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CS:GO league outlaws teams displaying betting site sponsors in-game

North America’s largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league has banned teams from displaying betting site sponsors in-game. The ESEA, who partner with ESL to provide the Pro League, issued a statement yesterday regarding teams who receive sponsorship from betting sites that deal with cosmetic in-game items. The statement, posted on the …

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Calls for LoL team sanctions after owner involved in drug price gouge

The owner of League of Legends team Odyssey is behind the decision to inflate prices of Daraprim – a toxoplasmosis treatment for Malaria and AIDS – by more than 50 times. Martin Cerebral” Shkreli first set up the eSports organisation Team Imagine in 2014, and has since acquired North American …

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ESL UK appoints ex-Warner Bros as Managing Director

The ESL has appointed Spike Laurie as business partner and co-Managing Director of their UK operations. Laurie, who previously comes from Warner Bros., worked as retention and engagement manager there for three years, on titles such as Shadow of Mordor and Batman: Arkham Knight. He will be joining James Dean, …

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PC Gamer launches dedicated eSports channel

Leading UK publisher Future plc has today launched PC Gamer Pro, a section of the PCGamer.com site dedicated to competitive gaming and eSports. The channel, which will appear under the main PCGamer.com’s site navigation, will focus on features, news and opinion centred around the burgeoning competitive scene. Content will be …

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CS:GO’s week of tournament disasters are a cautionary tale

Having recovered from the heady heights of the second Major of the year, CS:GO tournament organisers have run into a week of reminders that not all events go swimmingly. Trouble began brewing at the start of the week as Slovenian tournament Gaming Paradise failed to begin on schedule as PCs …

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eSports becomes next battleground for mainstream sports networks

As ESPN begins their search for a dedicated eSports editor, thus completing their 180-degree-turn on the subject, competitive gaming becomes the next battleground for mainstream sports networks. Just four months after Sports Nation co-host and regular ESPN pundit Colin Cowherd declared he would quit if forced to cover eSports following …

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Dota tournament The Defense returns on Danish TV

The original Dota 2 international tournament, The Defense, makes its return with a live television broadcast contract. The tournament, which began in 2011 organised by joinDOTA, has returned after a two year hiatus with a $75,000 base prize pool and televised games. Over ten weeks, Danish channel TV 2 ZULU …

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Ashton Kutcher becomes latest investor in eSports gambling startup Unikrn

Hollywood star-cum-tech investor Ashton Kutcher is the latest high profile investor to back international eSports gambling startup Unikrn. The company’s current round of Series A funding opened on June 30 and has already attracted other well-known investors including Mark Cuban of ABC’s Dragons’ Den-style show, The Shark Tank. It is …

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ESL goes down under to strengthen Oceanic eSports scene

ESL has partnered with the Australian Cyber League to strengthen eSports’ community presence in the Oceanic region. The ACL, founded in 2006 and operating a technical events agency since 2011, has previously collaborated with Riot Games and Blizzard to run the publishers’ World Championship qualifiers in the Oceanic region. The …

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27m CS:GO fans tune in to ESL Cologne as doping tests give all clear

More than 27m unique viewers watched Fnatic claim their third Major title at last weekend’s ESL Cologne CS:GO finals as all competitors tested negative for drug use. The Swedish team became the first to take back-to-back victories in front of an 11,000-strong crowd on both days in Germany’s largest indoor …

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