In The News
Today’s top story can be found in the Extra Esports News section.
HasanAbi, “streamer and host of The Young Turks Network,” has been banned on Twitch after saying America “deserved” 9/11, Dot Esports’ Andreas Stavropoulos writes. “The streamer’s contentious rant was in reaction to Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas appearing on Joe Rogan’s podcast where he defended America’s practice of maintaining military bases in over 100 countries.”
The European Union’s game industry is worth “€21 billion,” according to ISFE. “ISFE found that in the four leading EU markets (France, Germany, Spain, and the UK) console gaming accounted for 47% of revenue,” GI.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports. “Mobile came second with 34% of the €12.3 billion revenue from those combined regions, followed by PC with 18%, and handheld with 2%.”
Valve is expanding its program for ethical hackers to expose vulnerabilities after “it mistakenly dismissed a valid vulnerability reported by a researcher,” PC Gamer’s Samuel Horti reports. “Valve has paid out more than $675,000 in bounties to 263 security researchers through the program over the last two years, it added.”
Sept. 7 will see Razer’s largest store ever open in Las Vegas. “The shop (not yet pictured) will span 2,400 square feet across two floors, and it’ll once again be characterized as a ‘gaming hangout’ that serves as both a social space and a place for Razer to hawk its wares,” Engadget’s Jon Fingas writes.
Red Matter is selling better on Oculus Quest than it ever did on the Rift, VentureBeat’s David Heaney reports. “The Rift version of the game launched 15 months ago. It currently has 172 ratings on the Rift store, averaging 4.4 stars. The Quest version is now at the No. 1 spot on the Top Selling list with 231 ratings or reviews, averaging 4.9 stars.”
Extra Esports News:
OG on winning The International 2019! They defeated Team Liquid to take home $15,610,498 and are the only team to win two International titles. PSG.LGD came in 3rd and Team Secret in 4th. The next International will be held in Stockholm.
Samsora on winning Shine! He took down MKLeo in Smash Ultimate.
Echo Fox partners have failed in their attempt to file a temporary restraining order against Echo Fox, The Washington Post’s Noah Smith reports. “The partners are seeking to remove him from the esports organization he helped create … The judge denied the restraining order request, saying there was no clear evidence that Fox will do harm to the company within 60 days, the time period after which the partners intend to remove him from the team. The judge further ordered the profits made from September’s League of Legends slot sale to go into a third-party account (escrow) chosen by both Fox and Vision Esports.”
Fox’s lawyer released a response, which can be read here. It reads, in part, “The basis asserted for his removal, as set forth in your letter, is replete withlies and misrepresentations. There is no substantiation for his removal…”
Interviews: We Are Nations’ Patrick Mahoney (ESI).
Happy weekend birthdays Vincent “Optimus” Klerks and Won “PartinG” Lee Sak!