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Key Insights From Esports Rising 2020

Last week, Sports Business Journal and The Esports Observer brought together esports industry experts from various teams, publishers, and other companies for Esports Rising. During the conference, panelists discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, steps being taken to improve diversity and inclusion, and projected trends leading into the new...

AOC, Canadian MP Jagmeet Singh Team Up for Among Us Stream

Canadian Member of Parliament and New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Jagmeet Singh and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) will stream the popular game Among Us on Twitch Friday at 7 p.m EST.  The Canadian member of parliament and the congresswoman agreed to the stream on Twitter this week. Ocasio-Cortez streamed Among Us last month with […]

CFIUS Extends TikTok Divestiture Deadline to Dec. 4

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has given Chinese company ByteDance an additional seven days on its deadline to sell off the U.S. operations of short-form video app TikTok. The new deadline is Dec. 4.  “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has granted ByteDance a one-week extension, from […]

Ubisoft Reveals Rainbow Six Esports Roadmap, Postpones Inaugural World Cup to 2022

French video game company Ubisoft announced a roadmap for its upcoming Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege esports events. By virtue of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all tournaments will not host an audience throughout at least February next year. The Rainbow Six 2020 esports campaign will be concluded with the Regional Finals 2020 taking place from […]

Brazil Gets Esports on Broadcast TV Through New Channel Loading

A new channel focused on geek content and esports is being aired on Brazilian broadcast television. The channel is called Loading, and it is born with the potential of expanding the reach of a kind of content already popular on the internet, bringing some of the main esports names known on the web to the […]

Free Fire League Audience Doubles Over One Year in Brazil

Compared to its performance in 2019, the Brazilian Free Fire League (LBFF) audience had an increase of 107% in 2020. LBFF matches added up to more than 60M views across YouTube, the pay-TV channel SporTV, and the Garena-owned streaming platform BOOYAH!, with approximately 349K simultaneous viewers per game versus 169K last year.  There were 12M […]

Indian Stakeholders Share Their Thoughts on the Country’s Growing Valorant Scene

The Indian esports space finds itself in an awkward position, as the ban on PUBG Mobile has lasted for over two months now, with little information as to when a potential solution can be reached. Much of 2020 was focused on the subcontinent’s fascination with the game, its rapidly growing player base, and invested audience; […]

Premier League and EA Announce ePremier League Season Three

English soccer league the Premier League and FIFA 21 publisher Electronic Arts announced the third season of ePremier League will launch in January. Registration for the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series competition opens Dec. 3, with online qualifiers kicking off in January. Season three of the ePremier League will be operated by UK-based tournament...

Google and Garena Partner for Free Fire Tournament in Brazil

Garena announced Wednesday a partnership with Google to launch the Play On Challenge in Brazil, a Free Fire competition happening on Dec. 12 featuring popular content creators and professional players, such as Bruno “Nobru” Goes, one of the biggest Free Fire stars in the world. The tournament will be broadcast live on YouTube via the […]

Wuhan to Host Worlds 2021 Knockout Stage, Tencent Faces Backlash for Copyright Strikes on Douyin 

With Winter and the end of 2020 in sight, China’s esports industry saw a slowdown in brand partnerships and sponsorships. Making things worse, the industry slowdown might be extended beyond the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic in Shanghai.  From Nov. 20-22, Shanghai reported six new COVID-19 infection cases, all from Pudong District, and five of […]

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