February 18, 2020

The Meteoric Growth of Rainbow Six: Siege

Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Siege is one of the greatest modern case studies for how to build an esport. Last weekend, the Six Invitational dominated streaming platforms with over 5 million hours watched over the entire event. The year-over-year growth of Rainbow Six is a testament to Ubisoft’s focus on competitive gameplay, willingness to implement community […]

February 13, 2020

DreamHack’s Place in the Esports Ecosystem

In these days of franchised esports leagues commanding massive buy-ins for slots, the third-party tournament organizers that drove esports for years are in tough spots. DreamHack has long been an esports mainstay with tournaments happening around the world, but the scope of games possible for DreamHack events in is slowly dwindling. Mike Van Driel provides […]

February 11, 2020

GenG Co-Founder and Cloud9 President exchange insight over CS:GO’s FLASHPOINT

FLASHPOINT is a CS:GO tournament series announced last week that is poised to become one of the more important circuits in the CS:GO landscape. Founding teams in the series include Cloud9, GenG, MiBR, C0ntact Gaming, MAD Lions and Dignitas. The league operates under a unique ownership split that gives teams a legitimate stake in events […]

February 5, 2020

FLASHPOINT Introduces a New Format for CS:GO With Big Backers

In a London press conference, esports tastemakers made lofty promises for the future of CS:GO. “B Site” has officially become FLASHPOINT, a new series of CS:GO tournaments that will begin in March. With a $2,000,000 prize pool in 2020, the tournament series is prepared to compete with the biggest events in CS:GO. The league will […]

February 4, 2020

Investing in Esports with Black Dog VC CEO Scott Kelly

Everyone wants a piece of esports – at least that’s how it seems. In the last few years more money has entered esports than ever before. Investors are putting down tens of millions for spots in the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues, esports organizations are booking massive raises and new companies are popping up […]

February 3, 2020

The History of Esports Betting

At the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, a sportsbook ticket writer talks with a security guard, the last two workers surrounded by black TVs. As I approach, he gets the look in his eye of a worker who has dealt with too many drunk bettors. “We’re closed.”  But I’m not there to […]

January 27, 2020

The Best Places to Bet on Esports

Betting on esports is a new venture for most sportsbooks. From the early days of CS:GO skins betting to some less-than-legal third party sites to now having some of the biggest betting companies in the world dipping their toes in the digital world, betting on esports has come a long way. There are plenty of […]

December 27, 2019

The Call of Duty League changes course on Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the league, every creature was stirring, even the mouse. In a surprising Christmas Eve decision, the Call of Duty league changed the league’s format. The original intention was for the CDL to operate like the OWL with each Homestand Weekend basically acting as regular-season matches for teams. […]

December 12, 2019

Brooklyn Nets Owner Joseph Tsai Invests $10 Million in G2 Esports

Fresh off a magnificent run through League of Legends Worlds that fell just short, G2 Esports has announced the company’s second raise of the year. Joseph Tsai, the owner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and co-founder of Alibaba, has invested $10 million into G2. The esports organization based in Germany has been open about new […]

November 12, 2019

Esports Health with the GamerDoc

Esports organizations are increasingly focusing on player health. While stereotypes classicly associated with gaming don’t hold up, there are some worrying trends when it comes to physical health in esports. The Gamer Doc, a licensed doctor based out of Washington DC, comes on the podcast to give her thoughts on the causes of burnout in […]

November 6, 2019

Complexity Gaming CMO on Partnering With the Dallas Cowboys

Complexity has had one of the most interesting years for esports organizations. As CMO Cam Kelly approaches his one year anniversary, he talks about what he’s learned in the esports world, Complexity’s unique relationship with the Dallas Cowboys, and why Complexity hasn’t invested in the franchised leagues (yet). If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate […]

November 6, 2019

Comcast and Cal Esports Host a Panel on Esports Careers

Comcast and Cal Esports have partnered on a panel that will give students a look at possible career paths in the esports world. Cal Esports Program Manager Kevin Ponn joins the podcast to talk about the panel, esports in the Pac-12 and more. Watch the full panel courtesy of Xfinity. Or head to the official […]

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 24, 2019

Overwatch World Cup Preview

The Overwatch World Cup is around the corner and Mike “Roomba” Schwartz and I break down some of the biggest storylines: Can South Korea be beat? Will the Hong Kong team create another Blitzchung situation? Will a future OWL star break out at the event? We answer those questions and more. We did have some […]

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 15, 2019

Super Smash Bros’ drama filled summer with Danny Howard – Esportz Network Podcast

Super Smash Bros esports scene saw plenty of drama this Summer. There was bullying, racist discord messages, underage dating, blackmail and fights at events. Just to name a few. FGC writer Danny Howard comes on the pod to talk about everything that went down and why Nintendo might need to step in soon. If you […]

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 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 […]

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