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Tony Petitti Leaves Major League Baseball for Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard has hired Major League Baseball executive Tony Petitti as president of sports and entertainment to oversee esports, consumer products, and film and television at the organization. “Tony is one of the most highly regarded executives in sports and entertainment,” said Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard. “His success in media and Continue Reading

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IESF Adds Five More Member Nations to Federation

The International Esports Federation has added five more member nations, bringing the international federation’s total count up to 71. Argentina and Guatemala join from the Americas, Uzbekistan from Asia and Norway and Ireland from Europe have joined the largest unifying body for Esports throughout the world. “After 12 years of history, IESF is now over Continue Reading

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League of Legends World Championship Set for Shanghai in 2020, 2021

Riot Games will have the 2020 and 2021 League of Legends World Championships in Shanghai, the company announced. The 2020 event will be held at Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium from September 25 through October 31 in one site instead of a tour as it traditionally has been organized. We're excited to celebrate the 2020 World Continue Reading

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2021 EsportsTravel Summit to be Held in Pittsburgh

The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—will be held August 10–12, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Produced by Northstar Travel Group, the EsportsTravel Summit will be hosted by SportsPITTSBURGH at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. SportsPITTSBURGH has signed on as a multi-year sponsor of the EsportsTravel Summit, Continue Reading

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EsportsTravel Summit Reschedules to November 18–20

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—has been rescheduled to November 18–20 in Arlington, Texas. The Summit had been scheduled for August 11–13. Concurrent with the date change, the EsportsTravel Summit announced a new five-year partnership agreement with venue design firm Continue Reading

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Raleigh to Offer Medical Services to Esports Players

As esports organizations move to consolidate the location of their players, the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, is taking a new approach to hosting professional teams by launching a “medical concierge service” to teams moving to the city to compete. The Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee announced the program in partnership with esports advisory Continue Reading

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While esports organizations are shifting from live events during the pandemic, they will be poised to pick up long-term followers when events continue, according to a panel of experts. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Esports Positioned to Gain Followers in Months to Come

Right as more esports leagues were increasing their number of live events, the COVID-19 pandemic adjusted those plans and made streaming even more important, said panelists during the recent “State of the Esports Industry Survey & Results” event streamed by the EsportsBiz Research Group. The webinar was used to release a State of the Esports Continue Reading

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IESF to Launch New Esports Event Series

The International Esports Federation intends to launch World Super League, a new international esports tournament series. The federation announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan-based Technoblood Inc. to host and operate the series in coordination with the more than 60 IESF member nations. Technoblood has worked in the esports space since 2002, Continue Reading

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