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A highlight from 232. EA FIFA Divorce, 100 Thieves Project X, Apex vs PUBG Earnings, Hulu Game Pass, Free Boost Mobile, Saudi Arabia Nintendo, Luxury Gaming Suites, Thermaltake Porsche Chair, Hidden Stadia, VR Advances
"The worlds of gaming and eSports are evolving every day faster than ever before. With YouGov's living data, you can probe into the real thoughts and behaviors of eSports fans and gamers worldwide. If you're a team, a brand, an agency, or a rights holder, you should be talking with YouGov. Their partners with the biggest names in eSports and the biggest brands all around the world, driving compelling results every single day. Check out YouGov dot com slash BOE and schedule a call with YouGov today. From the keyboard to the border, this is the business that we spoke weekly news show slash post podcast. I'm joined today by my Friends and co host, the honorable judge Jimmy barada, Jeff the juice Cohen, Lindsey the boss pass for those of you who are new here, welcome. Welcome to the official podcast of eSports. What we do is we cover the most pressing gaming eSports news and topics of the week, but we look at all of it through a business and C suite lens. We dissect, we analyze the business implications of everything happening in this industry. And best of all with the live show, we get to do it live with you guys, you get to participate, get in our faces, ask us questions, challenge us, we encourage it. I know so many of you lurk, we really appreciate you guys being here. No pressure, but it's a safe space and it's so much more fun when everyone gets involved. How is everyone doing this week? Lindsey start with you. I'm doing great. I lost my voice at these words insider conference. It's been so fun. I was there all day, so I have a nice huge bowl of chipotle sitting in front of me for the street tonight. It's been good though. I'm coming in, no voice eating chipotle. How was the comfort? We want to talk about that one spot. I've never heard of this. What's the conference? It was really, it's eSports insider hosted a never heard of these guys. Also, I'm going to hold on, I'm switching out of research with Mike. I mean, there's so many of these like third rate conferences hosted by third rate media outlets. So it's hard to keep up with all the imitators. You know, there's just so many people starting strong this week. I had a great time and I met a lot of really good folks from there. So guys, your PSA, Lindsay's comments aside, don't go to conferences if we're not there. Just don't go. It's a waste of your money. Yeah, but I was there. So I don't know what you're saying. Jeff, how are you guys doing? Good. I like the new intro, the new intro. Intro was exciting. 'cause I'm used to tuning out kind of the old intro, and now I was like, oh, this is cool, new intro. And it's true about you go. We love them and their data. We do, and our Friends that you guys have been extremely, extremely great partners. And so yeah, it's fun. New little intro, a little bit different messaging, but I try and touch on this every week, that sort of the actionable nature of the data. So yeah, it was interesting. Guys, let's start. I have a whole bunch of stuff this week. I will say the podcast episode that you guys have to look forward to this week. It's something entirely different. I mentioned it, I teased it, Jimmy teased it a few weeks ago. We were at crypto Bahamas, we did a panel on gaming and web three. And that was an invite only conference that cost thousands and thousands of dollars to go to. And the best part of being a business of eSports fan, unlike any of the other crappy media outlets out there, is you get this kind of top tier content for free, and we're gonna put out our entire panel the entire one hour panel out as the podcast episode this week. So some great guests on that panel, some great conversation around gaming and web three. I really, really would love everyone's feedback on that. If you love it, by the way, definitely go subscribe to meta business because you find so much more of that kind of conversation on meta business. Which is our sister podcast, but that's what you have looked to look forward to on the podcast this week. It's a one hour panel from crypto Bahamas talking about the intersection of gaming and web three. So definitely definitely go check that out when it drops on Friday. All right guys, let's start with some gaming news here, which is what we do. And this is FIFA, it's a story we followed a little bit, but it now it's now sort of a done deal. It sounds like or it seems like. And there's two stories related to it or tied to it. So let me bring up the first one here. And the headline here is FIFA says its games will still be the best in quotes without EA. So FIFA supposedly has already got multiple games in the works and plans to compete directly with EA starting in 2024. So following EA's announcement it says that it would be dropping the FIFA name from its football series in favor of EA Sports FC branding, which we discussed on this live show. FIFA itself says it's already working on multiple new games, some of which are due to launch this year. Let me just give you the quote from the FIFA president. He says, I can assure you that the only authentic real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans. FIFA president Johnny infantino says in a press release. I mean, that's how I feel about eSports business channels also. But I'm curious what you guys think of the FIFA basically now saying, we don't need UEA. We're going to make our own games. Anyone excited about FIFA's made FIFA made games, Jeff? I think this is super delusional. I mean, I'd be very curious to see who they're actually going to get to make this because obviously FIFA is not making it themselves. The one studio that maybe could do it and has the development chops would be two K given their success in other sports games. I really hope they don't do that as someone who owns take two stock. I just think EA has such an advantage in such a network effect with ultimate team every year that I remember when I was an analyst a few years back, there was a big hubbub when christiano Ronaldo signed an exclusive deal with pro evolution soccer, which is made by Konami, and that game was actually free to play. And the investors were like, wait, they lost Ronaldo, like what does this mean? Are people going to go to a lot of fans? Clearly, are they going to go play pro evolution soccer? And the answer was resoundingly no. I mean, I think FIFA is like ten times the literally ten times the size of revolution soccer in terms of playerbase and probably a hundred times it literally in revenue. So I don't think that there's any risk here. I think anyone who tries to compete with FIFA will probably just be spending a few $100 million to get 5% market share. Same way I feel about EA continuing to try to compete against two K in basketball. That war is over, it's been one. Are you saying that EA's game, the EA Sports FC? Regardless of how good the game is is going to struggle to compete against FIFA, FIFA, the exact sorry, maybe I missed the exact opposite. Okay, so you think, without FIFA, the FIFA license means almost nothing. Because I think this is what people get confused about. It's like when you're talking about losing the FIFA license, all that means is the name on the front of the box. They'll still have all the players names, they'll still have all the teams.
