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Riot Games Co-Founders Announce Return to Video Game Development

It seems Riot Games co-founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill are clamoring for a return to their game development roots. The pair announced that they would be stepping down from the day-to-day running of Riot Games, and assume new roles within the company. Brandon Beck and Marc...

INTERVIEW: Ari Evans, CEO of Maestro – “Enterprise Live Streamers Can’t Pay Their Bills with Views”

In early September, the live streaming engagement and analytics platform Maestro announced the close of a $3 million Series A funding round. Its white-label platform is self-described as “Nielsen for the cord cutter generation”, and is used by several big entities in esports, from Blizzard to Dreamhack. The Esports Observer spoke...

Rogue Lets Go of Overwatch Roster, Having Lost Out On League Spot

One of the most prolific Overwatch rosters in the game’s short history announced it will be disbanding, after failing to secure an Overwatch League franchise position. According to a tweet, Rogue will be releasing all of its contracted players to allow them to pursue spots on Overwatch League teams. According to a tweet sent out by...

Rumors: More OWL Team Names Potentially Filed for Trademark

Rumors swirled on Friday as internet detectives (in the form of dedicated fans, at least) uncovered a set of two trademark filings that could end up being OWL franchise brands. If true, coming soon to the Overwatch League will be NRG Esports' San Francisco Shock and NY Mets owner Joe Wilpon’s New...

Twitch Launches Store on Amazon, Will Sell ‘Community-Inspired’ Apparel

Twitch, the Amazon-owned streaming platform, has launched its own online merchandise store. It currently offers a range of apparel and houseware—mostly adorned with Twitch’s own branding, but with the promise of “community-inspired apparel” down the line. “Our community is devoted to Twitch and has been vocal about...

PUBG Corp Announces $200,000 Invitational Competition for IEM Oakland

PUBG Corp, the newly established subsidiary of Bluehole Studios, today announced a $200,000 invitational tournament to be held at Intel Extreme Masters Oakland in November, becoming the 12th competitive game title in the IEM series. Michael Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL, had this to say: “Everyone’s been waiting for the...