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DraftKings drops esports sponsorships

Late last week it was announced that DraftKings has decided to pull its sponsorships of major esports organisations. It’s believed that this is due to the mounting costs of the daily fantasy sports operator’s numerous legal battles in states throughout the US. In September DraftKings was one of many companies committing to esports financially, and it agreed deals with the …

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eSports 2015 SBC report – Part 2

Following Part 1’s assessment of the key occurrences in the eSports industry from a business perspective in the opening six months of 2015, here’s more of the same for the latter part of the year. August Ashton Kutcher became the latest high profile investor in eSports as he joined billionaire Mark Cuban in investing in Unikrn. Kutcher has a successful …

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eSports 2015 SBC report – Part 1

2015 looked set to be a big year for eSports, but on many accounts it ended up being somewhat larger than many anticipated. Viewer numbers increased, both live and online, with 36 million tuning into the League of Legends World Championship final whilst tournament prize pools also grew. The prize pool for the International Dota 2 tournament this year was $18m …

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Twitter verifies eSports players

The verified status on Twitter is exclusively reserved for key figures across major industries. Despite maintaining a huge audience and accounting for some of the most engaged userbases on the platform, Twitter has been reluctant to verify any eSports figures except for a very select few. Players from the teams Cloud9 and Team SoloMid were verified earlier this week, and the …

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DraftKings takes on eSports contests

US fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced that it has added eSports fantasy contests to its customer markets. The operator will launch exclusive eSports contests from 1 October, with players being able to select picks from the popular League of Legends World Championships. Participants will be able to play for free or compete against others in cash prize leagues, including …

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