U.S. Travel Ban Forces Postponement of ESL One Los Angeles

“In light of the recent travel restrictions and the evolving COVID-19 situation, ESL is postponing the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Dota 2 Major,” the statement reads. “ While we were very excited to bring the first ever Dota 2 Major to Los Angeles, the safety and well-being of our players, attendees, coaches, partners, and ESL staff must


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German Federal Government Eases Travel for Non-EU Esports

Mentioned in this article Games: League of Legends Teams: Unicorns of Love New government regulations will allow non-EU esports athletes to stay for up to 90 days in Germany. The regulations came into play following a written request to the federal government from the FDP parliamentary group. Germany’s esports association, the ESBD, praises move but emphasizes […]


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Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, Vietnam Will not be

Vietnam has had 1,040 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 32 deaths (from Jan. 24 – Aug. 31), according to data collected by the World Health Organization. The Vietnamese government has done this by implementing social distancing and quarantine measures, and heavy restrictions on travel …


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Cloud9 Names Maika’i Copenhagen Official Travel Gear

Mentioned in this article Teams: Astralis, Cloud9, Fnatic Cloud9 has added Maika’i Copenhagen as its official travel gear sponsor. The companies have released branded Cloud9 items, including a “hardbag” backpack, mouse bungee, and rechargeable powerbank. Maika’i Copenhagen also has gear partnerships with Astralis and Team Singularity. Maika’i Copenhagen is the latest company …


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Final Four Overwatch League Teams to Travel to Asia to

The Overwatch League has released details regarding its playoff format for the 2020 season, which will feature teams being split across two regions. Thirteen teams will compete in North America and seven in Asia with all matches taking place online. The champions of each region’s winners and losers brackets will then make up the final four teams to compete in a Grand Finals Tournament.


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The Overwatch League is Going on the Road in 2019 – The

Mentioned in this article Teams: Guangzhou Charge, Immortals, Los Angeles Valiant, Washington Justice Games: Overwatch Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer confirms road games for the 2019 season. Previous reports suggested that the league would not travel outside of Los Angeles until 2020. A handful of teams will host road games in their home markets in […]


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The latest about the impact of COVID-19 on esports – The

India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Representatives Out of FFWS due to COVID-19 Protocols. by Victor Frascarelli. May 3, 2021. Garena said on Monday that Team Riot and Team TG, representatives of Bangladesh and Pakistan regions, respectively, are out of the Free Fire World Series (FFWS) happening in Singapore on May 22–29.


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IEM Katowice 2018: Building the World’s Largest Esports

While a single IEM takes a year to plan out, Veiser emphasizes that travel is the biggest focus in the weeks prior to the start. “We have a travel department, booking all the flights for everyone that comes in. Player management, taking care of player accreditation. We have to schedule qualifiers, then send players to the event.”


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What is the Optimum Training Time for Esports Players

A revolving talking point within non-esports media is the amount of time professional players spend behind a keyboard. A quick search will bring up interview quotes from Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, claiming he practices 12 to 15 hours a day, while one article from Business Insider stated that two former League of Legends players for Team Liquid —both Korean—would practice for similar 12 to


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Capcom Releases Full Details for 2018 Pro Tour – The

Earlier this month, Capcom confirmed that its fighting game pro circuit, the Capcom Pro Tour would be returning for another season in 2018, teasing that full details would be revealed at a later date. The developer has now published an article on the official CPT website detailing all rule changes, and unveiling the full year’s […]


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DreamHack Leipzig – Home Edition for 2021 Announced – The

Esports tournament and gaming events organizer DreamHack announced Thursday that DreamHack Leipzig 2021 will not be an in-person event due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel and safety restrictions. Instead, the company announced DreamHack Leipzig – Home Edition, which encourages the community to “come together in small groups at home, …


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How Co-Streaming Helps Twitch Streamers Create Unique