A highlight from 231. Gaming & Web 3.0 - FTX SALT Crypto Bahamas 2022 LIVE
"So I got some Paul Doe Olivia more commonly known as the prophet of eSports. Let's go. I host a podcast called the business of eSports. I also own a media company gaming and metaverse media company. So we produce a ton of content, including the meta business podcast. And for the last 20 years, I was also a VC. So that's my background venture capital and startups. All right. Good morning, everyone. My name is Greg land egger. I am a family office investor. We are stage instructor agnostic, fell down the rabbit hole in crypto in 2014 and evolved that investment thesis into gaming in 2017 and subsequently made about 60 investments in the web three space. Hello, my name is Jace hall. Video gaming video gamer. My company, I've cofounded with Rick Fox and a few other fine gentlemen called hi def. Focused on triple-A video game development that includes diverse and diversity and inclusion as a form of new ideas. We are very focused on making sure that the products that we build are forward thinking when it comes to things like web three. My background is founding Warner Brothers interactive entertainment, prior to that. I founded a company called monolith productions, which I'll make video games. So I'm a video game maker. That's what I do. Yeah. An opinion have her. My name is Clinton sparks, I'm a Grammy nominated multi platinum producer. Songwriter and DJ, sold over 75 million records that has been shaping and shifting culture for almost 20 years now. And I fell into gaming about 6 years ago at the beginning of a company called faze clan where they were just a bunch of popular kids online, but didn't have any business model or revenue streams, went there, helped bring that to what's now evaluated at a $1 billion company. And my goal when I got into gaming was to connect and integrate other cultures that were not familiar with gaming. Because it's kind of what I've been doing my whole career is mix the EDM with hip hop or bring in Hollywood to the streets and so when I got to gaming started connecting music and sports and fashion and art and it's now becoming really robust. I've since left faze clan and started this company right here exit, which is now the fastest growing eSports and gaming lifestyle brand in the world with a focus on diversity and inclusion. All right. That's amazing. So you guys have been in gaming for quite some time, right? And we're talking today we're talking about gaming and web three. So I think it's most fitting to start to talk about the evolution of gaming. What you've seen. And I think historically you've seen that gaming has been able to incorporate money and earning and everything like that. Where are we coming from when it comes to the gaming industry? I'll let you go call. I don't know if a lot has evolved. I mean, I've been a gamer since I was like three years old. And other than grinding like World of Warcraft in my basement, I think what has changed in the last three to 5 years is the mainstream recognition and adoption of the industry. The fundamentals haven't really changed. What has changed are the demographic dynamics. So the kids who grew up gaming now have money to spend on gaming. And this is only accelerating. So you have this huge attention and demographic shift that makes sort of the dominance of gaming inevitable. That's one of the big sort of trends I've seen over the last ten, 15 years. I would say that. Speaking to your point, the cultural acceptance of the activity of playing video games has become more and more relevant because not only are people playing these games, but they are actually socializing, needing their friends, creating entire cultures and subcultures underneath this entire activity and it starts speaking to forward concepts like metaverses and avatars and ownership of items and this is one of the reasons why I'm here is because the technology involved in blockchain is a facilitator of the continued evolution of the video game environment. And I think it's important that as we collective the thought leaders that are all attending this conference, I think it's important for them to understand the gentle and delicate nature of how this industry chooses to approach video gaming as a conduit. We could make some mistakes going in that direction or we could do some real, real good and empower people and empower ownership and empower attribution of creative content through gaming. So that's what I say. Yeah. So that brings an interesting point because web three is all about decentralization, your owning, something yourself. So what are, I guess, in your case, Jace, what are some of the considerations anyway or the implications to that in the gaming industry today? So we kind of come from the big, these big triple triple-A gaming conglomerates that have owned everything at this point, and now we're trying to integrate web three into it. And that's going to in the short term at least going to have a really big impact on what they do next. So what are you seeing in that case? Oh, I can go on and on on this topic. So I'm going to try to really limit it to some key points. Number one is the video game industry has evolved to where you have publishers and those that control. They don't want people to own anything. They want to own everything, which is why when you play World of Warcraft for a thousand hours, you can get that magic acts, but it is a breaking their terms of service if you try to sell that to somebody else. That's the nature of that. When you see something like decentralization and ownership coming in with this technology, it starts to pose a very important question of shouldn't I own that axe shouldn't shouldn't I be able to profit off of owning that act, right? And so the answer, of course, is the gamers themselves want that. But there's also this long history of the video game industry exploiting their consumer relentlessly, squeezing