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Matt Booty is Microsoft Studio’s new corporate vice president and Twitch hired Sara Clemens as its chief operating office (Kevin Lin stepped down) and also Mark Weiler and Amir Shevat, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi and Jeff Grubb report.
The Philippines continues to spiral downward in esports appeal. “A resolution by the country’s Games and Amusement Board (GAB)” was just signed, according to Kotaku’s Ian Walker. It includes “mandatory drug testing for THC and methamphetamines, the resolution will require esports events to ensure all participants are officially licensed by the state as well as share profits with the GAB itself.”
Are you prepared for what an esports sitcom could look like? We aren’t, either. “Nickelodeon Latin America has teamed up with Spanish communications giant Mediapro to create a comedy show about esports, called N00Bees,” The Esports Observer’s Angelos Anastasopoulos reports.
Meet Labo, Nintendo Switch’s new cardboard companion. It’s a set of “DIY tools built on cardboard sheets that turns the console into a powerhouse of play,” Engadget’s David Lumb reports.
Paragon may be in dire straights thanks to Fortnite: Battle Royale’s success. Polygon’s Charlie Hall writes that “Epic Games has moved some employees off of its Paragon MOBA in order to assist on Fortnite … A representative from Epic said that the future of Paragon was uncertain at this time.”
The University of Providence is starting an esports scholarship program, Dot Esports’ Nicole Carpenter writes.
Chad “HistoryTeacher” Smeltz “was unveiled as the first esports program director at Harrisburg University,” ESPN’s Kieran Darcy reports.
FaZe Clan have been invited to the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tournament at IEM Katowice.
Dot Esports’ Callum Leslie reports you’ll receive 3 free packs if you log into Hearthstone during the World Championship.
Dot Esports’ Bhernardo Viana writes that Hearthstone player Aleksandr “Kolento” Malsh spoke to the press about the upcoming Championship.