International Olympic Committee hosts forum to discuss esports

Riots Games CEO hopes forum might lead to esports "being more legitimised the world over"

By Haydn Taylor

HyperX ships five million gaming headsets

Fortnite and esports popularity drives gaming headset growth

Epic Games offers $8 million prize pool for Summer Skirmish competition

Series marks the first dip into company's $100 million total prize pool for Fortnite esports in 2018

Blizzard and Disney partner to bring Overwatch League to ESPN, other networks

ESPN, Disney XD, ABC, related networks will broadcast the competition's inaugural season

By Rebekah Valentine

University of Roehampton introduces UK's first esports scholarship

Will be worth 1,500 per year and supports students of all levels

Newzoo: Taiwanese gamers expected to spend $1.3 billion in 2018

With 14.5 million players, Taiwan is the world's 15th largest gaming market

By Rebekah Valentine

OpenAI teaching neural networks to compete with Dota 2 professionals

Team of five neural networks has already beaten multiple amateur human teams

By Rebekah Valentine

International Olympic Committee to host esports forum

Representatives from the worlds of esports, gaming, and the Olympic movement will meet to discuss future collaboration

By Rebekah Valentine

Kotaku Compete shuts down

Esports coverage hub closes due to Univision budget cuts

By Rebekah Valentine

Tencent: Chinese esports market expected to grow to $1.5 billion in 2020

Country's esports userbase projected to grow to 350 million, accounting for 59% of global esports users

By Rebekah Valentine

Immortals acquire previously defunct Brazilian esports brand MIBR

Signs non-endemic sponsors Tinder and Betway as part of the deal

By Haydn Taylor

Fortnite breaks record for concurrent Twitch viewers

Battle Royale smash hit outperforms previous record holder Counter-Strike: GO

By James Batchelor

Gamurs esports media network raises $2.2 million

Alium Capital and angel investors bring Gamurs' lifetime funding to $5.7 million

Epic Games announces 2019 Fortnite World Cup as game reaches 125m players

Publisher wont sell teams or franchise spots for the World Cup, nor will it allow third-party leagues to do so

By Haydn Taylor

Arena of Valor tournament will mark Tencent's E3 debut

Partnership with ESL will see playoffs hosted in Los Angeles ahead of next month's $550,000 World Cup

By James Batchelor

High school esports firm PlayVS raises $15 million

Series A funding round led by firms with ties to NFL, NBA, Twitch, and Nas; inaugural season set for October

By Brendan Sinclair

First Overwatch League Grand Finals event sells out Barclays Center

More than 20,000 tickets sold for the July 27-28 competition, the largest ever esports event at the arena

Battle royale players are among the most engaged gamers, report finds

Newzoo: 88 per cent of battle royale players invest money in gaming, compared to 75 per cent of traditional competitive game players

By Haydn Taylor

Epic to host pro-am Fortnite tournament with $3 million prize money

Los Angeles event will feature streamers and celebrities going head-to-head

Chinese Overwatch League team practices for twelve hours, six days a week

Team with the "most intensive training scheme" in the league has so far not won a single game

By Rebekah Valentine

Epic Games to provide $100 million prize pool for Fortnite esports this year

Developer promises a different, "more inclusive" approach with tournament details to follow in the coming weeks

By Rebekah Valentine

FIFA and Call of Duty driving viewer growth in console esports

20 million hours of console events watched in 2018 so far, but still only a fraction of esports' overall viewership

By James Batchelor

Quarterback raises $2.5 million fan-based esports league platform

Investors included Bitkraft Esports, Crest Capital Ventures, Deep Space Ventures, and Upwest Labs

By Rebekah Valentine

Chinese streaming firm Huya raises $180m in IPO

Esports broadcast platform meets high-end expectations with value of $12 per share

By James Batchelor

Hi-Rez Studios announces new esports production company

Studio co-founder and COO to head up Skillshot Media as president

By Haydn Taylor

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