Esports & Fantasy

UK government backs the eGames at Rio 2016

The UK government has given its backing to the eGames, an international esports event which’ll take place during the Olympics in Rio this summer. Announced by the International eGames Committee (IEGC) earlier this week four countries have already confirmed their involvement; the UK, hosts Brazil, the USA and Canada. In true Olympic style there’ll be no cash rewards for the contestants, …

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Esports account for 21.3% of Twitch viewership

The latest data released by Newzoo shows that 21.3% of all hours watched on Twitch from July to December 2015 was esports content. This equals 475.5 million hours of esports content watched across all esports franchises, which is an average of over 79 million hours per month.  It’s repeatedly noted how Twitch has hugely benefitted the growth of the esports scene in the West, though it …

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Chris Schetter – MM1 – Diving in the deep end of data in CS:GO

Based in DC, Chris Schetter is the founder of MM1 a company focused on producing advanced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive statistics and analytics which will be relaunching this spring.  Schetter described to SBC the versatility of this data which will be of interest to tournament organisers, professional teams and, further down the line, bookmakers. He also detailed his thoughts on the ELEAGUE …

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DFS Down Under – Draftstars launches in Australia

The award-winning daily fantasy sports platform,DraftDay Gaming Group, Inc., has announced the launch of Draftstars, a daily fantasy sports site aimed at the Australian market. Draftstars is a joint venture between CrownBet and Fox Sports Australia. Based in Melbourne, it now offers Australia’s biggest fantasy sports prize pools. Draftstars has also become an official partner of the Australian Football League (AFL), with exclusive access …

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Isaiah ‘TriForce’ Johnson – Empire Arcadia – The industrial esports revolution

Isaiah ‘TriForce’ Johnson is a true esports enthusiast and former pro gamer based between his home of Jamaica and New York. He heads up an organisation called Empire Arcadia which runs teams across various esports including FIFA, Hearthstone, classic fighting games and more. We chatted to TriForce about the FIFA Interactive World Cup, the birth of ‘esports’ and its scene …

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DraftKings and FanDuel – College Dropouts

As part of a deal with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and Fanduel are dropping college sports from their offerings across all states, effective from the end of this week. This dual decision follows months of talks between the companies and the NCAA. NCAA president Mark Emmert said this in a statement issued on …

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Super Evil Megacorp and Twitch sign three year Vainglory deal

Mobile touchscreen esports received a huge boost this week with the revelation that live streaming service Twitch has signed a deal with Vainglory’s developer Super Evil Megacorp. The terms of the partnership will see the Vainglory Championships broadcast and promoted via Twitch for at least the next three years. It’ll also see a multi-million dollar investment from both companies, and …

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ESL opens state of the art studio in Leicester

Esports organisation ESL has opened a glittering new UK studio in the city of Leicester.  It is believed that ESL spent in the region of £800,000 on the facility called Studio 1 which features one of the largest LED video walls in the country at 10m by 3m. The studio also includes a production room with space for up to 30 …

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Newzoo predicts brands will spend $325m on esports in 2016

The latest esports focused report by Newzoo states that brands will spend a considerable $325m (£225.9m) across the industry in 2016. This means that the industry as a whole will receive over 70% of total revenue from brands and sponsors this year. This is a sizable increase of 49% growth on last year’s figures which goes some way in showing why …

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FlowPlay launches All Star Daily Fantasy

Gaming developer FlowPlay has announced the launch of All Star Daily Fantasy, a virtual currency-based daily fantasy sports (DFS) game. The free play element ensures that it’s fully legal across states in the US, which is a major plus right now amidst the ongoing legal battles between real money DFS operators and state attorneys. The game is now live in FlowPlay’s flagship …

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