Good morning! It’s Thursday and this is your early morning Esports brief.
Valve revealed its scheduling slate for the Dota Pro Circuit 2022/2023, with the slate now seeing separation between divisions in regional leagues in addition to shortened leagues. The Winter Tour begins play with open qualifiers on Dec. 11-13 and play running through March 5. The Spring Tour begins on March 13 with the Summer Tour launching May 15, opening up the likelihood of The International returning to its pre-COVID late summer home.
Championship Weekend is finally here for the 2022 Call of Duty League season, with play starting today and running through Aug. 7 with the top eight teams taking the stage at the Galen Center in Los Angeles and $2.5 million in prizing on the line. In addition, the league will be announcing its season awards beginning today with the All-Star First and Second Team. League partners and sponsors will be setting up special activations, booths, and experiences for fans on the ground at Championship Weekend. Sponsors will include Game Fuel, Aim Lab, Zenni, SCUF and Upper Deck.
The big weekend also includes Evo, which is back and in-person this week in Las Vegas after a three-year hiatus. In addition to the previously announced roster of tournaments dedicated to the fighting game community, Evo unveiled plans to welcome developers, publishers, players, personalities, and more to its mainstage with a slate of panels, exhibitions, interviews, trailers, reveals, a concert, and more.
Meanwhile, Riot Games will dangle North America’s Last Chance Qualifier starting today as the top eight North American teams face off in order to join OpTic and XSET as NA’s third and final representative at VALORANT Champions in Istanbul. The teams with the most VCT Circuit Points that have not yet qualified for VALORANT Champions will face off in a double elimination bracket, with a final showdown at the Grand Finals on August 14. Signature partners for the event will include Red Bull, Verizon, Aim Lab, and Secretlab.
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Fandom is teaming with RED ahead of the Creator Cup with some of the world’s top Minecraft creators today that will see 115,000 gaming fans and dedicated Minecraft community access a tournament in support of AIDS & COVID-19. The tournament will be live streamed on Fandom’s Twitch channel beginning at 2p. Bajan Canadian, AntVenom, Loony, Papaplatte, Legundo, the ItsFunneh Krew, and SpideyArmy from the Misfits Gaming Group will team-up for the (RED) Creator Cup,
The inter-Asian esports tournament for EA SPORTS FIFA Online 4 will be hosted by Electronic Arts along with and ONE Esports. The second edition of the season, EACC Summer 2022, will run span Aug. 15-21 and be broadcast across China, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam with 12 teams competing. ONE Esports will also collaborate with EA to produce content and comprehensive coverage of the tournaments for fans.
Aim Lab, an aim training game from publisher State Space, is quickly becoming one of the most active brands in esports and live streaming. The game’s innovative partnerships with major leagues like Valorant 2022 Champions Tour & Rainbow Six Pro League, as well as gaming creators, like ImperialHal & HusKerrs, are fostering unique experiences for fans to train like the pros.
Aim Lab currently has extensive training support for: Apex Legends, Fortnite, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege & CS:GO, however its popularity within the Valorant community is increasing at rapid rates. 33% of all instream banner appearances for the Aim Lab brand were generated during Valorant streams (Average Feb 2022 – Jul 2022).
By investing in Valorant, Aim Lab is hitting a strong target audience of core gaming fans. Last quarter (Q2 2022) Valorant was the 3rd most watched title in streaming, and increased total streaming hours watched by 18% year over year.
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SPONSORSHIP & ACTIVATION
EVO 2022 landed a partnership with Bud Light NEXT, which will now sponsor the tournament and open the doors to a lounge for attendees to try samples of the beer beverage. With the signing, the brand becomes the only non-endemic sponsor of EVO announced so far.
Bush’s Beans announced that its Foodservice Team has partnered up with Version1 and GENYOUth, a national non-profit organization which creates healthier school communities and battles youth food insecurity, to host an invitational collegiate Rocket League Tournament during Hunger Action Month this September. Version1 will host the Rocket League tournament on Twitch and is targeting top collegiate esports teams to compete.
2022 THAT BIG TV CONFERENCE
Kids’ Content is the “Future (of) Today”
BIG TV is proud to announce Future Today will be one of the sponsors at this year’s conference, with Co-Founder Vikrant Mathur speaking as a panelist on “In the Streaming World, Kids’ Content Is Key,” joined by fellow panelist Richard Hickey, Head of Creative at Moonbug Entertainment. Interested in learning more?
