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  • Twitch Prime leveling up the free games...game
  • Ninja proves there are no limits on Twitch
  • Competitive Fortnite and a huge celebrity tournament are in the works
  • All that and more, plus ICYMI. Get at it!

  • Fortnite may be the new top dog on Twitch
  • Tencent is betting BIG on Chinese streaming platforms
  • Why patience may be a streamer's greatest asset

  • As subscriber counts shatter records, Twitch may be facing a bot crisis
  • TwitchCon 2018 dates and location unveiled
  • OpTic shares insight into LCS player salaries
  • Caffeine scores an early win with ESL
  • ICYMI - what does "esports ready" actually mean for PUBG?

  • Twitch facing a lawsuit over nearly 2 year old ban
  • Mixer scores with exclusive streaming rights to pro Smite leagues
  • First-of-its-kind streaming game show is nearly upon us
  • Plus more, more more - really it was a busy week

  • Twitch rolls out loads of new features but delays community guidelines update
  • Vimeo seeking to enter the live-streaming game
  • Hawaii wasting no time taking aim at in-game loot boxes

  • Twitch looks back on 2017 - and so do we
  • Are you ready for a Google console platform?
  • RIP Oddshot, you will be missed
  • Dr DisRespect officially the new king of Twitch

  • With $46 million in backing, Caffeine seeks to take on Twitch
  • More records broken on Twitch after CS:GO Major
  • Advertising toss-up hits gaming content hard on YouTube in 2017
  • We've sourced a helpful guide for aspiring streamers by one of their own

  • Twitch: 1 / viewbotters: 0
  • YouTube Gaming streamer growth outpacing Twitch
  • DotA 2 community at serious odds with ESL over Facebook streaming deal
  • Mixer and Facebook edging deeper into Twitch's dominance

  • Twitch adds new tools for streamers and calls in some Disney talent
  • CS:GO Pro League and ESL One get cozy with Facebook
  • Tencent, Bluehole, PUBG, and hackers galore
  • And in our ICYMI, an interview with Brendan Greene by GamesRadar+
  • Get to it!

  • TSM raises $25 million in investment round
  • Overwatch League and Tyler1 absolutely crushing it on Twitch this week
  • Riot and the Big Ten partner to the benefit of esports student-athletes
  • And loads more - really, it was a massive week!

  • Asus sets sights on Chinese esports market with $16 million investment
  • Valve strips Major title from Philippines event weeks before it kicks off
  • NCAA officially recognizes collegiate LoL
  • And prepare your memes boys and girls - Tyler1 is unbanned from League

  • Google pouring cash into Chinese streaming start-up
  • A look at the top esports orgs of 2017
  • PUBG continues to crush records on Steam
  • Is Twitter the next esports streaming juggernaut? Eh, probably not.

  • Twitch Studios wants to bring game shows to the platform
  • Blizzard and the Fiesta Bowl go Overwatch and chill
  • Valve may bring battle royale to CS:GO
  • And new esports industry data from Newzoo sheds light on the EU

  • Mixer pulls the one-two with a fully revamped app experience and a new way to enjoy chicken dinners
  • Amazon's Alexa help Twitch find its voice
  • Esports vs. 2017 - and what a year it's been
  • Plus more, more more!

  • Fortnite making inroads on PUBG viewership dominance
  • Looking for the latest esports match results? Google MIGHT save you some time
  • Faker is real as hell at the 2017 Game Awards
  • Ever wonder how hard the top talent on Twitch works? Forget Google - our ICYMI has you covered!

  • First China, then mobile for PUBG
  • Loot boxes are getting more attention in the EU
  • Our thoughts on what great games and great streamers have in common

  • PUBG packs its bags and heads off to China
  • Belgium takes aim at loot boxes compliments of Battlefront 2
  • Putting your best foot forward and why your audience will love you for it

  • Twitch unleashes tsunami proportions wave of updates
  • Esports Industry Awards recap (spoiler: there were winners)
  • Our thoughts on the EA/Disney/Battlefront 2 saga and the importance of intellectual property
  • As usual, all content in the Roundup is free-to-play with no MTX, ever

  • Twitch and Chess.com make things official
  • 30 million Justin.tv usernames set to hit the open market
  • Why can't Tencent quit Bluehole?
  • All this, plus a quick look at our most recent local meet-up!

