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  • New Envy CEO on Harnessing Entertainment Experience to Build a Bigger Fandom
    by Kevin Hitt on July 10, 2020 at 19:03

    With more esports organizations on the hunt to find C-level executives with digital marketing experience, Team Envy hit the mark with its new CEO Adam Rymer. Rymer will oversee an organization that has millions of dollars invested in esports fielding five teams including the Dallas Fuel and Dallas Empire which play in Blizzard’s Overwatch and

  • Dignitas Appoints Former Immortals Content Lead as Director of Content
    by Trent Murray on July 10, 2020 at 16:48

    Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment-owned esports organization Dignitas has hired Jeremy Dempe as its new director of content. Dempe will oversee all operations for VOD and streaming within the organization. Previously, Dempe worked with two other esports organizations which also field teams in the League of Legends Championship Series – Immortals Gaming Club and 100

  • Tencent Withdraws Lawsuit Against Lao Gan Ma, Plans to Partner ‘For Real’ In the Future 
    by Hongyu Chen on July 10, 2020 at 13:59

    After a series of dramatic twists related to a $2.3M USD esports advertising dispute case between Chinese conglomerate Tencent Holdings and China’s biggest chili sauce brand Lao Gan Ma (LGM), it would appear that the story is coming to an amicable end. Tencent Holdings and LGM released a joint statement Friday announcing that the two

  • Chiefs looking good after partnering with L’Oréal Paris Men Expert
    by Alex Leckie-Zaharic on July 10, 2020 at 09:00

    The Chiefs Esports Club have added another respected brand to their ever-growing list of sponsors, announcing earlier this week that skincare brand L’Oréal Paris Men Expert have joined the veteran Australian organisation as a major partner for 2020. There seems to be no sign of slowing down from the Chiefs, who are going from strength The post Chiefs looking good after partnering with L’Oréal Paris Men Expert appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Report: China Cancels International Sporting Events in 2020
    by James Fudge on July 10, 2020 at 07:21

    The Chinese government has canceled all international sporting events in the country for the remainder of 2020, according to an Associated Press report as highlighted by esports journalist Rod Breslau. This announcement by the government could potentially cause TJ Sports (a joint venture of Riot Games and Tencent Esports) to make drastic changes to the

  • Sliding Doors: OPL 2020 Split 2, Week 6
    by Andrew Amos on July 10, 2020 at 05:18

    You might be familiar with this concept if you’re an AFL fan, which is where we got the idea. So without further ado, here are your sliding doors for the OPL Split 2, Week 6! There was an unsung hero of Split 2, it’s Shok. I don’t think it can be overstated how much of The post Sliding Doors: OPL 2020 Split 2, Week 6 appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Envy Gaming Names Adam Rymer as CEO, Mike Rufail Moves to Chief Gaming Officer
    by Kevin Hitt on July 9, 2020 at 20:49

    Envy Gaming has brought on Adam Rymer as its new CEO, with an official start date of July 13. Rymer will lead business initiatives for Envy as it expands its operational offerings in esports with a focus on digital media, merchandising, and content creation. Additionally, Mike Rufail will leave the position of CEO to take

  • Sony Acquires $250M Minority Stake in Fortnite Creator Epic Games
    by James Fudge on July 9, 2020 at 19:33

    Sony Corporation has agreed to make a strategic investment of $250M USD in Fortnite developer Epic Games. The investment is being made through “a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony” and will give the Japanese entertainment conglomerate a minority stake in Epic Games. The investment will be used to “broaden their collaboration” across Sony’s “portfolio of entertainment

  • Indian Tech and Entertainment Company JetSynthesys Closes $40M Investment Round
    by Shounak Sengupta on July 9, 2020 at 17:46

    Indian digital entertainment and technology company JetSynthesys has received an investment of ₹3B INR ($39.9M USD). JetSynthesys is a part of the Navani family owned JetLine Group, which is headquartered in Pune, India, and has a presence in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and India. The infusion of capital will be used to deepen its global

  • Athlane Collects $3.3M Seed Funding, Launches Sponsorship Facilitation Platform
    by Tobias Seck on July 9, 2020 at 16:30

    Sponsorship brokerage platform Athlane has received a $3.3M USD seed investment. Participants in the financing round included Y Combinator, The Kraft Group President Jonathan Kraft, Fenway Sports Group President Michael Gordon, Global Founders Capital, Romulus Capital, and Seabed VC. The company, which was founded in 2019, secured its first investment in August 2019 when it

  • A Closer Look at Brazil’s CS:GO Scene
    by Victor Frascarelli on July 9, 2020 at 16:00

    Brazil came to reach the top of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) scene with great players. The highlight is undeniable and is marked in the history of esports, but little is known about the national CS:GO scene in the international media. Even Brazillian team FURIA eSports is based in the United States, while the famous

  • French Esports Organization MCES Secures $2.8M Series A Investment
    by Tobias Seck on July 9, 2020 at 14:59

    French esports organization MCES (MonClub Esport) announced that it has raised a €2.5M EUR ($2.8M USD) Series A investment to support the company’s growth and international expansion. The investment, which was closed in May, was funded by regional co-investment fund Région Sud Investissement, Los Angeles-based soccer event company Lab Five, and more than 20 business

  • SoHwan on KT’s shock roleswaps: “I felt more comfortable with [Smeb in support]”
    by Andrew Amos on July 9, 2020 at 09:07

