Esports & Fantasy

eSports report- UK Market – The First Steps…

Following SBC’s introduction to the world of eSports here we take a closer look with an analysis of the anticipated boom in the UK market, its growing popularity and value worldwide (part 2 to follow). The findings of the Superdata and Newzoo eSports market brief in May 2015 features extensively. Furthermore on the agenda there is a breakdown of the money …

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Tabcorp enters eSports market with Unikrn partnership

Australian gambling operator Tabcorp is set to enter the burgeoning esports market, by announcing a global partnership with eSports entertainment provider Unikrn. The partnership will see the launch of  a new eSports platform  where gamers can placy and safely bet on organized, sanctioned multi-player video game competitions from around the world. At launch, Unikrn will provide access to live viewing, live discussions …

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Global Gaming Network sells Amped Fantasy Sports & SportsAlert.com

Sports entertainment technology and information provider Global Gaming Network (GBGM) has confirmed that it has sold fantasy sports assets Amped Fantasy Sports and SportsAlert.com to digital entertainment investors Lux Digital Pictures Partners. The acquired fantasy sports assets are set to be transferred for operations purposes to newly created media firm Stream Trak Inc. Under the terms of the agreement Stream …

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Mirio Mella – Pinnacle – eSports Interview: Covering New Ground

Following SBC’s recent look at the growth of eSports, and its 2015 official introduction to the UK, we caught up with Pinnacle Customer Engagement Manager  Mirio Mella to discuss the origins of a new burgeoning betting market. Established in 1998, with its headquarters in Curacao, the online gaming site Pinnacle Sports is an early market leader in terms of providing eSports …

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Yahoo looks to enter daily fantasy sports market in 2015

Digital media operator Yahoo has announced that it is planning to enter the daily fantasy sports market, as the media company aims to become the marketplace’s third biggest player. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced the upcoming product launch during the company’s Q1 earnings call, Mayer further outlined that Yahoo would aim to release its product by Q3 2015. At present …

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Sam Cooke – eSports report – Enter the Arena

Despite its huge following in the US and parts of Asia, eSports is still finding its feet in much of Europe, and is largely unknown in the UK. This is all set to change however, with many anticipating the sport to explode on these shores in the near future. The first dedicated eSports arena was opened in London in March, …

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Scott Longley – Disney shows Daily Fantasy Sports is no Mickey Mouse market

Scott Longley, Editorial Director of Regulus Partners, examines the upheaval in the fantasy sports industry caused by last week’s arrival of Disney.  No sooner had Amaya announced last week its intention to enter the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) market in the US, than DraftKings dramatically – and appropriately given the provenance of the competition – raised the stakes. News reports …

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Melissa Blau – FastFantasy – Change of Play, Change of Game!

After the Easter holiday break, team SBC’s Social Gaming editor Rasmus Sojmark caught up with iGaming industry expert Melissa Blau to discuss new venture FastFantasy which aims to transform the burgeoning US daily fantasy sports market by simplifying its play and game mechanisms. Through iGaming Capital Blau has become one of igaming’s best renowned consultants, helping numerous new ventures enter …

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Amaya Gaming eyes fantasy sports entry in 2015

During yesterday’s 2014 earnings call Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov indicated that the company was exploring entry into the burgeoning US fantasy sports market. Baazov indicated that Amaya views a great cross over fit between Poker and daily fantasy sports consumers. Baazov stated that the company would look to launch fantasy sports operations by the second half of 2015, targeting …

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Disney eyes fantasy sports venture with DraftKings

The New York Business Journal reports that US daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has opened discussions with Walt Disney Co, with regards to a potential venture investment that could see the Seattle based start-up valued at $1 billion. At present the US sports market is seeing a tug of war being fought between heavily backed fantasy sports operators DraftKings and …

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