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DrDisrespect to Release New Book Next Year
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Guy Beahm, known for his online persona “DrDisrespect,” has announced a new book to be published early next year by Gallery Books. Violence. Speed. Momentum is billed as a memoir in which Disrespect “reveals what it’s really like being the biggest global streaming sensation and, in his factual opinion, the greatest gamer in…

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Players Gather for Call of Duty LAN Tournament Despite COVID-19 Restrictions
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Amateur tournament organizer American Game Network (AGN)  announced that COVID-19 had forced last weekend’s Indianapolis Open, the company’s in-person Call of Duty LAN tournament, online. Activision, the game’s publisher, has banned all in-person tournaments, leading AGN to announce that “players are advised to participate in the tournament from their home location, alone.” However,…

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Riot Games Backs Out of Partnership With Saudi Arabian City
1000 648 David Hoppe

Following widespread criticism and protest, Riot Games has pulled out of its controversial partnership with Saudi Arabian city Neom just a day after it was unveiled. Neom was announced as a “main partner” for the Summer Season of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). Prominent casters, streamers, and Riot Games employees joined…

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Former Overwatch Pro Ted Wang Reveals $1,000 Pepe the Frog Fine
1000 648 David Hoppe

Ted “silkthread” Wang has released a video clip detailing a $1,000 fine he incurred from the Overwatch League (OWL) for posting a tweet that included the Pepe the Frog meme. Wang tweeted, “Does anyone else love Pepe the frog?” and attached a picture of the cartoon character. The alt-right movement appropriated the Pepe…

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Recent Trends in Esports in the United States
1000 648 David Hoppe

Business Trends Adopting a franchise modelEvery game’s esports program is structured in its own unique manner, due to factors such as involvement of the game developer; the history of the development of the game’s competitive fanbase; governmental oversight (or lack thereof); and many others. In the United States, several of the premiere esports…

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FACEIT to Enter Collegiate Esports Market
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UK-based esports company FACEIT has announced plans to move into collegiate esports, starting with the North American market. The company has brought on Duran Parsi to lead its new collegiate division. Parsi previously founded the Collegiate Starleague (CSL), one of the largest collegiate esports leagues. While at the CSL, Parsi ran tournaments that…

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Match-Fixing Scandal Rocks Chinese Dota 2 League
1000 648 David Hoppe

The Esports Observer reports that the Chinese Dota 2 Association (CDA) has accused the Chinese Dota 2 team Newbee of match-fixing and handed lifetime bans to all five of the team’s players and the team manager. ImbaTV and Mars Media – two prominent tournament organizations – also lodged allegations against the team. This…

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Newzoo Revises 2020 Gaming and Esports Forecasts in Response to COVID-19
1000 648 David Hoppe

The video game industry analytics company Newzoo has revised its market forecasts upwards in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company now estimates that global game industry revenue will reach $159.3 billion in 2020, and that the esports industry will generate roughly $1.06 billion in revenue. The Chinese and American gaming markets combined…

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LEC Adapts in Times of Pandemic, Tournaments See Viewership Increase
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In a new report, The Esports Observer detailed how the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) has been forced to adapt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several new commercial partners were brought on for the LEC’s 2020 season, including Kit Kat and Warner Music. Moreover, the league was planning to host…