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More leaks. ESA’s 2018 list of journalists attending E3 was also exposed, GD.biz’s Mike Futter reports. “Our second source stumbled upon the file in September 2018. They immediately contacted a monitored E3 Expo email address to alert the event staff to the data leak … Our source never received a response from E3 staff or the ESA and the lack of response and work responsibilities led them to forget to follow up. Our initial source confirmed to us that the 2018 list was live when they last checked a couple of months ago.”
Hiber raised $800,000 for “for its browser-based game platform that enables players to build and share their own games. The company’s goal is to expand game creation and help games reach wider audiences,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports.
Anzu.io pulled in $6.5 million “in funding for its programmatic in-game advertising platform with real-time analytics,” Takahashi writes.
Psyonix is removing crates from Rocket League, it announced in a blog post. “Later this year we will remove all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance.”
The NBA is coming to Twitch. It announced “Twitch would be its exclusive digital partner for streaming USA Basketball games globally through 2020,” Reuters reports. “The deals will add to the growing library of live sporting content on Twitch, which streams the NFL’s Thursday Night Football, as does Amazon Prime.”
DayZ took a hit in Australia after it was refused classification, PC Gamer’s Fraser Brown reports. “It’s not unusual for games to not receive a rating in Australia, often leading to developers making changes.”
Ninja hit 1 million subscribers on Mixer.
Video Games Tax Relief incentives in the United Kingdom have paid out “a total of £234 million … to 1,110 claims across 1,075 since 2014,” GI.biz’s James Batchelor writes.
Extra Esports News:
NetEase is building a $725 million esports “in Shanghai, according to an announcement at the 2019 China Digital Entertainment Congress (CDEC) on Saturday,” Technode’s Tony Xu reports.
Dota 2 is fundamentally changing how matchmaking works, according to a blog post.
FACEIT and Red Bull are partnering for “the second season of Red Bull M.E.O., starting August 8th. The sseason will see mobile gamers compete across Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, and Hearthstone,” ESI’s David Hollingsworth writes.
Kappa and Vexed Gaming are partnering, ESI’s Adam Fitch reports. “The deal will see Kappa provide apparel for Vexed Gaming’s players to wear both casually and when competing.”
IN: Chris DeAppolonio joined Houston Outlaws as president.
Happy birthdays Alexei “Solo” Berezin, Vitaliy “Minato” Ponomarenko and Han “ByuL” Ji Won!