IT’S ALIVE: YouGov Living Data Insights
The potential for Call of Duty to become an Xbox exclusive given the pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft could have tangible implications on gamers’ console preference. Our data shows that a plurality of Call of Duty players in the US indicate that the presence of their favorite titles on a specific platform has an influence on their console preference.
Blizzard is opening the curtains to The WoW Variety Show, a new three-event live broadcast coming to Twitch on August 24 that will feature aof renowned Warcraft Celebrity Contestants and chosen community members will go head-to-head as they compete in a triathlon of unique WoW activities. Players will have to “show off their in-game knowledge, mastery of leveling, and speed in our specially-tailored segments for bragging rights over their fellow heroes and a slew of giveaway prizes.”
The International Esports Federation and the North America Scholastic Esports Federation, with support from Busan Metropolitan City, announced the launch of the free certificated online esports courses for IESF’s 128 Member Federations and esports enthusiasts to “streamline organizational structure and educate and empower the World Esports Family.” The Basics for Esports courses are available for free on “NASEF x Skillshot Academy” for aspiring and established esports coaches, educators and enthusiasts.
100 Thieves revealed the addition of Twitch streamer Peter Park to its roster. Park also announced the team’s new podcast channel, which debuts on Aug. 9. Park’s first production with the company will see him team up with fellow 100T creator Kyedae, titled Boomer vs Zoomer.
FaZe Clan and the National Football League announced that Donald De La Haye will take the ‘1ON1’ series to cities across the country during NFL preseason. Each ‘1ON1’ series features episodes made up of wide receivers and defensive backs going head-to-head in multi-stage competitions. The first episode will kick off with the Miami Dolphins at The Baptist Health Training Complex on Aug. 5.
Brazilian esports outfit FURIA is deepening ties to the US and will be opening a 5200 square foot venue in Miami that is slated to open this fall. Esports Insider writes that the venue will feature a LAN house, FURIA clothing shop, an area for events and a stage for esports fans to watch FURIA games live.
Ball State University tied up an alliance with Gen.G Global Academy that “expands Ball State’s global influence and role as an innovator in the emerging industry of esports, while offering unique opportunities for student-athletes within Ball State’s esports program.” “We not only help students learn about the esports industry, we teach them how it came about, what are the real jobs in esports, and how to work together in order to move the industry forward,” said Joseph Baek, Gen.G’s executive director of education initiatives.
Counter Logic Gaming announced its involvement at EVO, detailing plans to have a booth on the main exhibition floor of EVO featuring meet and greets with CLG’s fighting game players, along with the opportunity to play against them in casual matches. The booth will also introduce community voting, where attendees are invited to vote on a fighting game to be played at a future iteration of CLG’s weekly online tournament series, “Run It Thursdays.”
Tickets to TwitchCon San Diego are officially on sale with the event running October 7-9 and featuring names such as pokimane, tytyoakley, DisguisedToast, MsAshRocks, cheebs and neeko. This year’s event will see the return of TwitchCon staples such as the cosplay contest, Rivals tournaments, meet and greets, rare loot, panels, Artist Alley, and a musical performance in addition to the event’s first Drag Showcase.
Electronics Arts and LaLiga entered into a multi-year partnership that starts with the 2023/2024 season. The deal will include title naming rights for all LaLiga competitions, a complete rebrand of LaLiga with EA SPORTS including all logos, graphics, fonts and other visual elements, while also delivering new in-game integration, broadcast highlights, and joint commitments to supporting grassroots initiatives. This new partnership will encompass the first and second divisions of LaLiga, LaLiga Promises (the league’s annual youth tournament) and eLaLiga.
Riot Games’ entry into the fighting game genre, Project L, will be free to play, per a post from project lead Tom Cannon. Project L is set in the world of Runeterra, where League of Legends also takes place.
Riot Games named esports vet Artem Bykov as Commissioner of the League of Legends European Championship Series. Bykov previously worked at Natus Vincere (NAVI), Blizzard Entertainment and most recently, ESL Gaming.
