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Activision Confident In Growing OWL, CDL Audience

Activision Blizzard Esports says it’s confident that it will grow viewership for both Call of Duty and Overwatch leagues this year, and it’s started rolling out new products to help do so. This is the second year of the three-year, $160M USD media-rights deal with YouTube, but this offseason was the first full one where the sides could work together to

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GEEIQ: Key considerations for brands when picking an esports partner

At present, the esports industry is rejoicing in the abundance of sponsorships, partnerships and campaigns emerging daily. The ever-increasing popularity of gaming is making esports attractive not only to wider audiences, but also to a greater number of brands that are willing to pour their money into the industry. Progressively more companies, including some of

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LA’s Esports Companies Are Poised for Strong Growth in 2021

Last year was supposed to be a big one for esports. At the start of 2020, industry analyst Newzoo projected that audiences tuning into competitive video gaming events would grow by double-digit percentages and that the industry would for the first time generate more than $1 billion in revenue. Meanwhile major gaming companies like Activision

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Esports Business Summit Returning to Las Vegas - Conferences & Conventions

(ATR) The 2021 Esports Business Summit will be a hybrid event later this year. Organizers say it will be live at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas but will also include “a robust virtual offering online”. The “only event connecting the entire esports ecosystem” is scheduled to run from October 18-20. Breakout sessions, keynotes, networking activities,

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The top Indian esports business developments in December 2020

December marked the end of what has been a year of mixed emotions for the Indian esports sector. From limitations caused by the pandemic to uncertainties with the PUBG Mobile ban, companies in India are now gearing towards expanding their portfolios and being less dependent on publishers. These are the biggest esports business stories in

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Allied Esports sells World Poker Tour, explores options for esports business

Esports entertainment company Allied Esports has announced the sale of the World Poker Tour to investment group Element Partners. The agreement sees Element purchase Allied Esports’ poker-related business and assets for a total of $78.25m (~£57.35m). In addition, the firm has also announced its intention to ‘explore strategic options’ for its esports business. Under the terms of the acquisition, Element

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Member Spotlights

Meet The Members of ESTA

Member Spotlight: John Smith-Howell

How did you get started in esports? I stumbled across an internet cafe` when I was 13 years old, I was curious to see what it was all about so decided to go in and take a look. I was introduced to a game called Counter-Strike. I had never previously gamed on a PC before

Member Spotlight: Derek Topolski

How did you get started in esports? I got started in esports around 2001 with a game called Counter-Strike. I grew up in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area playing traditional sports throughout my childhood up until I was a senior in high school. However, my true passion was going to LAN centers and competing in tournaments

Member Spotlight: Nathan Larrivee

How did you get started in esports? I started following eSports the summer of 2017 when Fortnite came out. I was introduced to the Twitch platform through Fortnite and enjoyed watching some of the best players and creators play the game. The Fortnite World Cup was the event that really changed my mind about eSports.
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