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ESIC Levies Sanctions on 37 CS:GO Coaches + What I Missed Over the Last Week
Sep 28 • 2 min
A rundown of what would have been covered in depth on the esports minute over the past week. Viewership, scandals, and bans - it's good to be back esports. If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in the worlds of music, acting or comedy who might be…
College Esports Quicktake Takeover - Program Spotlight on Harrisburg University
Sep 24 • 2 min
While Mitch is on vacation, we will be republishing last week's episodes from the College Esports Quicktake. Here's Thursday's segment: Program Spotlight. If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in the worlds of music, acting or comedy who might be…
College Esports Quicktake Takeover - NC State Study Looks at Gender Disparity in College Esports
Sep 23 • 2 min
While Mitch is on vacation we will be doing a preview of last week on the College Esports Quicktake. Here's Wednesday's segment: Class in Session. If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in the worlds of music, acting or comedy who might be interested…
College Esports Quicktake Takeover - PlayVS Dominates Headlines
Sep 22 • 2 min
While Mitch is on vacation we will be doing a preview of last week on the College Esports Quicktake. Here's Tuesday's segment: In The News. If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in the worlds of music, acting or comedy who might be interested in…
The Gamer Hour + Preview of the College Esports Quicktake
Sep 21 • 2 min
This week I am going on vacation so I won't be covering the top news in esports. Instead, today I give a comprehensive preview of The Gamer Hour. This week will also feature last week's episodes from the College Esports Quicktake, so while I won't be…
Halo Championship Series Pivots Due to Pandemic w/ Halo 5 Pro Series
Sep 18 • 2 min
Bring Halo esports back baby. Halo Infinite is the game everyone has their eyes on if Halo is destined to return to a place of relevance within the esports ecosystem. With Halo Infinite being delayed until 2021, the Halo Championship Series has announced…
US Govt Takes Aim at Tencent
Sep 17 • 1 min
After TikTok was forced to sell its US operations, the US government is turning its sights to Tencent. Here's what happened today, and what it might mean. Read the Bloomberg report on the letters sent to Riot and Epic Games. If you are connected to a…
Unikrn Fined $6.1M by the SEC for ICO
Sep 16 • 2 min
Unikrn just got hit hard. The leading esports betting company just had to forfeit all the companies assets to investors according to a ruling from the US Govt's Securities and Exchange Commission. Read the full report here. If you are connected to a…
Team Liquid’s New Facility in the Netherlands is Insane
Sep 15 • 2 min
Team Liquid is one of the most prestigous esports organizations in the world. As such, the companies facilities are on point. I dive into what makes this new office so cool and why having a work-life balance in esports is important. Take a full tour of…
Call of Duty Esports Move to PC (Finally)
Sep 14 • 2 min
The last great console esport has finally been taken down by PC. Here's why Activision Blizzard is moving CoD esports to PC and how they are working to keep the console culture in tact. If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in the worlds of music,…
R6 Announces World Cup, LEC Breaks Record
Sep 11 • 2 min
Listen in for new details on the Rainbow Six World Cup and why League of Legends continues to break records and lap the rest of esports in the process. If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in the worlds of music, acting or comedy who might be…
Ninja Heads Back to Twitch on Multi-Year Deal GG WP
Sep 10 • 2 min
Well it's been finalized. Just over one year from when Ninja changed the video game streaming world by signing with Mixer, he's returned to his 14 million followers on Twitch. If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in the worlds of music, acting or…
Someone Stop David Beckham! Guild Esports Intends to go Public
Sep 9 • 3 min
David Beckham is taking his brand new esports organization to the London Stock Exchange with a value of about $65M. Here's why that's super bold and some of the history of publicly traded esports companies. If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in…
PUBG Corp Tries to Get PUBG Mobile Back in India and Why Gaming Gum Actually Makes Sense
Sep 8 • 2 min
PUBG Corp is trying to appease the Indian governments concerns to lift the ban on PUBG Mobile in the game's biggest market. Also, why gaming gum which has quickly become a meme, might actually make plenty of sense for gamers. If you are connected to a…
Valve Addresses Dota 2’s Esports Ecosystem, Lack of Communication
Sep 4 • 3 min
Read Valve's statement for yourself: https://esportsobserver.com/valve-responds-dota2-esports/ If you are connected to a gaming celebrity in the worlds of music, acting or comedy who might be interested in appearing on The Gamer Hour, please reach out to…
CS:GO Scene Deals with Match-Fixing, Cheating Scandal
Sep 3 • 3 min
Whew to be a fan of CS:GO these days. In this minute we've got a rundown of the match-fixing investigation by the ESIC and the cheating scandal which led to bans of three coaches. If you know any celebrity who would fit for the Gamer Hour, please reach…
India Bans PUBG Mobile Amid Rising Tensions with China
Sep 2 • 2 min
India has banned 118 apps including the incredibly popular PUBG Mobile. The mobile version of the OG battle royale was India's most popular esport with so much momentum both TSM and Fnatic have invested heavily. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
League of Legends Worlds Bubble Causing Problems, New-Look LCK
Sep 1 • 2 min
League of Legends Worlds is actually going to be played in a LAN environment in Shanghai. This will be the first major esports competition to happen in a LAN environment since the pandemic began. The bubble system has been used successfully by the NBA and…
Ben Simmons, Post Malone Invest in Different Esports Organizations
Aug 28 • 2 min
Two celebrities are entering esports. NBA star Ben Simmons chose FaZe Clan, popular musician Post Malone chose Envy Gaming. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe, it helps us out a ton! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth…
Sports Protests Expand to Esports, BITKRAFT Raises $165M, and More
Aug 27 • 2 min
A big day in esports and the sports world. Esports sees its first game postponed after Chaos says they won't be playing in ESL Online to protest police brutality, BITKRAFT raises $165M to fund esports organizations, and Gen.G and Dignitas both announce…
Call of Duty Cold War and Tfue - FaZe Clan Resolution
Aug 26 • 2 min
BlackLivesMatter. We start with a note about the renewed protests sweeping America before talking about the latest iteration of the Call of Duty franchise and the resolution of the lawsuit between FaZe Clan and Turner "Tfue" Tenney. To be a sponsor of the…
Apple Vs. Epic Games Update - TRO Granted for Unreal Engine, Denied for Fortnite
Aug 25 • 2 min
In a Zoom hearing with plenty of shade to go around, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers levied a decision to partially grant a temporary restraining order (TRO) after hearing arguments from both sides. Epic was granted the TRO in regards to the Unreal Engine…
Spotify Signs on as Official Sponsor of League of Legends Esports
Aug 24 • 2 min
Riot Games continues to push the mold for esports sponsorships. While the Overwatch League technically partnered with Spotify first, Riot Games latest partnership takes it to another level. To be a sponsor of the Esports Minute and the Esportz Network…
Apple Vs. Epic Games Update - Free Fortnite Tournament
Aug 21 • 2 min
It's going to be a wild ride with the lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple. Here's a quick recap and the new updates we've received today. Also check out this article from The Verge for added context and the emails placed into evidence today. To be a…
Burger King Angers Gaming Community With Twitch Ad Campaign
Aug 20 • 3 min
Wondering why everyone on your timeline was mad at Burger King today? I've got you covered. It started when major ad agency Ogilvy tweeted out a "case study" video showcasing an activation they did. It was ill timed. Listen in for the outrage, why this…
Call of Duty Champs Kicks Off - All You Need to Know
Aug 19 • 3 min
I love Call of Duty. While the CDL has had its ups and downs, Champs is always one of my favorite events in esports. Here's a deep dive covering the teams playing, when they play, the controversial format and what I'm watching out for from a business…
Fall Guys Shakes up the Battle Royale Genre in the Best Way
Aug 18 • 2 min
On a slow news day in esports, lets talk Fall Guys. This game is a true masterclass in how to manage a community, tweet memes and start tactical beefs. Fall Guys Senior Community Manager Oliver Hindle is the brains behind the operation on this episode we…
Tencent Aims to Combine Huya and DouYu
Aug 17 • 2 min
In case Tencent didn't have enough power in the gaming world, they are now aiming to combine China's Huya and DouYu streaming services. Tencent already owns a significant percentage of both companies but the merger would give them considerably more…
The US Army Returns to Twitch Today
Aug 14 • 2 min
Everything you need to know about the US Army's return to Twitch from the reason for the hiatus to the bill in the US House of Representatives to the alleged violation of first amendent rights by civil rights groups. If you enjoyed the podcast, please…
TECH FIGHT: Epic Undercuts Apple, Fortnite Removed from App Store, a Full Breakdown
Aug 13 • 2 min
Here's a rundown of two of the biggest companies in the world going toe to toe this morning. It's Apple Vs Epic Games with a 20% reduction in the price of VBucks at stake. I give an overview, then check out the links below to learn more: Verge article…
Team Liquid Launches Liquid+, JBL Signs Three Big Streamers
Aug 12 • 2 min
Today we take a look at Liquid+, a new meeting ground for fans of Team Liquid that has users link their various online social media accounts. But its a big step between putting Instagram in a bio of a Twitter profile and linking Reddit, Discord and Twitch…
Shroud Signs Exclusive Deal With Twitch + College Esports QuickTake
Aug 11 • 3 min
Shroud has signed an exclusive deal to stream with Twitch. The premiere streamer will return to his 7 million Twitch followers after a brief - but lucrative - stint on Mixer. Also in this show is the first news hit on the College Esports QuickTake,…
MLB Deputy Commissioner Tony Petitti Jumps to Activision Blizzard
Aug 10 • 2 min
Its a sign of the times. One of the most powerful people in the MLB has left his role guiding North America's oldest sports league to become President of Sports and Entertainment for Activision Blizzard. Here's a look at the unrest in the MLB which likely…
Executive Order Targeting Tencent Scares Esports, Dr Disrespect Answers Nothing in YouTube Stream
Aug 7 • 2 min
What a crazy week in esports. Last night, many in esports were panicked as an executive order from President Trump appeared to have significant esports impacts. Here's where the confusion came from and why it turned out to not be a big deal - at least for…
Venn Launches, Epic Raises (again), and Rocket League’s Latest Team
Aug 6 • 2 min
Another round up day on the esports minute as we cover the rise of the gaming studio show, including Esportz Network's Gamer Hour hosted by Chris Puckett, new moves in the collegiate esports world, Rocket League's latest big backer and Epic Games insane…
EG Hires New CIO from Houston Outlaws and ESL Sells More Media Rights
Aug 5 • 1 min
A roundup episode of the esports minute as we look at EG's latest C-suite hire, more media rights being sold by Modern Times Group (the parent company of ESL and DreamHack) and some reupped partnerships. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
Riot Games confirms Massive Chinese Media Rights Deal with Billibili
Aug 4 • 2 min
League of Legends international events drive viewership. How much exactly used to be in dispute but with Nielsen's involvement we have more accurate data. Now Billibili, after a deal was reportedly done in 2019, has been confirmed as the media rights…
ESL and DreamHack Sell Media Rights, Female Fortnite Pro Makes History
Aug 3 • 2 min
No major company in esports has been impacted as hard by the coronavirus as the Modern Times Group. Here's how the parent company of ESL and DreamHack is trying to make up for lost revenue by splitting assets in China. Also, GenG 14-year old Fortnite…
RLCS ELEAGUE, Athletes Invest, HBCU Scholarships and More
Jul 31 • 3 min
A jam packed day of esports news as we head towards the weekend. RLCS on ELEAGUE HBCU scholarships from non-profit and Twitch (Check out the College Esports QuickTake) Two more athletes invest in esports Esports continues ties to politics with…
Introducing the College Esports QuickTake
Jul 30 • 2 min
Collegiate esports are growing rapidly and Esportz Network has created a new show to cover all aspects of the collegiate esports scene launching early August! This new show will focus on news, academia, top programs and competitive events. We will have…
