future Of Digital Media

    It’s pundit time — this time, digital media style.  Last year I predicted challenges to YouTube’s dominance in online video, a beginning of cord cutting and the unbundling of video services, and an explosion in short form video content. This year the media landscape will continue to shift as VR grows up and consolidation takes over. Read More