that orange so hard. So when a publisher today tries to introduce blockchain technology, there's a form of rejection because they view it as they're trying to exploit me even more for a game I've already paid so much for and so you have this industry resistance at the publisher level, I don't know about this crypto stuff. It's creating a bad vibe amongst our customers. So you have this demand, but you also have some cultural elements in the video game space. And I think the crypto space and that community can do a lot to communicate and bridge that gap and create a real opportunities because most definitely the video game player wants to capitalize on the time they spend in video games that's entirely just about what Twitch is. I play this game watch me stream. I'm going to make money off of me playing the game. I'm trying to play to earn on some level through that. So there's all these third parties things that create that. But there can be a much more direct and exciting opportunity for the people in this room and for the players themselves. Right. So Greg, then why is the gaming such a big focus today? Like why is everybody talking about gaming as
A highlight from 229. No New Consoles, PlayStation First-Party, VALORANT Roadmap, Turtle Beach Sale, Take-Two Microtransactions, Bungie Exclusive, Saudi Esports, Star Wars Chairs, Best-Selling Switch Games
"I'm joined today by my Friends and co hosts, the honorable judge Jimmy burrata, Jeff, the juice Cohen, Lindsay the boss boss, for those of you who are new here, welcome, what we do is we cover the most pressing gaming and eSports topics in news of the week, but we look at all of it through a business and C suite lens. We dissect, we analyze the business implications of everything happening in the industry. Best of all, we get to do it live with you guys. You get to get in our faces, ask questions, challenge us. We encourage it. If you're in here, definitely get involved. You're welcome to lurk. We don't mind, but definitely get involved if you can. It's a safe space. And we love it. It makes it that much more fun. How is everyone doing this week? Lindsey. Oh, I just made it to Pittsburgh. Just finished the drive like 15 minutes ago and right on to here. And we made the drive, the AC and the car was broken. Something we discovered shortly after leaving. So I'm happy to be here. That is dedication. How are you guys doing? Are you in Pittsburgh, the real question? Hey. What's wrong with it? Is it your college reunion? No, I have family here. I mean, funny you for New Jersey, and that's like the armpit of America. So I don't want to hear it. Jimmy, how you doing this week? I'd agree a week, guys. Still a little sick here. Sorry for my raspy voice, but ready to get into it. Everyone loves the recipe voice. Very much got a bit of a Brian Adams esque. Feel going on. Maybe you should get into making some music while you still got that raspy voice. Guys, I want to talk about so many things. Can we start with easing the podcast? Because we have a great episode this week. I want to bring up actually the website. But we had actually can't find the maybe if you have it quickly. We had Nate Klaus, I want to make sure I get his name right Klaus from new level recruiting on the podcast. And what was interesting is Nate does hiring and. Headhunting hiring, recruiting staffing for the gaming and eSports industry very specifically. So they work with a lot of the big gaming companies and helping them to hire make executive hires to find specific people, game developers, et cetera. Fascinating insight into the job environment right now in the gaming world. Confirmed many of the things we believe, like anecdotally, but some tremendous insight that I think you guys are going to want to hear about what the reality on the ground is of recruiting and hiring in the gaming industry. So sounds like a good guy to know if you're looking to get a job. It is a good guy to know. He came at what's even more interesting. He came from doing recruiting at riot, so he was one of the top guys doing recruiting it right. And then at pubg. So pretty deep experience in the gaming space. And a fascinating fascinating look on the inside. So fear not, the market for talent in the gaming industry is still red hot. That's the TLDR, but you should tune into the podcast. To hear more, learn more. And definitely go check them out. I'll actually put it in chat because I think it's interesting for it. We often get people wanting to wanting to learn more. So I'll put that in the chat. People looking to break into the industry, et cetera. All right guys, so let's get to some stories this week, because that's what we do, right? News. And I want to start with Nintendo Nintendo in the news. Actually a couple of news stories, which I think we can cover. And it was the headline that caught my attention here hang on. Let me get this up. The headline that caught my attention here, which is what you should be in a second. Nintendo says the transition to its next console is a quote major concern for us. And so the second headline says the company wants to alleviate the risk of resetting its user base. So Nintendo president, power, has said the companies eventual transition away from Nintendo Switch to its next hardware platform is a major concern for the company. They're worried about resetting their a 100 million plus user base. And the way they're offsetting that they're trying to alleviate that is by building quote long-term relationships with its users. Now, not sure what that means exactly, they mentioned Nintendo accounts, I don't know, that's enough. But what do you guys make of Nintendo's concern? I mean, there's some numbers in this article in terms of how many switches and wheeze and stuff they've sold, but 100 million annual players playing users and going forward, they said, it's important to consider how we can maintain and expand on that number, and it will be