LEC Announces Sponsorship from Saudi Arabia’s NEOM and Quickly Retracts
Jul 30 • 2 min
What a day for the LEC and Riot Games. A morning announcement of a sponsorship from NEOM, a planned futuristic city from the Saudi Crown Prince, brought about nearly immediate outcry. There is a ton to this story but this minute covers the decision to…
Esportz Network Brings on Chris Puckett as Host of The Gamer Hour
Jul 29 • 2 min
Esportz Network's latest undertaking has just been announced with one of esports most notable personalities. Chris Puckett, the host of a myriad of esports competitons over the years, will go live from Reuters studio in Times Square. The show is aimed at…
Ferrari Announces New Esports Series With Hublot
Jul 28 • 2 min
Sim racing has been having a massive moment over the pandemic. Today Ferrari announced the luxury car brand is creating a new esports series with the goal of building out a powerhouse sim racing roster. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
UFC Partners with China’s Peacekeeper Elite Mobile League
Jul 27 • 2 min
Peacekeeper Elite is China's version of PUBG Mobile. Created by Tencent, the game's similarities to the Korean-developed PUBG are clear. On the esports side, the new league is gaining tons of traction. Here are the brands involved with it now and some of…
Riot Games Expands European Offices, Responsibilities
Jul 24 • 1 min
Riot Games is has placed a bunch of projects in the hands of Riot Games Europe. The company has been successful letting regional partners build out esports operations but there seems to be some centralizing going on. To be a sponsor of the Esports Minute…
Herman Miller’s New Chair Comes Along with New Esports Partners
Jul 23 • 2 min
Herman Miller's new gaming chair costs a lotttt of money. $1495 to be exact. Predictably, gaming chair brands took the chance to tout their own products for a fraction of the cost. But even if out of the reach of the average gamer, esports organizations…
Rocket League is Going Free to Play! (And to the Epic Games Store)
Jul 22 • 2 min
Rocket League is finally going F2P! It always felt like a when - not if - but over a year after being acquired by Epic Games, Rocket League is dropping the price tag as it moves over to the Epic Games Store. Also in this show we discuss NRG's unique idea…
Logic Signs with Twitch, Riot Unifies LoL Esports and More
Jul 21 • 2 min
Another big day in esports worlds. In this episode I tell you why rapper Logic signing a seven-figure deal with Twitch could actually be a trend esports players need to be aware of, Riot Games officially brings all 12 regional leagues together and our…
Valorant’s Global Presence, New Orgs and Reported Salaries
Jul 20 • 2 min
Happy Monday, today we do a deep dive on Valorant. From breaking beta records to being out on Twitch. We look at the Ignition Series, more and more orgs signing teams and an Esports Observer report about player salaries that was miscontrued across…
FaZe Clan Execs Leave to Form XSET - an Organization Focused on Social Causes
Jul 17 • 3 min
FaZe Clan lost three key executives on Thursday to new company XSET. Greg Selkoe, Wil Eddens and Clinton Sparks all held important roles in FaZe and are now the founders of XSET. In this minute we go into the development, XSET's focus on social good and…
Dota 2’s Omega League and R6 Goes to College
Jul 16 • 2 min
Nope, not covering Dr. Disrespect. While the most information we've had towards his saga, we didn't actually learn anything today (at least as of publishing). I'll cover the news when there is news. Instead, we've got a major move for Dota2 esports as…
OWL Announces Playoff Format and Leaked Email Shows TI Postponed Again
Jul 15 • 2 min
It's no secret that times are tough for any event-based esport. Here's how Activision Blizzard and Valve are navigating these times for the OWL playoffs and The International respectively. To be a sponsor of the Esports Minute and the Esportz Network…
CDL Viewership Surges and GaryV signs Bugha
Jul 14 • 2 min
It's a good day to be GaryV. The popular investor launched a gaming division of his athlete talent agency VaynerSports. His first client will be Fortnite World Cup champion Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf. Over in the CDL, the league saw record viewership for the…
Envy’s New CEO, Getty Images Esports and 100 Thieves Drop
Jul 13 • 1 min
Three topics on this monday edition of the Esports Minute. Here's the hype letdown from 100T, the new guiding force for Envy and Getty's focus in on esports. To be a sponsor of the Esports Minute and the Esportz Network Podcast, please reach out to…
LoL Words Hasn’t Been Cancelled (At Least Not Yet)
Jul 10 • 2 min
China announced that the country has cancelled all international sporting events through 2020 - but that doesn't include League of Legends Worlds. Set to be held across six cities this fall, Worlds will now be contained to a "bubble" in just Shanghai for…
Sony Buys Minority Stake in Epic Games
Jul 9 • 2 min
Epic Games is well-regared as the best investment in esports. Now Sony has bought a small stake for $250M. I dive into the reasons Epic deserves this valuation and why the relationship with Tencent may hamstring further funding rounds. If you enjoyed the…
Ninja Draws Massive Viewers with Non-Exclusive YouTube Stream
Jul 8 • 1 min
Ninja tricked many today by teasing an upcoming YouTube stream. Most people thought it was going to be paired with an announcement that he has signed exclusively with YouTube but according to Slasher, that deal hasn't been done. Instead, he was testing…
CDL Champs Moves Online - Some Players Aren’t Happy
Jul 7 • 2 min
Call of Duty's biggest event in history will now be played online. It's certainly not the ideal situation but given everything going on in the world, is almost certainly the correct one. Still for competitive players, they couldn't help but speak their…
Lando says GG, Caffeine Raises and TI’s Prize Jumps
Jul 6 • 2 min
Three topics on the Esports Minute today. Lando Norris hits his first podium at an F1 race and cements the crossover between sim racing and the real track. Cafeine raises $113M in a Series D funding round but the streaming platforms intentions still…
EVO Cancelled After Accusations Towards Co-Founder Mr. Wizard
Jul 3 • 1 min
EVO has been cancelled after allegations towards co-founder Joey "Mr Wizard" Cuellar went public. Mikey "CrackPr0n" Pham accused Cuellar of betting him 20 dollars on the size of his penis, which included Cuellar going into the stall Pham was in. Pham also…
RIP Byron “Reckful” Bernstein
Jul 2 • 1 min
Rest in Peace Byron "Reckful" Bernstein. This is a sad day for gamers everywhere. Mental health is a serious problem and one I dealt with in the past. I'm here for anyone who sees this and wants to talk. My phone number is 503-477-2966 and email is…
RLCS X, Discord Gets Money and Gamers Go Vote
Jul 1 • 2 min
Another big day for news in esports. Breaking down the new format for Rocket League esports, Discord's massive funding round and an initiative from FaZe Clan and Twitch to get gamers registered to vote. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
Ninja, Jess, XQC, Alinity, DrLupo Wrapped into Drama Over Charity Streams
Jun 30 • 4 min
Tuesday morning was filled with drama from the biggest names in the streaming world. Stemming from DrLupo clearing the air about his role with charity streams for St Judes devolved into Jess (Ninja's wife and manager) accusing XQC of sexism and Alinity…
Rocket League is Changing by Starting with Feeder System
Jun 29 • 2 min
The Field is a new initiative from Psyonix that will give Rocket League on of the clearest ramps into becoming an esports professional. With three divisions under the RLRS, there are now five different leagues offering promotion and relegation to reach…
Method Gaming Fracturing After Accusations Towards Multiple Members of the Company
Jun 26 • 1 min
Method Gaming has come under fire from the gaming community due to inaction after multiple members of the company were accused of predatory behavior. Now Corsair and MSI have dropped the company as a partner. Kotaku article detailing Method Josh's history…
Bend it Like Beckham! Soccer Star Becomes Co-Owner of Esports Org
Jun 25 • 1 min
David Beckham is one of the stars among stars in sports. Now the incredibly accomplished soccer player is the co-owner of an esports organization. The Lords Esports has become Guild Esports and is looking for a funding round. Listen in for the…
Esports MeToo Movement Has Been a Long Time Coming
Jun 24 • 2 min
Gaming has had a reckoning coming for a while. Over the past few days, dozens of women have spoken out about their experiences with discrimination, harassment and, in some cases, rape, by prominent members of gaming and esports communitities. While these…
Complexity, We Are Nations to Create Esports Performance Apparel in “The Lab”
Jun 23 • 1 min
Don't laugh at the idea of esports performance apparel, there's a real opportunity here. Apparel is most important in sports that operate in fractions of a second. Running, cycling, swimming, even bobsledding all rely heavily on equipment. So do gamers…
MIXER GOES DOWN (Facebook Gaming takes control)
Jun 22 • 3 min
Microsoft really went for it. And failed. Less than a year ago Mixer reportedly paid around $30M for Ninja to stream on the platform, a deal that caused shockwaves throughout the streaming world. Many other top streamers signed deals outside of Twitch and…
Twitch to Air Premiere League Matches in UK
Jun 19 • 2 min
Twitch is further expanding their presence in the sports world. With Thursday Night Football last NFL season and now a select group of Premiere League games, Amazon sees an opportunity to expand Twitch further beyond the gaming world. This is a good…
FaZe Clan Acquires Stake in CTRL
Jun 18 • 2 min
Non-compete clauses in sponsorships are common. Here's how CTRL, a product that appears similar to GFUEL, was able to bring on FaZe Clan as a partner because the product sits in a different legal category, despite sharing similarities. If you enjoyed the…
100T Takes on Activision over Warzone Charity event
Jun 17 • 1 min
Some good ole fashioned esports drama as 100 Thieves and Activision Blizzard get into it over a Warzone charity event. Listen in to get the full rundown. Check out 100 Thieves tweet and Slasher's response. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
Epic Games Receives $17B Valuation
Jun 16 • 1 min
So Fortnite is worth a lot of money. According to a report from Bloomberg, Epic Games is set to close a $750M funding round at a valuation of $17B. Here's why the company has become, and stayed, so valuable. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans Adds New Dimension to SimRacing
Jun 12 • 1 min
A quick preview of the upcoming virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans happening this weekend. For a much longer conversation about the event and the rise of SimRacing as a top esports genre, visit the Esportz Network Podcast feed linked below. If you enjoyed the…
Rocket League Esports are Changing Drastically
Jun 11 • 1 min
After 13 teams reached out to Psyonix about the handling of Rocket League esports, the entire esports scene is changing. That's not necessarily Psyonix hearing those complaints but it appears to be a cost-cutting manuever for teams. Check out this article…
Nike, Puma, and Adidas Focus on Esports
Jun 10 • 2 min
There's been a clear push of athletic apparel brands into esports. Nike, Adidas and PUMA have battled for market share in every major sport over the years, now they are turning to esports are the next battleground. Here's a rundown and the possibility of…
Valorant Struggles in Debut on Twitch
Jun 9 • 1 min
The game is finally out to the public… and wayyy less people are watching it. We knew that Riot tying beta access to stream drops had inflated viewership of the game, now we know how much of an impact that had. After its first week on Twitch, Valorant…
Activision Blizzard Investors Pushing for Vote Against CEO Bobby Kotick
Jun 8 • 1 min
Bobby Kotick is one of the longest running CEOs of any major corporation. His spot is not in danger but a public filing urging for a vote against a new bonus shows Activision Blizzard investors aren't necessarily happy with his current compensation. If…
Team Liquid - HUYA Partnership Shows More Collaboration Between East and West
Jun 5 • 2 min
China's esports ecosystem is massive - and mostly self-contained. A recent string of partneerships from HUYA show Chinese companies and western ones have increased ability to form mutually beneficial partnerships in esports. If you enjoyed the podcast,…
A Brazilian Esports Org Racked up 1B Views on YouTube Through Free Fire
Jun 4 • 1 min
Even FaZe Clan hasn't reached this milestone. In just over a year, LOUD, a Brazilian esports organization focused on the game Garena's Free Fire has become the first esports organization to reach one billion views on YouTube according to the Esports…
Esports Teams Speak Out in Support of Protests
Jun 3 • 1 min
America is yet again in a state of protest after a black man was killed by the police. George Floyd's death in Minneapolis has kicked off nationwide protests and esports companies are speaking out in support. Here on the esports minute we support the…
Did one of League’s Best Players Retire?
