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The Slow (But Steady) March Toward Inclusivity For Women In Esports

Gaming and esports have seen tremendous growth over the past 18 months. The stay-at-home orders of 2020 have supercharged an expected growth rate of 9% annually in the coming years.  Viewership on platforms like Twitch has jumped by more than 50% in 2020 as more and more people consume video game-related content. But despite all of this expansion,

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The stock market and its impact on esports

The rise and fall of Gamestop revealed a lot about the stock market. While normally a stable framework for investors large and small, the brick-and-mortar video game retailer (NYSE: GME) completely rocked the boat. Massive Wall Street shorts sparked an unprecedented price increase due to retail traders. The spike was closely tied to social media,

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Student-led esports tournament a success with help from UD alum

In a year of social distancing, it was challenging to build community the traditional way students and faculty are used to. UD and the Department of Health and Sport Science created a bridge for community building through esports. The university kicked off its first campus-wide eSports Tournament that includes Rocket League, Super Smash Brothers, NBA

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SoFi Gets First On-Jersey Patch In Esports With Misfits Gaming Deal

SoFi scored what appears to be a first in esports in a recent deal with Misfits Gaming that puts the fintech company’s logo on in-game jerseys of the esports organization’s Call of Duty and Overwatch teams, among other provisions. On-jersey brand patches are well-established marketing tools in more traditional sports. English Premier League PINC -0.2% soccer has blazoned

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Music and Esports: Business Intersection That Is Worth Investing

Esports leagues and music labels collaboration is not something new or extraordinary now. Both parts equally benefit from this prosperous partnership. There are multiple ways of how these two industries can upscale by the means of each other. For example, musicians such as Jennifer Lopez or Steve Aoki invest in esports leagues. On the other

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The rise, fall and resonance of ESPN Esports

In January of 2016, ESPN embarked on a bold new venture, announcing regular, in-depth coverage of competitive video gaming, popularly known as esports. The move came as the esports industry was enjoying a renaissance, soliciting hundreds of millions in investment money from well known celebrities, sports icons and team owners eager to get involved with

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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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