essential when we consider our plan for the next hardware platform. So two questions for you guys. What do you think of Nintendo being worried about this in the first place? And second question, are they hinting that maybe new hardware is coming? Or is it are they hinting that new hardware is not coming? What is the reading between the lines here? Jeff, you have some thoughts? I think they're definitely right to be worried just if you look at Nintendo's history. I mean, they seem to every other console they launched have a dud. They had then 64 that was where they had the NES that was great and they had the GameCube or messing up the order, but then the we that was this massive hit than the Wii U that was terrible and switched that was great. So yeah, I mean, when you have a massive install base and you're selling really profitable software into it, that's Nirvana. And then when you have to rebuild the install base, it becomes really hard because you have to develop software oftentimes for both consoles as you're managing that transition. And then you have a lot of people that don't switch, and then if the console is not as good, you pretty much just lose everyone. So it's almost like you're building a whole new business every time there's a contemplate. So I don't think having Nintendo accounts going to change that. But that's why you see a lot more of elongating up cycles than having the switch pro versus like a whole new console. Why does Nintendo specifically have this issue? Is that sort of what you're implying and what this article is implying, like Xbox Microsoft didn't come out and say, hey, we're really worried if we do a new Xbox that how are we going to keep our players? Why is Nintendo's hardware cycle different in that sense? Jimmy, Lindsey, Jeff. I can't speak to the hardware cycle. To me, this just seems ass backwards. Like Jeff makes a good point about some of these being duds. But if I'm a gaming company and I have the opportunity to announce a new generation console, these are always traditionally big, big announcements for their competitors like Sony and Xbox. Look how ahead of everyone we are, look how great the games look, look how much faster and cleaner and smoother it's going to be. It's always an exciting
A highlight from 228. Nate Clauss, Get A Job In Gaming, New Level Recruiting, Esports Hiring
"Prophet that will leave me. I'm joined today by my friend and co host, the honorable judge Jimmy burrata. For those of you who are new here, welcome to the official podcast of eSports. We do is we cover the most pressing gaming and eSports topics in news of the week, and we look at all of it through a business and C suite lens. We dissect, we analyze the business implications of everything happening in this industry. For our regular listeners, thank you guys for tuning in every week. Thank you for all the love, the 5 star ratings and reviews. You haven't yet go leave a like review on the podcast, share it with your Friends and your colleagues. We know the business of eSports is everywhere. I'm sure you see it everywhere. But sharing it with a friend who maybe hasn't seen it is really appreciated or leave a review and tell us how much you love it. That's also appreciated. Jimmy, how you doing this week? Having a great week, Paul, how about yourself? Crazy week. I mean, I thought it would be a little bit less insane now that we've been back from all these conferences and things would settle down at home. This is what people miss about conferences. The time requirement, like the time investment I should say, is not just, it's never just the conference itself. It's the conference and then the tens, if not hundreds of hours of follow-ups afterwards, right? Like if you've done the conference right, you've met a bunch of people. You've made a bunch of new connections. They all lead to phone calls and meetings and zooms and God knows what. And so the time investments never just that week. It's usually like two weeks after that also. Not to mention catching up on the work that you had to put aside or old off on to go to these things. So you're talking three times as much work honestly. So it's fun. It's great, better to be busy than not. I remember when I was an independent contractor when I was just getting into eSports and I would wait around all week for that one call or that one meeting that my call with you by the way was one of those. That was the biggest thing I had that day. The only thing I had that day and I was so excited for it and it's great and fortunate to be in the opposite position where it's just not enough time in the day. It's one of those things where this is why I think there are some people who just go to like every single conference there is. And there's nothing necessarily wrong with that, but why I tell people, of course, very humbly, you should only attend gaming crypto metaverse web three, whatever conference that you're into, where the profit of eSports is speaking, because that's where you're going to get maximum value, and this is what you should really be focusing your time and energy. I may be a little biased there, but you know, well, I hope you're not teasing either a little too much on what we have up our sleeves here, but maybe we should change the subject while we're changing the subject. We do have something up our sleeves. So stay tuned. Definitely something up our sleeve. But good segue. Because we do have an amazing guest who I don't want to keep waiting absolutely. Every week after week, they just keep getting better and better and better and better. And today is no different. We have none other than Nate Klaus, who is the founder and CEO of new level recruiting. Nate, welcome to the business of eSports podcast. Hi, thank you for having me. Nate, for our listeners who don't know about you, maybe don't haven't heard about new level recruiting. Would love a little bit of your background, how you got into gaming, you