Jun 1 • 2 min
Just two years ago, Uzi and RNG dominated the League of Legends Pro League. As the best team, in the best league in the most popular esport, it was fair to say Uzi was the biggest esports star in the world. Now, just two years later, he hasn't played in a…
Ninja’s New Fortnite Tournament for Struggling Mixer
May 29 • 1 min
When Mixer spent between 20M and 30M for Ninja in August of 2019, they expected a spike in viewership. With Twitch seeing record numbers as viewers are stuck at home, Mixer's audience increased 0.2% from April 2019 to April 2020. That's abysmal. A new…
Twitch and Doritos Team up for Ten Events
May 28 • 1 min
It's like America's Got Talent mixed with a FACEIT open qualifier. Over the course of ten events sponsored by Doritos, small streamers will have a chance to make it big by winning events and impressing viewers. This is just one more way Twitch is bringing…
Bye Bye Blizzcon
May 27 • 1 min
Blizzcon has officially been cancelled. Even though the event wasn't scheduled until November, Activision Blizzard didn't waste any time in shutting it down. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For…
Riot Games Changes the Game for League of Legends Sponsors
May 26 • 1 min
Riot Games recent addition of in-game banners for League of Legends brand partners is one of the most interesting - and most lucrative - branded opportunities esports has ever seen. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes…
Renegades CEO Breaking Finance Rules
May 22 • 2 min
Renegades CEO has been accused of breaking laws surrounding his job at Merrill Lynch while also running an esports organization. He's facing a 21-month suspension and $15,000 fine. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday…
R6 Esports is Emulating League of Legends
May 21 • 1 min
R6 Esports is trying to model League of Legends. With the announcement of a new regional league in Europe, its clear that the four regional leagues for R6 will operate in a similar way to the global League of Legends structure. Riot has been incredibly…
The Race to Join the LCK
May 20 • 1 min
Esports teams have a chance to become long-term partners of the LCK. The lone holdout among the major League of Legends region, Riot is finally opening up the league to prospective teams. Here's who has already applied. If you enjoyed the podcast, please…
CDL Adds Warzone Event, Changes Champs
May 19 • 2 min
The CDL announced some big changes today. The playoffs have been expanded to twelve teams from the original eight and this weekend a new event will take place as all the CDL teams compete in Warzone. It's not part of the actual league standings but still…
T1 Wants to Dominate ALL of Riot Games’ Esports
May 18 • 1 min
Faker's SKT is the most dominant League of Legends team of all time. Now rebranded to T1 Sports & Entertainment, the company hasn't had a clear direction outside of dominating League. A new partnership with esports analytics company Mobalytics seems to…
Rocket League Organizations Aren’t Happy with Epic Games
May 15 • 2 min
Thirteen of the biggest organizations in Rocket League have sent a letter highlighting their issues with Epic Games' handling of the esports scene. Key concerns over prize money distribution, ownership of slots and clear communication threaten an esport…
Blast Secures Crucial Cash
May 14 • 1 min
Blast has got some money to play with. As esports tournament organizers deal with tough times amisdst the coronavirus, Blast has 13.5M reasons to feel a bit safer today. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through…
FACEIT Takes Control of Rainbow Six Esports
May 13 • 1 min
FACEIT is now running the R6 NA League. The company will have full control over the entire R6 esports ecosystem as the growing esport deals with its first major speedbump on the pathway to becoming tier one. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
Sleeper Extends to Fantasy League of Legends, Raises $20M
May 12 • 1 min
Sleeper has quickly become a major player in the fantasy sports world. This morning, the company announced a $20M funding round with backers like Kevin Durant and Juju Smith-Schuster. They are also expanding to season-long League of Legends fantasy…
Engine Media Combines Five Companies, Promises Unique Content
May 11 • 2 min
Five major companies have come together to form Engine Media. Torque Esports is the parent company of Stream Hatchet, UMG, and Eden Games. Combining with Frankly and WinView, the new company intends to create unique digital content. If you enjoyed the…
Twitch Adds New Feature for Streamers
May 8 • 1 min
Twitch's new Watch Parties feature will give streamers the ability to access a curated section of Amazon Primes catalog of movies and TV shows. While not explicitly esports, this feature will give gaming streamers a wider range of content and shows…
Activision Blizzard Focuses on Esports Betting
May 7 • 1 min
Activision Blizzard has tapped SportRadar to monitor integrity issues in the companies franchised esports leagues. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
Vancouver Titans Release Entire Roster
May 6 • 1 min
Just eight months ago, Sinatraa led the San Francisco Shock to a win over Haksu and the Vancouver Titans in the OWL Grand Finals. Sinatraa left the Shock last week but the Titans one-upped them by releasing their entire roster. Here's what went down. If…
The NBA 2K League is on ESPN
May 5 • 2 min
The NBA 2K League has struggled with gaining viewers over the last two seasons. With the coronavirus shutting sports down, the NBA 2K League is going from Twitch obscurity to the biggest sports channel on the planet. Let's see how this goes. If you…
The Latest Major Esports Organization Had a Weird Launch
May 4 • 2 min
Oxygen Esports is set to be a big esports organization. By acquiring the rosters of Team Reciprocity, they have top teams in the highest levels of Hearthstone, Rainbow Six and Rocket League. But the launch today led to a barren website and a shutdown…
The International and Fortnite World Cup postponed / cancelled
Apr 30 • 1 min
$65M in prizes were awarded for the Fortnite World Cup and The International in 2019. Both events were either cancelled or postponed today. Both intend to return in 2021. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through…
Breaking Down Esports on Broadcast TV
Apr 29 • 2 min
Covid-19 has provided an interesting case study in what esports are successful on broadcast TV. I provide a brief overview of the numbers but head over to the Esportz Network Podcast feed below for an in-depth dive into the metrcis with Manny Anekal. If…
OWL MVP Moves to Valorant
Apr 28 • 2 min
Well if there was ever a clear indication of the struggles of the OWL, the league MVP retiring, moving organizations and decalring intentions to compete in a game without an esports system yet is a strong indicator. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate…
Fortnite’s Travis Scott Concert Was Insane
Apr 27 • 2 min
Epic Games did it again. Fortnite's Travis Scott concert redefined what is possible in a video game world and was viewed by over 27 million unique players. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more…
MSI Has been Cancelled
Apr 23 • 1 min
MSI can't go on as planned. Is Worlds next? If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The Esports Network Podcast. Follow Mitch on Twitter…
CS:GO Conflict of Interest Poses Problems
Apr 22 • 1 min
Valve has another case of conflict of interest in CS:GO, but the company went a different route than last year's decision that split up Astralis. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth…
Games Done Quick Raises Money for COVID-19 Relief
Apr 20 • 1 min
Is speedrunning technically an esport? Maybe so, maybe not, either way what Games Done Quick did on short notice was awesome to see. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check…
FaZe Clan’s Investors Highlight a Smart Esports Strategy
Apr 17 • 2 min
FaZe Clan is damn smart. The investors in the FaZe's recent $40 million funding round show the star power that has has put FaZe on one of the best paths in esports. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday.…
BMW Partners with Five Major Esports Orgs
Apr 16 • 1 min
BMW went all in on esports. The luxury car brand signed deals with all the biggest esports organizations in League of Legends. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our…
Valorant Esports Will be Community Run - For Now
Apr 15 • 1 min
Valorant esports are being opened up to the community. Small, medium and large tournaments will be held by whoever is approved by Riot until the developer takes esports competitions in house which is only a matter of time. If you enjoyed the podcast,…
Riot Unveils TFT Esports Structure
Apr 14 • 2 min
TeamFight Tactics finally has some real structure as an esport. For League of Legends fans, it will look awfully similar. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our…
eMLS Has the Best Athlete Gaming Event Yet
Apr 13 • 1 min
eMLS announced an expansive new series that features many of the top players. Here's why it will be the most popular athlete gaming event to date. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth…
Valorant is Already Massive
Apr 9 • 1 min
Few games have ever made the splash across esports that Riot Games' Valorant has made in the closed beta phase. With records breaking on streaming networks, Riot is wasting no time in talking with esports organizations. If you enjoyed the podcast, please…
ESPN is Broadcasting LCS Spring Split Playoffs
Apr 8 • 1 min
Another important step for esports on TV. Riot Games and ESPN have announced a deal to air the LCS Spring Split playoffs on ESPN 2 and the ESPN App. This is a big move for both ESPN and League. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New…
Intel World Open is Postponed
Apr 7 • 1 min
The Olympics not-official but kinda-official esports event has been postponed along with the main games. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The…
The Call of Duty League is Coming Back
Apr 6 • 1 min
One of the final major esports competitions to go online has announced a new schedule. What was supposed to be a pivotal season for Call of Duty esports was complicated by COVID-19, but competitions are finally coming back. If you enjoyed the podcast,…
ESPN is Airing 12 Hours of Esports on Sunday
Apr 3 • 2 min
For my birthday, ESPN gave me a great gift: 12 hours of esports. I break down the entire rundown and the choices ESPN made in terms of coverage. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth…
The OWL May be Coming Back to TV in Absence of Sports
Apr 2 • 1 min
SBJ's Adam Stern is reporting that Activision Blizzard is in talks with broadcast partners to bring OWL games back to linear TV. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out…
Japan is Finally Embracing Esports
Apr 1 • 1 min
