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Monster news last week as the streaming wars continue to heat up. Gaming pillar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced that he was moving to Microsoft’s streaming service, Mixer, to stream games and video exclusively on the platform at www.mixer.com/Ninja while shifting his content off of Twitch. Ninja will also attend broader gaming events and activations throughout the year in support of Mixer. After five days of streaming, Ninja nabbed over a million active subscribers on Mixer, while the platform surged to the top of the app charts.
Red Bull Media House launched a new esports documentary, Against the Odds on Red Bull TV. The feature-length film follows the story of Dota 2 team Team OG, an unlikely group of gamers who become legends by winning the biggest prize in esports at the The International 2018, taking home over $11 million “The astonishing tale of Team OG’s road to the International 2018 is one that goes beyond competitive gaming and tells a Cinderella story that has universal appeal,” said GrizzlyMug, Director. “Against the Odds lifts the curtain on the dedication and drama behind the scenes of the biggest esports tournament and offers an unparalleled insight into one of the most riveting journeys esports has ever seen.”
Seattle-based tournament platform Matcherino announced a raise of $1.5 million in its Series A-1 funding round. The round of investment was led by Galaxy Digital’s Galaxy EOS VC Fund and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. “Our product offerings provide the tools to connect players, brands, tournament organizers, and even fans, in a way that is advantageous for all parties, both monetarily and in providing a more enjoyable experience for all involved,” said John Maffei, CEO of Matcherino. “We are thrilled to be bringing these investors aboard. Matcherino’s full suite of products engaging the esports community is designed to connect industry stakeholders who have been long ignored or underserved.”
The Dallas Morning News will launch coverage of the Dallas Fuel professional esports franchise within the SportsDay area of its digital products. The News intends to provide intensive, digital-only coverage as the team enters the final weeks of the regular season. Garry Leavell, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports stated, “We think we are in a strong position to build a following of esports enthusiasts. There are plenty of bloggers who don’t have access to players and some good esports journalists who write trend stories. But no one covers local sports franchises the way we approach the Cowboys, Mavs, Rangers or Stars. We think esports fans are hungry for serious coverage. Led by assistant sports editor Tommy Magelssen, we aim to provide that coverage of the Dallas Fuel.”
ESL Australia and Dare Iced Coffee, Australia’s leading Iced Coffee, announced a partnership to bring Dare on board as official drinks partner of the ESL AU & NZ Championship Season 2 2019. Activations will span across multiple esports-focused channels including Twitch.tv, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram as part of a broad campaign.
The University of Akron teamed up with Cleveland Clinic Sports Health to become the exclusive medical provider of Akron Esports, giving varsity student-players expedited health care. The student-players will also be part of a collaborative research effort between UA and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health to outline the effective and comprehensive care of esports athletes.
Esports org Gen.G closed a partnership with Bumble, the “women-first” social networking app with over 65 million users worldwide, to form Gen.G’s first ever all-women esports team, Gen.G Empowered by Bumble (Team Bumble). Through the deal, the two brands will also develop new platforms to drive empowerment in the gaming community. Bumble has now added a ‘gaming’ badge that Bumble BFF users can easily showcase on their profiles. Gamers on Bumble BFF can now filter their matches to find other gamers to connect with in their communities. In addition, Bumble will become an official partner for Kristen Valnicek (@KittyPlays), Gen.G’s Head of New Gaming Initiatives, as well as partner to #TeamKitty, a network of hundreds of women gamers and streamers organized by KittyPlays. Gen.G and Bumble will develop custom content and deploy a series of activations including co-hosted events, live-streaming opportunities and more, utilizing KittyPlays and #TeamKitty.
UMG Media entered into an agreement to acquire Activate Entertainment, a creative management and production services company that specializes in esports events and activations. In 2019, Activate has produced a number of major esports events, including the “Esports Experience” at the National Advertising Broadcaster (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, and the “Panasonic Esports Arena” at InfoComm in Orlando. “Bringing Activate into UMG will greatly expand the services and expertise of UMG in the esports event management side of the industry,” commented Dave Antony, CEO of UMG. “Being able to add the experience of Chris and Dirk will be invaluable as UMG expands.”
The Entertainment Software Association is scrambling after reports broke that the organization had not protected details about its media list from E3, not just in 2019 but in previous years as well. GamesIndustry.biz reports that databases of personal information for media professionals attending E3 were also available from two previous years to the open public. ESA notified press that the lists, which included phone numbers and addresses, had been removed from the site. Databases contained more than 2,800 listings for journalists, YouTubers and analysts who attended one E3, and more than 3,300 for those who attended another.
Speaking of the ESA, the org stated that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony are teaming up to mandate that games with paid loot boxes also include the chances of winning randomized in-game items. Officials stated that many of video game publishers who are members of the ESA, will “implement a similar approach,” including Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Bungie, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast.
Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws named Chris DeAppolonio as the team’s new president. DeAppolonio previously served as executive vice president, partnerships at Infinite Esports & Entertainment, the former parent company of the Houston Outlaws and OpTic Gaming. He will now lead all business and competitive operations for the Outlaws and will work to continue the expansion of the brand to its home marketing area of Houston, Austin, and San Antonio in preparation for hosting matches in their market during the upcoming 2020 season. Of course, the Outlaws were acquired by Immortals Gaming when they purchased parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment in June. Since IGC already owns and operates the Los Angeles Valiant, the team is now in the process of being sold to Houston-based real estate investor Lee Zieben. The acquisition is expected to be closed by the end of August.
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CYNOPSIS TOP WOMEN IN MEDIA AWARDS GALA
Cynopsis is celebrating the 2019 Top Women in Media — the outstanding women across every facet of the media industry — TV, digital/tech, esports, sports, marketing and more. From corporate visionaries to rising stars, they are making bold decisions and driving their businesses forward and they deserve their moment in the spotlight.
Join us September 9th for the Gala in NYC!
ON THIS WEEK in 1986: Metroid is first released.
Trivia: What type of restaurant serves as the home of the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city.)
Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: The game Fallout: New Vegas features a fedora-wearing corpse found inside a refrigerator amid a radioactive wasteland. This is a nod to which famous character who attempted a similar tactic to escape an atomic bomb? Answer: Indiana Jones. Kudos: Julie Reuther/Sydney; Gabrielle Pedro Fredrick-National Geographic/DC; Matt Sautter-WideOrbit/Harrisburg; Henry Jones Jr.-Marshall College/Bedford; Erin Allen-WarnerMedia/Atlanta; Jason Morrow-Toyota/Houston; Daniel Hanson/Vail; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank
Later — Chris
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