know, why you did and a little bit about what you guys are doing at new level recruiting. Yeah. Let's see. Should I start with my gaming history? Funny enough, I just have been a gamer my whole life. Played counter strike from when it was a half life mod. I remember seeing it at a friend's house and had been playing it ever since, played through the 1.51 .6 days. And then fell hopelessly in love with World of Warcraft. Played a vanilla wow and then fell in love with StarCraft and just played a ton of games and then ultimately quit while when cataclysm got announced and fell in love with League of Legends. And so I remember I was at a StarCraft two tournament with a friend when I saw league on a side stage for the first time and I remember being like, all right, what is that a do to knock off? And then of course years later ended up working at riot and joined them as the first technical recruiter for riots eSports team and then as I built and these are hiring all the engineers that built like WALL-E sports dot com when you watch league through the stream theater, the live stats that go on, so hired those engineers and then ended up taking over the larger engineering or well taking over the larger recruiting team for riot eSports did hiring for that. Then fell in love with the little game called pubg and caught the bug for the battle Royale side of things and ultimately got a message from their CEO asked me to help stand up U.S. operations for them and help them scale up their publishing in the U.S. and then a little game called Fortnite came around and what I had seen at both riot and pubg was just on the internal town acquisition side a real lack of recruiting horsepower that really understood the gaming and eSports space. And so I set out to create a firm that would fill the gap that I wish existed when I was on the internal side and so now four years later I've been lucky enough to work with eSports organizations various game devs and publishers and have even done a little bit of dabbling outside of the gaming space and most recently this past year it's just been a ton of blockchain game stuff as you can imagine there is just heaps of money being thrown into that world by venture capital funds and so we partner with various VCs that are quickly trying to educate themselves on games and so I often end up playing nerd to English translator for some of the VCs and helping them then find leaders for these companies that they're giving tens of millions of dollars to. It's a fascinating story. First of all, great taste in games. I must say. I mean, wow. Very close and very near and dear to my heart. I also played CS when it was a half life model, although I think I'm quite a bit older than you. But talk to me a little bit about recruiting in like, let's start with a bit of your history. Talk to me a little bit about recruiting at riot and pubg in the sense that I feel like you were there in the biggest boom times essentially of those games, right? With league and then pubg, where I feel like with pubg, that business, they couldn't hire fast enough, right? They couldn't fix the game fast enough. They couldn't hire fast stuff. Give me a sense of hiring environment than the challenges around hiring in sort of this explosive growth phases. Yeah, so, I mean, riot obviously arrived, it was an interesting time because this was during riots hiring error era where at least at the riot eSports organization. If you didn't lead League of Legends, we couldn't hire you. And so it actually was really difficult and challenging. I remember we were running efficacy or not. Yeah, efficacy studies on the recruiting pipeline of how many people were putting through and at that point it was R&D and eSports that had the lowest pass rate because a lot of it was because of the outside of just what you can do for your job requirements that we required, which was that you had to have some passion for the game and eSports space. And so obviously that led to a lot of the issues that have come out since and if you are only hiring people into your team that are hardcore gamers or hardcore eSports fans, that's a pretty small slice of the total folks that you can hire and I
Is a Wrap for ESL Pro League 14
"Minute. ESL pro league season 14 wrapped up over the weekend as we saw Navi in heroic go head to head shot for a shot in the semifinals to vitality in their semifinal match up against OG easily took their grand final spot. So it all comes down to naive versus vitality and would be a great matchup simple versus zebu. This grand final goes all 5 games down to the wire as game 5 on mirage ended 16 of 14 in a favor of the winner and ESL grand champion in Avi. They take $175,000 home as well as a spot in the blast premiere world final with 2800 blast points. No time for these teams to rest though as blasphemy or fall group stage will get underway in just three days as this latter half of the year kicks into high gear for CS
WePlay Esports Enters Rocket League
"Minute. Some big moves and big things happening in the rocket league scene as tournament organizer we play eSports is making their big splash in the rocket powered soccer car circuit. The we play E sports invitational run from September 16th to the 19th and feature a prize pool of a $100,000 with teams like the general NRG space station gaming and G two eSports among others to compete in total 16 teams will take part in the double elimination turn with the best of 7 format to be the standard. All games will be streamed from we play eSports arena Kyiv out of Ukraine, and on their own Twitch channel. Previously we saw we play host events in other eSports scenes ranging from League of Legends and CS go to dota two and fighting game
ESL Pro League Round 12, Season 14 Highlights