The Japan Times is reporting the country is going to invest heavily in esports over the next five years. This is good news for fans of fighting games, mobile games and, of course, Nintendo. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New…
The NBA is Trying to Copy Nascar Esports
Mar 31 • 1 min
The NBA is trying to copy the model that Nascar has found a lot of success with. After Nascar has broken records in two consecutive weeks with broadcasts, NBA wants to do the same. A players-only tournament over ten days will provide an interesting…
ESL and DreamHack Are Being Hit Hard by COVID-19
Mar 30 • 1 min
MTG, the parent company of ESL and DreamHack, announced it is cutting a lot of costs due to lost business from the Coronavirus. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our…
League of Legends Deals with Matchfixing
Mar 27 • 1 min
While DraftKings pushes esports betting forward, a matchfixing scandal in the LPL shows some of the dangers still lurking. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our…
Esports Betting Makes a Big Step Forward
Mar 26 • 2 min
Esports betting is primed for a big opportunity as traditional sports disappear due to COVID-19. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The Esports…
The US Navy Signs a Unique Deal with Evil Geniuses
Mar 25 • 1 min
The US Armed Forces have sponsored a lot of esports teams but nothing quite like this deal between Navy and EG. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
NASCAR Takes Pole Position in Race to Put Esports on TV
Mar 24 • 2 min
There's a new leader for the most watched esports event on linear TV. Nascar. While not a major esport, the racing league pivoted quickly to esports and saw a ton of success with the broadcast last Sunday. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
F1 Shows How Traditional Sports Can Use Esports
Mar 23 • 1 min
Formula One's virtual grand prix was a huge success. Featuring celebrities, pro drivers and streamers, the Formula One was able to be one of the top esports events over the last weekend. By taking the schedule online and embracing esports, F1 is showing…
Pro Sports Teams are Turning to Esports
Mar 20 • 2 min
Pro sports institutions are turning to esports. Broadcasts, teams and players are all moving to video games with the outbreak of COVID-19. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news…
Gamers Are Uniting Against COVID-19
Mar 19 • 1 min
Gamers are fighting back against misinformation around COVID-19. GamervsCovid19 is a pledge that has most major esports organizations signed up. Gamers around the industry are also doing what they can to educate the public. If you enjoyed the podcast,…
SonicFox Has Found a New Team
Mar 18 • 1 min
The five-time EVO Champion is bringing the title of "best FGC player in the world" over to a new organization. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
The LCS and LEC Weren’t Suspended Long
Mar 17 • 1 min
Just a few days after Riot Games announced the indefinite suspensions of the LCS, LEC and LCK due to COVID-19, the LCS and LEC are coming back. Both leagues will resume play online this weekend with the LCK on a timeline to return around the end of march.…
Riot suspends LEC, LCS, and LCK indefinitely due to Coronavirus
Mar 16 • 2 min
In light of a recent guidance by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) limiting gatherings to under 50 people, Riot's plan to move most competitive League of Legends events to studio based broadcasts is out the window. While the LEC, LCS and…
The Sports World is Burning Down Opening up Esports Opportunities
Mar 12 • 2 min
Everything in the traditional sports world was cancelled today, now esports could be tapped to fill in the gaps. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
OWL and E3 are the Latest Coronavirus Cancellations
Mar 11 • 1 min
All of esports has been hammered by the Coronavirus but the OWL and E3 may see longer lasting effects than just a some cancelled events. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news…
2K is Coming Back to the NFL
Mar 10 • 1 min
After 16 long years, 2K is finally licensed by the NFL to make new games - as long as they are non-simulation. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
Five Women Who Won Big in Esports Last Year
Mar 9 • 3 min
In honor of International Women's Day, here are five women that had massive success in esports over the last year. From Hearthstone to Fortnite to Pokemon, these women proved that esports is the truly level playing field between genders. If you enjoyed…
CoronaVirus Update - Multiple Events Forced to be Cancelled
Mar 6 • 2 min
The Coronavirus is spreading around the globe. Over 100,00 confirmed cases and many more unconfirmed with the death count nearing 5,000. Esports companies around the world have been forced to move online with events, issuing refunds to players and fans.…
Pokimane Signs Exclusive Streaming Deal
Mar 5 • 1 min
Twitch is doing a great job shutting off the streaming talent pipline to other sites. Pokimane is a huge get with nearly four million followers, the most for a female streamer on Twitch. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes…
A Conversation with Michal ‘CARMAC’ Blicharz on CS:GO
Mar 4 • 1 min
A preview of a conversation on the Esportz Network Podcast feed with Michal 'CARMAC' Blicharz. We talk about the decision from the regional polish government to prevent the audience from attending IEM Katowice, the viewership record, Navi's dominant run,…
Smash World Tour Promises to Bring Stability to Smash Esports - Without Nintendo
Mar 3 • 1 min
It's a miracle Super Smash Bros has succeeded as an esport despite Nintendo's aggressive lack of interest in the esports scene. Still, the longstanding esport will have true structure thanks to the Smash World Tour. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate…
How Will Valorant Change Esports?
Mar 2 • 1 min
Valorant is the much-anticipated FPS title from Riot Games, but how will it actually change the esports scene? If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
No Audience Allowed for IEM Katowice due to Coronavirus Concerns
Feb 27 • 1 min
It was a sad day in Katowice, Poland as thousands of fans learned they wouldn't be able to attend IEM Katowice after the regional government decided the event posed too much of a health risk. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New…
Valve is Actually Building up Dota 2 Esports
Feb 26 • 1 min
Valve has traditionally taken a hands-off approach to esports. Not anymore, a new series of regional leagues will push Dota 2 into one of the more built out esports in the world. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday…
Why the US Armed Forces are Targeting Esports
Feb 25 • 1 min
The US Armed Forces have quickly become one of the biggest esports sponsors. The Army, Navy and Air Force have all partnered with various esports teams and leagues while creating their own rosters. The goal is to reach the esports demo, one of the Armed…
More Esports Events Cancelled Due to CoronaVirus
Feb 24 • 1 min
The CoronaVirus is not slowing down and more events have been cancelled. On the horizon, the Tokyo Olympics and League of Legends Worlds both are in danger as well. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday.…
ESL and DreamHack Announce CSGO Louvre Agreement
Feb 18 • 1 min
A few weeks ago, FLASHPOINT seemed poised to become a major player in the CSGO world. Now, not so much. DreamHack and ESL have announced a joint venture they are calling the Louvre Agreement after the famous French museum. The new league includes 24 teams…
Money Monday - Regional Sponsors
Feb 17 • 2 min
On this Money Monday we look at the increased opportunity for regional sponsors in the Call of Duty and Overwatch Leagues. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our…
OWL and CDL Broadcast Rights Valued at $160M
Feb 14 • 1 min
Activision Blizzard's OWL and CDL broadcast rights have a combined valuation of $160M over three years according to the Sports Business Journal. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth…
Drake Signs Deal with Caffeine
Feb 12 • 1 min
Caffeine is carving out the their niche in the streaming platform by targeting rappers and athletes. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The…
Current Esports Tier List
Feb 11 • 2 min
The Esports Observer has released the companies esports tier list from the last quarter of 2019. Here's where the biggest esports stand when stacked up head to head. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through…
Money Monday - Regional Partners, Broadcast Deals and More
Feb 10 • 1 min
Regional partnerships are heating up as the Dallas Fuel and Toronto Defiant grab regional delivery services. These are new partners to the esports space who have found an entry point through the regionalization of the Call of Duty and Overwatch Leagues.…
Revenues Drop for Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft and Take Two Interactive
Feb 7 • 2 min
A bunch of esports developers released earnings reports recently and none of them held particulary good news. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast…
FaZe Clan is Bringing a Reality TV Show to Quibi
Feb 6 • 1 min
An unreleased mobile content platform is bringing in a reality/competition show with FaZe Clan. FaZe Up will pit six gamers head to head for cash and a chance to join FaZe. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through…
FlashPoint Promises to Shake up CS:GO World
Feb 5 • 1 min
The mysterious B Site was announced as a new CS:GO tournament series called FlashPoint this morning. Backers include Thorin and MonteCristo as talent and Cloud9 and MiBR as leading teams. Check out Esportz Network linked below for a more in-depth recap of…
Playstation Expands Esports Tournaments
Feb 4 • 1 min
PlayStation is expanding the companies esports tournament series. With new announcements of Soul Caliber and NBA 2K joining renewed seasons of FIFA 20 and Mortal Kombat, Playstation is making sure they have plenty of esports tournaments available. In…
Money Monday - FaZe, ProGuides and Rocket League
Feb 3 • 1 min
Money Monday's leading story is a big loan for FaZe Clan but we also had some new brand partnerships including a top-tier brand for the Pittsburgh Knights. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more…
Overwatch League is Forcing Hero Bans
Jan 30 • 2 min
The Overwatch League is forcing some diversity into the meta this year. We break down the positives and negatives of this choice. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out…
CS:GO’s ‘B Site’ is Challenging the EPL
Jan 29 • 1 min
CS:GO has a new challenger appear. B Site, the codename given to a new CS:GO league, is preparing to challenge ESL's EPL for the top CS:GO league. We don't know much except for a stacked broadcast talent roster, two teams and a press conference next week.…
The Coronavirus is Impacting Esports
Jan 28 • 1 min
