This week we’re hitting pause on The Roundup for the first time ever, and instead sharing something we feel is more important. The Roundup will return next week with the very latest happenings in the live-streaming industry.



















































  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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 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...

  • 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.


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

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

  • 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