The Electronic Entertainment Expo’s primary purpose is to inform consumers, retailers, and those in the gaming industry about what the new upcoming videogames and consoles will be in the next year or so. Developers travel to Los Angeles to tell everyone about their next big project or unveil the release date to a new game […]


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Tencent Reveals 10 Teams for CrossFire Franchised League

WUCG Partners with Travel Site Tong Cheng Credit: WUCG. The World University Cyber Games (WUCG) has signed a partnership deal with travel booking site Tong Cheng. The deal includes providing travel plans and benefits for university players and fans who attend WUCG events. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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Dallas Fuel Homestand at Esports Stadium Arlington in July

Moore said that the Outlaws wanted to travel for the event but that given the potential travel/timing issues with their game the day before, and the fact that this was the first event in North America with fans post-pandemic, “in the final analysis we felt it was best to take an intermittent step” where only one team is on site.


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BLAST Reveals Plans to Bring Back Live Audience in

BLAST announced that the Fall Final will be held in Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, a staple venue for the company having hosted sold out events there in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The Fall Final will travel to the arena Nov. 26-18. Tickets will go on sale beginning June 16. We have already seen indications that demand for in-person esports events will


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DrLupo Discusses His Approach to Brand Deals – The Esports

At the time, he didn’t travel much, and he typically stayed at home. Now that he’s traveling more often for business-related events, the deal makes sense in his mind. Moving to Management . In the past, Lupo and his wife, Samantha, managed his brand deals, but once things started to blow up, the couple needed support.


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LEC Finals Fetches $2.6M in Rotterdam Tourism, Call of

The specific aim of the deal is marketing Chevrolet’s new Tracker SUV, which will be used by the team for travel and content. In addition, Chevrolet’s logo has been featured on IG’s regular team jacket and League of Legends Pro League (LPL) team jersey.


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Electronic Arts to Reimburse Apex Legends Teams for

A tweet by professional Apex Legends player Gabe “gabeismon” Brunelle shows that Electronic Arts is “…refunding every individual up to $1500 [USD] in travel costs for the postponing of the major. Happy to see them do this for those that paid out of pocket without org support.” The tweet was in response to competitors that […]


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How Hong Kong’s Change in U.S. Special Status Affects

Travel between Hong Kong and the U.S. was seamless making it easy for executives to conduct business in America, and goods traded between the two had no tariffs. That handover happened in 1997, and Hong Kong was deemed to be under a “one country, two systems” rule where it would be considered a part of China but would have its own


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Philippines Government Announces Support for Esports – The

Mentioned in this article Games: Dota 2 Teams: Mineski The Government of the Philippines has declared its support for esports within its borders. In a statement from the Philippines Games and Amusement Board posted by Mineski.net’s Facebook page, the GAB is quoted as saying: “The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has started recognizing esports or […]


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TEKKEN, SOULCALIBUR World Tours Schedules Adjusted Due to

Mentioned in this article Games: Tekken 7 Today, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment announced its decision to reschedule upcoming qualifier rounds of the TEKKEN World Tour 2020 (TWT2020) and SOULCALIBUR World Tour 2020 (SCWT2020) events. According to the release, the decision was made in response to international travel restrictions and the possible “contagion factor” …


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Bucks Gaming Returns as Partner for Wisconsin Smash

Mentioned in this article Teams: Bucks Gaming Games: Overwatch, Super Smash Bros. NBA 2K League team Bucks Gaming will once again partner with Super Smash Bros. tournament Smash ‘N’ Splash. The organization will assist with travel arrangements for Japanese Smash pro Masaya “aMSa” Chikamoto. Bucks Gaming will have a presence at the event, and will […]


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Riot Games Shifts League of Legends Mid-Season

Mentioned in this article Games: League of Legends Riot Games announced that the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) will be shifted from May to July of this year. The company said that this change in the calendar will help competitors avoid travel restrictions and other issues associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


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Dota 2’s The International Delayed Until at Least 2021