"Let's begin with counter strike this afternoon as the ESL pro league started their round of 12 in their season 14 playoffs. First match of the day was a three game series between mouse sports and ninjas and pajamas, where nip took the majority of games and as a result, they'll face OG in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile complexity tries to take a series against vitality but fall short in their three game series as well, vitality to take on gambit in their quarterfinals. Two teams is still await their opponents from emerging around a 12th between heroic and Navi, the matches to decide those matchups take place tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. central
ESIC to Investigate Heroic Players’ Role in Coaching Bug Abuse
"Minute. It is official after hunting blew the whistle on his former CS go team heroic, the eSports integrity commission will open an investigation to gauge just how complicit the players he coached were in the spectator bug scandal. The former coach sent in evidence to the esi two days ago. That evidence containing alleged proof that the players who competed under him at some point knew and acknowledged the use of this bug, which is not only used by hunting, but also 36 other coaches who were banned from the scene. It seems after the esi handed hunted his two year ban from eSports, he decided to flood a sinking ship even more and take everyone down with him from his former home in
Overwatch League's 2022 Season Will Use an Early Build of Overwatch 2
"John spector VP of the Overwatch league confirmed that the league's 2022 season will begin in April and that more details will emerge regarding this next season. The league spokesperson separately said that this 5th season of the league will be played on an early build of Overwatch two. Earlier in the year, we reported the possibility of a long hiatus for the Overwatch league due to delays in the SQL games development, but it now appears that things are back on schedule. Still, we'll wait for the details to emerge as the sequel will cut down on roster size and construction thanks to the switch from 6 man teams to
Trailer for League's Upcoming Champion Vex Released
"Announced a trailer showcasing. The new champion of vex. That's going to be coming soon now. They haven't even revealed the kit yet. We have no advice to give you guys yet. I just want to give everyone's impressions on this champion personally. I think she's a goff circa two thousand like high school goth kid and i fucking love it. Her like grumpy attitude is fucking hilarious and from what we saw the trailer she looks. Finish it to play Yeah i like that. It seems like they're not really. They understand what goff as in the way that gawked teenagers say cringe things and so vex like calls people normies and says a lot of cringe stuff. Because that's what goth teenagers do. And i love it. They nailed it so thoroughly and her walk. Animation is the best animation of any champion. It's so stupid it's wonderful. I love it. The i don't wanna go go anywhere. Walk animation is is great. It's so good. Highly recommend go to legal legends youtube channel. Check out this trailer with the champion actually drops. I definitely will be giving her a place. I can tell you guys what i think. I'm sure these guys will
Twitch Loses Streamer TimTheTatman to YouTube
"Biggest news of the day involves Twitch from multiple angles earlier this week we heard the announcement of doctor lupa moving on from Twitch and into YouTube streaming. And today it was announced that Tim the tatman would be following along. After almost 10,000 hours streamed, 262 million views, 7 million followers, and currently boasting more than 30,000 Twitch subs, Tim will now move on to YouTube gaming and join the likes of Dr Disrespect, ninja, courage, and many more. YouTube has essentially poached almost all the top ten left on Twitch's front page, boosting their own roster. On the other side of Twitch news, streamers across the platform announced they were taking part in a virtual protest being dubbed hashtag a day off Twitch. This comes in response to the platform's lack of action when it comes to streamers facing waves of hate raids in regards to their race, their sexuality, or their gender, that present the most Twitch has done in terms of action is simply announced that these creators are being heard yet no real steps have been announced by the company to address these hate rays from these spam
China Cuts Amount of Time Minors Can Spend Playing Online Video Games
"New. Why don't you start us off. As my notes are loading nine coming from the lovely land of china make news today. Tim recently just announced. I take the announced today but they announced that anyone under the age of eighteen will now have limited playtime. I guess you could say when it comes to gaming in china already has some restrictions around how much you can game so this is not anything mu in that sense but i do believe we've taken this a little far so new chinese law states that anyone under the age eighteen is not going to be allowed to play essentially any games during the week in starting friday the sunday they have three hours of allocation between eight. Pm in they can play an hour a day. Friday saturday sunday from eight. Pm to nine pm. So the good news. Hair league of legends fans primarily last day of positivity month so good. Last day of positivity the positive hair is u. n. a. e. u. fans should be relatively excited for the future of liangelo star craft or any of these games that have a bigger asian following if china's number. One in might not be very long. Tim three hours a week. You're allowed to play friday saturday sunday. One hour a day from like eight. How do they monitor that though. What's china but like in the sense of if your dad games in he doesn't care that you play more like couldn't have a big army. Maybe they have like a soldier forever cam on at all times when you're gaming like everyone must be streaming when you're yeah just getting ready to. I don't know if that would break the law. I'm just saying how would they know if you were.
