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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,…

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Professional F1 and NASCAR Racers Move to Esports Following Race Cancellations
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Widespread coronavirus-related cancellations have driven many fans online to watch esports instead. In the case of racing, many F1, NASCAR, and other professional drivers have moved online to show off their skills. On Sunday, real-life professional drivers and some of the best esports racers gathered to compete in the “All-Stars Esports Battle.” The…

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These Four States Are on Track to Legalize Esports Betting
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In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned sports betting throughout most of the country. In the ensuing two years, states including Pennsylvania and Indiana have moved to legalize sports betting in a variety of forms. Now, four more states are on track to legalize betting in esports and…

Coronavirus Delays Esports Tournaments, Causes Game Industry Production Delays
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In January, we reported that China’s League of Legends Pro League (LPL) postponed all its league games due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The games have moved online since the initial decision was announced. The LPL was just the beginning. As the epidemic has raged across the globe, event organizers have canceled and delayed…

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Could this Be the Turning Point for Japanese Esports?
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Japan has hosted some of the most memorable Olympics events, including the Tokyo Summer Games in 1964, the Sapporo Winter Games in 1972, and the Nagano Winter Games in 1998. With Tokyo about to host its second Summer Games in a few months, the country is set to show the world a hyper-modern…

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Activision Serves Reddit a Subpoena to Find “Battle Royale Leaker”
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After weeks of speculation that a battle royale’ mode could be on the way for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a Reddit user posted an image on the subreddit /r/modernwarfare virtually confirming the new game mode.

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FIFA YouTuber Gets Lifetime EA Ban Following Unhinged Rants
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Electronic Arts (EA) has banned FIFA YouTube Kurt “Kurt0411” Fenech from playing any of its games online or using any of its online services. The punishment, one of the most severe sanctions ever imposed in gaming, was the culmination of a long feud between Kurt and EA. In a statement posted to Twitter,…