    KT Rolster have caused the upset of LCK Summer 2020 so far, taking down DRX without support Park “Tusin” Jong-ik. For super sub Kim “SoHwan” Jun-yeong though, he felt more comfortable with the replacement they prepared though, despite him not being a support main. KT Rolster were hamstrung in their matchup against ladder leaders DRX The post SoHwan on KT’s shock roleswaps: “I felt more comfortable with [Smeb in support]” appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Legacy Esports add former Mammoth Academy mid laner Halo for Split 2
    by Isaac McIntyre on July 9, 2020 at 07:39

    Legacy Esports have completed the signing of Australian mid lane prospect James “Halo” Giacoumakis on a six-month deal, the defending Oceanic Pro League champions confirmed on Thursday afternoon. The 21-year-old, who finished first in the Oceanic Challenger Series regular season with Mammoth Academy in 2019, last played under Legacy’s banner as part of their ‘Genesis’ The post Legacy Esports add former Mammoth Academy mid laner Halo for Split 2 appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Battle Bus Bonanza treating sick Kiwi kids to celebrity Fortnite tournament
    by Matt Brown on July 9, 2020 at 06:48

    The Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand Fortnite Battle Bus Bonanza will treat Kiwi kids afflicted with blood cancer to a celebrity Fortnite tournament featuring basketball stars, nurses, doctors and esport pros. Conceived by Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) regional manager Tim Maifeleni, the competition followed a successful project to connect kids via The post Battle Bus Bonanza treating sick Kiwi kids to celebrity Fortnite tournament appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Overwatch League Sees Best Peak Viewership Since Opening Week
    by Adam Stern on July 9, 2020 at 04:28

    Overwatch League this past weekend saw its best peak viewership for a game since the opening weekend of the season, as the San Francisco Shock–Paris Eternal matchup garnered a high of 91K viewers. The Activision Blizzard-owned property switched this year from Twitch to YouTube, and viewership so far has been off from the peak of

  • OPL Predictions: 2020 Split 2, Week 6
    by Andrew Wray on July 9, 2020 at 01:40

    The first half of Oceanic Pro League Split 2 has seen a clear first place favourite, a hotly contested battle from second to fifth, and a two-team race to avoid the ignominious bottom of the table finish for the wooden spoon. With Legacy being knocked from their perch last week it’s showing that every team The post OPL Predictions: 2020 Split 2, Week 6 appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Psyonix Taps IMG to Serve as Licensing Agent for Rocket League
    by Kevin Hitt on July 8, 2020 at 21:44

    Game developer Psyonix has partnered with IMG, giving the global sports management company the authority to serve as the licensing agent for the video game Rocket League. While financial details of the deal were not released, IMG will enter into a multi-year agreement, with a spokesperson telling The Esports Observer that, “IMG will be working

  • Esports Companies Among Recipients of U.S. Paycheck Protection Program
    by Tobias Seck on July 8, 2020 at 20:02

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released data on roughly 5M Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans on Monday, revealing that several esports companies were approved for loans. The PPP, which has an interest rate of 1%, is a loan created to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll

  • Sizing Up the VALORANT Esports Scene, So Far
    by Graham Ashton on July 8, 2020 at 19:28

    Tactical shooter VALORANT has been out for just over a month, and to no one’s surprise, professional esports teams are already cementing themselves in its burgeoning competitive scene. According to a variety of sources, the average salary for a full five-player team can range anywhere from $15K USD to over $25K a month, depending on

  • Tencent Esports Finds First Esports Venue in Southern China, VSPN Opens Arena in South Korea
    by Hongyu Chen on July 8, 2020 at 19:09

    Last week was one of the most significant for China’s youth in 2020. More than 10M students undertook their Gaokao, an annual national college entrance exam that will shape the course of their future careers. This examination has existed in the country for 1,300 years, and of this year’s millions of participants, many are likely

  • Ninja Holds First YouTube Stream, Reportedly Still in Talks With Other Platforms
    by Kevin Hitt on July 8, 2020 at 17:46

    Tyler “Ninja” Blevins today streamed on YouTube for the first time, but the streamer has not made an official announcement on where he will be streaming long-term at time of writing. According to sources and esports reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau, Blevins is still in negotiations with multiple platforms and has not yet signed an exclusive

  • HyperX Renews With Pittsburgh Knights
    by Trent Murray on July 8, 2020 at 15:54

    Esports organization Pittsburgh Knights has announced the continuation of its partnership with gaming peripheral manufacturer HyperX. The partnership, which began in 2019, will see HyperX continue to serve as the organization’s official peripherals sponsor. The brand will also support an upcoming charity event hosted by Knights partner and rapper Wiz Khalifa. HyperX sponsors a variety

  • Fly: “[I’m usually] very sluggish, but I tried to be as proactive as possible [against KT].”
    by Andrew Amos on July 8, 2020 at 07:48

    Afreeca Freecs’ Song “Fly” Yong-jun has been criticized by many for his poor performances to kick off LCK Summer 2020. However, he silenced the crowd against KT Rolster, taking down the veterans 2-0 in a commanding performance that strays from his usual playstyle. Fly has arguably been the weak point of Afreeca’s Summer 2020 season. The post Fly: “[I’m usually] very sluggish, but I tried to be as proactive as possible [against KT].” appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Chushou Doomed By Tencent’s Streaming Dominance In Chinese Market
    by Tobias Seck on July 7, 2020 at 19:17

