The Economics of Fantasy Football

Via CapX, an interesting look at the impact of fantasy sport on real-life attendance and the multi-billion economic cost of fantasy sports obsession: After a long summer without football, the return of the Premier League is nearly upon us. Although I’m not too optimistic about the prospects of Manchester United, I am much more sanguine […]

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eSports: Getting Hip Hop’s Stamp of Approval

Via Ozy, a look at the growing nexus between hip hop and esports: It was a simple session of Fortnite: Battle Royale, but the players were anything but normal. Hip-hop biggies Drake and Travis Scott were on esports megastar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ Twitch stream. Their March 2018 session broke records on the Amazon-owned platform, with over […]

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Celebs, Influencers Push eSports Prize Pools To New Heights

Via ESPN, a look at how becoming an entertainer who plays video games or an influencer who spends time in the video game community has given players an opportunity to make a living without grinding 12-hour days playing the same game on loop: In 2009, South Korea’s Lee “Jaedong” Jae-dong was the highest earner of prize […]

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Fame and ‘Fortnite’

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at the global gaming phenomenon that has captivated a generation of teens and is now making millionaires of its star players: At first, it seems like any other sporting event. Parents sip beer from clear plastic cups. Children eat overpriced soft pretzels and pizza, holding giant red styrofoam […]

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Will College eSports Soon Compete With Football For Viewers and Recruits?

Courtesy of Ozy, a look at the growth of college eSports programs: Over the Christmas break in 2009, millions of gamers across the country spent hours playing games that were then rated as the best. Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, a first-person shooter set during the aftermath of an apocalyptic zombie pandemic, and New Super […]

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – Next Step Forward For Augmented Reality Games

Via Polygon, a look at the new AR game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: Behind the sign-in desk and next to the Tardis, a Niantic employee peeks into small, ornate drawers — a wall of wooden catalogue cabinets, ones you’d find in an old library. I know it’s in here somewhere, she mumbles. She calls me over. I want […]

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