A deadly disease that originated in China and has already killed over 130 people is causing esports events in Asia to be postponed or outright canceled. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more…
Money Monday - LEC, LCS, CDL and a Cash App Compound
Jan 27 • 3 min
Money Monday is back after a hiatus so I could move to Las Vegas. We are back on our daily schedule starting with an absolutely jam packed Money Monday episode. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For…
Activision Blizzard is in Trouble
Dec 31, 2019 • 3 min
2020 was supposed to see Activision Blizzard usher in a new era of esports. Recent news has both the OWL and CDL on shaky ground as we turn into 2020. The CDL changed format on Christmas Eve and announced some scheduled games would be dropped. In the OWL,…
The Golden Guardians are Gaining Games
Dec 20, 2019 • 1 min
The Golden State Warriors esports franchise is expanding to three new titles. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The Esports Network Podcast.…
Riot Games Releases Insane 2019 Stats Showing Popularity of LoL
Dec 19, 2019 • 2 min
League of Legends is popular. That you already knew. But just how popular? According to one stat the LoL Worlds Finals were 20x more popular than the OWL finals. Here are some more insane stats from the 2019 LoL year. If you enjoyed the podcast, please…
ESL and Dreamhack are Coming to TV
Dec 18, 2019 • 1 min
If you haven't cut the cord yet, more esports are coming to TV! If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The Esports Network Podcast. Follow Mitch on…
Tencent Helps Form Global Esports Federation
Dec 17, 2019 • 3 min
The Global Esports Federation (GEF) was founded in Singapore and backed by Tencent. The goal of the federation is to unite global esports under one organization but that will likely prove quite difficult. For esports to be formally included in the…
Money Monday - Big Raises and Fortnite Star Wars
Dec 16, 2019 • 2 min
It's Money Monday on the esports minute! Three companies announced raises in the last week, Star Wars had some hiccups in Fortnite and more on today's episode. New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The…
Evil Geniuses Changes Logo and Alex Garfield Has Some Words
Dec 13, 2019 • 1 min
EG, one of the oldest brands in esports, has changed the companies logo. As with most redesigns in esports (or anything for that matter) the initial response was not strong. Now usually those detractors fade away quickly, but when the original founder of…
Dreamhack Sports Games Announced
Dec 12, 2019 • 1 min
Sports simulation games just got a key endoresment from Dreamhack. The company renowned for tournament organizing will be helping build out the sports simulation world with this new division. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New…
Twitch Fires Back With Three Major Streamers
Dec 11, 2019 • 1 min
G2 Esports is moving to the Big Apple and the Twitch monopoly won't go down without a fight. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The Esports…
Dreamhack 2020 Schedule Released
Dec 10, 2019 • 1 min
On a day filled with esports news, here are two of the biggest stories to know about. Dreamhack's 2020 schedule has been released and will feature 11 competitions, four in North America, six in Europe and one in India. Check out the full schedule. Also…
Money Monday - Dr. Disrespect, Hot Wheels and More
Dec 9, 2019 • 2 min
It's Doc week on the esports minute as the popular streamer had a host of new deals go through. An apparel line, appearance in a new CoD event and a new TV show headline a crazy week for the top streamer. In rapid fire, exlusive partnerships, chair deals…
Four Highlights From the Esports Observer 2019 Survey
Dec 6, 2019 • 1 min
The Esports Observer has released the companies 2019 survey of esports executives. Mitch highlights four key points and the whole report can be downloaded for free. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday.…
Epic Prize Pools and Riot Forge
Dec 5, 2019 • 1 min
Epic Games is still throwing out Scrooge McDuck style cash and Riot Games is hoping to get ahead of lucrative mods with a new initiative. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news…
Media Rights Deals in Esports
Dec 4, 2019 • 2 min
A report from China details a $113 million three-year deal for the rights to the League of Legends Pro League.. This gives us a great chance to look into media rights deals across esports. Here's more reading from Miles Yim at the Washington Post on…
Riot Games Pays $10 Million in Class Action Lawsuit
Dec 3, 2019 • 2 min
Riot Games has settled with the two women who brought forth a class action lawsuit last year alleging violations of California's Equal Pay act. Pending court approval, the lawsuit will pay out $10 million to approximately 1,000 women who have worked for…
Money Monday - DouYu’s Revenue Up but Still Booking Losses
Dec 2, 2019 • 1 min
It's Money Monday on the esports minute and with Thanksgiving week few big deals were brokered, but we do have two eight figure deals to highlight. GenVid has closed a massive funding round and Douyu reported some intereting Q3 stats. Read up on the…
2020: The Year of the Auto Battler
Nov 26, 2019 • 2 min
With a new tournament series from Fandom for TeamFight Tactics, we explore where autobattlers came from and why they are poised to be the hot new esport in 2020. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday.…
Money Monday - Gillette, Orange and Campbells
Nov 25, 2019 • 1 min
Money Monday is back. In today's episode, Fifa's biggest brand yet, new retail locations and Hungrybox in a major ad. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
Disguised Toast Moves to FB Gaming
Nov 22, 2019 • 1 min
Well we have another exclusive streamer deal, and its not one people were expecting. Disguised Toast becomes the latest major streamer to sign a new deal which isn't suprising, but his choice of platforms is. Facebook Gaming has very little traffic and no…
LoL Viewership Keeps Increasing
Nov 21, 2019 • 1 min
League of Legends is only continuing to grow. New stats from Newzoo show an insane growth rate with Worlds seeing a 40% increase YoY. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check…
Cloud 9 Fined $175k by the LCS
Nov 20, 2019 • 1 min
Cloud 9 ran afoul of the LCS contract rules and is going to have to pay for it. Listen in for why Cloud 9 will owe $175k up front and even more when all is said and done. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through…
Google’s Stadia Launch Falls Flat
Nov 19, 2019 • 1 min
Google's Stadia promised to shake up the gaming world, on launch it appears to be a meme at best. While more features will roll out, Stadia will have a tough time challenging Sony and Microsoft's new consoles this winter. If you enjoyed the podcast,…
Money Monday - Brands at LoL Worlds
Nov 18, 2019 • 2 min
The Esports Minute is back! After taking a week off for travel around LoL Worlds, I'm back to take a belated look at the all the brands who were present in Paris. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday.…
Esports Pioneers Launch Juked.gg
Nov 7, 2019 • 1 min
A new company is coming out called Juked.gg. A home for schedules and match replays, Juked was founded by Ben 'FishStix' Goldhaber and Chris Chan, two pioneers of the gaming industry. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes…
CouRage Goes Exclusive with YouTube
Nov 6, 2019 • 1 min
The other streaming wars are in full effect. CouRage has signed with YouTube and it is officially a free-for-all to pick up the biggest streamers. Here's how the talent agency behind them kicked off this bidding war: If you enjoyed the podcast, please…
G2 vs. Fun Plus Phoenix in the LoL Worlds Finals
Nov 4, 2019 • 1 min
G2 vs FPP. EU vs China. LEC vs LPL. After over a month of hard fought competition, we are down to two. Here's how G2 and Fun Plus Phoenix reached this point. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For…
Overwatch 2 Announced at Blizzcon
Nov 1, 2019 • 2 min
Activision Blizzard dropped a bombshell of an announcement on Friday at Blizzcon detailing Overwatch's impending sequel. Overwatch 2 will introduce a unique multiplayer structure that will keep fans of the game around as Overwatch players won't need to…
The Astralis Group Announces IPO
Oct 31, 2019 • 1 min
Few esports companies are publicly traded with the most notable being developers in EA and Activision Blizzard. Now, for the first time, a major esports organization with top-tier teams is set to go public. The Astralis Group owns Astralis in CS:GO, one…
MLG Founders Announce New Esports Production Company
Oct 30, 2019 • 1 min
MLG Founders Michael Sepso, Sundance Giovanni and Adam Apicella have announced a new esports production company called Esports Engine. With the goal of taking MLG's standard of live events in esports and partnering with various clients, Esports Engine…
True Damage - Riot’s Latest Musical Act
Oct 29, 2019 • 1 min
Riot is back on the music scene this time trading KPOP for Hip Hop. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly podcast The Esports Network Podcast. Follow Mitch…
Money Monday - ESL One Hamburg
Oct 28, 2019 • 1 min
Looking at the brands involved with ESL One Hamburg and the unique ways they connect with the esports audience. McDonalds, Mercedes-Benz and DHL are all featured. To learn more about how ESL works with brands, be sure to check out the Esportz Network…
Modern Warfare is Out and the OpTic Feud is On
Oct 25, 2019 • 1 min
Modern Warfare has released to mixed reviews and the game for the new season of the CDL will be examined with intense scrutiny. On the CDL side, LA OpTic released team branding and NRG was ready for it. Just hours after the announcement went live, NRG…
Shroud Moves to Mixer and the Streaming Platform Battle is On
Oct 24, 2019 • 1 min
Ninja has company on Mixer and the streaming platform war is heating up. Shroud is a massive hit, his audience tunes in for Shroud, not just any one game and that means viewers will struggle to replace his hours watched with other Twitch streamers. If you…
Legal Tender Tuesday - Tencent, Fnatic, Luminosity
Oct 22, 2019 • 1 min
Tencent takes majority of Supercell, Luminosity gets a new betting partner and Fnatic focuses in on India in this episode of Legal Tender Tuesday. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth…
League of Legends Worlds Quarterfinals - NA Goes Home, Predictions
Oct 21, 2019 • 3 min
The League of Legends Worlds Group Stage has finally concluded. Three disheartened North American teams faced long flights back across the Atlantic. In a year where people thought we would see the first western champion since Season One, Europe's teams…
New CDL Details Come Out
Oct 18, 2019 • 1 min
2020 is going to be esports most important year to date. Activision Blizzard will see if there is true demand for a home-and-away format in esports. If the OWL and CDL work, esports organizations will finally have a revenue stream that they have…