2022 Esports Business Summit
A Session with Erickson Immigration Group
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Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question
In the Lord of the Rings movies, which actor played Samwise Gamgee? Answer: Sean Astin. Kudos: Barbara Capella Loehr-Equal Opportunity Publications/NY; Rob Casalaina-ITN/NY; Gil Galad/Miami; Danny Araque/NY; Creed Heilskov-ImOn Communications/Cedar Rapids; Brett Schneider-Warner Bros. Discovery/Chicago; Julie Schell/Chicago; Jason Morrow-Toyota/Houston; Tom Bombadil/Boseman; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG•AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Greg Dudsic/Palmdale; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo
THE DIRECTOR OF SALES
REMOTE (PREFER CHICAGO BASED)
Responsible for selling general advertising of our Linear network for year over year growth of our advertising sales projections. Source, create, and maintain relationships, as well as execute contracts for our Linear/Cable/VOD networks. Use of qualitative sales packaging and the drive to meet/exceed sales goals is a top priority. Full info HERE (8/18)
LOCAL SALLES MANAGER >>
COX MEDIA/OMAHA NE: Overseeing all sales activities, create a high-performing, fun, and successful team-based environment. Attract, hire, and develop new sales consultants and provide training for your team to be successful and exceed their goals. 2+ yrs exp. leading a team of 5 or more people, 3-5 yrs of sales exp. in the media, cable, or digital advertising. Full info HERE (8/17)
MANAGER, COMMERCIAL CLEARANCE
NYC or Remote
Help ensure advertisements are compliant with A+E’s policies and federal guidelines. Review scripts, storyboards, animatics, rough and final cuts across a variety of content, with a focus on high-risk commercial categories. Serve as point person on projects with S&P to review live, scripted, and unscripted programming. 5+ yrs experience. Full info HERE (8/15)
VP, CONTENT AND PRODUCTION COUNSEL
NYC or Remote
Provide legal counsel in the areas of pre-broadcast/pre-publication review; Intellectual Property; First Amendment; causes of action common in entertainment and media industry cases. 7-10 years of relevant law firm experience or experience in media company legal department; in-house media law practice highly desirable. Full info HERE (8/15)
MANAGER, PUBLICITY & SOCIAL CONTENT COMMUNITY
GAME SHOW NETWORK
5+ yrs exp. Manage promotional campaigns. Identifying/developing creative news angles to publicize programming in press. Partner w/ VP as a unit publicist & social lead, including traveling to sets of shows to manage media interviews. Spearhead/coord. talent press trips, set visits, photo shoots, press tours, satellite media tours, etc. Full info HERE (8/15)
AFFILIATE RELATIONS DIRECTOR, SYNDICATION >>
HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Serve as the primary contact with our broadcast television station partners, represent clients and outside vendors; including coordination of contracts and agreements, as well as provision all needed information and communication for the Syndication department. Great opportunity for programming, promotion, marketing or PR background. Full info HERE (8/15)
SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Develop sales strategies for new business development to advertising agencies & clients. Research emerging businesses to build a pipeline of potential new clients. Cultivate client relationships to enhance FETV’s position in the marketplace. Negotiate & close upfront & scatter business. 5+ yrs of television selling or related advertising sales exp. Full info HERE (8/11)
SR. MANAGER, DIGITAL (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
LA, STUDIO CITY
Responsible for consumer digital initiatives with a focus on Apps & sales campaigns including content creation . Min 5 yrs experience with digital content using content management systems and video platform management. BS/BA and prior cable or broadcast TV experience preferred. Full info HERE (8/9)
MANAGER, DIGITAL (Hallmark Channel)
CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS
LA, STUDIO CITY
Responsible for content creation for consumer platforms with a focus on SEO . Min 3 yrs experience with digital content using content management systems and video platform management. BS/BA and prior cable or broadcast TV experience preferred. Full info HERE (8/9)
SENIOR MANAGER, PRICING AND PLANNING >>
TRUSTED MEDIA BRANDS/Remote: Responsible for owning the pre-sale planning process as it would transition to post-sale execution. Working closely w/others to build out packaging feasibly, delivery information, cost analysis & pricing tactics. Respond to RFPs based on agency/client goal objectives. 4-6 yrs exp. in Sales Planning, Revenue Operations, or Pricing & Analytics. Full info HERE (8/9)
COORDINATOR, DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
We are looking to add a Coordinator to our team! The US Networks Distribution (“USND”) team is responsible for the monetization and multi-platform distribution of Paramount’s portfolio of linear networks, VOD content, and streaming products to MVPDs, virtual MVPDs, and mobile platforms. Minimum 1+ years industry experience. Full info HERE (8/5)
VP, ADVERTISING SALES & MARKETING
