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How Esports Companies Are Being Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
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As the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the world, millions have been stuck at home due to physical distancing policies and job layoffs. Like nearly all sectors of the economy, the esports industry has had to make changes to adapt to the new environment. In a recent report, The Esports Observer (TEO) studied…

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Nintendo to Resume Switch Console Shipments as Factories Begin to Reopen
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As millions stay home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, video game consoles are seeing shortages around the world. This is primarily due to increased demand: 39 percent of American gamers say they’re spending more on video games, coupled with factory shutdowns in China and other manufacturing markets. The Nintendo Switch has been…

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Japan Puts Even More Government Support Behind Esports
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Japan has seen slower growth in the esports industry than China and the West, but the nation’s government is hoping to change that. According to a report from Japan-based Kyodo News (via SportsMedia), The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is looking to collaborate with partners to grow Japan’s esports industry. As…

MTG Says COVID Will Hurt Its Esports Business but Gaming Will Stay Strong
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In a preliminary assessment published last week, The Modern Times Group (MTG) estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic would have a sizable negative impact on its esports business. Fortunately, the company said its gaming business could get through the crisis relatively unscathed. MTG owns both ESL and DreamHack, two of the biggest names in…

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Team Reciprocity’s Financing Dissolves as Company Lays off Staff
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Canadian esports organization Team Reciprocity is facing potential insolvency as global markets crash in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a somber video posted on Twitter, Team Reciprocity President and Founder Chad Larsson announced that the company would be laying off most of its staff and esports teams and scaling things down to…

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Gaming Chair Company to Donate 50,000+ Masks for COVID-19 Medical Workers
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Secretlab, a manufacturer of award-winning gaming chairs, has pledged to donate 50,000 masks to frontline medical workers fighting COVID-19. The company also announced that it will donate an additional 200 masks for each Secretlab Esports Edition and Secretlab Special Edition chair it sells until April 13. The special edition chairs are made in…

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Pepper Esports to Release New Tournament Platform During COVID-19 Crisis
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Pepper Esports has announced that it will fast track the release of its proprietary tournament platform as a result of the stay-at-home orders resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The platform will be free to use during the crisis and will allow tournament organizers that have been forced to cancel in-person esports events…

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As People Stay Home, Torque Esports Sees Surge in Viewership
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As more people are forced to stay home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, esports companies are seeing increased viewership on their platforms. Torque Esports’ tournament platform and game studio experienced such growth last week.

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Steam Keeps Setting Concurrent User Records Through the Coronavirus Pandemic
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On February 2, Steam broke its peak concurrent user record for the first time in two years. That day, in the middle of the Chinese Lunar New Year and the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, the platform registered 18.8 million concurrent users. The previous record of 18.5 million users was set in January 2018,…