  • Twitch streamer growth impresses in Q3 - viewership remains flat
  • Overwatch League inaugural season schedule firmed up
  • Mixer takes on discovery with new mobile app
  • We have a pass at team loyalty in esports
  • And the rest of the week's top news from streaming and esports!

  • Cloud9 funding round results in virtual esports land grab
  • Blizzard unveils its contenders for Blizzcon HS Inn-vitational
  • Microsoft continues to show Mixer the love

  • TwitchCon is over, but the big updates are just around the corner
  • The 2018 NA LCS roster may just be on the books
  • A quick rundown of our adventures at TwitchCon
  • ...and heaps more just a short scroll away

  • Epic Games is taking cheaters to court!
  • Blizzard goes after an Overwatch rip-off in China
  • Riot Games' founders are headed back into the trenches
  • And loads more...

  • PUBG is going HAM at IEM Oakland
  • Amazon makes the Twitch gear dream a reality
  • Riot flips the script on the EU LCS

$200K PUBG TOURNAMENT COMING TO IEM OAKLAND

TL:DR - Joining the ranks of Starcraft 2, Quake Live, and League of Legends, PUBG has secured a spot at IEM Oakland with a $200k tournament. Running November 18-19, the competition will feature 20 teams of 4 players each, half invited by Bluehole and IEM and the remaining half competing in a set of qualifiers for the spot in the tournament.


  • Tencent romancing Bluehole over PUBG
  • Riot is taking the NA LCS back to its roots
  • Cloud9 closing in on latest investment goal of $25M

  • YouTube ups its monetization game for live streamers
  • Riot and T-Mobile shack up in the name of content
  • What's going on in Microsoft's NYC Mixer studio?

CLOUD9 HAS ALMOST WRAPPED A $25M INVESTMENT ROUND

TL:DR - The esports org is sitting just shy of $20M as part of a $25M Series A round, the second investment round they’ve sought. Current investors include Joe Montana, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, however those from the latest round are yet undisclosed. This latest round comes just after Cloud9 reportedly paid the $20M franchise fee to participate in Blizzard’s upcoming Overwatch League, and will owe Riot Games upwards of $10M to remain in the NA LCS for the 2018 competitive season.


  • Blizzard fills Philly and Houston Overwatch League openings
  • TwitchCon sponsors, activities, and exhibitors announced - PogChamp!
  • PUBG wins at Steam, drops mic

  • Facebook makes biggest move into esports yet
  • PUBG keeps going HAM - hits two more milestones
  • YouTube Gaming pushing big updates to improve live streaming

  • ESL hands Smashcast a $1.5 million lawsuit
  • Twitch announces enhancements for devs, viewers, AND streamers - oh my!
  • Secret new LoL game mode deciphered by clever Redditor

  • Blizzard orders Overwatch League orgs to rebrand
  • PUBG continues to dominate
  • Our take on "crunch" time and hard work

  • PUBG continues its record-setting run for another week
  • Valve is fed up with free Steam key abuse and it's taking a stand
  • TESPA is offering over $1 million in collegiate esports scholarships

  • TwitchCon 2017 schedule announced
  • Riot's BAMTech implementation facing big delays
  • Disney invests yet again in esports

  • Q2 2017 shows encouraging streaming growth across platforms
  • Riot in talks with EU LCS to alter league format
  • H1Z1 returning to TwitchCon with huge prize pool

  • Blizzard discloses Overwatch League player pay + benefits
  • $350k PUBG Invitational at Gamescom
  • Like League & DOTA, crowdfunding HotS is a thing now

  • Twitch streamers set charity milestone
  • Hope on the horizon for YouTube Gaming
  • Overwatch League facing legal hurdle

  • The Dota International is making history before it even begins
  • Disney bringing its magic to esports
  • Samsung brings streaming to Galaxy devices

  • TSM dominates the Rift in big win
  • Overwatch league spots snatched up quickly
  • Valve drops biggest ban hammer in history

  • Twitch Affiliates have a BIG new reason to celebrate
  • Kid favorite Nickelodeon enters esports
  • China bans ALL live streaming indefinitely

  • Twitch and Blizzard get cozy
  • Twitter introduces tipping
  • Details on the upcoming Quake Championships

  • Big upgrades for Twitch Affiliates "coming soon"
  • Intel gets savage with new ESL deal
  • What's it like when Amazon buys your company?