Oversee the management and direction of sales executives servicing the east coast region with an emphasis on New York ad agencies. Work collaboratively with Chicago & LA offices to execute network sales priorities. 15+ yrs of advertising sales exp. in a broadcast or cable network environment 10 + yrs successfully management advertising sales teams. Full info HERE (8/5)
SR. COORDINATOR/ASSOCIATE MANAGER, INTEGRATED MARKETING
Respond to RFP, RFI & general Sales Requests: concept & formulate both large & small-scale ideas into innovative, marketable programs that are custom-made for specific client initiatives & their associated KPIs. Champion & help implement the vision & go-to-market strategy. Min 2-yrs at a media company or sales/marketing organization. Full info HERE (8/5)
AD SALES COORDINATOR
Work with account executives and sales planners utilizing system to fulfill sales orders through the execution of specific allocations and flowcharts. Serve as the primary point of contact for ad agencies and TV One to resolve discrepancies, schedule changes and facilitate make goods. Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of working experience. Full info HERE (8/5)
YIELD ANALYST, REVENUE OPERATIONS >>
CRACKLE PLUS/NY: Manage the inventory and revenue analysis across the entire portfolio of properties. Also manage ongoing and ad hoc reporting and interact regularly with a cross-functional team of internal stakeholders, including Ad Sales, Ad Operations, Product, Marketing and Finance. Full info HERE (8/4)
MANAGER, DISTRIBUTION MARKETING >>
INSP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Develops strategy & annual goals for the Affiliate Monthly Campaign, executes the strategy & oversees the implementation of other assigned campaigns. Provides reporting, analysis & recommendations on assigned campaigns and oversees development of creative & content to support network distribution. 5+ yrs of related exp., 3+ yrs of management exp. Full info HERE (8/4)
RESEARCH ANALYST >>
REELZ/NYC: Position supports the needs of both Programming & Ad Sales including competitive information, network performance & industry trends. 2+ years media research exp. Ability to analyze & interpret data for reports, presentations and development of ratings estimates. Working knowledge of Nielsen & StarMedia. Full info HERE (8/4)
DIRECT RESPONSE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE – AD SALES
GAME SHOW NETWORK
Drive advertising sales demand across new & existing clients & agencies with a primary focus, but not limited to, SPT’s syndicated & third-party business. Understand client needs & prepare sales proposals & presentations using audience data & consulting with internal resources as needed. 6+ yrs of exp actively selling Direct Response Advertising. Full info HERE (8/4)
REP, INTEGRATED MEDIA STRATEGY >>
UNIVERSAL PARKS & RESORTS/ ORLANDO FL: Support the development of integrated media plans (annual and trimester based) for all segments/audiences. Collaborate with Integrated Media Activation Team during the Activation process to ensure alignment on overall strategy and budget allocations. 3-5 yrs min. of marketing experience w/Media Industry and/or integrated media strategy/planning. Full info HERE (8/4)
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Build, manage and nurture a high-performing marketing team
Senior Marketing Communication Manager
You will define and execute on product vision for owned products as well as the strategy to achieve it
Product Strategy Manager
Plan, communicate, and execute the go-to-market strategy for game and game studios.
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Conduct feasibility analysis, produce functional and design specifications of proposed new features.
Senior Software Engineer II (Java)
Implement enhancements to AC2 requested by monetization and game teams.
Senior Software Engineer II (Mobile SDK’s)
You will collaborate across disciplines with other developers who bring their creativity and expertise to work every day.
Senior Encounter Designer
Manage multiple teams in the marketing and design departments.
Advise the technical design of fully engineered systems that will scale into production.
Senior Technical Content Designer
Diagnose and troubleshoot issues with server application errors, performance issues, and hardware malfunctions across the enterprise.
Senior Systems Engineer
The Pokemon Company International
Monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot IT Infrastructure technologies, including issues with the network, storage, server, virtual and cloud environments.
The Pokemon Company International
Within software engineering, you will work with a global team of internal and outsourced engineers.
Technical Software Program Manager – Gaming Audio
Collaborating with all stakeholders to understand problems, desired outcomes, and craft solutions.
Digital Experience Manager, Gaming
Drive gameplay systems from paper concepts all the way to shippable products.
Senior Technical Designer
High Moon Studios
Maintain and share extensive knowledge pertaining to military gear, uniforms and equipment.
Senior Character Artist
High Moon Studios
Provide delivery leadership across marketing-oriented projects.
Creative Services Producer
Los Angeles CA