    Chinese live streaming platform Chushou has shut down, the latest casualty in the country’s Tencent-dominated game live streaming market. Live streaming platform Panda TV folded last year. Chushou received a roughly $77M USD investment from Google in early 2018 and raised a disclosed total of roughly $128M in funding since the platform was established in

  • MSI CEO and President Sheng-Chang Chiang, Dies After Falling From Building
    by Kevin Hitt on July 7, 2020 at 16:31

    Sheng-Chang Chiang, CEO and President of Micro-Star International, a Taiwanese multinational information technology corporation, died at the age of 56 after falling from a building, according to news reports. Chiang, also known as Charles Chiang, took over MSI in January of 2019 after leading the company’s successful charge into motherboards and graphics cards as the

  • xQc Finds Success With Minecraft – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, June 29 – July 5
    by Trent Murray on July 7, 2020 at 15:00

    The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive stranglehold on first place was finally broken by former Overwatch League pro Félix “xQc” Lengyel’s unique brand of variety streaming. On the content side, however, the status quo remains firmly in place with Just Chatting once again taking the crown, with little movement within the Top 10, save for what was

  • Esports Odyssey | Episode 05 | Mitch “MitchMan” Mcbride
    by Jesper Kvist on July 7, 2020 at 14:31

    Esports Odyssey is our newly launched interview show where we talk to the best in esports to learn what sets them apart from the rest of us.This week we have Mitch McBride on the show — an up and coming caster and analyst with a charming Irish accent. Mitch has worked events such as ESL Pro League, Intel Extreme Masters, Asia/US Minors, WePlay among others.Mitch is without question one of my favorite up and coming commentators in the industry; it was great to hear more about his entry into the space, the struggles he faces as a freelancer (to this day), and what it takes to succeed — in commentary as well as play.- Philip Hübner, HostThis almost hour-long episode is packed full of actionable advice, industry insights, and self-improvement tips. Phil and Mitch discuss all things between the struggles of freelancing in esports to the misconceptions people might have of commentary. Having worked with top talent around the world Mitch shares with us what he’s learned about competitive gaming as a sport and esport as a professional career.https://medium.com/media/d4aef082d5f90fdcdf66be3bf6575650/hrefWhat is Esports Odyssey?Esports Odyssey is a podcast dedicated to making esports simpler by breaking it down and learning from the best.On this show, Philip Hübner, Head of Business Development & Strategy at Challengermode, who himself is an esports veteran of over 10 years with former positions at ESL and Twitch, talks to successful people within the esports ecosystem to see what sets them apart from the rest of us.The podcast takes inspiration from classic interview podcasts and aims at uncovering actionable advice that will help people achieve their goals in the esports ecosystem. In the first season of Esports Odyssey, we hear stories from professional broadcast talent, professional players, streamers, and more.https://medium.com/media/af9ded4bc61b0c8838b0fa2d974c76e6/hrefYou can listen to Esports Odyssey here:Acast | Castbox | Spotify | Stitcher | Youtubeor wherever you listen to podcasts.Follow Mitch:Twitter | TwitchLearn more about the Podcast: challengermode.com/podcastFollow Challengermode here on Medium or connect with us on social media:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedinEsports Odyssey | Episode 05 | Mitch “MitchMan” Mcbride was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Indian PUBG MOBILE Team Megastars Announce Exclusive Streaming Partnership With Nimo TV
    by Shounak Sengupta on July 7, 2020 at 13:01

    Indian PUBG MOBILE organization Megastars has signed a partnership deal with streaming platform Nimo TV. The deal gives Nimo TV exclusive streaming rights to the Megastars players. In the past, the platform announced similar deals with other Indian organizations such as UMumba and Powerhouse.  Nimo TV is owned by Chinese streaming platform Huya and has

  • Wizard by Pearson Announced as Sponsor for TFT Championship in Brazil
    by Victor Frascarelli on July 7, 2020 at 12:14

    The language school network Wizard by Pearson on Monday was signed as the official sponsor of the first broadcasted championship of Riot’s Teamfight Tactics (TFT) in Brazil. The company said that entering the world of esports is strategic for opening up communication with a young audience that is in frequent contact with the English language.

  • Operation Awareness Throwback reignites old rivalries in ANZ Rainbow Six
    by Andrew Amos on July 7, 2020 at 07:45

    Operation Steel Wave might have just launched for Rainbow Six: Siege, but for one day on July 11, Operation Awareness is back, featuring four of ANZ’s most storied teams as they fight it out for charity. Operation Awareness will be making its return on July 11, as the Rainbow Six ANZ community aims to raise The post Operation Awareness Throwback reignites old rivalries in ANZ Rainbow Six appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Wildcard dominate Okami in clean sweep to claim Six Masters 2020 title
    by Andrew Amos on July 7, 2020 at 07:06

    It should be no surprise ⁠— Wildcard are your Six Masters 2020 champions. They dominated Okami in the grand final, as they managed to clean sweep their competition to claim the title, only dropping one map across the 20 they played in the tournament. Wildcard have made a statement to not only Australia, but wider The post Wildcard dominate Okami in clean sweep to claim Six Masters 2020 title appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • Dignitas Signs Partnership Deal With BVI Outfit ExpressVPN
    by Kevin Hitt on July 6, 2020 at 19:17

