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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,…

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Japan’s Esports Licensing System Sparks Controversy
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The Japanese Esports Union (JeSU) developed a licensing system to regulate esports in Japan, but the system is now coming under fire as the country’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CSA) says that the regulations were never required in the first place. At the heart of the issue is a Japanese law that capped esports…

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VentureBeat’s CES Esports Panel: Sponsorship, Growth, Advertising, and Gender Representation
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During this year’s CES, VentureBeat conducted a panel with several industry leaders to discuss the myriad of ways brands are looking to engage millennials through esports and gaming. One of the key stats highlighted during the panel was the rapid growth in sponsorship and advertising revenue that the esports industry has enjoyed. According…

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YouTube Paid $160M for Activision Blizzard Streaming Rights
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According to a new report by The Esports Observer, YouTube’s recent deal to acquire the broadcasting rights for all of Activision Blizzard’s esports leagues was worth $160 million.  Originally reporting on the deal, we wrote that: “This development marks the latest blow to Twitch, which signed a $90 million, two-year deal to stream…

Mobile Esports Expected to See Growth in 2020
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While the esports industry hit $1 billion in revenue for the first time last year, it’s still generally associated with PC and console gaming. However, according to new reporting from Daily Esports, mobile esports are one of the fast-growing segments in the industry. As people living in emerging markets are becoming increasingly engaged…