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Everything Esports - Ninja leaves Twitch, Minnesota’s CoD franchise, FIFA gamers compete in London & more

Everything Esports: your esports news from the past week. Ninja leaves Twitch, Minnesota’s new CoD franchise, FIFA gamers compete in London, ONE Esports launches with Dota 2 championship series, Simplicity Esports to Acquire PLAYlive Nation, Soul MortaL to take a break from competitive PUBG Mobile esports, and more!

Ninja is leaving Twitch to stream exclusively on Mixer

The move was announced in a high-budget video that involves Ninja answering questions from himself dressed as journalists. Ninja said the move is a “good chance to get back in touch with my roots and remember why I fell in love with streaming in the first place.”

In the announcement, Ninja also reassured his viewers that “it is the same me, just a different platform.” This will be a big blow to Twitch, where Ninja was one of the most popular streamers with 14.6 million followers.

 

Minnesota’s new CoD franchise is considering building an esports arena near Vikings training facility

That team is the one located in Minnesota, owned by WISE Ventures, the investment organization of the Wilf family, who own the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. This is the family’s first step into esports, but it has high hopes for Activision Blizzard’s second league. The organization already has long-term plans to evaluate building an esports arena on the same campus as the Vikings’ training facility.

 

Esports - FIFA gamers converge on London chasing $250,000 jackpot

Thirty million fans are expected to view the action online on Facebook, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube with commentary in Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Around 1,500 spectators will watch Sunday’s finale inside the darkened arena when Mosaad ‘MsDossary’ Aldossary from Saudi Arabia hopes to become the first player to defend the title since the tournament began in relative obscurity in 2004.

 

ONE Esports launches with Dota 2 championship series

The ONE Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on December 20th-22nd, with the ONE Dota 2 Jakarta World Pro Invitationalfollowing on April 17-19th next year at ICE BSD.

 

Simplicity Esports to Acquire PLAYlive Nation and its 44 Game Centers

The all-stock transaction will see PLAYlive Nation and its 44 current centers, spread across 11 states, folded into the Simplicity brand. PLAYlive Nation facilities serve more than 150,000 players per year, according to a release, and have console and PC gaming setups along with areas for card game competitions.

 

Soul MortaL to take a break from competitive PUBG Mobile esports

The player announced the news on his YouTube channel where he has over 2.6 million subscribers. He thanked his fans who have stuck with him for the last year and also said that he’s been more upset than happy over the past few months when he had to stay away from YouTube.

 

Esports club Cardiff Saints looks for female members

But that is a figure Kelly McMahon, of Belong Cardiff gaming arena, hopes clubs like Cardiff Saints can help change in the future.

 

Ole Miss researching health implications of esports

Andre and his team of other researchers who enjoy gaming started measuring heart rates of the Ole Miss Esports teams as they played six different games competitively at the inaugural Esports Egg Bowl in October 2018.

 

Esports comes to Virginia high schools with college scholarships in play

 

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