    Dignitas has signed a partnership deal with ExpressVPN, a British Virgin Islands-based virtual private network service. Express is now the official team sponsor and exclusive VPN provider for the esports organization and will engage in content creation surrounding the brands that till focus on the importance of cybersecurity and gaming. Financial and other details were

  • W Series championship to partner with Getty Images
    by Ben Hill on July 6, 2020 at 18:51

    Getty Images has announced its partnership with the all-female W-Series Esports League Simulation Contest. Getty Images becomes the League’s official photo partner for the exclusive deal. All W Series drivers are fighting on the racing platform on the recent0launched sim racing League. Thanks to the current coronavirus pandemic, the W series championship was postponed until 2021. “Since Getty Images was established twenty-five years ago, our experts and industry-leading photography team have always been at the forefront of producing creative This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at W Series championship to partner with Getty Images

  • Call of Duty League to Move Championship to Online Play
    by Kevin Hitt on July 6, 2020 at 18:30

    The management behind Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty League has decided to move the entirety of the league’s playoffs to an online format that will see the participating teams play from remote locations. The decision was based on the ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.   After consulting with players and team

  • Australian Org The Chiefs Esports Club Signs L’Oréal Men Expert For 2020
    by Trent Murray on July 6, 2020 at 16:50

    Australian esports organization The Chiefs Esports Club has announced a partnership with men’s skincare and grooming brand L’Oréal Paris Men Expert for 2020. To announce the partnership, the Chiefs aired a commercial for the brand featuring several of its players on its social media channels. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Chiefs Esports Club competes

  • How Brazil’s LOUD Became the First Organization to Reach 1B Views on YouTube
    by Victor Frascarelli on July 6, 2020 at 16:29

    Founded just over a year ago, LOUD is one of the most prominent organizations in the Brazilian esports scene. In a short span of time, it gained worldwide recognition by becoming the first esports organization to hit 1B views on YouTube, built one of the most engaged communities in the world, and helped to make

  • Tencent vs. Chili Sauce Lao Gan Ma: A $2.3M Esports Advertising Dispute
    by Hongyu Chen on July 6, 2020 at 13:47

    Last week, Chinese congolmerate Tencent Holdings  sued China’s biggest chili sauce brand Lao Gan Ma (LGM) for $2.3M USD in unpaid advertising fees for one of its competitions. While this dispute would be newsworthy in its own right, the story took a dramatic twist when LGM claimed that it “never signed a contract with Tencent.”

  • Caffeine Secures $113M Series D Investment
    by Tobias Seck on July 6, 2020 at 12:12

    Live streaming platform Caffeine closed a $113M USD Series D financing round to invest in new forms of real-time interactive entertainment. The round was led by media company Fox Corporation, privately-held conglomerate Cox Enterprises, and Saudi Arabian investment company Sanabil Investments. Additionally, the round was joined by the Silicon Valley venture-capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and

  • YamatoCannon on coming to Korea: “I don’t like it when it’s easy. I like a challenge.”
    by Andrew Amos on July 6, 2020 at 11:34

    Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi made history on Saturday, becoming the first European coach to win a game in the LCK after helping lead Sandbox to their first victory in Summer 2020. The Swedish coach hasn’t had it easy during his stint in Korea, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. Sandbox have finally gotten off The post YamatoCannon on coming to Korea: “I don’t like it when it’s easy. I like a challenge.” appeared first on Snowball Esports.

  • The Biggest Esports of H1 2020 by Total Prize Pool
    by Trent Murray on July 3, 2020 at 16:00

    The loss of live events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on prize money distribution during the first half of 2020. Nearly all major esports award the bulk of their prize money during in-person, international events – many of which cannot be replaced by an online equivalent. As a result,

  • Ubisoft Promises “Structural Shift” After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
    by Graham Ashton on July 3, 2020 at 15:00

    French game company Ubisoft Entertainment has detailed “a structural shift” in response to recent allegations of sexual misconduct against multiple executives and senior game development staff.  In an internal letter, CEO Yves Guillemot outlined measures including the appointment of Lidwine Sauer as head of workplace culture, and the creation of a head of diversity and

  • Luckbox moves to recruitment drive following stock exchanging listing
    by Alex Pete on July 1, 2020 at 19:09

    After closing its most recent CAD 4.5 million ( € 3 million) funding round, the management of the Luckbox esports betting site has decided on a push for recruitment. Luckbox announces that it is searching for “five major new hires” as the company is going forward as soon as it becomes a Toronto TSX Projects This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at Luckbox moves to recruitment drive following stock exchanging listing

  • Abios and betting platform Pinnacle bet on partnership
    by Gabriel Hall on July 1, 2020 at 18:29

    Pinnacle has formed a collaboration with B2B sports data and analytics provider Abios. In order to “facilitate additional changes to the renowned esports offering of this business,” the Swedish data provider will be able to link Pinnacle. Marco Blume, Pinnacle Trading Director, gave the partnership a further comment, “Much has changed at Pinnacle since it began over a decade ago when we started trading esports. The industry does its utmost to fit the odds for big titles and events that most bookmakers now have. “However, there is a significant difference This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at Abios and betting platform Pinnacle bet on partnership

  • Esports Odyssey | Episode 04 | Kendric Swissh
    by Jesper Kvist on June 30, 2020 at 14:07

