• PEA CS:GO drama put to rest?
  • Milwaukee Bucks make it official
  • Nvidia brings top-end performance to anyone anywhere

In what’s surely not the final chapter in the CS:GO league saga, the players have spoken and the PEA will be indefinitely putting its plans for the league on hold. Sticking with the pro eSports theme, the industry’s first dedicated law firm has been announced and we now have some clarity on the Milwaukee Bucks’ purchase from a few weeks back. Rounding out this week’s roundup is an announcement from Nvidia that it will be launching an on-demand gaming service come March. We met some folks at TwitchCon who were doing something similar so we’ll be keeping an eye on how that concept develops.

Speaking of TwitchCon, this week’s ICYMI is a bit of self-promoting but let that not deter you from having a look. Enjoy your week!

PEA BAILS ON CS:GO LEAGUE PLANS AFTER UNANIMOUS PLAYER VOTE

TL;DR: Players from all participating teams voted unanimously last week to skip the PEA CS:GO league entirely in favor of the ESL Pro League. In a statement that followed, the PEA cited several factors, all of them financial, as the reasons for the one-sided vote. It’s unclear what the PEA’s next move will be.

Full story: http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/18418826/pe...

INDUSTRY FIRST ESPORTS FOCUSED LAW FIRM FOUNDED

TL;DR: Reddit-famous attorney Bryce Blum has founded what is believed to be the first eSports dedicated law firm, based out of Seattle. Over the last couple of years, Blum has had dealings with the likes of TSM, Fnatic, and Dignitas.

Full story: http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/18400113/fi...

TWITCH ANNOUNCED BIG UPDATE TO USERNAME RECYCLING POLICY

TL;DR: At the end of January, Twitch will start harvesting inactive accounts and releasing them back into the wild to be claimed by the masses. Inactive accounts are considered ones with no activity whatsoever for the past twelve (12) months. To prevent this from happening, just log in before the end of January!

Full story: https://blog.twitch.tv/username-rename-recycling-p...

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (NBA) ANNOUNCE FLYQUEST ESPORTS BRAND

TL;DR: The purchase was announced several weeks ago but now the team has a name. It’s comprised of ⅘ of the Cloud9 Challenger Series team members, including Hai and LemonNation. Cloud9 opted to keep the contract of jungler Contractz for its own LCS team. FlyQuest (as Cloud9) previously earned a spot in the upcoming 2017 LCS and will be competing on familiar ground when the new season kicks off.

Full story: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/milwaukee...

NVIDIA ANNOUNCED GEFORCE NOW ON-DEMAND GAMING SERVICE

TL;DR: Announced at CES last week, GeForce Now aims to bring top-end gaming performance to any machine, including Macs. The service, scheduled to launch in March, will run $25/20 hours of gameplay.

Full story: http://www.pcgamer.com/nvidias-new-geforce-now-ser...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

If you’ve never been to a TwitchCon before (c’mon, bro), one of the truly unexpected highlights you’re missing is all of the new games on display. Sure, you have the stable of triple-A titles that make for the bulk of Twitch viewership but it’s the up-and-comers that make it special. Maybe it’s finding the next hit game and streaming an alpha to stake your viewership claim early, or building a community around a niche indie title with a fiercely loyal viewer base.

Regardless the reason, new games are hype! So that’s why, in San Diego last year, we staked out some of the most interesting games hitting the market or just around the corner. I wrote a modest little piece about my favorites which you can read here.

And while it’s still quite a ways out, if you’re even remotely interested in attending this year’s TwitchCon, I would strongly advise you to consider it seriously. It doesn’t matter where you fit in to the community, there’s something everyone can take away. You can catch our recap here.

Until next week!