Sterling.VC, which owns the Overwatch League’s New York Excelsior, established Andbox to oversee its esports initiatives, which will also include the New York franchise spot in the upcoming Call of Duty league to become “the first multi-franchise esports organization to represent New York in the world’s preeminent esports leagues.” Andbox will also focus on hosting additional esports events in and around New York City in addition to launching content and developing original lifestyle and apparel products.
Dignitas, the esports organization of the Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, and Clutch Gaming, the esports franchise owned and operated by the NBA’s Houston Rockets, announced the first ever merger involving a League of Legends franchise in Riot Games’ League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). The merger marks the return to the series for Dignitas, which previously fielded teams in (pre-franchised) League of Legends leagues in both North America and Europe and see Clutch Gaming immediately roll into the existing portfolio of Dignitas teams, which includes a World Championship Rocket League team, a two-time World Champion Counter-Strike:Global Offensive female team, as well as outfits competing in Super Smash Bros. Melee, SMITE, Apex Legends and Clash Royale.
The Electronics Entertainment Expo 2019 continued to deliver a bevy of news along with 200 exhibitors for this year’s event. Setting aside game announcements, key headlines surrounding E3 include:
- Microsoft announcing details for Project Scarlett, its next-gen console planned for launch in holiday season 2020 anchored by halo infinite as a launch title. The company also announced the acquisition of indie developer and publisher Double Fine and that the company purchased Psychonauts 2 from Starbreeze.
- Ubisoft detailed plans for Uplay Plus, it new subscription service that costs $14.99 a month and grants players access to the “ultimate editions” of over 100 titles, hitting PC in September, and Google Stadia in 2020.
- Speaking of which, Google announced that that the paid version of Google Stadia, offering 4K, 60fps, HDR streaming, will cost $9.99/month, although subscribers will still have to purchase games at full price to play and own them.
ESP Gaming has rebranded to Estars Studios, with the goal of aligning with sister company Estars, an esports engagement platform. It will continue to deliver production for esports events and content, offering a authentic video content production, tournament organization and logistics, venue management, influencer marketing and more. “We are thrilled to announce our new name as we remain committed to creating exceptional productions and events for our fans and partners,” said Estars Studios Co-Founder and President, Jeff Liboon. “We’ve grown beyond the initial vision for the company and believe this alignment with Estars positions us at the forefront of competitive gaming.”
The British Esports Association has agreed to participate in a new global investment fund aimed at esports, new media and the wider games industry. David Martin, Investment Director at EGF, said: “The aim is to create a fund not yet seen in the esports fund arena, for us that means using an EU country as the home location, publicly listing the fund on Nasdaq and placing ourselves in view of regulators, all whilst creating an open ended, evergreen, partially liquid fund targeting long term capital appreciation.”
7-Eleven, a sponsor of E3, tackled this year’s event by working with pro gamer and streaming star Dr Lupo onsite, where he interviewed E3 attendees, and broadcast “Hot Takes” conference news and more to gamers everywhere through livestreams and social. Cynopsis caught up with Dr Lupo to ask him about his experience at E3, working with Rogue and his dedication to leveraging his streams to benefit charity.
Lupo on E3 personal highlights: It’s difficult to go any further than beyond what City Project Red did during Microsoft’s presentation. Seeing Keanu Reeves on stage of course was guaranteed to be a hit. Cyberpunk looks extremely cool. It’s a genre me and my brothers are super into. Based on what they’ve done in the past, I have a feeling no matter what comes out of Cyberpunk, It’s going to be a hit. I am very excited for that. I thought I would like Halo the best, but it looked like a tech presentation. I played all of the Halos, but I hoped for a little more. I know they’re waiting for Scarlett’s release, though. Then Nintendo’s teaser for the Zelda: Breath of the Wild – that was the first time I’ve seen a developer do such a short snippet like that. Those three have been my favorite.
On the 7-Eleven partnership: With my career taking off in the past few years, I didn’t know how I was going to be able to do everything AND fuel myself while on the road. The 7NOW app covers everything I need in one fail swoop. It’s a no-brainer when you look at my travel schedule. It’s such a solid, easy choice with quality stuff. People relate convenient atmosphere with not great quality, but without a doubt there are so many great, high-quality options on the 7NOW app. They offer really, really good stuff. I’m 32, I have a son, my wife and I try to eat healthy on the road, which is easy with the 7NOW app.
On Rogue: Rogue is very much about family. A conversation I had with some higher ups at Rogue recently was about how there are people that you know whether they’re going to be a fit or if there will be conflict and I want people to associate Rogue with the feeling of being like part of the family. At the same time, you can knock business out of the park with them if needed. It’s always been family.
On leveraging streaming for social good: It’s going to be an interesting landscape over the next few years. Organizations are seeing what crowd sourcing does. Last year we raised $1.3 million for St. Jude. That’s huge. That puts us on the map for everybody. On top of that, with how prominent certain games are like Fortnite. I think we will see more charity related, integrated events. I think it’s a good opportunity for places like that, Jordan Fisher and I this weekend, whatever our duo wins, 100% of the money is split between St. Jude (my charity) and Jordan Fisher’s charity, United Friends. We will probably see that built into future games. It puts such a good light on gaming. Too often, media sheds gaming in a negative light but that is not the case, gaming does a lot of good and we will see that in the future.
Christopher Mann has been named VP of Partnerships with Dignitas. He previously worked at NRG and Endeavor.
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