The 2019 GuardianCon charity stream drew $3.7 million in donations over the weekend with the tally set to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its fight against childhood cancer. Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo delivered the most money for the cause, reeling in $920,343.98 in donations.
GameStop locked in a deal with Justin Wong, who has been ranked No. 1 in Street Fighter gaming tournaments, to launch a gaming clinic this fall for GameStop customers. Through this partnership, Wong and GameStop will create a unique 45-minute gaming clinic comprised of a series of shorter videos that help amateur players perfect their performance in their favorite fighting games. “Teaming-up with GameStop while supporting the fighting game community is a dream come true,” said Wong. “I am excited to develop educational content for some of the top fighting games and raise awareness to this specific area of gaming.”
Scuf Gaming and the NBA 2K League are launching a collection of controllers to celebrate each of the 21 teams in the NBA 2K League. Each NBA 2K League team controller features a unique design, including a faceplate emblazoned with one of the NBA 2K League team’s respective colors and logo. “This collection is a nod to the league’s fans, who are just as faithful and loyal as those that cheer on live basketball,” said Scuf Gaming founder and CEO Duncan Ironmonger. “Whether it’s the royal purple and gold of Lakers Gaming, the iconic blue and orange of Knicks Gaming, or any other team, fans can now represent their favorite team when they are gaming.”
High School Esports League, which features over 1,500 partnered high schools across North America, announced the launch of the HSEL Esports Equipment Bundle hardware program in partnership with MAINGEAR. The initiative offers schools that sign up for three years of esports competition six high-end gaming PCs, with Razer peripherals and includes unlimited access to HSEL competitions for three years, with unlimited teams and student slots, plus six MAINGEAR VYBE gaming rigs powered by AMD Ryzen processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics cards.
Twitch is opening the door to Subscriber Streams. The company announced that the new initiative will help build “authentic connections” and help creators offer new and better ways to reward their viewers. The feature launched in beta yesterday and if a viewer subscribes to a channel at any tier, including a Twitch Prime subscription, they’ll have access to that creator’s Subscriber Streams. Streamers must be a Twitch Affiliate or Twitch Partner and must not have violated the Twitch Community Guidelines in their last 90 unique broadcast days.
ReKTGlobal, owner of Rogue, announced that acquisition of Greenlit Content, which owns GameDaily.biz and the GameDaily Connect event series. In addition to GameDaily, Greenlit Content operates gaming sites TwinGalaxies.com, Shacknews.com, and PrimaGames.com, and also creates viral branded gaming content, events and activations in collaboration with major consumer companies such as Xbox, HyperX, Chips Ahoy!, Warner Bros., and Redbox. The new corporate ownership will open up new marketing opportunities for the combined Greenlit/ReKTGlobal client base.
Team Liquid is forging deeper ties with Chinese audiences, announcing a partnership with Chinese streaming network HUYA in an exclusive streaming deal in the Chinese market so players can reach Chinese fanbases on a daily basis, including the team’s rosters from LCS, CS:GO, Apex (Rogue, Flanker, caliburn, Casper), PUBG, & Fr0zen. New streaming services and technology will be implemented for this partnership by Restream.io.
Facebook Gaming is integrating StreamElements into the platform, where livestreaming tool will be made available for users that enables broadcasters to bring tipping, overlays, and more to their livestreams on Facebook Gaming. In addition, StreamElements has optimized OBS Live for Facebook, allowing creators to control the look and feel of their livestream.
Myesports Ventures, owners and operators of Canada’s first esports arena, and Super Channel, operators of GINX Esports TV Canada), entered a partnership that will see TGS produce Canadian content that will be shown exclusively on GINX Esports TV Canada. “As esports in Canada continues to grow, it makes perfect sense to partner with the great team at GINX Esports TV Canada to bring new and diverse content to viewers across the country,” said Spiro Khouri, VP of sales and marketing. “Our venue allows us the chance to connect with the gaming community on a level never seen before in this country. By doing so, we will be able to share amazing stories of those individuals and teams through the GINX Esports TV Canada platform.”
Dignitas announced the grand opening of a new content and media production facility in Newark that will be dedicated to producing original content dedicated to the “cross-section of gaming, entertainment, music and lifestyle media.” The 3,000 square-foot facility is adjacent to Prudential Center, the HBSE owned 19,000 seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena, and will feature a 500-square foot Content Studio presented by Caffeine TV, equipped with four 4K cameras capable of 4K-quality live broadcast workflow, two soundproof live-streaming and recording pods and fully-stocked café. The new East Coast training home for Dignitas’ seven teams, including League of Legends, World Champion Rocket League and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams, includes a professional gaming space, outfitted with high-end gaming computers, console systems and Dignitas-branded Raynor Gaming chairs.
The Renegades announced the grand opening of GAMETIME Detroit with doors opening at 6p on Friday in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The site will serve as the official headquarters of the team and be the only esports facility located in the Midwest that offers open play access for professional and casual gamers as well as events, tournaments and more.
PUBG Corporation named Glen Schofield as the CEO of its new game development studio, Striking Distance. “As a company, we have focused on developing and making content available for global audiences through close collaboration with international teams located across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. That vision is taken to the next level as our development and service portfolio expands and diversifies with Glen Schofield and Striking Distance,” said C.H. Kim, CEO at PUBG Corporation. “We are thrilled to welcome Glen to the company. His unique blend of proven leadership and boundless creativity will help us create great synergy.”