October 29, 2019

Five Below to build esports venues

Nationwide retail chain Five Below has announced plans to build esports venues across the United States. After leading a $12 million equity funding round for Nerd Street Gamers, Five Below shared their plans to build up to 70 esports facilities nationwide. The 3,000 square-foot venues will be adjacent to or within Five Below stores. The […]

October 28, 2019

ESL’s SVP of Brand Partnerships on the ESL Mobile Open

Paul Brewer, ESL’s SVP of Brand Partnerships in North America joins the podcast to talk about the new ESL Mobile Open, diversity and inclusion in esports, moving from sports to esports and more. Take the GLHF pledge from AnyKey. See how effective brand sponsorships can mobilize a crowd with this chant for DHL. If you […]

October 24, 2019

How Extreme Networks is Building Esports Infrastructure in Schools

Extreme Networks’ Chief Operating Officer Norman Rice joins the show to talk about how Extreme Networks is taking the companies work in traditional sports over to esports. We cover what a good esports network looks like, how esports is becoming the new collegiate battle ground and much more. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate […]

October 23, 2019

Why Google Stadia is not esports ready

Stadia is Google’s upcoming cloud gaming service promising to revolutionize the gaming industry. Google claims it will provide better performance than local hardware in two to three years. If Stadia lives up to this promise and players use the service globally, it could change gaming everywhere. However, esports differ from casual gaming and Stadia needs […]

October 21, 2019

First-ever academic esports conference announced

LRP Media Group announced today, October 21, that they are launching the Academic Esports Conference & Expo. Taking place in one year from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21 in Chicago, the conference aims to connect academic leaders and the esports audience. As the esports industry continues to grow, educators and schools look to enter the […]

October 18, 2019

Starting a Career as an Esports Writer – Esportz Network Podcast

Many esports fans want to turn their passion into a career, and being a writer feels like a great way to start. Mitch Reames and Gabriel “H3nley” Ionica go behind-the-scenes in the lives of esports writers, how to best start a career and what it takes to succeed. Be warned, the ecosystem as a whole […]

October 16, 2019

Blizzard bans Hearthstone Collegiate team for six months

Activision Blizzard has banned American University Hearthstone players for six months for holding up a “Free Hong Kong” poster during an official stream. Three American University Hearthstone players expressed their solidarity and support for Hong Kong protestors and fellow Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai. Blizzard’s decision to ban the AU players comes nearly one […]

October 16, 2019

CBS and Rick Fox produce esports sitcom

Hollywood, CA – Rick Fox, co-owner of Echo Fox, is one of the executive producers of a new esports sitcom coming to CBS. CBS agreed to a put pilot order. This means that the network agrees to air the pilot episode or be forced to pay a fine. With an agreement in place, it is […]

October 15, 2019

Blizzard cancels Overwatch launch event at Nintendo World Store NYC

NEW YORK–Blizzard has canceled its Overwatch launch event that was set to take place on Wednesday at the Nintendo World Store in New York City. Today should have been a good press day for Blizzard. Amidst all the controversy they are currently facing, Overwatch Legendary Edition launched today on the Nintendo Switch and is now […]

October 15, 2019

Bjergsen re-ups deal, becomes strategic shareholder with TSM

Few esports pros are as synonymous with one team as Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and TSM League of Legends. Roster turnover in esports is the norm with free agency often feeling like a merry-go-round, spitting players to new teams. Since Bjergsen first put on the TSM jersey in 2013, entire esports have come to fruition, new […]

October 12, 2019

Blizzard president reduces Blitzchung’s suspension and returns winnings

Since Wai Chung “Blitzchung” Ng’s suspension from a Hearthstone tournament, community outlook towards Blizzard hit an all-time low. J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard, finally responded, returning Blitzchung’s winnings and shortening his suspension. Gaming company @Blizzard_Ent, which banned a prominent player this week for speaking out in support of Hong Kong demonstrators, has this statue […]

October 11, 2019

Riot Games Sues Riot Squad over Trademark Infringement

Riot Games recently filed a lawsuit seeking damages against Riot Squad, a Chicago-based esports organization, in the Central District of California of the United States Court. Filed on Oct 7, the suit claims that Riot Squad is performing copyright infringement on Riot Game’s trademark. Riot further states in the suit, “This is an action for trademark […]

October 9, 2019

Epic Games will not suppress player’s free speech

Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, comes forward saying that Epic Games supports the rights of Fortnite players and creators to speak about politics and human rights. Sweeney’s statement comes close on the heels of Blizzard banning Blitzchung, a professional Hearthstone player, for one year. The player attended a post-match interview wearing goggles and […]

October 9, 2019

The new PlayStation 5 is coming next holiday season, could be good for esports

Console gamers now know when to expect Sony’s new console. The gaming console—officially named the PlayStation 5—is set to release sometime during the holiday season in 2020. Additionally, Sony details how the console will differentiate itself from its predecessor. And some of those features will be beneficial for esports tournaments. The big features Some of […]

October 8, 2019

Fortnite pro players unite together to form new players’ association

Sixteen Professional Fortnite players have banded together to form a new players association: the Fortnite Professional Players’ Association. The team consists of the best Fortnite players from around the globe. The reason behind the unexpected change in the professional scene is stated in their most recent tweet. “It is an independent world-wide collective of professional […]

October 8, 2019

Hearthstone pro supports Hong Kong, gets banned by Blizzard

US Gaming Company Blizzard Entertainment banned Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai and fired two casters for political rhetoric in a post-game interview regarding the Hong Kong protests at the Asia-Pacific Hearthstone Grandmasters. “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” shouts Wai in a post-game interview wearing a mask that resembles what protesters wore during […]

October 8, 2019

Canadian couple sues Epic Games for making Fortnite “addicting”

MONTREAL, CANADA—The law firm Calex Légal has filed a request to pursue a Class Action lawsuit against Epic Games in Canada. The firm alleges that the action was made “because of the highly addictive nature of the game.” In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Alessandra Esposito Chartrand, an attorney with Calex Légal, made […]

October 7, 2019

Red Bull signs global partnership with League of Legends

On the floor of TwitchCon, teams of two Red Bull employees scatter around the crowd hawking as many free Red Bulls as they can carry. That’s been a common scene at esports and gaming events for years. Red Bull was one of the first companies to identify the opportunity in the esports space and put […]

October 7, 2019

Esports has a new state-of-the-art broadcast home… The Esportz Network

Esportz Entertainment Corp., the Largest Esports News Network, to Open New Southern California Esports Broadcast Center. The company’s planned state-of-the-art Orange County studio will deliver high-quality professional productions while offering flexibility and support to other key elements of its esports business including media training and apparel/merchandise design. Esportz Entertainment Corp., founded by Chairman and CEO […]

October 5, 2019

Huge scandal with the FIFA 20 Global Series

From pro players switching teams, to major changes in the 2020 season, to EA leaking personal data of players. The FIFA 2020 Global Series experiences a lot of drama for a tournament yet to start.  On October 9, EA Sports announced the start of the FIFA 20 Global Series. But the much anticipated FIFA season […]

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