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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…

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Five Key Ways Governments Are Getting Involved in Esports
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In late 2019, Malaysia released an ambitious 144-page document called the “Strategic Plan For Esports Development” which outlines how the country will support the growth of esports over a five year period. This program is spearheaded by Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports, Syed Saddiq, who is known both as the youngest MP…

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Gamma Law Infographic: The Streaming Wars
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2019 will be remembered as the year that the streaming wars began in earnest. Subscription video-on-demand (VOD) services are now big business and growing fast at the expenses of traditional pay TV. The battle for compelling content and subscribers is on. Market pioneer and long-time leader Netflix faces credible competition from several services,…

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Esports News: Kentucky Seeks to Ban Fortnite from High School Club Esports
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Last month, Epic and PlayVS introduced Fortnite to its high school and collegiate esports leagues. PlayVS had already signed a deal to provide competitive play for Rocket League, League of Legends, and Smite to high schools, but Kentucky is quickly moving to ban Fortnite from competitive play.  In an email obtained by the…

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Esports News: LPL and LDL Postpone Games in Response to Coronavirus Breakout
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The Chinese-based League of Legends Pro League (LPL) has announced that it will postpone games until further notice. News of the decision arrives via Twitter and is a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China. The LPL’s Division II counterpart, the League of Legends Development League (LDL), will also suspend matches for…

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Esports News: YouTube Wins Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Hearthstone Leagues from Twitch
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YouTube fired the latest shots in the video games streaming wars last week as it acquired exclusive live streaming rights for Activision Blizzard’s live esports. The purchased rights include some of the current largest video game franchises, among them Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Hearthstone. This development marks the latest blow to Twitch,…