Esports & Fantasy

GDC survey claims both esports and VR are sustainable businesses

The Game Developers Conference fourth annual State of the Industry Survey, has shown that 88% of developers believe esports to be a long-term sustainable business. It also showed that 75% believe the same for Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR).  The results of the survey are formulated by generated by feedback of over 2,000 game developers. It showed that 16% of developers are …

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Sportego agrees a deal with Birmingham City FC

Fantasy football expert Sportego has announced that Birmingham City FC is the latest club to agree a partnership with the marketing and gaming development company. The partnership has seen Sportego create a dedicated matchday fantasy football service for the Championship club. Features include match based polls and quizzes, and result, score and goalscorer predictors in addition to the main fantasy game. …

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Cuban invests in Fantasy Labs inc.

Mark Cuban has invested in daily fantasy sports start-up Fantasy Labs inc. The company was founded in 2015 by Peter Jennings and Jonathan Bales. They are both professional DFS players and DraftKings analysts. Jennings was the winner of DraftKings first $1 million (£703,000) tournament, whilst Bales has won hundreds of thousands in DFS winnings. Bales said of Cuban’s investment: “Mr. Cuban’s …

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Skillz launches cross platform esports system

Mobile esports company Skillz has announced the launch of the first ever cross­-platform multiplayer system for mobile games. This will ensure that players on Android and iOS systems are able to compete against one another in the 150,000 daily competitions currently available on Skillz. Games include Strike! Real Money Bowling, Mini Golf Stars and plenty more. At the time of …

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Bragi Egisson – Fanaments – Focus on the fun

Fanaments is a real money fantasy sports site from Iceland. Created by the trio of CEO Bragi Ægisson, CPO Arnor Davidsson and CTO Gudmundur Sveinsson, Fanaments enjoys the exclusivity of being the only multi-sports fantasy site in Europe. Launched in August 2015, it has since paid out over €300,000 (£224,348) and enjoyed month to month growth of at least 100%. SBC spoke to CEO …

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Texas AG deems DFS games to be illegal

The beginning of 2016, sees a further setback for leading daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators’ FanDuel and DraftKings, following the announcement by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that deems DFS to be an illegal game of chance in the Lone Star state. Responding to a query put forward by the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Public Health, debating the legality …

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Mondogoal partners with Intralot for Italy launch

Fantasy football platform Mondogoal has announced that it has partnered with Intralot as it launches a new Italian facing site. The daily fantasy sports provider includes real money and free play options, and will include the same for its Italian market product. CEO Shergul Arshad said of the news: “Italian users will now have an enhanced gaming experience similar to our …

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SBC analysis: Deloitte’s eSports 2016 predictions

Deloitte has released its technology media telecommunications (TMT) forecast for 2016, and it makes for some interesting reading in regard to eSports.  It is estimated that as an industry it will grow by 25% and create global revenues of $500m (£346.8m) in 2016. This is up $100m (£69.4m) from last year. Deloitte’s predictions fall some way short of some of last year’s …

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Grant Farwell – Matcherino – Let the fans decide

Following a successful 2015 for the eSports industry, 2016 looks set to be even bigger with the likes of EA, Activision Blizzard and ESPN showing their intent to capitalise on this momentum by establishing their own divisions and, in the case of Activision, acquiring a major organisation. Based in Seattle, Matcherino is a platform dedicated to bringing the fans closer to the …

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BetGame wins £150,000 William Hill WHLabs Accelerator Programme

Hosting its first ever industry innovation showcase at The Trampery (Shoreditch – London), William Hill announced esports betting platform BetGame as the winner of its WHLabs Accelerator Programme. BetGame a Manchester start-up focused on bridging the gap between mainstream console gaming and casual betting will take home £150,000 prize. William Hill will also partner with the unique start-up to maximise …

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