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VENN launches with $17M in seed funding

Video Game Entertainment & News Network (VENN), an esports network headed by Ariel Thorn and Ben Kusin, has been announced. The network, which is set to launch in 2020 with live studios in New York and Los Angeles, has raised $17 million (£13.61 million) in a seed funding round. Photo credit: VENN Kusin discussed the venture in a […]

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Pinnacle bets on GRID as esports data partner

Curaçao-based sports and esports betting provider Pinnacle has appointed GRID as its official esports data partner. The deal sees GRID provide rights to its esports data so Pinnacle can implement it into its esports offering. Logo credit: Pinnacle, GRID Marco Blume, Trading Director of Pinnacle discussed the partnership: “We’ve gone from being one of the […]

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Esports Integrity Coalition rebrands to Esports Integrity Commission

Esports Integrity Coalition has rebranded to Esports Integrity Commission, as announced during ESI London. The not-for-profit association has changed its identity to “more meaningfully target the integrity needs of the esports industry.” Logo credit: Esports Integrity Commission Ian Smith, Commissioner of Esports Integrity Commission discussed the rebrand: “I am really proud that we have reached the […]

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CSGO game bots just got better in the latest update

Valve released a slight Counter-Strike update: yesterday’s Global Offensive. The primary shift in deathmatch mode is the goal of the bots. According to Valve, “an interactive decision-making structure centred on conduct forests” modified the deathmatch bots. You can enable the new artificial intelligence of the bots on your own server by opening the console and […]

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What went down on day one of ESI London

Franchising in esports, the convergence of pop culture and esports, and the potential of mobile esports; these are just some of the topics that were discussed on the first day of ESI London. Take into account the networking opportunities and it’s undeniable that the event has not been one to miss so far. Photo credit: […]

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SoStronk announces funding from IP Ventures

Online gaming platform SoStronk has raised an undisclosed sum of money from IP Ventures in a funding round. The capital will be used for research and development and to expand its team. It’ll focus on recruitment, marketing, QA, and development. Image credit: SoStronk Tanmaya Vats, Investor at IP Ventures commented on the investment: “Esports is a […]

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The Coalition and PGL detail Gears 5 esports program

Games developer The Coalition, together with event organiser PGL, has unveiled details for the upcoming Gears 5 esports program. The 2019-2020 season will provide opportunities for players of all skill levels from around the world to compete for $2 million (£1.9 million) worth of prize money. Image credit: The Coalition The season will be divided into […]