In The News
Hot on the heels of Drake’s investment in 100 Thieves, Michael Jordan led “a $26 million round of funding for the ownership group aXiomatic,” TechCrunch’s Jonathan Shieber reports.
Cleaning up Houser. The brothers “will get most of an expected $538 million in royalties this year, according to an analyst,” Bloomberg’s Christopher Palmeri writes. “The British-born brothers and a few key insiders share half the profits of Rockstar Games … Last year, Take-Two distributed $383 million in what it called internal royalties.”
Streamer Brandon Abrams, 21, is being accused “of sexual misconduct by four women. Their accusations include an incident where Abrams allegedly assaulted an unconscious woman, another where he masturbated onto a woman without her consent, a third incident involving Abrams spying on a female housemate and a fourth where he verbally harassed a streamer at a public event,” Newsweek’s Steven Asarch reports.
Intel and StreamLabs are partnering “on new, integrated PC platforms optimized for live streaming,” according to BusinessWire.
Advanced Publications acquired The Esports Observer. You can find TEO’s statement here.
The Librarian of Congress and US Copyright Office “proposed new rules that will give consumers and independent repair experts wide latitude to legally hack embedded software on their devices in order to repair or maintain them,” Motherboard’s Jason Koebler reports.
Welcome Monster Squad Games, the newest studio formed by “former Runic Games developers … to start work on an unannounced co-op game,” Gamasutra’s Emma Kidwell writes.
Raspberry Pi Press is launching Wireframe, “a new magazine targeting wannabe games developers and showing them how to forge a career in the industry,” GI.biz’s James Batchelor reports.
Golden Joystick Awards 2018 voting is open.
Don’t worry y’all, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez may be ascending to his true form, but he ain’t leavin’ esports.
I think this Yahoo Finance article on Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick is actually a love letter. Brace yourself for a half-naked picture.
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Extra Esports News:
Znipe.TV will start “broadcasting PGL events, beginning with next months Dota 2 Major,” TEO’s Max Miceli reports.
Lagardère Sports and The Story Mob are partnering. This makes “the Mob its preferred esports communications partner,” Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch writes.
PlayVS and Champion are partnering. “As their Global Preferred Communications Partner, we will maximize storytelling opportunities and help our talent get connected to major brands in #esports 🎮.”
IN: Brian Millman joined Immortals as vice president of corporate partnerships, according to a press release. He comes from Mindshare Spotlight.
Digital Sports MGMT signed FIFA players Akima “Fully” Byron, Anthony “Guigsey” McGuigan and Christopher “TheeBullock” Bullock.
G2 Esports revealed their Black Ops 4 roster.
Interviews: Splyce’s Marty Strenczewilk (Hackernoon).