Finding a Home for Overwatch Esports

March 8, 2017

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Owning an esports team is becoming pricey. Case in point: spots in Blizzard Entertainment’s upcoming Overwatch League could range from $2 million to $15 million. While most agree that range is too high, there’s a bigger picture. City-based bidding means the long-term success of franchises hinges largely on the regional market fit. Yet, since the … Continue reading “Finding a Home for Overwatch Esports”

Esports Startup to Watch: FirstBlood

February 22, 2017

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FirstBlood is a Boston-based startup founded by passionate gamers with professional experience in finance, entrepreneurship, and computer science. Their flagship product allows gamers to compete in player vs player (PvP) and team vs team matches for rewards. The company’s mission is to bring blockchain technology to the mainstream by ushering in a new era of … Continue reading “Esports Startup to Watch: FirstBlood”

Three Cold, Hard Truths About Esports Team Investment

January 25, 2017

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“In making decisions under conditions of uncertainty, the consequences must dominate the probabilities.” — Peter L. Bernstein Here come the cowboys. AdAge reports that the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys are considering purchasing an esports team. According to Forbes, the Cowboys are the most valuable sports club in the world’s most valuable league. So this … Continue reading “Three Cold, Hard Truths About Esports Team Investment”

Talking Esports Coaching with CLG’s Mike Schwartz

December 13, 2016

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“All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.” — Bill McCartney There is no profession in sport without coaching. Likewise, emergence of player development, e.g. coaching, is a key inflection point in the maturity of competitive video games. Accordingly, look for the coaching narrative to shape the esports industry in 2017 … Continue reading “Talking Esports Coaching with CLG’s Mike Schwartz”

eSports iQ #85: Facebook and the Esports Fan Experience

December 8, 2016

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Incremental change is subtle, but powerful. This past weekend, the first event of Valve’s 2016-17 Defense of the Ancients (DoTA) Major Championships – the Boston Major – kicked off with a new group stage format. In it, sixteen teams from around the world will compete for a $3 Million prize pool. DoTA 2 also made … Continue reading “eSports iQ #85: Facebook and the Esports Fan Experience”

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