What Riot Games Announcements Mean for Esports - Part Two
Oct 17, 2019 • 2 min
In Part One, we ran through all the different announcements Riot Games made and still went over 90 seconds without adding any context. This episode dives into what these new games actually mean to their respective communities. Long story short, CS:GO,…
Riot Games Huge Announcement That Will Change Esports- Part One
Oct 16, 2019 • 1 min
Riot Games went off. On the tenth anniversary for League of Legends, the developer decided they want to just own all the esports. The company announced, among other things, a fighting game, a tactical shooter, a card game, a board game, an MMO, Netflix…
Bjergsen Becomes Part Owner of TSM
Oct 15, 2019 • 1 min
One of the most famous faces in western esports has signed a unique new deal to stay part of TSM. Bjergsen has led the TSM LoL team for the last six years and a contract extension is keeping him with the team through 2021 and into the future as he became…
Money Monday - New VC Firm, Axe, Dominos and More
Oct 14, 2019 • 1 min
We are back with Money Monday and have plenty of news to cover from new a VC firm, a couple of investment rounds and a bunch of companies aligning with League of Legends as Worlds is now in full-swing. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
Call of Duty Mobile Launch Becomes Biggest Mobile Game Launch of All Time
Oct 11, 2019 • 1 min
Call of Duty went mobile and fans responded in droves. The game was downloaded over 100 million times in the first week after release, shattering previous records. They did those numbers without a Chinese release, despite the game being developed by a…
Rainbow Six Brings in $1.45 Million in Tourism Revenue to Raleigh, NC
Oct 10, 2019 • 1 min
Esports events bring in large groups of tourism but the economic impact of the events usually isn't released. Raleigh, North Carolina pulled back the curtain on the amount of revenue generated by the esports event for the city and emphasized how…
Fortnite Accused of Being as Addictive as Cocaine in New Lawsuit
Oct 9, 2019 • 1 min
A new lawsuit filed in a Montreal court alleges that Fortnite is as addictive and harmful as cocaine. While clearly farfetched, Epic Games will need to respond to the allegations at some point in the next month. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and…
Activision Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player for Supporting Hong Kong Protests
Oct 8, 2019 • 1 min
A Hearthstone player from Hong Kong has been suspended and his tournament winnings revoked by Activision Blizzard for voicing support of the ongoing Hong Kong protests. The Hearthstone community has responded with criticism towards Activision Blizzard for…
Fortnite Players Association Formed
Oct 7, 2019 • 1 min
Player's assosciations in esports are few and far between, despite being an important part of working out fair deals between players and leagues. 16 Fortnite pros have recently formed the new Fortnite Players Assosciation to voice concerns over Epic…
Fifa is Becoming a Relevant Esports Fifa 20 Global Series
Oct 4, 2019 • 1 min
Sports simulation games get a bad rep in the esports world. Many of them see huge investments through traditional sports organizations but don't have any viewership to back them up. Fifa is the closest to becoming a major esport and this new global series…
San Francisco Shock Become OWL Season 2 Champions
Oct 1, 2019 • 1 min
The Shock shocked absolutely no one with their dominant sweep in the OWL Finals. While the Vancouver Titans were a talented team, no one seemed to be able to match up against the Shock led by league MVP Sinatraa. If you want to learn more about the Shock…
Money Monday - Brands at TwitchCon
Sep 30, 2019 • 1 min
The TwitchCon floor was packed with interesting brands working to connect with the gaming audience. Here's what State Farm, Totino's, MAC Cosmetics and more were doing at the event. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes…
NRG Sends Topflight CS:GO Team to Evil Geniuses
Sep 25, 2019 • 1 min
In a shocking move, NRG Esports has sent their CS:GO team over to EG. Fresh off a semi-final appearance at the StarLadder Berlin Major, NRG's squad is ranked 4th in the world according to HLTV. This is likely the cost of Activision Blizzard's franchised…
Louis Vuitton partners with League of Legends
Sep 24, 2019 • 1 min
In one of the more surprising esports partnerships of 2019, iconic French fashion house Louis Vuitton is becoming a partner with League of Legends. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more…
Money Monday - Brands at the OWL Finals
Sep 23, 2019 • 2 min
There are nine different major companies bringing their brands to the OWL Finals this weekend in Philadelphia. Here are what companies like Toyota, State Farm and Coca-Cola are doing for the event. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe!…
Call of Duty Goes Mobile, League of Legends New Logo
Sep 20, 2019 • 1 min
Call of Duty is expanding to mobile, an interesting new initaitve for the wildly popular Activision Blizzard franchise. Also, League of Legends celebrates the game's tenth anniversary with a new logo - that everyone promptly hated. If you enjoyed the…
PlayVS Announces $50 Million Series C
Sep 19, 2019 • 1 min
PlayVS is making a move to become the home of amatuer esports in the US. With this new funding round, they are going nationwide with 13,000 schools on the waiting list for varsity esports programs. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe!…
Esports Startup VENN Promises to Change Esports Content
Sep 18, 2019 • 1 min
VENN is a new company from longtime esports executives that is bringing the cable news format over to the esports and gaming worlds. The company announced a $17 million seed round earlier this week. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe!…
Chicago CoD Becomes Most Popular Team in CDL After Signing Hecz
Sep 17, 2019 • 1 min
Few people are as iconic in the Call of Duty esports scene as Hector "Hecz" Rodriguez. The chief architect of the Green Wall, Hecz has had a rocky road over the last two years as OpTic Gaming was bought out by Infinite Esports and Entertainment before…
Money Monday - Enthusiasts Gaming, Azteca Deportes
Sep 16, 2019 • 1 min
No major brands announced big esports initiatives over the past week, but we did see a new parent company poised to dominate the PNW for years to come. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more…
CDL Finally Announces Last Three Franchise Cities
Sep 13, 2019 • 2 min
The CDL has finally been filled out. Even though free agency started at the beginning of this month, everyone has been waiting to hear where the last three franchises would be located. The final result: Chicago - NRG Esports (SF Shock and many more teams)…
TSM is Creating a New Facility in Los Angeles
Sep 12, 2019 • 2 min
TSM's new 25,000 sq ft facility in LA will be the new headquarters of one of the most recognizable esports organizations on the planet. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check…
The Olympics and Intel Partner on New Esports Event
Sep 11, 2019 • 2 min
Intel and The Olympics are joining forces to hold Rocket League and Street Fighter competitions in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth…
Twitch is Moving Towards the Traditional Sports World
Sep 10, 2019 • 1 min
As esports grows into a global phenonmenon intertwined with traditional sports, the premiere esports broadcaster wants a piece of that action. Twitch has now done deals with a variety of traditional sports leagues including NBA Summer League, NFL's…
Money Monday - Nike, Puma, and Red Bull
Sep 9, 2019 • 1 min
A packed Money Monday as we enter the fall. Nike released team kit's for the LPL, Puma signed another esports org and Red Bull and G2 reupped their partnership. Five rapid fire deals brings this episode up to eight pieces of news in just 100 seconds. If…
What to Watch this Weekend in Esports
Sep 6, 2019 • 1 min
League of Legends, CS:GO, Halo and DreamHack, this weekend will have esports events for everyone. Here's what you need to be paying attention to as the weekend gets underway. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday…
Most Influential People in Esports + New Smash Character
Sep 5, 2019 • 1 min
A preview of an Esportz Network Podcast covering the top 100 most influential people in esports as compiled by Weekly.gg. Also Banjo-Kazooie is finally added to Smash Bros Ultimate after fan support for over a decade. If you enjoyed the podcast, please…
ISFE Creates Esports Branch, OWL Viewership
Sep 4, 2019 • 1 min
A new esports branch of the Interactive Software Federation of Europe will represent competitive gaming in European institutions. And, the OWL releases viewership stats from season two that show a league trending in the right direction. If you enjoyed the…
Legal Tender Tuesday - eUnited, Kellogg’s, HyperX
Sep 3, 2019 • 1 min
I took Monday off to enjoy Labor Day so Money Monday has become Legal Tender Tuesday for this week. While many people were enjoying the holiday, esports news hardly slowed down. In this episode we talk about OWL's new presenting sponsor on broadcasts, a…
Adam Apicella is Leaving MLG Before CDL
Aug 30, 2019 • 1 min
Another day, another red flag for the upcoming Call of Duty League. This time it is long-time MLG employee Adam Apicella announcing he is leaving Activision Blizzard. Apicella was the first employee hired by the company after it was founded in 2003. As…
100 Thieves Not Joining Inaugural CDL Season
Aug 29, 2019 • 1 min
One of the most beloved Call of Duty organizations in the game is not going to be competing in the new franchised league next season. Founded by former Call of Duty champion Nadeshot, 100 Thieves is a fan favorite. Many of the organizations with the…
Ninja signs Massive Deal with Adidas
Aug 28, 2019 • 1 min
Adidas has made a major move in gaming by signing a deal with Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins. The Fortnite streamer has built up a massive audience over the past two years and now is one of the most recognizable faces in gaming. Here's what you need to know about…
Activision Blizzard’s Stock Price Soars with WoW Classic Release
Aug 27, 2019 • 1 min
WoW Classic released Monday night and over one million people were watching the game on Twitch at one point. As a result, when the stock market opened on Tuesday morning, Activision Blizzard climbed 6% on a day when most companies were in the red. This is…
Money Monday - Xfinity, Dos Toros, DrLupo
Aug 26, 2019 • 1 min
Here are the biggest esports deals that went down over the last seven days. Xfinity has signed a deal with the Overwatch League to be a presenting partner of the event. In Europe, a major deal was struck for the future of motorsport simulation esports and…
What is Going on With the Farming Simulator League?
