Year after year, TwitchCon remains our favorite event. 2018 was no different. Here's our recap of how it all went down, and TONS of photos to prove we were actually there.




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  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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 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!

  • 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.


  • 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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

Making sense of the league structure in competitive League of Legends can be a daunting task even for seasoned LoL players. We've taken a dive into the depths of the LCS and scoured the ethers of the internet, compiling this comprehensive overview of the various leagues, their rules, and the different major events that encompass the bulk of the scene.


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

  • 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