In The News
Infinite Esports & Entertainment, the group that owns OpTic Gaming and Houston Outlaws, “is cutting ties with one of its investors, Deep Space Ventures, after that company’s managing partner, Stephen Hays, was arrested on Sunday after an alleged domestic violence dispute,” ESPN’s Jacob Wolf reports. “Hays was arrested on Sunday in Frisco, Texas, after he allegedly attacked his wife with a hammer.”
Nintendo Direct News:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Limited Edition includes “a copy of the game, a Nintendo GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. edition and a Nintendo GameCube Controller adapter.”
Game Informer’s Kyle Hilliard has “66 Things We Learned About Super Smash Bros. Ultimate From The Latest Nintendo Direct.”
NewZoo is out with its Esports “predictions for 2021.” Some notable predictions include:
- A quarter of the world’s population will be aware of esports.
- The world’s most popular esports team will have more Twitter followers than the Golden State Warriors.
- The world’s 10 biggest capital cities will each have a dedicated stadium for esports.
Twitch implemented Community Gifting “that will allow users to gift a custom amount of subscribers to any given channel at once,” Dexerto’s Albert Petrosyan reports. “Users can choose to gift Tier 1, 2, or 3 subscriptions, and up to 100 subscribers can be gifted at once.”
How do women navigate relationship information on Twitch? The Verge’s Patricia Hernandez interviewed streamers Amouranth, Miss Leshkee and others about their experiences.
Magic Leap’s Rony Abovitz did an interview with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi. Here’s a snippet: “‘Probably the biggest decision — I started up a company around robotic surgery and went public in 2008. About three years after…’”
Germany is loosening restrictions on Nazi symbols in video games, GI.biz’s Matthew Handrahan writes. “Following a regulatory change, any game tackling the subject can now be assessed by the classification board.”
NetEase’s Q2 earnings showed “solid increases in both revenue and profit … The company posted a net revenue of 16.3 billion yuan ($2.5 billion), up 21.7% year-over-year,” Valentine reports.
Novaquark is taking $3.5 million in funding from Dual Universe, Valentine writes.
Ben Schwartz will voice Sonic the Hedgehog for the live action movie, Variety’s Justin Kroll reports, and Jim Carrey will play Dr. Robotnik.
Extra Esports News:
Virtus.pro changed their colors to purple, white and green. “As part of our partnership starting from The International 2018 and until the end of the year all our line-ups will represent MegaFon brand colors,” the press release reads. “Our logo will change accordingly, as well.”
G FUEL is sponsoring Team SoloMid, TEO’s Brandon Brathwaite writes. “The energy drink company joins Chipotle as a another sponsor working specifically with the TSM Fortnite team.”