Why E-Sports Are the Great Equalizer

The CEO of OverActive Media explains how e-sports fan engagement compares to more traditional sports. January 21, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On this episode of The Playbook, Entrepreneur Network partner David Meltzer sits down with Chris Overholt, CEO of OverActive Media, who shares his thoughts on: Why he defines esports as a physical expression of a cognitive ability [3:03]. How the inclusive nature of video games creates countless opportunities for growth [5:14]. Why the engagement levels of some esports leagues “blow away” numbers for traditional sports leagues like the NBA [10:41]. His best piece of advice for a young person who wants to get involved in the business of sports or esports [15:03]. Related: Crafting a Powerful Pitch With the 3-Minute Rule Read_More Related posts: Embrace Sports at the Work and Watch Employee Productivity Soar The First Five ‘Call of Duty’ Esports Teams Include New York and Paris Million-Dollar […]

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What Are Esports, and How Do I Monetize Them?

Ann Hand, CEO of Super League Gaming, shares her thoughts on the growth of esports and how important it is to create a community for the diverse range of gamers. October 19, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ann Hand, CEO at Super League Gaming, talks about her early career, working for traditional big enterprise companies in oil and gas before venturing into the startup space, eventually landing as the CEO of the first esports company to trade on Wall Street. Hand and The Playbook host David Meltzer discuss how they learned about the vast opportunities in the esports space and how they explain what esports are to people who don’t understand the appeal of competitive video games. The pair also discuss the importance of creating an accepting community for the 2.6 billion amateur gamers in the world. Related: How to Manage a Business With Courage Read_More Related posts: […]

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The Best Esports Games for 2019

These 14 games have launched the careers of their young players to global fame. October 18, 2019 12 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If your parents ever disparaged your video game obsession as a huge waste of time, they’re either a) out of touch or b) lacking in vision. That may sound overly harsh, but there’s some truth in my take. Esports, the video game industry’s competitive arm, has amassed huge audiences, incredible cash pots, and sponsorships that enable elite gamers to transform their passions into careers. In fact, research firm Newzoo estimates that esports will generate $1.79 billion per year by 2022. The esports business Of course, esports are more than purely capitalistic ventures. Though gamers dig the idea of standing on stage holding oversized checks, the true reason for traveling to tournaments around the globe is to prove they’re the best in their titles of choice. Esports […]

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Bumble and Gen. G Form First Pro All-Women ‘Fortnite’ Team

The esports team will have a dedicated streaming room in Los Angeles. August 7, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Women make up roughly 35 percent of Fortnite‘s players, but none of them were represented at this year’s World Cup. Bumble, the women-first dating app, has teamed up with esports organization Gen. G in order to change that. The two companies have formed “Team Bumble,” a group of professional Fortnite players and the world’s first all-women esports team. The lineup includes Kristen “KittyPlays” Valnicek, Madison “maddiesuun” Mann, Tina “TINARAES” Perez, Carlee “Carlee” Gress and Hannah “Hannah” Reyes. Bumble told Engadget that recruitment for the team is finished, but future players will be brought on as needed. “Bumble is in the unique position of providing value to an entire generation of gamers, encouraging them to strive for their goals and facilitating ways to connect them IRL. The future is bright and I can’t wait […]

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The First Five ‘Call of Duty’ Esports Teams Include New York and Paris

At a reported cost of $25 million per team. May 3, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Activision Blizzard has announced the first five global cities to take up the Call of Duty esports franchise, at a reported cost of $25 million per team. New York’s Sterling.VC, Toronto’s OverActive Media, Paris’ c0ntact Gaming LLC, Dallas’ Envy Gaming and Atlanta’s Atlanta Esports Ventures are the first five franchisees, all of which already have Overwatch League teams. The city-based team system for the esports league was announced back in February, amid a restructuring effort that saw eight percent of its employees laid off. The company declared its intention to focus on its core gaming franchises, including CoD, and the pricey franchise deals form a key part of that strategy. With team slots in the Overwatch League sold for $20 million and later expansion slots priced between $30 and $60 million, it’s not hard to see how the […]

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