The Overwatch Videogame League Aims to Become the New NFL

Courtesy of WIRED, an interesting look at the Overwatch League: STEFANO DISALVO IS a professional athlete.He has the physical gifts of a professional athlete, the dedication and drive of a professional athlete, the monomaniacal schedule of a professional athlete. He wakes up at 6:30 in the morning and spends some time reviewing game tape of his […]

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eSports: Coming of Age in 2018

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at why eSports will boom in 2018: At the Bunkr, a shop in a hip east London neighbourhood, fans shop for the jerseys of their favourite teams, watch match highlights on wall-mounted televisions and splash out on the latest gear. But this is no ordinary sporting-goods store. Bunkr bills […]

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Why eSports Is Attracting Global Brands

Via Racounter, a look at why esports is attracting global brands (and what it has to do to get more) Two teams of five, blasting each other with heavy weapons for 30 minutes: welcome to the sponsorship opportunity that is attracting some of the world’s biggest brands, from Intel to Gillette. Esports, competitive playing of video […]

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eSports: Revenue Streaming

Courtesy of the New Yorker, an article on how to get rich playing video games online: One humid morning this past summer, Omeed Dariani drove his black Tesla sedan through the foothills east of San Diego, looking apprehensive. Dariani is the founder and C.E.O. of Online Performers Group, a talent-management company dedicated to professional video-game […]

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ESPN’s Big Bet On Fantasy

Via Axios, a look at ESPN’s big focus on fantasy sports: ESPN Fantasy sports app is driving a massive chunk of the network’s digital traffic, and Disney executives are looking to replicate that success for other networks. Why it matters: As ESPN invests in digital to make up for linear TV declines, its Fantasy platform is […]

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Formula 1 eSports Now More Exciting Than Real Thing

Via Ars Technica, interesting commentary on Formula 1′s entry into the esports market: On Sunday, the 2017 Formula 1 season drew to a close with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It was a deathly boring end to a season that started with so much promise back in March. The series had a new owner, Liberty Media, […]

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