The International (TI10), Dota 2’s largest annual tournament, has been delayed from its original September 2020 date, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Valve Corporation stated that it was “likely” that the event would need to happen in 2021. The publisher had been exploring various date possibilities, but said: “given the highly volatile landscape […]


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Esports Agency Forevr Launches, Clients Include OG Captain

Esports 360° management company Forevr is unveiled, with OG captain Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein and Counter-Strike star Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev among its clients. The company is founded and led by music industry veteran Marc Ogihara, and investment/advisement from Astralis founder Frederik Byskov. The agency services include player management, press/marketing/social …


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Immortals Gaming Club Signs HotelPlanner in Multi-Year

Esports company Immortals Gaming Club has secured a multi-year partnership agreement with HotelPlanner, which will serve as the company’s official hotel booking partner. The deal covers both IGC’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, which competes under the MIBR brand, and the Immortals-branded LCS squad. When esports travel resumes, MIBR and Immortals will share their travel …


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Newzoo Reveals Trends to Watch in 2021 – The Esports Observer

With travel still limited for the foreseeable future, 2021 will likely be another year with a greater focus on league-based play and regional competition instead of the typical year’s heavy focus on international events. This could have a long-lasting result in reshaping some esports ecosystems which previously followed a more travel-focused


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Invictus Gaming Signs Partnership Deal with Chevrolet

Mentioned in this article Teams: Invictus Gaming, Royal Never Give Up Games: League of Legends American car brand Chevrolet signs a partnership deal with Chinese esports organization Invictus Gaming (IG). Chevrolet’s logo has appeared on IG’s regular team jacket and LPL team jersey, and the team will specifically promote the new Chevrolet Tracker SUV.


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DreamHack Offers Festival Train Deal With Sweden’s SJ

DreamHack co-CEO Marcus Lindmark described the offer as “a fast, smooth and enviroment-friendly travel alternative.” DreamHack has teamed up with train operator SJ to offer a special train ticket for its Winter festival in Jönköping, Sweden. The ticket is designed to take attendees from Stockholm to the venue, and will be sold at


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Team Vitality Hires Former Paris Saint-Germain GM Bruno

Martini will be based in Paris and work at V.Hive and V.Performance, Team Vitality’s training facility. He will also “travel with players for major events, and spend time in Berlin working with the LEC and LFL teams.” Team Vitality competes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, FIFA 21, Rocket League, and Rainbow Six: Siege.


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Report: City of Katowice Made €22 Million in Advertising

There are few city names that ring a bell with esports fans all over the globe the way that Katowice does. Attracting a staggering 173,000 visitors in attendance last year, alongside millions of online viewers, IEM Katowice is a standout event in the annual esports calendar. Katowice is worth it, no matter if it’s for […]


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From Trick Shots to Talk Shows: The Rise of Talent

Brands often include popular online personalities into their marketing strategies, and video game streams have become a hub for such partnerships. Agents agree that gaming influencers bring something different to the table than their selfie-taking, travel …


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Update: Germany Approves Dedicated Visa for Pro Esports

Esports athletes currently enjoy eased travel into Germany, but only for 90 day stays. The German government has published draft legislation that would allow professional esports athletes from outside the EU to live and compete in the country. Similar to existing sports visas, these regulations would include a permanent residency permit and


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Opinion: Can Call of Duty: Mobile Replicate PUBG Mobile’s

To top this off, costs for travel, stay, and conveyance for all these additional members plus that of 64 – 100 players, can be a significant factor for organizers when deciding the viability of an event. With more players and staff in the form of both production and admins, the chances of errors and risks of delays also rises significantly.


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Titans and Surge Sign With Adamas and Fortius to Supply

Although the health concerns of the coronavirus have tempered the travel schedule of Overwatch League teams for now, Upcomer.com’s Sascha Heinisch found that the Boston Uprising would be traveling approximately 71K miles this season. Not being exclusive to Boston, many teams were set to have an extensive travel schedule in 2020.