    We learn something unique with each new episode of Esports Odyssey, but the one thing that has become evident across all interviews is that a passion for gaming becomes a key driver to people's success. This week's episode is no exception.On the show this week we’re guested by Kendric Swissh, a professional commentator and Twitch streamer with a teaching background. Earlier this year he started working as the head of community at WeHype, an influencer marketing agency connecting esports influencers and content creators with brands.It’s always a pleasure to speak with Kendric; his nuanced view on esports was great to hear. His background in pedagogy provided us with some much-needed perspective on how to deal with negativity in communities.- Philip Hübner, HostListen to Kendric’s uncut story and learn from his achievements and the unexpected hurdles he has had to deal with on his way to pursuing a full-time career in esports.https://medium.com/media/6e9b9ccd267b4b56cd42503362174652/hrefWhat is Esports Odyssey?Esports Odyssey is a podcast dedicated to making esports simpler by breaking it down and learning from the best.On this show, Philip Hübner, Head of Business Development & Strategy at Challengermode, who himself is an esports veteran of over 10 years with former positions at ESL and Twitch, talks to successful people within the esports ecosystem to see what sets them apart from the rest of us.The podcast takes inspiration from classic interview podcasts and aims at uncovering actionable advice that will help people achieve their goals in the esports ecosystem. In the first season of Esports Odyssey, we hear stories from professional broadcast talent, professional players, streamers, and more.https://medium.com/media/f34f46b676572a05f9c3cc8f761c9aaf/hrefYou can listen to Esports Odyssey here:Acast | Castbox | Spotify | Stitcher | Youtubeor wherever you listen to podcasts.Follow Kendric:Twitter | TwitchLearn more about the Podcast: challengermode.com/podcastFollow Challengermode here on Medium or connect with us on social media:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedinEsports Odyssey | Episode 04 | Kendric Swissh was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Esports Odyssey | Episode 02 | Kevin “Noizeeh” Jaskiewicz
    by Jesper Kvist on June 30, 2020 at 12:39

    In the second episode of our new podcast show, Esports Odyssey, Phil talks to Kevin Jaskiewicz aka Noizeeh — a professional gamer with a history of competing in multiple first-person shooter titles.“Noizeeh’s story is impressive and the number of games he has played at a top level is truly astonishing. I’m glad we got to have him on the show, and hope his story inspires & helps many aspiring players out there.”- Philip Hübner, HostWith a background in speedrunning, he explains how a consistent mindset has kept him performing at a high level throughout his career. With the ambition of making a name for himself in the Valorant scene, he has recently quit his job to dedicate all of his time to pursuing a full-time career in esports.https://medium.com/media/e185945480790598d926ab8e54655e64/hrefWhat is Esports Odyssey?Esports Odyssey is a podcast dedicated to making esports simpler by breaking it down and learning from the best.On this show, Philip Hübner, Head of Business Development & Strategy at Challengermode, who himself is an esports veteran of over 10 years with former positions at ESL and Twitch, talks to successful people within the esports ecosystem to see what sets them apart from the rest of us.The podcast takes inspiration from classic interview podcasts and aims at uncovering actionable advice that will help people achieve their goals in the esports ecosystem. In the first season of Esports Odyssey, we hear stories from professional broadcast talent, professional players, streamers, and more.https://medium.com/media/68585d9b1a72db984cff7920ae49f8a1/hrefYou can listen to Esports Odyssey here:Acast | Castbox | Spotify | Stitcher | Youtubeor wherever you listen to podcasts.Follow Noizeeh:Twitter | TwitchLearn more about the Podcast: challengermode.com/podcastFollow Challengermode here on Medium or connect with us on social media:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedinEsports Odyssey | Episode 02 | Kevin “Noizeeh” Jaskiewicz was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Esports Odyssey | Episode 01 | Ceirnan “Excoundrel” Lowe
    by Ludwig Lidell on June 30, 2020 at 12:38

    In the first episode of Esports Odyssey, Philip Hübner jumps on a call with Ceirnan “Excoundrel” Lowe to discover more about how he turned his hobby into a career and how it has changed his view on gaming in an irreversible way.“I’ve known Ceirnan for a long time, but it was fascinating to hear more about his past and how it all started. Very insightful advice and I think a must-listen for everyone who’s starting out as a commentator.”- Philip Hübner, HostExcoundrel’s story starts in the '90s as a young video game enthusiast. He stumbled onto a professional path after losing a tournament with his former League of Legends teammates — a loss that would kickstart a career commentating esports.We learn more about Ceirnan’s preparations before a broadcast and how he handles distractions with ease. Are you aiming for a career as a commentator or host in the Esports Industry and want to know more about how to get started? Listen to Ceirnan’s story.https://medium.com/media/95e22b96248bb4e48129b2ada44918b6/hrefWhat is Esports Odyssey?Esports Odyssey is a podcast dedicated to making esports simpler by breaking it down and learning from the best.On this show, Philip Hübner, Head of Business Development & Strategy at Challengermode, who himself is an esports veteran of over 10 years with former positions at ESL and Twitch, talks to successful people within the esports ecosystem to see what sets them apart from the rest of us.The podcast takes inspiration from classic interview podcasts and aims at uncovering actionable advice that will help people achieve their goals in the esports ecosystem. In the first season of Esports Odyssey, we hear stories from professional broadcast talent, professional players, streamers, and more.https://medium.com/media/352d4511a18e46fc45fe949108da0c98/hrefYou can listen to Esports Odyssey here:Acast | Castbox | Spotify | Stitcher | Youtubeor wherever you listen to podcasts.Here is where you can find out more about the Podcast: challengermode.com/podcastHere is where you can find Excoundrel:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YoutubeHere is where you can follow Challengermode:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedinEsports Odyssey | Episode 01 | Ceirnan “Excoundrel” Lowe was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • David Beckham launches Guild Esports
    by Alex Pete on June 25, 2020 at 10:13