Aug 23, 2019 • 1 min
Yes the Farming Simulator League is exactly what it sounds like and no, it's not as crazy as you might think. Learn everything you need to know about the league and the major sponsors on board by hopping over to the Esportz Network Podcast feed linked…
The 100th Esports Minute - What Esportz Network is
Aug 22, 2019 • 1 min
We go meta on the 100th episode of the Esports Minute and bring you behind the scenes of Esportz Network. Our website has officially launched and promises to be one of the best sites for esports news across the world. We have a comprehensive event…
Madden Esports and New Call of Duty Rules
Aug 21, 2019 • 1 min
This Esports minute is split into two parts, the first is a preview of a conversation with Zac Neal about all things Madden esports, second are some new rules laid out by Activision Blizzard for the 2020 Call of Duty season. That Madden Esports podcast…
Two New Teams Are Joining the Call of Duty Esports League
Aug 20, 2019 • 1 min
Two more ownership groups for the Overwatch League have announced teams in the Call of Duty Esports League. Florida and a second Los Angeles franchise will be joining the new league next season, that brings the total team number up to nine. We are still…
Money Monday - Pringles, Zoomph, Offset
Aug 19, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us throughwhere the money was moving in the past week of esports deals. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
A Big Esports Weekend is Coming Up
Aug 16, 2019 • 1 min
Many of the biggest esports in the world are involved in massive events this weekend. The Call of Duty Championships, The International and LCS Summer Playoffs are just some of the events to check out this weekend. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate…
TSM’s Apex Legends Team on Winning X-Games Gold Medal
Aug 15, 2019 • 1 min
TSM's Apex Legends team won the X Games gold medal, but no one can see the broadcast. That is because ESPN delayed it until October due to recent gun violence. That's just one of the topics we cover in the longer version of this podcast which can be found…
The Crossover Between the NBA and Esports
Aug 14, 2019 • 1 min
On this episode of the esports minute, Mitch runs through the biggest NBA names who have invested in esports. Many of the best players are involved in esports in some way including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. If you…
Twitch Accidentally Shows Porn on Ninja’s Old Channel
Aug 13, 2019 • 1 min
Twitch used Ninja's channel to promote other streamers after he moved to Mixer, something they haven't done for other channels in the past. It backfired horrendously. Over the weekend a stream appeared showcasing hardcore pornography in the Fortnite…
Money Monday - Honda, Burger King, Bumble and more
Aug 12, 2019 • 1 min
It's Money Monday and that means it is time to run down the biggest companies putting money into esports over the past week. Burger King partnered with FaZe, Bumble with Gen.G and Honda with the LCS. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe!…
How Esports Stadium Designers are Countering Cheaters
Aug 9, 2019 • 1 min
This Esports Minute is a preview of a feature podcast on the Esportz Network Podcast feed. I was joined by Dustin Sweeney, a designer for HKS Sports and Entertainment, to talk about how the people who design esports facilities are countering cheating in…
Recapping EVO and Twitch Signs Deal with USA Hoops
Aug 8, 2019 • 1 min
This minute is split between a preview of a podcast that can be found on our flagship feed and Twitch signing a deal with USA basketball. The full podcast is a recap of EVO where I am joined by Terrel Skellie to talk about the biggest moments from the…
NetEase is Developing a Massive Park in Shanghai
Aug 7, 2019 • 1 min
NetEase is investing $710 million into a new esports park in Shanghai. This venue will likely be the home of the Shanghai Dragons in the Overwatch League and the new park promises to be one of the most impressive esports undertakings to date. If you…
Kroenke Sports and Entertainment is Being Sued Over LCS Purchase
Aug 6, 2019 • 1 min
Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, one of the most expansive sports ownership groups in the world, is being sued. Ron Moore is the CEO of the Sentinels, the esports organization that endorsed the recent Fortnite World Cup champion, and he is also in charge…
Money Monday - Keloggs, Starbucks, Walmart and more
Aug 5, 2019 • 1 min
Sponsorship Monday -> Money Monday. It sounds wayyy better anyway. The biggest deals in esports over the past week include sports simulation leagues pulling in AAA companies, a new esports tournament series in Asia and an intriguing partnership between…
Indie Games as Esports
Aug 2, 2019 • 2 min
Esports history with indie-developers has been a good one. When League of Legends was created by two USC roommates, they began as indie developers and now run the largest esports operation on the planet. While they are no longer indie-developers, they are…
Ninja Leaves Twitch in the Rearview
Aug 1, 2019 • 1 min
Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins, one of the largest streamers on the planet, made a crazy announcement. He is leaving his 14.7 million Twitch followers to stream exclusively on Mixer from now on. This is Microsoft's big push into the video game streaming world…
Riot Games Attacks Match-Fixing With Sportradar
Jul 31, 2019 • 1 min
Match-fixing is poised to be a big problem in esports. Without a governing body keeping people accountable, skewing results in various tournaments is going to be a problem the esports gambling world has to deal with. Riot Games has made an important step…
Rocket League has Been Cleared for China
Jul 30, 2019 • 1 min
Rocket League is soon going to be opened up to a massive new audience. The Chinese government has officially cleared the game for the country and if it catches on as an esport, Rocket League would catapult up the list of the biggest esports in the world.…
Sponsorship Monday - Lego, New Balance and Canon
Jul 29, 2019 • 1 min
On today's episode of Sponsorship Monday, we look at major companies doubling down in esports. New Balance and Ferrari are some of the huge companies signed on to the future of Formula 1 esports, LEGO is making Overwatch products for Blizzard and the…
Call of Duty League is Moving to a Home and Away Format
Jul 26, 2019 • 1 min
The CDL is following the OWL into the home and away experiment. With seven teams currently announced, each franchise is going to be responsible for curating a venue fit for the next season of the CDL. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe!…
Previewing the Fortnite World Cup
Jul 25, 2019 • 1 min
The Fortnite World Cup takes place this weekend and will be one of the most unique events in esports history. With a massive prize pool, a brand new structure and heaps of money headed towards production, the World Cup promises to be a crazy event. This…
The International Once Again Becomes Largest Prize Pool in Esports
Jul 23, 2019 • 1 min
The feud between the Fortnite World Cup and Dota 2's The International has come to a decision, at least for 2019. An influx of support from the Dota 2 community has pushed the TI prize pool over $30 million dollars for the first time ever. That tops the…
Sponsorship Monday - Puma, Snickers and Wiz Khalifa
Jul 22, 2019 • 1 min
It's the start of yet another week and that means it is time to break down the biggest business deals in esports over the last seven days. We had plenty of options to choose from. See how Puma, Snickers, Mountain Dew and Wiz Khalifa invested in esports in…
The Eyes of the Esports World Turn to Chicago
Jul 19, 2019 • 1 min
IEM Chicago is the premiere esport event of the weekend. Watch Team Liquid try to continue their dominant CS:GO run against some of the best teams in the world. Semi-finals begin on Saturday. Elsewhere in the Windy City, FaZe Clan is hosting a special…
Can Roller Champions Be the Next Rocket League with Ubisoft Developer
Jul 18, 2019 • 1 min
A new esport in the vein of Rocket League may have been unveiled at E3. This is a preview of a long podcast that can be found on the Esportz Network Podcast feed where we talked with a Ubisoft developer and my co-host to explain what Roller Champions is…
100 Thieves Announces Massive Series B Funding Round
Jul 17, 2019 • 1 min
It's Nadeshot's world, we're just living in it. The former Call of Duty pro turned esports mogul is raising money left and right for his esports organization 100 Thieves. In the last year the company has brought on Drake as an investor, raised $60…
Overwatch League Announces How They Will Move Forward With Geo-Localization
Jul 16, 2019 • 2 min
The OWL is an important experiment for esports. The league is trying to take the traditional sports city-based franchise model and apply it to esports. The goal was to have teams play in their home cities by 2020. Today, we got the next step in that plan.…
Sponsorship Monday - Chevy, Logitech and Astro Gaming
Jul 15, 2019 • 1 min
Another week has kicked off and that means we have another batch of sponsorships to cover. The major non-endemic brand making a move in esports was Chevy who signed a deal with Invictus Gaming. In endemic news, TSM and Logitech have one of the longest…
Key Takeaways From the Streaming Industry for Q2 of 2019
Jul 12, 2019 • 1 min
A new report from Stream Elements and Sully Gnome breaks down the latest in the streaming industry. The podcast features four key takeaways explaining where viewers are watching, who they are watching and what is growing the quickest. You can find that…
Looking Back at the OpTic Gaming Dynasty
Jul 11, 2019 • 1 min
This Esports Minute is a preview of an Esportz Network Podcast. Mitch goes in-depth on the history of OpTic Gaming, how the organization became the pre-eminent dynasty in Call of Duty and why it all fell apart. You can find that feature length podcast…
Johanna Faries Named New Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports
Jul 10, 2019 • 1 min
Call of Duty esports have named their leader into the bold geo-localized experience. With seven cities already announced and more in the works, the future of CoD esports is exciting but uncertain. At the helm will be Johanna Faries, a former NFL executive…
Recapping A Massive Esports Weekend
Jul 9, 2019 • 1 min
This past weekend was one of the most eventful of 2019. Many major games were playing with a CS:GO major, an international League of Legends event, Dreamhack and more. Here's what went down during the action-packed weekend. If you enjoyed the podcast,…
Sponsorship Monday - Nike, Logitech, Steel Series and more
Jul 8, 2019 • 1 min
One week of July is down and esports companies are still making moves. Most notably from the past week was Nike, who signed a multi-year deal with an esports organization showing the companies increased focus and commitment to the esports industry. If you…
The Biggest Esports Games of 2019 (So Far)
Jul 4, 2019 • 1 min
We are halfway through 2019 and while America sets off fireworks, we took a look back at the biggest esports games by prize pool so far in 2019. To no ones surprise, Fortnite takes the top spot with nearly $15 million. Suprises include Fifa wiggling into…
Twitch Adding Option of Subscriber Only Streams
Jul 3, 2019 • 1 min
A new Twitch policy has the game developers at odds with the major streaming service. Subscriber Only streams would give Twitch streamers the ability to turn their channel into a PPV service. The only problem is that blocking content made from the…
Controversy Around the OpTic Gaming Brand in the Call of Duty League
Jul 2, 2019 • 2 min
More esports controvery! Immortals Gaming Club is the new owner of the OpTic Gaming brand and have decided to use that name and logo in the newly renamed CDL. Former OpTic CEO Hector Rodgriguez took issue with that tweeting: "That ain't us." Immortals is…
Sponsorship Monday - Venmo, John Deere and Marvel
Jul 1, 2019 • 1 min
It was another packed week of sponsorships in the esports space. Team SoloMid is partnering with Venmo, Evil Geniuses signed a deal with a betting platform and Team Liquid joined forces with Marvel. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe!…
Why Team Vitality’s Kaydop is the Best Rocket League Player in the World
Jun 28, 2019 • 2 min
After another world championship for Kaydop, the french Rocket League player has now ben one of the six players in the last five world championships. After leaving his dominant trio before this season, Kaydop's future was in doubt but he found a new home…
Riot Games Partnering with Nielsen
Jun 27, 2019 • 1 min
The world's largest esport will have a new way to measure sponsorship value after announcing a deal with Nielsen. The leader in measuring linear broadcast statistics, Nielsen is helping esports companies navigate the complicated numbers coming from…
A New Quake League Will Bring an Iconic Esport Back to the Spotlight
Jun 26, 2019 • 1 min
Quake is back baby. While Quake Champions has held esports events since its release in 2017, the new Quake Pro League by FACEIT promises to be a much bigger stage for the esport many consider to be the godfather of the modern day esports genre. If you…
Chinese Island Hainan Receives Massive Esports Investment
Jun 25, 2019 • 1 min
There is now another huge hub for Chinese esports. The island of Hainan has received an investment of over $150 million to build esports infastructure. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more…
Sponsorship Monday - Team Liquid, HUYA, Twitch and more
Jun 24, 2019 • 1 min
It's Sponsorship Monday where we break down the biggest esports deals on the business side of the past week. The week of June 17th through June 23rd saw Liquid sign a deal with HUYA, TV Azteca invest in esports and Twitch aquire a social media site. If…
New Dota Auto Chess Tournament
Jun 21, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through Dota Auto Chess' emergence as an esport. The Auto Battler title based off of Dota 2 will be featured in a $1 million tournament in Shanghai this fall. The auto battler genre has quickly become one of the…
Riot Announces League of Legends Worlds Location
Jun 20, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a new location for the League of Legends World Championships. It is finally Europe's turn to host the event and the competition will move from Berlin to Madrid before finishing in Paris. How will Riot top…
The ESPYs are Adding an Esports Category
Jun 19, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the ESPYs adding a new esports category. 16 esports moments were chosen from the past year that will go head-to-head in a fan voting bracket to determine the winner. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate…
Matchfixing Scandal Rocks LGD Gaming in the LPL
Jun 18, 2019 • 2 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a matchfixing scandal causing massive problems for a Chinese League of Legends team. Veteran Jungler Condi and team manager Hesitate are the key players in this scandal which has seen the Jungler suspended…
Sponsorship Monday - Doritos, Ticketmaster, US Army, and More
Jun 17, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through all the major esports deals that went down in the last week. Each Monday, there will be a rundown of the deals that happened that aren't big enough for their own feature story, but are still worth…
