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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

Imagine Dragons invest in esports agency RektGlobal and Team Rogue

Members from award-winning band joined by music producer Steve Aoki in ownership of esports team

By Haydn Taylor

UC Berkeley introduces League of Legends scholarships

University of California follows establishment of "esports community center" with new Riot Games partnership

Tencent will invest $15 million in Fortnite's rollout in China

Seeding an esports community for Epic's game will be a focus of the investment

By Matthew Handrahan

First major PUBG tournament launches this summer with $2m prize pool on the line

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Global Invitational set to take place this year in Berlin, Germany

By Haydn Taylor

Fortnite streamer peaks at 667,000 concurrent viewers, breaking own record

Las Vegas Esports Arena inaugural event becomes record-breaking Twitch stream

By Haydn Taylor

Twitch signs multi-year deal with NBA 2K League

First media rights deal for the NBA and Take-Two's esports endeavor will see up to 199 games aired live on streaming site

By Brendan Sinclair

Twitch takes 82% of viewership hours for the top streaming titles in Q1

Esports content generated 11 per cent of all viewership hours across Twitch and YouTube

By Haydn Taylor

Counter-Strike pro player suspended over racist comment

Remarks "went beyond something being a genuine joke" says Faceit Pro League rep

By Haydn Taylor

Unikrn sets up cryptocurrency esports betting platform with acquisition of ChallengeMe.gg

“This is a big deal for me, for Unikrn and, honestly, for the entire gaming ecosystem,” says Unikrn CEO

By Haydn Taylor

Activision Blizzard enlists Nielsen for esports valuation

Tracking firm to assess value of sponsorship packages to see if brands are getting their money's worth

By Brendan Sinclair

Overwatch League team drops player

Boston Rising terminates contract of Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez after allegation of sexual communications with a minor

By Brendan Sinclair

Research reveals most popular esports on Twitch

Nearly three times as many MOBA streamers than any other genre

By Haydn Taylor

Skillz doubles revenue run-rate up to $200m in nine months

Revenue run-rate up by 125% as mobile esports platform hosts over one million tournaments per day

By Haydn Taylor

World's largest esports organisations sign up for Clash Royale League

36 teams from North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to compete in $1 million World Final

By Haydn Taylor

Is GAME right to bank on Belong?

CEO Martyn Gibbs on the challenges facing retail, and why the Sports Direct deal is a game changer

By Christopher Dring

NFL and NBA veterans among key hires at Activision Blizzard's new esports division

"We're committed to maintaining the highest degree of excellence and professionalism in our operation," says esports division CEO

By Haydn Taylor

Red Bull announces UK's largest public esports studio

Studio launches later this month in partnership with ASUS Republic of Gamers, Noblechairs, and Newegg

By Haydn Taylor

Female Overwatch League host receives death threats over Women's Day tweet

Soe 'Soembie' Gschwind-Penski besieged on social media for thanking supportive men

By James Batchelor

Alibaba to focus on non-violent games for Olympic esports bid

First-party publishers of violent games will be "suspected of only pushing your games for your own benefit”

By Matthew Handrahan

Overwatch League team releases twice-banned player

Dallas Fuel cuts ties with Félix "xQc" Lengyel after he follows up suspension for homophobia with suspension for racism

By Brendan Sinclair

PUBG Corp acquires MadGlory to enable community developer tools

New subsidiary will launch online portal for custom-made APIs, matchmaking engines and esports systems

By James Batchelor

Gfinity signs Facebook exclusivity deal

Elite Series esports events to will be broadcast digitally on the social network throughout 2018

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