We all know by now that gaming has had a record breaking year. There were tons of factors that helped drive sales throughout the year. According to industry analyst Mat Piscatella at the NPD Group, one game may have helped drive everything. Animal Crossing: New Horizons. “It is impossible to separate the market impact coming as a result of social distancing versus that of the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Would video game sales have performed as strongly in the month of March without Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Would Animal Crossing: New Horizons have performed as strongly were it released in any other month in history other than March 2020, when social distancing was fairly consistent across the country? I believe the answer to both questions is likely no.”
Long-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) executive Craig Tello has announced that he is leaving the company to join Electronic Arts (EA). Tello announced that he is leaving his position as senior VP of programming and media operations to join EA as its new head of marketing communications & content strategy within its competitive gaming division. EA currently operates, with the help of third-party tournament organizers, FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 competitions. James Fudge at The Esports Observer has more.
Esports Organization FunPlus Phoenix has rebranded. The organization, most known for its Chinese League of Legends squad, will now be known at FPX Esports. FPX Esports has stated in its announcement, the rebrand will apply to all teams and players under the organization’s umbrella regardless of the game they play or the region in which they are competing. The organization has rosters across the world in many titles. Nick Geracie at Inven Global has more.