Triumph Esports announced Monday that 15-time NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett is investing in the newly formed company through his experiential event management and production company, Big Ticket Sports LLC.
The investment marks Garnett's first foray into esports. Big Ticket Sports currently owns the Hoop It Up three-on-three basketball tour and Kick It Soccer three-on-three tour.
Battle at the Bowl Pairs Gamers with College Football Bowl Games
Participants will compete against their rival schools to help their university win. Top scoring universities and players will be crowned each week. Game of the Week play begins on Saturday, August 24. Visit
battleatthebowl.com for a full schedule of Games of the Week.
Potential visa change could make it harder for esports pros to become US residents
According to esports immigration lawyer
Genie Doi, esports players looking to work in the U.S. can apply for an EB-1A visa, or Extraordinary Ability Green Card, which gives permanent residency to foreign nationals who demonstrate “extraordinary ability” in their field.
Essentially, the new act (S.386) would result in an immediate stoppage in employment based green cards for approximately seven years for all other countries that are not India and China, Doi said.
This means, esports pros from any other country besides India or China could wait up to seven years to have their green cards approved, which is almost a lifetime and a half in the world of esports.
Oil company transforms into esports video game firm
"The opportunities in the global esports market are massive and we believe Allied Esports is extremely well-positioned as an early mover with a track record of successful execution," said Black Ridge Chief Executive Ken DeCubellis, who's a veteran of Exxon Mobil.
ESPN, ABC delay broadcasts of esports ‘shooter’ tournament after mass shootings
The source said ESPN decided to delay airing the tournament immediately after the mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The source called the move a wise decision.
Apex Legends is a battle royale shooter game owned by Electronic Arts that looks more realistic than its rival Fortnite.
The tournament will now air on October 6, 15 and 27. Videos of the tournament are still available for viewing on ESPN’s YouTube channel.
Honda doubles down on esports with League of Legends Championship sponsorship
In addition to visibility for playoffs and finals, the partnership includes sponsorship of the League MVP, the LCS Scouting Grounds tournament for up and coming League of Legends players and custom content about the League top players, plus access to ad inventory on LCS game days.
European esports market worth €240m, says Deloitte
Advertisers look to tap into the 380 million-strong market of esports fans worldwide, and Deloitte estimates that by 2020, 60% of the industry’s revenue will come from advertising.
Germany is a particularly significant driver of growth in the market, with the League of Legends European Championship being headquartered in Berlin.
Kellogg's enters the Esports industry in partnership with N3rd Street Gamers
“Partnering with a globally recognized brand like Kellogg's is humbling and validates our model of providing national scale grassroots Esports marketing capabilities,” John Fazio, founder and CEO of N3rd Street Gamers, said. “This type of brand partnership will be essential in helping us grow the market by reaching more people and convincing more gamers to compete in Esports competitions like the National Championship Series.”
NetEase pledges US$710 million to build Shanghai esports park
The facility, which is planned for the Qingpu District, will include China’s first ‘class-A’ professional esports stadium, which will have room for 5,000 seats. The venue would likely be the home of the company’s Overwatch League (OWL) franchise, the Shanghai Dragons.
Hong Kong protests lead to cancellation of Street Fighter V esports tournament
“This is the first time an esports event is being affected by the protests,” said Ryan Chow, CEO of Cyber Games Arena. “We certainly hope that the protests will end soon.”