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The Overwatch League is getting its first big test as an international esports organisation this season and investors have millions on the line

With its new travelling schedule, the Overwatch League has achieved Activision Blizzard’s goal of creating an international esports competition. Thousands of fans have been showing up to live Overwatch League events and hundreds of thousands watch the league online every weekend on YouTube. In January, Activision agreed to a three-year, […]
The Overwatch League is getting its first big test as an international esports organisation this season and investors have millions on the line
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Games like ‘League of Legends’ and ‘Fortnite’ dominate the world of esports, but they won’t be showing up at the Olympics anytime soon

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has updated its stance on esports following the 8th Olympic Summit earlier this month. While the IOC previously declared that competitive video games “could be considered sports,” a statement from this year’s summit said the Olympics isn’t ready to support games that aren’t based on […]
Games like ‘League of Legends’ and ‘Fortnite’ dominate the world of esports, but they won’t be showing up at the Olympics anytime soon
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Take a look at Louis Vuitton’s new collection of video game clothes, a collaboration with ‘League of Legends’ that includes a $5,000 leather jacket

Louis Vuitton released its “League of Legends” collection, and it doesn’t come cheap. The collection has about 40 products, many of which cost well over $US1,000. Products are set to ship in February or March of 2020. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. For the person who has everything, […]
Take a look at Louis Vuitton’s new collection of video game clothes, a collaboration with ‘League of Legends’ that includes a $5,000 leather jacket
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See inside the esports championship that draws as many viewers as the Super Bowl and just gave away $2.5 million in prize money and a 70-pound trophy with a case designed by Louis Vuitton

China’s FunPlus Phoenix defeated G2 Esports of Spain to win the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. FunPlus Phoenix will take home more than $US2.5 million in prize money, and a 70-pound trophy with a case designed by Louis Vuitton. Riot Games recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of “League of […]
See inside the esports championship that draws as many viewers as the Super Bowl and just gave away $2.5 million in prize money and a 70-pound trophy with a case designed by Louis Vuitton
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Blizzard hosted its massive annual fan convention where it showed off new games and hosted esports competitions — here are the highlights from this year’s BlizzCon

Blizzard Entertainment held its annual fan conference,BlizzCon, from November 1 to November 3, welcoming thousands of gamers to the Anaheim Convention Centre. BlizzCon is a thorough celebration of the company’s iconic video game franchises, offering trailers and game announcements and giving attendees a chance to demo upcoming releases. After three […]
Blizzard hosted its massive annual fan convention where it showed off new games and hosted esports competitions — here are the highlights from this year’s BlizzCon
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These 6 tech companies have made the controversial decision to try to operate in China, where the government can demand social media posts be removed or search results be censored

China’s“Great Firewall” of internet censorship blocks content that the government deems sensitive, including reports of political unrest and references to Taiwan as an independent country. US tech companies including Facebook,Twitter, and others are banned from the country. But some tech companies made the controversial decision to comply with China’s strict […]
These 6 tech companies have made the controversial decision to try to operate in China, where the government can demand social media posts be removed or search results be censored
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Blizzard is under scrutiny from lawmakers, gamers, and maybe even its own employees after punishing a ‘Hearthstone’ competitor who voiced his support for protesters in Hong Kong

Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind video games like “World of Warcraft” and “Overwatch,” is under scrutiny for its decision to punish an esports player who voiced support for protesters in Hong Kong. Chung Ng Wai, the esports competitor better known as Blitzchung, shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” […]
Blizzard is under scrutiny from lawmakers, gamers, and maybe even its own employees after punishing a ‘Hearthstone’ competitor who voiced his support for protesters in Hong Kong
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This esports team is competing for a $15 million prize. We talked to its coach and manager about what it takes to build a winning squad.

Alliance is a European esports team founded by Razer, with squads competing in multiple games. Alliance’s “Dota 2” team is currently competing in The International, a massive tournament with a $US33 million prize pool in Shanghai, China. Business Insider spoke with Alliance’s CEO and coach Jonathan “Loda” Berg and general […]
This esports team is competing for a $15 million prize. We talked to its coach and manager about what it takes to build a winning squad.
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A $33 million esports tournament is now underway, and the prize pool could keep growing. Here’s everything you need to know about ‘The International’

The International is one of the biggest annual events in esports, and this year, the event is currently offering a crowd-funded prize pool of $US33,039,566 The event is a championship tournament for “Dota 2,” a popular free-to-play game that’s been around for more than a decade. Eighteen teams from around […]
A $33 million esports tournament is now underway, and the prize pool could keep growing. Here’s everything you need to know about ‘The International’
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15 colleges and universities that will pay you to play competitive video games

Competitive e-sports viewership is at an all time high:106.2 million viewers watched the League of Legends Championship in 2017. Competitive video gaming has boomed all around the world. Some estimates expect the industry will rake in over $US1.67 billion in revenue by 2021. With millions to be made through games, […]
15 colleges and universities that will pay you to play competitive video games
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New York City’s vibrant esports scene convinced this multimillion dollar team to launch a new organisation dedicated to its local gaming culture

Andbox is a new esports organisation created to represent New York City’s social gaming scene. Andbox operates New York Excelsior (NYXL), a multimillion dollar Overwatch League franchise, and has also acquired the rights to run New York City’s “Call of Duty” team in Activision’s upcoming league. NYXL has created a […]
New York City’s vibrant esports scene convinced this multimillion dollar team to launch a new organisation dedicated to its local gaming culture
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Eight teams paid more than $30 million each to join the Overwatch League – here’s everything you need to know before the new season starts

“Overwatch” is one of the most popular video games in the world, and the international Overwatch League allows the best players to compete as paid professionals. The 2019 Overwatch League season will start on February 14 with a rematch between last year’s grand finalists, the Philadelphia Fusion and defending champion […]
Eight teams paid more than $30 million each to join the Overwatch League – here’s everything you need to know before the new season starts
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The founder of one of the most successful esports organisations ever left Amazon’s Twitch — and just got $9 million for his new venture

Popdog is a new company focused on building partnerships within the video gaming, live streaming and esports industries. The company is led by CEO Alexander Garfield, the former owner of GoodGame, one of the most successful esports companies in the industry’s brief history. Popdog will consolidate top gaming influencer brand […]
The founder of one of the most successful esports organisations ever left Amazon’s Twitch — and just got $9 million for his new venture
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With more than 35 million players worldwide, Magic the Gathering is giving back to its community with a brand new game and $10 million in esports prize money

Magic the Gathering is one of the most popular collectible card games in the world, with more than 35 million players spread across 70 countries. The game’s parent companies, Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast, recently announced a $US10 million esports program for tabletop and digital competitions in 2019. The […]
With more than 35 million players worldwide, Magic the Gathering is giving back to its community with a brand new game and $10 million in esports prize money
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China has banned hugely popular game streaming service Twitch

Twitch, the hugely popular streaming service, has been banned in China. The ban came after a spike in popularity, probably caused by users watching an eSports tournament. Some users view the ban as an oppression of free speech, and the Chinese government have recently been tightening control on the gaming […]
China has banned hugely popular game streaming service Twitch
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The cruel truth about how much money two founders will likely get after selling their startup for $465 million reveals the catch-22 of raising too much money

Paddy Power Betfair is acquiring fantasy sports company FanDuel. FanDuel was valued at $US1 billion just three years ago. Now, the company is being sold for less than half that amount. According to documents that detail the deal’s specifics, FanDuel’s original founders might not make any money from the sale. […]
The cruel truth about how much money two founders will likely get after selling their startup for $465 million reveals the catch-22 of raising too much money
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