Halo Championship Series Team Partners Revealed
"Minute with the arrival of halo infinite this December halo eSports will be making a grand relaunch as the halo championship series Twitter account announced that 9 partner teams will partake in the HCS. Cloud 9 nv E phase fanatic G two Navi sentinels and space station gaming are the top tier organizations that Microsoft has chosen to partner with. Hopefully this new revamp of the series comes with a much more attention than it did after the launch of AO 5 could halo infinite and this newfound eSports interests surrounding the game be here to
Paramount+ Announces Order For Gaming Mockumentary Series "Players"
"Some League of Legends news as LCS commissioner Chris Greeley announced a mockumentary style streaming series titled players. It'll be based on a fictional LCS team on the Paramount plus platform. The series production team was reportedly researching for the past three years covering various LCS and Riot Games events and they have assistance from the league in terms of branding and logos from teams who'll be lending their appearances in the series. This is the second streaming series in which Riot Games has had a hand in helping bring to life. The first will appear on Netflix this year, titled arcane, an animated series that will help explore the deeper lore of League of Legends. Players has no official release date yet, but it is reported to be produced akin to the last dance about Michael Jordan in the 1998 Chicago
Blizzard Will Rename Overwatch's Jesse McCree
"Minute. Big news of the day comes from Activision Blizzard's Overwatch team as they release a statement with their intention of renaming one of their playable heroes in the game. The hero in question is mccree, who was named after Jesse mccree and ex blizzard employee who was pictured in front of a giant portrait of Bill Cosby at BlizzCon 2013 where a hotel room was nicknamed the Cosby suite, no clues as to the new name of the hero but blizzard will also put forth a ban on naming in game characters after staffers. The announcement also comes as more details have come to light surrounding the California department of fair employment and housings investigation of Activision Blizzard's frat boy culture of sexual
'League of Legends' World Championship Moves From China to Europe
"Yesterday news leaked as a report from upcoming stated that they're insider sources were confirming news that Riot Games was moving worlds 2021 out of China and into Europe due to issue to the visas for production crews. Today rides global head of E sports John Needham authenticated that report, adding that teams themselves are also seeing issues securing visas. A month out from the beginning stages of the world's tournament and writers are not ready to announce where in Europe just yet as they are still researching the rules regulations and laws in place throughout the continent concerning COVID-19 and its variants. Right? It does say they are being committed to delivering a land experience in front of a crowd, but in the meantime, you should temper those expectations amidst this quickly changing environment.
Atlanta FaZe Win Call of Duty Championships 2021
"Minute. The finale of the 2021 Call of Duty league season saw a new champion crowned. Over the weekend, the previous reigning champs Dallas empire saw themselves defeated by faze and then losing to ultra and the losers bracket who they beat earlier in the tournament. Ultra came out firing in the first game taking it in the grand final versus phase. The best of 9 however saw face dominating as they win the series and the championship 5 games to one phase in arguably the best team all season, winning three out of the 5 regular season majors with total season winnings before playoffs were on $730,000, adding the 1.2 million from winning it all, the entirety of 2021 saw phase earning almost $2 million. One of the most successful seasons in Call of Duty history. The next question, of course, can the repeat in 2022 when Call of Duty Vanguard
The CDL Champs Is Underway
"Playoffs for the Call of Duty league just began today with a juggernaut matchup Dallas empire taking on the Minnesota rocker who of course won that last major coming back from down four O and a 9 game series versus Toronto ultra. In case you missed it we had a chance to talk with the empire head coach and GM himself Rambo ray on the eSports network podcast where he said the main focus for his team was to nail down their own play styles before zeroing in on their opponent's strategies. And it appears that tactic played into empires favor as they pretty much wipes the floor with rocker they win in overwhelming three O fashion over Minnesota in that opening game. Dallas will take on Toronto next in the quarterfinals while rocker move on to face LA thieves tonight in the losers bracket to try and make a run there. More matches to come is currently opt in subliners playing before we move on to that first round of the aforementioned losers
ESL Pro League 14 Begins
"A of ESL Pro League season, 14 for Counter-Strike began yesterday with heroic vitality and Australis all taking home. W's in the first day of group play, or that group a earlier today was mostly the same story as her own Vitality, take victories against spirit and Bad News. Bears respectively, have her aunt's was hoping to Buck the trend on day two with Australis as their opponent. And they took the first two maps on Ancient and nuke and convincing fashion took their first win, three more days of round-robin play for group 8 to go before group, beat starts their matches.