    Guild Esports, which counts David Beckham as one of its co-owners, has announced its worldwide launch. Guild Esports is based in London, UK, and is looking to develop a “traditional academy model” talent pipeline. According to a statement, the company requires scouts to “coach and develop the most talented players” so that it can continue with the operations in the FIFA, Fortnite and the Rocket League, which have to be This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at David Beckham launches Guild Esports

  • Celebrity Esports Investors Who Know the Score
    by Rahul Bhatta on June 25, 2020 at 09:37

    hen Esports first started coming to prominence there were many traditional news outlets and sports media that simply were not buying into the idea that people playing video games competitively could neither garner mass appeal nor be financially viable. Those misconceptions have since been well and truly put to bed. However, for all the naysayers This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at Celebrity Esports Investors Who Know the Score

  • Esports Odyssey | Episode 03 | Tobias “TheNameIsToby” Wiinblad
    by Jesper Kvist on June 23, 2020 at 14:04

    Three weeks into the first season of our new podcast show, Esports Odyssey, we’re guested by the professional caster and analyst Tobias Wiinblad, also known simply as Toby.As a familiar face in the Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds scene, Toby has had to give up time, money, and friendships to get to where he is today. With immense support from the PUBG community he has been able to stick with the game he is passionate about and today he’s even contributing to the community by hosting his own tournaments.Join us in the third episode of Esports Odyssey to hear the real-life story of a small-time streamer from Denmark that risked it all, charmed an entire community, and paved the way for a successful career in esports.https://medium.com/media/d625182fe3abdbbe38ce5a6442f436a2/hrefWhat is Esports Odyssey?Esports Odyssey is a podcast dedicated to making esports simpler by breaking it down and learning from the best.On this show, Philip Hübner, Head of Business Development & Strategy at Challengermode, who himself is an esports veteran of over 10 years with former positions at ESL and Twitch, talks to successful people within the esports ecosystem to see what sets them apart from the rest of us.The podcast takes inspiration from classic interview podcasts and aims at uncovering actionable advice that will help people achieve their goals in the esports ecosystem. In the first season of Esports Odyssey, we hear stories from professional broadcast talent, professional players, streamers, and more.https://medium.com/media/e53a7b69c6bba7078bd7e4ea7be24513/hrefYou can listen to Esports Odyssey here:Acast | Castbox | Spotify | Stitcher | Youtubeor wherever you listen to podcasts.Follow Toby:Twitter | TwitchLearn more about the Podcast: challengermode.com/podcastFollow Challengermode here on Medium or connect with us on social media:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedinEsports Odyssey | Episode 03 | Tobias “TheNameIsToby” Wiinblad was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Unikrn and GRID announce ESPORTS MILLIONS competition
    by Rahul Bhatta on June 23, 2020 at 11:14

    The GRID and online bookmaker, Unikrn have collaborated to launch the € 1 million (£903,759) project ESPORTS MILLIONS. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans will win the jackpot for the upcoming 9:5 game. A “free-to-play, live prediction game” based around Unikrn’s sponsor to Relog ‘s forthcoming CSGO series, 9-5 ESPORTS MILLIONS, where fans are asked ten questions This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at Unikrn and GRID announce ESPORTS MILLIONS competition

  • New Football content and esports live streaming service for Dugout
    by Rahul Bhatta on June 20, 2020 at 18:42

    Dugout, A football media company, has announced the launch of its own live broadcast, ‘Dugout Live,’ which offers its global publishers behind-the-scenes and esports content. Living streams include interviews both before and after the match, live events from training grounds and off-road events, and esports. In addition, the company complements its current and extensive video archive library with live streams from Dugout partner clubs, federations, and leagues. “We’ve been looking at our live-stream offer for a while and we This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at New Football content and esports live streaming service for Dugout

  • Motoring manufacturers in games
    by Ben Hill on June 19, 2020 at 20:15

    It is a seriously exciting time for gaming. There is a crossover between motorsports and esports that is elevating the gaming world to a whole new level. The current lockdown may have helped but it is likely the migration between the real and the virtual was always going to happen. Let’s explore why the motorsport This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at Motoring manufacturers in games

