Ex-Liberty exec Tveter to chair London-based esports outfit

Former Liberty Global executive Eric Tveter has been named as the first chairman of London-based esports startup Veloce Esports and has become a major investor in the company. Veloce was founded by Formula E motorsports champion Jean-Eric Vergne, racing drivers, Rupert Sevendsen-Cook and Jack Clarke and sports agent Jamie Maclaurin and has a focus on […]

MTG unveils plan for major new esports initiative

Modern Times Group (MTG) has unveiled plans for a major new esports tour, the ESL Pro Tour, as a joint initiative from ESL and DreamHack. MTG is pitching the event as the world’s largest Counter-strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) circuit, which willlink over twenty CS:GO tournaments and leagues on five continents and feature an aggregate prize […]

MTG in esports joint venture deal with China’s Huya

Modern Times Group (MTG) has signed up to create a strategic joint venture as part of a deal that will see Chinese game live streaming platform Huya acquire a minority stake in MTG’s esports portfolio company ESL. MTG said that the deal, if completed, will further strengthen ESL’s position as the leading and largest esports […]

Twitch signs top YouTube streamer Nick Eh 30 to exclusive deal

Amazon-owned Twitch has poached top streamer Nicholas “Nick Eh 30” Amyoony from YouTube.  The Fortnite player, who has signed an exclusive deal to stream on Twitch twice every day, told The Hollywood Reporter that the move marks his attempts to tap into a new audience.  The 24-year-old Amyoony has amassed a following of more than […]

FIFA eWorld Cup attracts almost 50 million

The FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 esports tournament achieved new record figures, claims the organisation. The event, which was broadcast from London’s O2 Arena on August 2-4, saw more than 47 million viewers across online platforms.  Representing the boom period for esports, FIFA said that this was a 60% increase over the previous year’s event. In […]

Esports revenues to top US$5bn in five years

Revenues from esports are expected to skyrocket from US$900 million (€802 million) in 2018 to US$5.05 billion (€4.5 billion) in 2024.  According to a new report from Rethink Technology Research, the revenue rise is set to be split between game publisher fees, sponsorship, media broadcasting rights, tickets and merchandise, tipping and advertising. While broadcasts of […]

ESPN postpones esports tournament broadcast in wake of mass shootings

Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN has postponed the broadcast of an esports tournament in the wake of recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The ESPN-sponsored EXP Invitational for the game Apex Legends – which took place August 2-3 at X Games Minneapolis – was scheduled to air on ESPN 2 on Saturday […]

Ninja reaches one million Mixer subscribers less than a week after leaving Twitch

In just five days of streaming on the platform, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has become the most subscribed-to channel on Mixer with 1 million active subscribers. Ninja is arguably the world’s most well-known gamer, and signed an exclusive contract with Microsoft-owned Mixer on August 1. Over his time on Twitch, he had gathered 14.7 million subscribers, […]

Ninja debuts on Mixer with over 1.3 million views in one weekend

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins made his debut on Mixer on August 2, attracting a peak of 80,000 viewers. The number of viewers was lower than his highs last year, it is around double the amount he had been attracting on Twitch. Ninja, the world’s most-subscribed gamer, made shockwaves when he announcedon August 1 that he was […]

Ninja signs exclusive deal with Mixer

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins shook the esports scene on Thursday, August 1 by announcing that he has signed a deal to exclusively stream on Microsoft-owned Mixer. The deal will serve as a huge boost to Mixer, which has seen modest results since its acquisition by Microsoft in 2016. Analytics firm Streamlabs estimated earlier in 2019 that […]

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