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Katie is currently at CWL Anaheim, so today’s Walkthrough will be a shortened version. We will return on Tuesday!
Part 3 of TDW Exclusive Esports/Gaming National Survey
In the final installment of our bi-annual national survey of people in the US who play video games and consume esports/gaming media, we took a look at the future of the esports and gaming industry.
More specifically, we focused on industry growth and expansion:
- 57% of TDW subscribers believe that the current growth of the esports industry is sustainable. Only 35% of the General Gaming Public share this sentiment, with slightly more people (37%) stating that this growth isn’t sustainable.
- 85% of TDW subs think that esports streamers will eventually get non-gaming sponsorship deals.
- Only 24% of TDW subs and 28% of the general public prefer a ‘Netflix-style’ video game subscription model.
Nintendo news is here.
Dr. Disrespect was banned from Twitch and E3 “after streaming from inside a bathroom at the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3.”
ICYMI: There was a brief power outage at the LA Convention Center yesterday. “Lights and power went out on the show floor for just a second, but it was enough to reset computers and generally cause problems for those in attendance.”
Check out some ongoing E3 2019 game sales and pre-orders available now, courtesy of Wired’s Jess Grey.
Extra Esports News:
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is investigating Riot Games regarding gender discrimination at the company and is now filing an enforcement suit, Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio reports. “While the investigation began in October 2018” … according to the DFEH, “Riot has so far ‘refused to provide the Department with adequate information for DFEH to analyze whether women are paid less than men at the company,’ which is why it is now filing the suit.”
Immortals GC acquired OpTic Gaming for $100M, The Esports Observer’s Andrew Hayward reports, “IGC will also divest itself of OpTic Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, as it already competes in the game via its MIBR brand. OpTic Gaming’s League of LegendsChampionship Series (LCS) team will maintain its branding throughout the current season before rebranding under the Immortals banner for 2020″
Hackers have carried out 12 billion attacks against gaming web sites in 17 months, Dean Takahashi for Venturebeat writes, “This puts the gaming community among the fastest rising targets for credential stuffing attacks — where hackers use stolen credentials to take over an account — and one of the most lucrative targets for criminals looking to make a quick profit. During the same time period, Akamai saw a total of 55 billion credential stuffing attacks across all industries.
Sterling.VC, the owner of New York Excelsior, launched an esports venture called Andbox. It “is now the parent company of New York Excelsior and Sterling.VC’s yet-to-be announced Call of Duty franchise,” The Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports.
ESL concluded their investigation of match-fixing allegations between FaZe Clan and Black Dragons and found no evidence of any match-fixing, Colton Deck of Dot Esports writes. “Former Black Dragons analyst Thiago “thyy” Nicézio accused FaZe Clan and Black Dragons of match-fixing during season nine of R6 Pro League. Thyy had shared what evidence he had in order to prove certain players’ guilt, but it seems that the evidence he provided wasn’t enough to warrant any major response from the ESL for match-fixing.” You can read ESL’s official ruling here.