  • How To Deal With Being Stuck
    by Jesper Kvist on June 19, 2020 at 10:01

    Being stuck can be frustrating and feel unfair. The longer it lasts, the more it risks affecting you on a personal level. But finding yourself in an endless grind isn’t necessarily the same as being on a losing streak. You can lose competitive matches and still get value from seeing how you or your team performed in certain aspects of the game. Being hard stuck means losing confidence in yourself or your teammates, no longer enjoying the game or doubting your strategy. In some cases, it can even make you question if your time could be better spent pursuing something else.So, how can you gain your confidence back and deal productively with being stuck? Here are some of our key takeaways from experiences working closely with teams and players across all skill-levels.Don’t be the victim.It can be easy to victimize yourself and look for a villain (or many) when we feel our results don’t match the effort we put in. The recent game update, your team captain’s inability to lead, your current strat-set, you name it, fingers can be pointed in all directions. All of these reasons can factor into why you’ve found yourself being stuck but before you make yourself a victim there are a few things we recommend you do.Take a break.No, we’re not advising you to take a month-long break from the game, although in some cases that might be necessary. Taking just a couple of days off can be good for several reasons. Shifting your focus from staring at poor results to enjoying your non-esports life can help build up the energy and motivation needed to get out of the slump you’re in. When you do manage to come back and start putting up results again, you’ve done so without letting your emotions get the better of you. It might sound like trivial advice but we’ve seen it work before with players struggling in competitive play.Also, take this opportunity to assess your personal situation. Many players today suffer from feeling burned out at an early stage in their careers. Here are some signs to watch for that can indicate a player is feeling burned out:Reduced sense of accomplishmentPlacing less value on their gameDecreased confidenceLack of enjoymentEvaluate your situation.Before you start looking for a solution you need to figure out where the problem lies. The best way to do that is to take a step back and evaluate your situation as a player or as a team. Poor results don’t have to mean that you or your team are playing worse than you did before, the opposite might actually be closer to the truth. Think of your esports career as a graph where being ‘hard stuck’ is just you encountering the next challenge in an overall upwards trajectory. Remember that when you overcome this challenge you will be competing on a higher level than you’ve ever been at before. How’s that for motivation?Turn off the autopilot.Now that you’ve taken a step back and evaluated your situation it’s time to turn off the autopilot and start making the necessary changes. Just because something has always worked for you in the past, it doesn’t mean it will be as successful going forward. It can feel awkward and uncomfortable to turn off the autopilot and force yourself to make other decisions than those you’re used to making every game. Start by noticing what you need to change, the easiest way to spot your mistakes is by watching back VODs. We know! It can be horribly tedious and uncomfortable to watch your own gameplay but we assure you, there’s no better way!Practice, practice, practice…Once you know what and where you need to improve it’s time to grind. Thankfully this is something us gamers are good at. Putting in the hours is easy, the challenge is knowing where you want to be after X amount of hours. So, get back on the server with a plan and a healthy dose of motivation and soon enough you’ll be as confident as you were before!How To Deal With Being Stuck was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Esports betting platform ‘Luckbox’ raises $2.8m ahead of IPO
    by Ben Hill on June 15, 2020 at 09:06

    As it is imminently preparing for listing in a TSX Venture Exchange, Luckbox confirmed that a successful funding round generated CAD 3.8 million ($2.8 million USD). The esports betting bookmaker met its hopes by reporting that its initial funding round of CAD $2.3 million has been oversubscribed by investors. Last month, Luckbox announced that it This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at Esports betting platform ‘Luckbox’ raises $2.8m ahead of IPO

  • LoL Championship Series announces parntership with Verizon
    by Jordan C on June 15, 2020 at 09:00

    A long term partnership with telecommunications company Verizon has been established with the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). Beginning with Summer Split 2020, Verizon will be delivering its 5G Ultra Wideband network to the LCS in an arrangement which will span over three years, as its official 5G network provider. The pair will also discuss how “player and fan interactions around the League” can be improved. Verizon is the first-ever presenter of This article was sourced from Esports news, betting tips & reviews website, EsportsJunkie.com, you can find the original article at LoL Championship Series announces parntership with Verizon

  • VALORANT is now Live on Challengermode
    by Ludwig Lidell on May 20, 2020 at 14:46

    (Riot Games)We are excited to announce that VALORANT is now live on Challengermode. The new First-Person Shooter from Riot Games has taken the Esports Community by storm and we are more than happy making it accessible to all players and Organizers across the world.To organize VALORANT tournaments on Challengermode, reach out to us here.VALORANT Update 0.50https://medium.com/media/f0270bd53ffc338cbc0307685b502aa7/hrefIn time for this announcement Riot shipped a huge update that affects agents, maps, economy, abilities… yes, pretty much everything in the game. Learn everything you need to know in Patch 0.50 as professional caster and analyst, Mitch McBride, guides you through the (many) updates.Meet the OrganizersVALORANT has been highly requested by both players and organizers ever since the game went into closed beta. We have been working day and night to onboard organizers and make sure their VALORANT tournaments live up to player's expectations. Listed below are some of the Spaces you should follow to make sure you don’t miss out on any VALORANT action on the platform.SvenskaOnlineliganHowling EsportsDanish Gaming LeagueAllied EsportsBalkan DiscordConnecting EsportsFELPGCFind & Build Your TeamTeam Finder is available for VALORANT on ChallengermodeWith the launch of VALORANT, we have of course added the game to the Team Finder. So if you are excited to participate in VALORANT competitions, you can find and build your team here.www.challengermode.comVALORANT is now Live on Challengermode was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Announcing Fifa Through the Ages
    by Jesper Kvist on May 12, 2020 at 18:39