E3 Recap With The Three Biggest Esports Moments
Jun 14, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a recap of E3. He is joined by Max Bettendorf to talk about what we are most excited about coming out of the event. That full recap can be found using the Esportz Network Podcast feed below. If you enjoyed…
The Future of Esports Betting with Thrive Fantasy CEO
Jun 13, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the esports betting landscape with Thrive Fantasy, a new sports betting app offering esports lines. This is a preview of an interview that can be found on the Esportz Network Podcast feed below. If you…
Pulling Back the Curtain on Esportz Network for Episode #50
Jun 12, 2019 • 2 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through what is going on behind the scenes at the Esportz Network. Our current plans and what we hope to tackle in the future as we reach the first mini-milestone in the esports minute segment. If you enjoyed the…
The NBA 2K League, Esports Accessibility with Danny Martin
Jun 11, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a preview for an interview that can be found on the Esportz Network Podcast feed below. Geekletes co-founder Danny Martin talks about being a part of the NBA 2K scene as the league took off, bringing…
Riot Games Releasing Teamfight Tactics
Jun 10, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through Riot Games announcing its second title, nearly ten years after League of Legends was released. The strategy game will be similar to Dota 2's Auto Chess, but most interesting for the esports world is how…
OpTic Gaming Officially Sold to Immortals
Jun 7, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the sale of one of the largest esports brands on the planet. OpTic Gaming has been synonymous with esports for years and now is in limbo as the parent company has been bought out by the Immortals Gaming…
FaZe HighSky Admits to Being Underage Fueling Tfue’s Lawsuit
Jun 6, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through an interesting development in the Tfue - FaZe lawsuit. Twitch has independently confirmed that Tfue's allegations of a player being underage on the FaZe roster was true. They suspended the young player…
ESPN Creates New Esports Event Series
Jun 5, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a brand new addition to the world of esports events. EXP will be a multi-faceted esports competition series created by ESPN. The first event retroactively added to the series was the Esports Collegiate…
Team Liquid Becomes the First NA Team to Reach #1 in CS:GO Rankings
Jun 4, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the end of the Astralis era in CS:GO, at least for now. After 406 days the Danish superteam has finally been unseated at the top. In their place is Team Liquid, the first North American team to hold the…
Former OWL Commissioner Nate Nanzer moving to Epic Games
May 31, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a massive shift in the esports executive landscape. In a mid-season move, former OWL commissioner Nate Nanzer accepted a job with Epic Games to handle the future of Fortnite esports. Nanzer will likely be…
How to Explain Esports to Friends, Coworkers or Parents
May 30, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the tough challenge of explaining esports to people who may be wholely unfamiliar with the industry. Everybody who enjoys esports has often had to try to encapsulate the whole industry in…
Cloud 9 and Puma Sign “Eight Figure” Deal
May 29, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a massive expansion in the existing partnership between Puma and Cloud 9. The athletic apparel company singed a deal with Puma in January to cover C9's LCS team, and now that partnership has expanded to…
Vodafone and ESL Partner for Unique Mobile Esports Tournament
May 28, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the first major esports tournament entirely being held over 5G internet. Vodafone and ESL have announced the Vodafone 5G ESL Mobile Open, a massive tournament being held at Milan Games Week on September…
Breaking Down the Tfue / FaZe Lawsuit - Video Responses and Leaked Contract
May 27, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through new developments in what might be the largest esports story of the year. Since the first podcast was released, FaZe Clan owner FaZe Banks released an emotional video titled "Dear Tfue," Tfue responded with…
Designing Esports Facilities with HKS Sports and Entertainment
May 24, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through how designers are thinking about esports facilities. Joined by two Senior Designers from HKS Sports and Entertainment, the conversation covers the work they are doing for Team Vitality and the Dallas Fuel,…
Fortnite Partners with Jordan Brand in Game
May 24, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through Fortnite partnering with Jordan to bring the signature shoe to the virtual world. While this won't have an impact on Fortnite esports, it is notable because it shows an increased willingness for Nike to…
Riot Forms Governing Body for Collegiate LoL
May 22, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the RSAA, a new governing body for collegiate league of legends. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
Fortnite Superstar Tfue Sues FaZe Clan
May 21, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through one of the biggest channels on Twitch and most popular esports players in the world suing his organization. Since joining FaZe Clan in April of 2018, Tfue's rise has been meteoric. Now he is suing the…
US Senator Writes Bill Targeting Loot Boxes
May 17, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a new bill in the US Senate that would target loot boxes in games "played by minors." This is a quick preview of the issue and a much longer debate can be found on the Esportz Network Podcast feed. I…
Rainbow Six Esports with Ubisoft’s Senior Director of Esports Che Chou
May 16, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a preview of an interview done with Ubisoft's Senior Director of Esports, Che Chou. Chou came over from Hearthstone esports at Blizzard and has taken the mantle of directing esports for all of Ubisoft's…
Immortals Close to Acquiring Parent Company of OpTic Gaming
May 15, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through an ongoing deal between Immortals Gaming Club and Infinite Esports and Entertainment, the parent company of OpTic Gaming. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through…
The Alabama Football of Collegiate League of Legends with UCI Esports Director Mark Deppe
May 14, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the most dominant team in collegiate esports. The University of California Irvine has won three collegiate LoL National Championships and goes for a fourth next week. A lot of the programs success started…
OWL Grand Finals Location and TI Prize Pool
May 13, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the location of the OWL playoffs and a record pace in Dota 2's TI prize pool. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our…
Super League Gaming CCO Matt Edelman on Regionalization in Esports
May 10, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the ongoing regionalization of esports with Super League Gaming's CCO Matt Edelman. Before there was the OWL and CWL moving to cities, SLG had opened up city based esports clubs in 16 American cities. We…
How FANDOM Sports is Using the Blockchain to Monetize Esports Conversations with CEO Henri Holm
May 9, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a new app set to release in late May. FANDOM sports is developing an app that allows traditional sports and esports fans to hold spirited debates and be rewarded with virtual currency. Henri Holm, the CEO…
CWL Moving to Regional Franchises With First 5 Owners
May 8, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the first five owners of CWL regional franchises being announced. Each owner was an OWL owner who took advantage of Activision Blizzard giving them first rights to their OWL city in the CWL. If you enjoyed…
Complexity Gaming Rebrand Brings it Closer to the Dallas Cowboys
May 7, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a rebrand of Complexity Gaming. After Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones bought a majority stake in the company, bringing the esports organization closer to the Football team seemed inevitable. Now they…
Esports Myths
May 4, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through some of the biggest misconceptions about esports that are peddled by the mainstream media and out-of-touch collegues. This is a preview of an in-depth podcast that can be found using the link to the…
Immortals Rebrands to Immortals Gaming Club after $30 Million Funding Round
May 3, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through Immortals changing their name and how the company is putting a focus on the Brazilian esports market. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more…
Rocket League developer Psyonix acquired by Epic Games
May 2, 2019 • 2 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the acquisition of Rocket League by Fortnite developer Epic Games. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth news check out our bi-weekly…
The Overwatch League’s First Homestand Weekend is a Success
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a successful trip to Dallas for the Overwatch League. With a sold-out crowd and exciting atmosphere, the first move outside of LA went well for the OWL. This is a big story because the OWL's experiment…
aXiomatic receives $21.5 million investment
Apr 29, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through aXiomatic, the parent company of Team Liquid, adding another $21.5 million in investments from undisclosed investors. Also, PUBG reports strong revenue numbers for 2018 thanks to continued popularity in…
The Return of the Overwatch World Cup
Apr 26, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the Overwatch World Cup returning to Blizzcon in early May. Plus, Fortnite streamer NICKMERCS is contuining the partnership between the NFL and Fortnite with activations during the NFL Draft. Rate and…
Esports Media Training with Orai, an AI Communications Coach
Apr 25, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through Orai with co-founder and CEO Danish Dhamani. Orai is using AI to help improve communication through a free app. The app helps with everything from filler words to impactful pauses. Esportz Network is using…
Highs and Lows in the Overwatch League
Apr 24, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through a tumultous week in Overwatch League news. In person viewership receives a great vote of confidence, but online viewership is continuing to dwindle during Season 2. Please rate and subscribe if you enjoy…
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Enters Esports
Apr 23, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through actor Will Smith joining a $46 million funding round for Gen.G, a Korean esports organization. Also, Iraq bans violent video games, and the games they identified are a bit surprising. Please rate and…
Fortnite Cheaters
Apr 19, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch talks allegations of cheating in the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers and FaZe Clan's newest investor Meyers Leonard of the Portland Trail Blazers. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. For more in-depth…
Health in Esports with Dr. Sontag
Apr 18, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch cuts his interview with Dr. Todd Sontag to give you quick notes on the discussion they had about what he's doing to increase player health at Magic Gaming. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow…
LCS News and Chipotle’s New Partnerships
Apr 17, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch talks franchise changes and other news in LCS, and discusses Chipotle's new big partnerships for both DreamHack and ESL events. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames…
The Weeknd with OverActive Media
Apr 16, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch talks about how The Weeknd plans to get involved with OverActive Media, other musical artists involved in esports, and discusses other esports headlines inlcuding notes on Rocket League's newest season. Rate and subscribe!…
Athletes Invested in Esports
Apr 15, 2019 • 1 min
On today's podcast, Mitch talks esports investments from superstars like Michael Jordan, Odell Beckam Jr., and Kevin Durant. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames Follow Esportz Network on Twitter,…
Spanish Premier League Rivalry Enters RLCS
Apr 12, 2019 • 1 min
On today's podcast, Mitch talks about Rocket League Championship Series' newest additions with rival Premier League teams Real Madrid and Barcelona entering the scene. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter…
Frantic Fortnite and NBA 2K League’s Newest
Apr 11, 2019 • 1 min
On today's podcast, Mitch goes over the unrest in the Fortnite community as the Fortnite World Cup approaches and developments in the NBA 2K League. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames Follow…
Interview Highlights with WSOE’s Christian Bishop
Apr 10, 2019 • 1 min
On today's podcast, Mitch takes us through the new and growing 3rd party tournament hosting company WSOE and the man behind it all—Christian Bishop. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames Follow…
Selfless Gaming’s Dafran and RLCS Season 7
Apr 9, 2019 • 1 min
On today's podcast, Mitch talks on Selfless Gaming's popular Overwatch player Dafran's decision to quit professional gaming, Rocket League developer Psyonix's new in-game store, and more. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow…
Sports Simulators
Apr 8, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through the struggles sports simulators have in esports. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames Follow Esportz Network on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook…
Discover and Drake
Apr 4, 2019 • 1 min
On today's podcast, Mitch talks about Discover's sponsorship of PAX and Drake's newest investment in esports. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames Follow Esportz Network on Twitter, Instagram, and…
Women in Esports
Apr 3, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch talks about elite women competitors in esports. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames Follow Esportz Network on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @EsportzNetwork Or…
Recent Sponsorships and Prize Pools
Apr 2, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch takes us through GameStop's new sponsorships in the Overwatch League, Fortnite's massive prize pool, and more. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames Follow Esportz…
Fusion’s New Stadium
Apr 1, 2019 • 1 min
On today's Esports Minute, Mitch talks about the plans for the Philidelphia Fusion's new $50 million stadium and other quick notable news. Rate and subscribe! New episodes Monday through Friday. Follow Mitch on Twitter @Mitch_Reames Follow Esportz Network…