LEC Playoffs Update
"The L U C playoff sonder, way, and we've just had the first team to qualify for worlds. 2021, at the very least, the world's planes Misfits versus Rover. Rogue was the heavy favorite to win and indeed they took game one but this fits answered every time taking this to a five-game series the distance, of course truly in that final match Rogues jungler inspired. He stayed true to his name and created the plays to give long that edge and that series Victory and the LEC semi-finals 32 / Misfits gaming, Rogue moves on to the winners finals while it's not completely over for Misfits. They'll drop into losers bracket and await the winner of Vitality and fanatic on Sunday.
League of Legends End of Season Awards Revealed
"League of Legends Pro leagues continue their end-of-season Awards, this time, as the LPL out of China named fun Plus Phoenix, mid laner, doin be as the season. MVP join be helped fpx. Secure first place with a 13-3 record. Had the second most kills in the league and had one of the higher KDs of the splitter because of it fpx is in a prime spot completely off to be the main representative for China in world's. Meanwhile LCS. Announced their Rookie of the Year in Evil Genius Zone. ATC Danny at Seventeen years old. He had standout performances for his team, all season and combined, with mid laner MVP Jesu, keep popping off propelled them into a tide top spot for the LCS next page, 100 thieves, ironically will see those two top teams face off in the playoffs. Come Saturday,
Smash Ultimate Summit Drama
"Evil is currently capturing the final game communities. I there is one fighting game that isn't representative Evo, but will be in the headlines with one of their major events led to this month. I'm talking, of course, about beyond the summit's, smash ultimate Summit 3 to take us off line, starting on August 26th out of Los Angeles. The Invitational has already confirmed. Appearances from wizzy, MK, Leo, and tweaked to name a few but one name in the voting was unceremonious eliminated. As team liquids. Kirby main hungry box was dropped from the voting process. Hungry box failed to Garner enough votes to let himself a spot of this year's smash, ultimate some attached box himself, took to Twitter calling the voting, a popularity contest. That has a recency bias for streamers with Sabbath on that same week. And that do the travel, he could not create content to help his cause he'll still make an appearance at the tournament as a VIP and content creator. But according to age, Popularity can only get you so far in this situation was primarily about campaigning for yourself,
EVO Online 2021 Wraps up First Week of Tournaments
"2021 online. Just woke up its first weekend of tournaments and man, was it entertaining the fighting game Community, never ceases to be watchable csm's big representative out of Europe. Lieutenant took home, the Guilty Gear, strive Crown, despite his complaints on his initially, low seating, and his displeasure, with the best of three format. After his victory, teacher to Twitter to bask in the wind telling off his haters and crowning himself, the king of European Guilty Gear, various other ways also ground in the weekend. But North America will really get a chance to shine this upcoming weekend. Has week to have Evo online. Get set to go
Rocket League: 2v2 Tournaments and More Coming in Season 4
"3 for Rocket league is coming to a close in With It season before approaches, as they've released new details on the upcoming season. A new edition in to be two tournaments will be live as the game. Looks to expand its reach of their in-game tournaments. Obviously with one less team, it to look for players life, easier chance of competing for tournaments, lots. And it's not just to be two tournaments joining the frame. That will also be extra mode, tournaments for the rumble, oops, no day and drop shot game modes. So even if you're not a huge fan of therapy, three or even to be two formats, you'll find something to say sheet that competitive drive on Rocket league. For more information. Charles Foster has you covered Ani sportsnetwork.com? Where you can read up on further details,
CSL Dominates Collegiate Scene
"Move in their partnership with the America East and West Coast conferences with u e. Sports a Canadian brand tagging along for the ride as well. CSM develop Esports infrastructures, for all of these entities with the three of them joining in the Nae star league, one of the premiere stages for Collegiate. Esports in, in North America, the move looks help. Strengthen Esports Within These Rams, as well as allowing them to be guided. In the next few years, has the growth for this scene has the potential to be huge and fast-paced, see SLE Sports has firmly planted themselves as one of the Collegiate, Esports Partners in North America. And that looks as those schools associated with the brands will be, the ones will reap the benefits, as well as of course, their students nickmercs when I faceplant stop streamers. And gaming, a lifestyle enthusiasts has made Huge