    Announcing FIFA Through the AgesChallengermode is excited to announce our first FIFA 20 Tournament series: FIFA Through the Ages (#FTTA).This first of its kind online competition series will have a total prize pool of €54,000, split across the 6 weeks of competition beginning Monday, the 11th of May. The series will host separate cups for both Xbox and PS4 players, as well as each acknowledged FIFA Esports region. That’s 32 cups in total, each with a €1500 Grand prize! This is pro-FIFA, but with a twist…Exclusively for EA Verified Players, the competition will test your FUT Skills like never before; starting in the ‘Bronze age’ and then onto Silver and Gold, #FTTA will restrict players’ squads to a single ‘Level’ of the card, changing every two weeks, meaning the tournament will bring new players, tactics, and squads never seen before in FIFA esports.During the week, players from each region will be able to compete in a BO2, single-elimination ‘Open’ cup, with the Top 16 moving on to that week’s 32 man BO2, Double Elimination playoffs. For week one, we’ll invite the Top 16 Players from the FIFA.gg rankings directly to the playoff portion for their respective console and region, after that, the Top 16 from each weekly competition will continue directly into the following week’s playoff cup.Please read the full rules and eligibility requirements here: RULEBOOKThe EU region will have competitions across all 6 weeks, while NA, MEA and SA, OCE will alternate weeks, see a timetable of the format below:Master ScheduleEach Open cup will have a limited amount of participants (per console):EU — 512NA — 124SA — 124OCE — 124MEA -124SCHEDULE FOR WEEK ONE & TWO (CEST):If you are EA verified and want the chance to compete, please fill out the following application:https://forms.gle/qrEBkdNyS58euW23AYou will need a Challengermode account and proof of Verification in the form of a screenshot of your original email from EA. If you meet the criteria, you will receive an email invite to your respective cup on Challengermode.We are very excited to be able to offer this to the FIFA esports community and hope you have a fun experience on the platform.For any feedback or questions please email: George@challengermode.com.GLHF,/The Challengermode TeamAnnouncing Fifa Through the Ages was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Which Gamer Stereotype Are You?
    by Jesper Kvist on May 8, 2020 at 10:46

    From the all-knowing Guru to the ‘it’s just a game’ compatible casual player, here are some gamer stereotypes you might relate to.Just like in any other niche community gamers are often like-minded and have a shared interest. However, the social dynamics of the gamer community is more complex than that. There is an abundance of different gamer types out there and no matter how much you want to avoid enforcing stereotypes, you’re bound to run into some of them.The GuruWe all remember the kid in school that answered all of the questions no one was asking. This is that person now. But instead of pointing out that Luxembourg is, in fact, the capital of Luxembourg, he reminds you two seconds after you just got killed that the position you were in is wildly irresponsible. With the posture of a semi-god, he sits on his throne of esports literature carelessly quoting Playing To Win and Understanding Esports whilst racking up a disappointing 0.6 KDR. Overthinking every aspect of the game and sucking all the joy out of the games we love and cherish the most.The “Be Right Back”It’s Friday evening and you‘ve waited an entire week to play games with your friends and hopefully climb the ranks or at least collect some sweet loot. You join the game lobby, not realizing that’s where you’ll end up spending the majority of your Friday night. You know that when this particular individual spells out those three dreadful letters, B, R, and B, you‘ll spend the next hour trying to get them back to their computer.The CasualUnlike the ‘guru’, this person has no intention of ever analyzing their gameplay. We’re not saying everyone has to be a top performer and we’re definitely not quoting Ninja by accusing players of having a ‘weak mindset’. But when the slightest show of emotion in-game is met with “It’s just a game bro”, it can be slightly annoying.The ‘Apples and Oranges’We had a hard time coming up with a name for this gamer stereotype but we’re sure you know them just as well as we do. It’s the player that just can’t stop comparing apples to oranges. It’s the “This game is nothing like the game I’m good at so, therefore, it’s a bad game” attitude, often expressed loudly on the internet. A sassy tweet here, a rude Twitch chat comment there. This person will let you know exactly why this game isn’t catered to their preference. With their preference, of course, being an exact copy of the same game they’ve played for decades.Which Gamer Stereotype Are You? was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • In Time for Galaxies & Mobile — Teamfight Tactics Live on Challengermode
    by Ludwig Lidell on March 27, 2020 at 14:12

    In Time for Galaxies & Mobile — Teamfight Tactics Live on ChallengermodeTeamfight Tactics on ChallengermodeJust in time for Set 3 — Galaxies & the mobile-app version of the game, we welcome Teamfight Tactics (TFT) to the Challengermode roster.From now on, you and your friends will be able to compete in TFT on a daily basis just like in other games on the platform with prizes and rewards.Since Teamfight Tactics is cross-platform, you will be able to participate in tournaments and competitions on your mobile phone.Just in time for the launch of the Galaxies Set!https://medium.com/media/3603f5a5eeee1df8974db2909ad939bf/hrefFor organizers & communities, you will not be able to start creating your own tournaments & leagues within Teamfight Tactics just yet. Later on you will be able to create simple Single-Elimination tournaments, which you can do easily within your Space. If you need guidance or help creating your first tournaments, feel free to use the on-site support.For bigger tournaments & leagues, please contact us further on esports@challengermode.com and we will help you get started with the best format possible for your event.How does a TFT Tournament work?Teamfight Tactics tournaments work differently compared to other games due to the 8-player format. Depending on your position in the match you will receive a score. First place will receive a 7 point score and then it will decrease with 1 point for each placement. This score is mostly relevant in “best of X” matches with multiple games.Tiebreakers:The tiebreakers will be as the following:Average PlacementHighest PlacementLast Game PlacementsLog in or sign up to play now.In Time for Galaxies & Mobile — Teamfight Tactics Live on Challengermode was originally published in Challengermode on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.