The Lingering Darkness After the Killing of Sol – The Esports Observer

While working for The Esports Observer I often face challenging news. Besides the stories that are kinda easy to write, like covering new sponsorships and businesses, or those that I really have fun writing, like the one about esports-anime connections, sometimes news hits harder than a brick to the head. In January, I covered the wave of sexual harassment accusations that overwhelmed the esports scene in Brazil. It was really hard to read the reports so I could bring the facts to light in an article. The psychological weight was…

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Collegiate Rocket League unveils plans for 2021 Spring Season

Rocket League developer Psyonix has revealed details for its North American Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) 2021 Spring Season. Credit: Psyonix RELATED: Rocket League unveils ESPN collaboration at X Games Aspen 2021 Similarly to the previous seasons, the league will be split into the Western and Eastern Conferences, with ten teams from the US and Canada competing in each of the divisions.  The 2021 CRL Spring Season begins on March 14th with two days of open qualifiers per Conference that will determine who joins four pre-seeded teams. After the open qualifiers…

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It’s Time for a Hollywood Sports Movie About Esports – The Esports Observer

One thing that has consistently held esports back is an overemphasis on the actual mechanical play of a game’s greatest players. So much energy and content has been invested, particularly by game publishers, in showing the advantages players of their game can glean from watching the pros do their thing. While helping to improve a casual player’s game is certainly an advantage esports has over most traditional sports, that advantage doesn’t scale beyond the subset players who actually care about improving (which is a lot smaller than some may want…

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Overrated Support Heroes in the Current Patch – DOTABUFF

Old habits die hard, and it can be a bit of a problem once in a while. Three heroes we want to discuss are probably a result of these habits: they are being played because they were good last patch or even the patch before that. Grimstroke, Lich, and Witch Doctor are all picked in 10% of games while winning only around 45% of them. Why this happens and are there any redeeming qualities is going to be the focus of this blog. The most reliable of the bunch, Lich…

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Schalke 04 possibly selling LEC spot, OverActive Media unveils esports venue plans | ESI Digest #31

Each week, ESI Digest breaks down the weekly happenings in the esports industry, making sense of things so you don’t have to. As well as being housed on YouTube, ESI Digest is available on all major podcast platforms and is also available in written form below. On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Schalke 04 potentially selling its LEC spot, OverActive Media announcing plans to build a new esports venue, Garena Free Fire’s 2021 esports ‘roadmap’, Riot Games launching its VCT Game Changers programme, plus Twitch Rivals’ collaboration with Dunkin’.…

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XSET Signs Fortnite Pro Ashton ‘Astonish’ Harris, Partners With Quality Control Music – The Esports Observer

North American gaming lifestyle company XSET has inked a partnership deal with Atlanta, Georgia-based record label Quality Control Music, and signed Atlanta native and pro-Fortnite player Ashton “Astonish” Harris as its newest member. According to information released to the Washington Post, Quality Control is also part of a $10M USD funding round that includes a line-up of pro athletes, VCs, hip hop stars, and others. XSET declined to comment to WaPo on how much of the $10M investment could be attributed to QC, but we suspect that the organization will be…

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BITKRAFT Ventures announces new advisory board

Esports venture capital firm BITKRAFT Ventures has announced a new strategic advisory board. Photo credit: BITKRAFT RELATED: BITKRAFT Ventures raises $165M for esports, gaming investments The board comprises four top executives from some of the world’s biggest companies. These are:  Bernhard Mogk, SVP of Business Development at ESL; TQ Jefferson, the Chief Product Officer of Survios; Snapchat’s Head of Games Pany Haritatos; and Jen MacLean, Head of Worldwide Business Development, Small and Mid-sized Studios, Game Tech at Amazon Web Services. These four board members join BITKRAFT — an investment company…

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BITKRAFT Forms Strategic Advisory Board To Add Depth, Major Market Experience – The Esports Observer

BITKRAFT Ventures, the Germany-based venture capital firm focused on gaming, esports, and interactive media, announced the formation of a new strategic advisory board. With a diverse group of vetaran gaming industry executives, The BITKRAFT Advisory Board (BAB) will look to “drive strategic value across the firm’s portfolio companies.” Additionally, the board will support the VC fund with dealflow and brings a value-add in significant experience in areas crucial to the company as it relates to the organization of its portfolio companies, including business development, entrepreneurship, scaling, and technology. The new…

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Garena Free Fire unveils 2021 esports ‘roadmap’ 

Game developer and publisher Garena has revealed the 2021 ‘esports roadmap’ for its mobile title Free Fire. According to the announcement, the Free Fire World Series (FFWS) is set to return with two editions in April and November. Moreover, the publisher will launch a new event called Free Fire All Stars. Photo credit: Garena RELATED: Flamengo Esports agrees Free Fire partnership with TRT Gaming In 2020, the FFWS was replaced with the Free Fire Continental Series due to the pandemic. However, the competition makes its return in April with teams…

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Talent Management Firm The Kinetic Group Launches Emerging Talent Division – The Esports Observer

Los Angeles-based esports and gaming talent management firm The Kinetic Group (TKG) will announce this week a new “emerging talent” division to be led by former Press X (a UTA division representing brands) Account Manager Joowon Lee.  While you may not be familiar with TKG, it manages popular YouTube/Twitch content creators such as Nicholas “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff (5.2M followers on Twitch, 3.63M on YouTube), Ali “SpyherPK” Hassan (4.4M followers on Twitch, 5.03M on YouTube), and Portuguese FIFA player Anthony “AA9skillz” Machado (597K followers on Twitch, 1.98M on YouTube). The new division…

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