eSports News

  • eSports organization picks up Super Smash con winner Nairo several weeks after he took his leave of Team Liquid.
  • L.A. Rams Rodger Saffold co-founds Rise Nation eSports organization.
  • Newzoo reports eSports revenues to grow 52% over last year, on pace for $493 million for 2016. Predicts revenue of $1.1 billion by 2019. SuperData reports eSports as currently $892 million market but includes eSports gambling related activities in their data.
  • Yahoo eSports inks two year contract deal with ESL to stream live ESL events on Yahoo.
  • Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko buys eSports franchise Renegades.
  • Hearthstone teen prodigy William “Amnesiac” Barton defends pro gaming in Ted x Youth talk. View the recording on YouTube here.
  • G2 eSports picks up iBUYPOWER Cosmic Rocket League team.
  • Activision Blizzard names former Fox Sports exec Pete Vlastelica as CEO and president of its Major League Gaming eSports division.
  • THe Professional eSports Association (PEA) announces it will begin operating in January 2017 with inaugural title CS:GO.
  • Nintendo bolsters prize pool to $250,000 for its two popular competitive scenes Pokemon Trading Card game and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers acquires Dignitas and upstart Apex, becoming the first professional sports team to own an eSports team. Terms were not disclosed, but those familiar with the matter estimate the valuation of Dignitas between $5 and $15 million.
  • University of California announced its eSports intiative: build out a gaming arena and start rewarding academic scholarships for talented League of Legends players.

Hardware News

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Xbox One S

  • Xbox One S 500 GB and 1 TB models launched September 22nd.
  • Sennheiser launches GSX 1000 and GSX 1200 Pro Gaming Audio Amplifiers.
  • Logitech unveils ‘Prodigy’ line of casual gaming gear.
  • Origin launches Omni, an all-in-one gaming PC featuring a Geforce GTX 1080 and 34-inch wide curved display.
  • Razer and Maingear team up to create the R1 starting out at $999.
  • Microsoft outsells Sony’s PS4 for the month of August.
  • SteelSeries releases the Rival 500 MMO multibutton gaming mouse.
  • Razer DeathAdder receives upgrade to 16,000 DPI sensor and new mechanical switches.

Game Related

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The Last Guardian

  • The Last Guardian release delayed from October 25th to December 6th.
  • Gran Turismo Sport (PS4) delayed until 2017.
  • Nvidia bundles Gears of War 4 for PC and Xbox One.
  • Destiny 2 rumored to be coming to the PC.

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