  • Twitch Affiliates level up
  • Discord reportedly scores a big funding round
  • Behind the scenes with the LoL skin creators [video]

  • Mixer rewards its most loyal viewers
  • esports gambling officially legal in Nevada
  • League franchise system rolling out

  • Beam becomes Mixer
  • Riot and IEM part ways
  • CLG takes us on a tour of a new "high technology" esports facility

  • Facebook and ESL sign deal for heaps of content
  • Twitch releases AutoMod 2.0
  • We get emotional about cheating in esports

  • Blizzard giving Overwatch the MLG treatment
  • Voice-chat coming to League?!
  • From the rubble emerges Smashcast

  • New video game laws and new TV channels - compliments of China
  • Beam unleashes a wave of new updates
  • Twitch wants you on the content train

  • Overwatch clears major player milestone
  • Twitch and Team Liquid get serious
  • And the Olympics get cheeky with esports

  • Big updates to partnerships for Twitch, YouTube, and Beam
  • Riot looking at franchising model for 2018 NA LCS
  • eSports score another collegiate varsity win
  • ...and more!

  • British swatter gets counter-swatted for great justice
  • Dignitas sees a future in Facebook streaming
  • Twitch UI changes lead to surge in global pitchfork sales

  • In-app game buying live on Twitch
  • Blizzard drops the hammer of wrath on a cheat-maker
  • U of Utah bring esports to the Power 5

  • Overwatch World Cup qualifiers revamped
  • eSports up for an Emmy?
  • Collegiate esports on the rise

  • Live streaming comes to Facebook - look out!
  • Spoiler alert - Riot makes a lot of money. Like, a lot.
  • eSports revenue to surpass $1 billion by 2020

  • YouTube Gaming lands a big CS:GO deal
  • Blizzard goes hard on cheaters
  • You watched over 99 millions hours of LoL in Feb...

  • Twitch runs wild at PAX East
  • Washington DC is betting big on esports
  • No Man's Sky may have been...right?!

  • Like a game on Twitch? Buy a game on Twitch.
  • Riot crushers scripters to the tune of $10 million
  • Microsoft think you'll Beam in 2017

  • Twitch name changes, Drops for devs, and the 2016 retrospective
  • eSports user profile data revealed
  • Streaming vs. your health

  • eSports industry to see massive revenue growth in 2017
  • PEA commissioner steps down amidst "restructuring"
  • eSports gambling making headway in Las Vegas

  • SKT T1 learning English and CRUSHING Twitch records
  • Riot revamps LCS international events
  • Time Warner gets cheeky with bandwidth for gamers

  • SKT T1 making the move from Azubu to Twitch
  • Hearthstone comes up big with new tournament and more DreamHack!
  • eSports going daily to ESPN in Brazil

  • Overwatch hurdles 25 million player mark
  • Digital card games on track to pull in $1.4 billion in 2017
  • Will esports gambling become legal in Massachusetts?

  • The Big Ten and Riot join forces
  • Go to school in Toronto, get an esports scholarship
  • Beam sees major platform love from Microsoft

  • eSports investment buying bonanza - NBA, Hollywood, China
  • Scope of ESEA hack revealed
  • TwitchCon 2017 date and location announced

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

  • Steam Awards winners announced
  • The best of the best-ofs - 2016
  • PEA, ESL, TSM - the acronyms throw down!

  • Players, teams, and organizations struggle with competitive CS:GO arrangements
  • NY Times addresses women in gaming
  • New AoE 2 expansion announced

  • New Twitch features bonanza (tons!)
  • Riot finalizes streaming deal (Disney...wtf?)
  • South Korea cracks down on cheating (in games, bruh)

  • ESPN wins with Capcom Cup
  • Milwaukee Bucks enter esports
  • 2016 LoL Worlds by the numbers

  • NFL Media + EA = more John Madden
  • Houston Rockets move into esports
  • Capcom Cup airs on ESPN2

  • All NA LCS teams sign 2017 contracts with Riot Games
  • $100k Overwatch Winter Premiere tournament
  • Twitch comes to Bungie.net

  • Riot Games shoring up deal for streaming agreement
  • LCS team owners formally issue grievances to Riot Games
  • Twitch steps up to take roll as sponsorship rep