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Beijing Haidian Government Signs $64M in Business Deals

During the 2020 China International Service Trade Conference on Sept. 5, the Beijing Haidian government signed multiple esports-related partnerships worth a total value of ¥440M RMB ($64M USD), according to the Beijing Haidian official press team. Those deals include continuing ESL’s Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) in the Haidian District for three years, as well as […]


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PUBG Corp. and Starladder Launch First PUBG Professional

PUBG Corp. and Starladder to launch the PUBG Europe League, the first professional league in Europe for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The league will feature 16 teams competing for €1,000,000, with PUBG Corp. providing support via housing, travel, and revenue share. The creation of the league is part of PUBG Corp’s five-year esports plan.


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Winterfox Owner Allegedly Owes Players, Team Unable to

Winterfox owner Brian Cordry has not paid the salaries of the Counter Strike: Global Offensive team and has left the entire squad without visas to travel and compete in the USA, a report from Slingshot alleges. The team, consisting of two Australians and three New Zealanders, is stuck in Australia, unable to travel to play […]


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PUBG Corporation Unveils Profit-Sharing Initiative and

The North American and European PUBG leagues will add a profit-sharing model that gives teams a cut of in-game item sales.; PUBG Corporation will also help support team expenses, like travel and housing, for those regional leagues. Future global events will see similar profit-sharing in-game items, plus PUBG Corp. will double the planned prize pools.


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Louis Vuitton Designs Prestige Skins for League of Legends

LV’s multi-year partnership with Riot Games includes digital and physical content, including a one-of-a-kind Trophy Travel Case for the “Summoner’s Cup.” French fashion house Louis Vuitton (LV) has created two character skins (outfits for playable characters) that will debut at the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2019). The


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League of Legends World Championship Details – All Stages

Riot Games has announced that the 2020 League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2020) will begin Sept. 25, with the full tournament to take place in Shanghai. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Oct. 31. Originally, as has been the case with previous Worlds events, Riot had planned for the tournament to travel to […]


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China, Europe Lead LoL Esports Return – Weekly Twitch Top

China, Europe Lead LoL Esports Return – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, June 8-14. With the start of the League of Legends esports summer splits, Riot Games’ four major leagues have all now returned to competition. The game’s top two leagues based on 2019 international results, China and Europe, were the only two to break into the top 10, with


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Paris Eternal Overwatch League Homestand First in West to

The five Asia-based franchises all have 0-0 win/loss records on the OWL league table and were all due to travel to Paris for the now-canceled homestand. So far, no teams in the United States or Canada have called off homestands.


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Activision Blizzard Reveals Call of Duty League Branding

Mentioned in this article Games: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision’s upcoming franchise league will officially be named the Call of Duty League. The geolocated league, which sold 12 franchise slots, will travel between cities in a yet-unconfirmed format. More than $6M USD will be awarded in prizing in 2020, with the teams playing […]


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Multi-Game Franchised League to Launch in the Philippines

Mentioned in this article Games: Dota 2, League of Legends Teams: Mineski The Nationals will be the first franchised esports league in the Philippines, featuring four separate game titles. Founding members of the league includes Philippine companies TheNet.Com, BrenPro Inc., Cignal TV Inc., PLDT Inc., and STI Education Holdings. League will launch with a grassroots […]


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OGN Launches Creator Collective to Recruit and Sponsor

Mentioned in this article Games: Clash Royale, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, PUBG Mobile OGN Esports announced a Creator Collective to sponsor streamers and social media influencers. Members will be paid, given a hardware stipend and travel expenses to events, and provided access to the OGN Super Arena for content creation. Creators must hit set streaming and promotion […]


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Tempo Storm Raises $3.3M, Plans to Launch Card Game and

Furthermore, the organization ventured into game development and the creation of an interactive media franchise in April 2018 when two projects were launched, the live travel Twitch show, Game Changers, and Reynad’s digital deck-building card game, The Bazaar. According to Tempo Storm, its additional funding will allow them to focus on


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