In The News
Christina Alejandre announced yesterday she’s leaving ELEAGUE. She’s ELEAGUE’s general manager and esports vice president at Turner Sports. Alejandre didn’t say what she will be doing next.
Twitch “confirmed a round of layoffs that took place late last week,” GamesIndustry.biz’s Brendan Sinclair reports. Twitch “insists the company is still healthy and growing.”
Eugen Systems employees are taking their strike to court, according to Sinclair. “The striking Eugen workers report that the Steel Division: Normandy 44 studio’s management admitted it is unwilling to negotiate … Current and former Eugen employees have initiated proceedings against the developer in French labour court.”
VR and AR startups, in the last 12 months, “raised a record over $3.6 billion from VCs and corporates,” Digi-Capital reports. “Over three-quarters of a billion dollars was invested in the first 3 months of this year alone.”
The Esports Observer’s Ferguson Mitchell reports that Blizzard is partnering with “O’Gaming, and Matcherino” for in-game items.
Misfits Gaming entered a partnership with Alienware, according to a press release.
ROCCAT and NYYRIKKI are partnering. “Today we are delighted to announce that we are welcoming the ROCCAT brand back into Finnish esports in the form as the newest of our main partners for 2018,” the press release reads.
Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports the High School Esports League is partnering with “RESPAWN Products, a gaming furniture company.”
Fortnite edged out Grand Theft Auto Online for monthly active users, GamesIndustry.biz’s James Batchelor writes. “The free-to-play hit was among the month’s highest-grossing titles on both PC and console, with SuperData reporting that it now has more monthly active users than Grand Theft Auto V.”
G2 Esports is leaving Spain and centralizing its operations in Berlin, The Esports Observer’s Graham Ashton reports. “This also means the organization will be selling on the rosters from its G2 Vodafone sister team.”
SuperLeagueTV is Super League Gaming’s new “digital network built to showcase amateur esports on streaming platform Twitch,” Fitch writes. “The network will first stream competitive matches from Super League’s City Champs tournaments, which are played on League of Legends and Minecraft.”
Clash Royale gained 36 teams for its league, Engadget’s David Lumb reports. “The biggest names in competitive gaming will field squads, including Cloud9, Team SoloMid, Immortals, NRG, Complexity, Team Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming.”
Introducing NBA 2K League general manager Shaquille O’Neal. “Shaq will be the general manager of the Sacramento Kings’ team: Kings Guard Gaming,” Game Informer’s Joey Thurmond writes. “King’s Guard will be fourth in line to pick players and have a facility devoted to training them.”
Beta testing signups are open for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ new map.
The full list of revealed Hearthstone Witchwood cards can be found here.