As E-Sports Grow, So Do Their Homes

The rise of e-sports is no surprise to anyone who has followed the video game industry. They are expected to bring in more than $1 billion in global revenue this year, as millions of fans watch hundreds of events from all over. But those fans typically view the matches from home on streaming platforms like […]

Immortal Women — Building the Business of Immortals Gaming Club

In an effort to increase the visibility of women working within the esports industry, The Esports Observer has created a monthly interview series. This series will highlight professionals working throughout the industry from startups to major developers, and everything in between. Our goal with this series is to help dispel the myth that competitive gaming […]

Dreamleague Gaming, host of amateur video game tournaments, opening New Orleans studio

Dreamleague Gaming, a California-based company that hosts live amateur video gaming tournaments, is opening a New Orleans studio, which will serve as a Southern hub for its events. The studio is expected to employ 25 people. Dreamleague CEO Nathaniel Tsai said the company’s move to New Orleans is part of its push to expand its […]

Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub boots up esports programs

Akron now has another downtown sports venue. In addition to Canal Park, which is home to the RubberDucks minor league baseball team, and the University of Akron’s facilities, it now has the Bounce Innovation Hub. There, first-floor space has been converted into a state-of-the-art esports venue. Bounce tenant company New Territory, a virtual- and augmented-reality […]

Esports Stadiums Are Popping Up Everywhere

If it seems like new facilities for esports are popping up everywhere, it’s because they kind of are. At the professional level, beginning next year, the Overwatch League will require all its teams to be physically based in the home cities they already represent, to play home and away matches like more traditional sports, the […]

Super League Gaming acquires esports video network Framerate for $2.5 million

Super League Gaming, which makes a platform for competitive and social gameplay experiences, said it is has acquired Framerate, one of the largest and fastest-growing independent social video networks in esports and gaming. The deal price is split between $1.5 million in cash and $1 million in stock. Super League Gaming went public this year […]

Fnatic Raises $19M Series A Funding, Appoints New Leadership

  Fnatic has announced a $19M USD Series A funding round led by board member and entrepreneur, Lev Leviev. The team has also made leadership changes, including appointing founder and former chairman Sam Mathews as CEO. Fnatic will use the capital to fund international expansion and marketing efforts, renew its focus on top-tier leagues, and […]

Newzoo Report: Top 25 Public Game Companies Exceeded $100B in 2018

The top 25 public companies by game revenue generated $107.3B USD in 2018, the highest ever. Tencent, Sony, Microsoft, Apple, and Activision Blizzard top the list by game revenue. Console games account for 38% of revenue for the top 25 companies in this report. Newzoo has calculated the top 25 public companies by game revenue […]

Simplicity Esports open Boca Raton gaming arena

  North American esports organisation Simplicity has opened its first esports gaming arena in Boca Raton, Florida. The launch of the gaming facility is the first of five in a broader partner program across the country. As part of the launch, Simplicity has opened the arena to all patrons to test out the equipment for […]

Open Seats Available: Access and Awareness for Women in Esports

  As the ​founder of Esports Trade Association (ESTA)​ and owner of the association management company, Van Petten Group, Megan Van Petten has her finger on the pulse of the burgeoning industries of management and esports. Van Petten states, “​I saw the esports industry as promising uncharted territory, and by bringing the players, teams, leagues, […]